Listen to the NPR story here:
"Writing in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, the scientists report that children between the ages of 3 and 13 are nearly 59 percent less likely to have asthma if they have the bacterium in their gut. The children were also 40 percent less likely to have hay fever and associated allergies such as eczema and rash."
Australians Barry J. Marshall and Robin Warren won the 2005 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.
Diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori infection: 13C urea breath test or the stool antigen test as “test and treat strategy”. BMJ, 2012.
pH or Hp - Dicoverers of the Link Between Helicobacter pylori and PUD Awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine
Asthma: The secret face of H. pylori. Early infection with H. pylori prevents asthma in a T reg cell-dependent manner http://bit.ly/pHl6dm
H. pylori eradication provides benefits to patients with functional dyspepsia http://goo.gl/UwxsT
H. pylori image courtesy of www.hpylori.com.au.