Farm kids protected from inflammatory bowel diseases

People who grow up on livestock farms are half as likely to develop inflammatory bowel diseases as their urban counterparts, research shows.

Farms have a protective effect on IBDs such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in adulthood, and the benefits are more pronounced for those born after 1952, according to a 10,000-person Danish study.

“This leads us to believe that there is a correlation between the rise in inflammatory bowel diseases and increasing urbanisation,” says Signe Timm,

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