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Infections in first six months of life show link to type 1 diabetes

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 05 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2497
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Recurrent viral respiratory tract infections in the first six months of life are associated with developing type 1 diabetes, a study published in JAMA has shown.1 The German researchers said their findings suggested that the first half year of life is crucial for the development of the immune system and autoimmunity.

The researchers examined the medical records of 295 420 infants born from 2005 to 2007 in Bavaria, Germany. Of …

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