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Breathing easier with breast milk

Breast milk protects young mice from developing symptoms of asthma. The effect occurs through the induction of regulatory T cells after ingestion of allergen and TGF-β in breast milk (pages 170–175).

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Figure 1: Allergens acquired during breastfeeding induce protection from allergic airway disease.

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Puddington, L., Matson, A. Breathing easier with breast milk. Nat Med 14, 116–118 (2008).

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