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University of Iowa

Scientists study the benefits of worms

Of all the things young children put in their mouths, dirt may provoke the most concern among parents fearful that eating it will give kids worms. Although there are reasons not to eat soil, worms may not be one of them. Researchers have long been investigating the link between being too clean and failing immunity. Fecal material from healthy people has been shown to help fight antibiotic-resistant infections in patients for whom nothing else worked. Now, some scientists, private companies and even Web-surfing patients are looking into the potential health benefits of ingesting worms. In the developed world, it's been decades since intestinal worms were a familiar part of the...