Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, April 3rd, 2001
Because rates of atopic disease have doubled in the Western world while rates of mycobacterial infection, especially tuberculosis, have declined, scientists proposed that mycobacteria exposure - or lack of it - may figure into the disease.
"The aim of this study was to determine whether administration of mycobacterial antigens to atopic individuals might ameliorate their disease," said P.D. Arkwright and colleagues.
The researchers enrolled 41 children...
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