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The hygiene hypothesis is also sometimes referred to as the biome depletion theory, or the “old friends” theory, is a hypothesis that states that the cause of allergic disease may be immune intolerance resulting from inadequate exposure to parasites and microbes in childhood.
Parasites could be potential key to treating autoimmune diseases

Parasites could be potential key to treating autoimmune diseases

High-income and better hygiene countries exhibit much higher rates of Alzheimer's

High-income and better hygiene countries exhibit much higher rates of Alzheimer's

Swedish researchers report simple habit to protect against allergy development in children

Swedish researchers report simple habit to protect against allergy development in children

Parents tend to share more bacteria with their dogs than their children

Parents tend to share more bacteria with their dogs than their children

Study: Two-thirds of asthmatics also have allergy

Study: Two-thirds of asthmatics also have allergy

Researchers study gene variants that bear signature for inflammatory disease susceptibility

Researchers study gene variants that bear signature for inflammatory disease susceptibility

C-section babies more likely to develop allergies

C-section babies more likely to develop allergies

Early life exposure to gut microbes protects against autoimmune disease

Early life exposure to gut microbes protects against autoimmune disease

Triclosan exposure linked to allergies in children

Triclosan exposure linked to allergies in children

Triclosan can contribute to increased risk of allergies in children

Triclosan can contribute to increased risk of allergies in children

Overcleanliness in childhood may increase risk for peanut allergy

Overcleanliness in childhood may increase risk for peanut allergy

High family income, hygiene habits can increase risk of peanut allergies in children

High family income, hygiene habits can increase risk of peanut allergies in children

Allergies and hygiene: an interview with Sally Bloomfield

Allergies and hygiene: an interview with Sally Bloomfield

‘Hygiene hypothesis’ updated to ‘Old Friends’ hypothesis

‘Hygiene hypothesis’ updated to ‘Old Friends’ hypothesis

First study to demonstrate that microbes are specific to their host species

First study to demonstrate that microbes are specific to their host species

Antimicrobial exposure may increase risk of allergies in children

Antimicrobial exposure may increase risk of allergies in children

Allergy risk in children linked to antibacterials in personal-care products

Allergy risk in children linked to antibacterials in personal-care products

New research shows beneficial side effect of anti-allergy parasite

New research shows beneficial side effect of anti-allergy parasite

High gut flora protects children against allergies

High gut flora protects children against allergies

Latest research from world's leading allergists to be presented at ACAAI 2011 meeting

Latest research from world's leading allergists to be presented at ACAAI 2011 meeting