Quote:Keeping children cocooned in ultra-clean homes away from other youngsters could trigger childhood leukaemia, a landmark study suggests.
A major new analysis by Britain’s leading leukaemia expert has concluded a deadly chain of events is set in motion when susceptible children are not exposed to enough bugs to prime their immune system at an early age.
Without sufficient immunity, if vulnerable youngsters catch even a relatively harmless virus like flu, the immune system malfunctions creating far more infection-fighting white blood cells than needed, causing leukaemia.
Professor Mel Greaves of The Institute of Cancer Research, London, said it was a ‘paradox of progress in modern societies’ that advances in cleanliness had caused such a devastating condition.
I've read it can increase allergies and asthma but nothing like this.