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Dusty Houses and Type 1 Diabetes

Among the cleanest and wealthiest countries in the world, Finland has the highest rate of Type 1 diabetes, while other messier and poorer countries have much lower rates. A recent article in the Washington Post discusses ongoing research to explore how exposure to dust and bacteria in houses might contribute to the onset of Type 1 Diabetes in children.

Maybe this is also the secret to the mystery of why elephants dust bathe?

African elephant enjoying a dust bath, photo by Holly Ganz
African elephant enjoying a dust bath, photo by Holly Ganz

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