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Springtime means the arrival of green grass, bright flowers, and buzzing bees. But for many of us, it’s also about sneezing, watery red eyes, and a runny nose, thanks to allergies. In this week’s video, you’ll learn why we get allergies, how our immune system turns against us to attack pollen and pets, and why allergies seem to be on the rise in developed nations.

Hygiene hypothesis:

Spread of allergies in developed nations:

TGF-beta and allergies:

Microbiome and allergies:

Gut microbes and peanut allergy in mice:

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