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Does Maternal Smoking Hinder Mother Child Transmission of Helicobacter pylori Infection? | Brenner, Hermann; Bode, Günter; Adler, Guido; Rothenbacher, Dietrich
Article Published: 2000

Risk: RR = 0.24; 95% confidence interval = 0.12–0.49
Type: Cross Sectional
Funding Source: "We thank Dietlind Wehrhahn and Ingrid Wörner and the staff of the Public Health Service of Ulm for their support in conduct of this study."
Significance: Statistically Significant Negative

Published By: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc., Volume 11(1), January 2000, pp 71-75

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Maternal smoking protects the child from the transmission of helicobacter pylori. Emphases added in quotes.

"Evidence for early childhood as the critical period of Helicobacter pylori infection and for clustering of the infection within families suggests a major role of intrafamilial transmission. In a previous study, we found a strong inverse relation between maternal smoking and H. pylori infection among preschool children, suggesting the possibility that mother-child transmission of the infection may be less efficient if the mother smokes. To evaluate this hypothesis further, we carried out a subsequent population-based study


There was a strong inverse relation of children’s infection with maternal smoking ... among children of infected mothers, but not among children of uninfected mothers. These results support the hypothesis of a predominant role for mother-child transmission of H. pylori infection, which may be less efficient if the mother smokes."

... But the systematic disinformation of "public health" continues to equate smoking mothers to killers.

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