Past Studies that support the hygiene hypothesis and probiotics as a possible therapy for allergic disease:
Effect of probiotic mix (Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus) in the primary prevention of eczema: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial (p )Ji Yeun Kim, Jung Hyun Kwon, So Hyun Ahn, Sang Il Lee, Young Shin Han, Young Ok Choi, Soo Young Lee, Kang Mo Ahn, Geun Eog Ji, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, 2009
This study concluded that a mixture of probiotics (B. bifidum BGN4, B. lactis AD011, and L. acidophilus AD031) can have a beneficial effect to prevent development of eczema in infants at high risk during their first year of life.
Probiotics for allergic respiratory diseases – Putting it into perspectiveMeenu Singh and Rashmi Ranjan Das, Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, 2009
This abstract includes a review of current research and suggests that mounting clinical evidence shows that probiotics are well tolerated and a valuable treatment in allergic respiratory disease but that more and better research is needed to prove their effectiveness as a therapy for asthma.
Positive Interactions with the Microbiota: Probiotics Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, GI Microbiota and Regulation of the Immune System by, Marko Kalliomäki, Seppo Salminen and Erika Isolauri
This book features a chapter that summarizes the body of evidence supporting the health benefits of probiotics for infants, and points out bifidobacterial probiotics or Lactobacillus strains that promote bifidobacterial micro biota is especially desirable.
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