Early contact with farm animals helps build immunity against stress

What is it exactly that makes country life so healthy? Is it the peace and quiet, the fresh air or the intact neighbourhood? Scientists at Ulm University have an entirely different answer to this question: Rural residents with close contact to farm animals can stand stress much better, on an immunological level, than city dwellers who grew up without pets. They probably do so with the aid of little microbial helpers, also known as ‘old friends’. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)