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Thumb-suckers and nail-biters defended against allergies – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 12th, 2016.

Children who suck their thumb or chew their nails are less likely to develop allergies later in life, researchers from the Dunedin Study have found. The Dunedin Study – featured in documentary series Why am I? – has been following a cohort of 1037 participants since they were born in 1972-73. Their latest results, published in Pediatrics, have […]

Growing Up in NZ report – in the news

John Kerr posted in on June 19th, 2014.

The latest report from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study, ‘Now We Are Two‘, has delved deep into the not-so-private lives of the average toddler The report, released this week, provides new insight into the lives of two-year-olds in New Zealand – describing health and safety, emotional and behavioural development, and early learning […]

Probiotics and pregnancy

John Kerr posted in on February 22nd, 2013.

Exposure to beneficial bacteria before and after birth may lower a child’s risk of developing allergies and eczema. Wellington and Auckland researchers have previously shown that high risk mothers taking a daily dose of the helpful probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus rhamnosus during pregnancy and breastfeeding halved the rates of eczema in their children. Now the researchers […]

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