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Yeast found in babies’ guts increases risk of asthma | QPT

August 21, 2019

University of British Columbia microbiologists
have found a yeast in the gut of new babies in Ecuador that appears to be a strong predictor
that they will develop asthma in childhood. The new research furthers our understanding
of the role microscopic organisms play in our overall health. Children with this type of yeast called Pichia
were much more at risk of asthma Canada and Ecuador both have high rates of
asthma with about 10 per cent of the population suffering from the disease. They found that while gut bacteria play a
role in preventing asthma in Ecuador, it was the presence of a microscopic fungus or yeast
known as Pichia that was more strongly linked to asthma. Instead of helping to prevent asthma, however,
the presence of Pichia in those early days puts children at risk.

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