Kids exposed to increased antibiotics prone to allergic asthma

Children who have more antibiotics are prone to allergic asthma, according to a new study by researchers from UBC. Researchers conducted an experiment and found that the antibiotic vancomycin, which has an affect on intestinal bacteria, also had a profound impact on allergic asthma.
Allergic asthma affects more than 100 million people worldwide and its prevalence is increasing on average by 50 per cent every decade, particularly among children in industrialised countries.
“It has long been suspected that kids exposed to more antibiotics – like those in developed countries – are more prone to allergic asthma,” said Brett Finlay, microbiologist at UBC. “Our study is the first experimental proof that shows how.”

International Business Times, Mon Mar 19 2012, By: Akshaya B. S., Link to full text