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Clinic to study low asthma, allergy rates in farm children

7:43 PM, May 17, 2013
Jonathan Klumb, 6, feeds calves during after-school chores at the family farm Tuesday in Marshfield.
Jonathan Klumb, 6, feeds calves during after-school chores at the family farm Tuesday in Marshfield.
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The Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation National Farm Medicine Center has partnered with researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to study why children who grow up on farms are less likely to develop asthma and allergies later in life.

The research institutions received a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to conduct the study.

"Our centers have been interested for quite some time in early-life influences on allergy and asthma," said Dr. James Gern, principal investigator for the the ...

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