Association of childhood leukaemia with factors related to the immune system

Joachim Schüz, Uwe Kaletsch, Rolf Meinert, Peter Kaatsch & Jörg Michaelis
The childhood peak of common acute lymphoblastic leukaemia has been proposed as being a rare response to delayed exposure to a common infection. In this context, factors related to the child\'s immune system are of special interest. information on such factors was obtained in a recent German case-control study comprising more than 1000 children with acute leukaemia. Neither being the first-born child, nor a short duration of breastfeeding, indicators of a deficit in viral contacts...
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