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New analysis finds daycare attendance early in life cuts childhood leukemia risk by 30 percent
Date:4/28/2008

in situations where the population mix changes.

The report concluded that the evidence regarding whether infection during pregnancy or in situations of unusual patterns of population mixing influences the risk is inconclusive at present and that further research is necessary.

On the question of whether infection early in life protects against leukaemia, the best evidence comes from studies of indirect measures of infection - which eliminates many of the problems common in trying to study infections directly - as well as from studies on immune system stimulation and on the genetics of immune responses, said one of the reports authors, Dr. Adrienne Morgan, staff scientist at CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA.

Putting our review together with the new analysis on social interaction, we can say pretty confidently that childcare, breastfeeding and vaccination are good things. This gives a steer to the biologists looking for what mechanisms might be at play, she said.


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