Smaller towns mean fewer allergies

A STUDY of 1200 men aged 30–40 shows the environment in which they grew up has a huge influence on allergy development.

The Danish study has confirmed the known impact of city versus farm life but gone a step further, showing that the relative size of urban and rural environments is also a decisive factor.

The study aimed to investigate in a geographically small, industrially developed country like Denmark if the place of upbringing has an effect on adult allergies. 

The survey subjects were recruited from two epidemiological studies and divided into four groups based on place of upbringing: