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Allergies linked to baby's birthplace, gut bugs

Researchers found that babies were more likely to harbor a certain kind of bacteria in their intestines if they were born in the hospital, and especially by cesarean section -- and those gut bugs were tied to a kid's chances of later getting allergies or asthma.

The study included about 2,700 babies who were followed until they were seven years old.

One month after birth, the researchers tested fecal samples from infants, looking to see whether their intestines were hosting a few specific species of bacteria, such as Escherichia coli and Clostridium difficile.

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