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Why living close to nature may be good for you ◄A►

This is the theme of the latest topic on our sister website, Nature and Biodiversity News & Views.

"Rapidly declining biodiversity may be a contributing factor to another global megatrend — the rapidly increasing prevalence of allergies and other chronic inflammatory diseases among urban populations worldwide." So write the authors of a recent research paper looking at whether contact with biodiversity boosts peoples' immunes systems. This is the topic of the latest article on ALTER-Net's News & Views website is, 'Why living close to nature may be good for you'.


The topic is based on work led by Prof. Ilkka Hanski at the University of Helsinki and was published in Hanski, I., von Hertzen, L., Fyhrquistc, N. et al. (2012). Environmental biodiversity, human microbiota, and allergy are interrelated. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Doi/10.1073/pnas.1205624109. Free to download from: