Amish asthma test.

Author:Parkinson, Jack
Position::Research Digest - Brief article

CHICAGO A study performed by the University of Chicago and published in the New England Journal of Medicine in August has discovered significantly lower rates of asthma in Amish children (5%) compared to the national average (10.3%). Intriguingly, in Hutterite populations the rate was more than double (21.3%) in spite of a similar genetic background and lifestyle between the two groups.

Both Amish and Hutterites lead rural lives without many modern "vices" such as television or cars, but Hutterite farms use modern equipment and machinery--a stark contrast from the single-family dairy farms of many Amish communities.

Amish children spend much more time near animals than either urban children...

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