December 26, 2013

Pet Dogs May Shield Kids From Later Allergies

A new study from the University of California, San Francisco has found the reason for why children raised in a home with indoor and outdoor dogs develop immunity to allergies later in life. The team found mice that were exposed to dogs that were allowed both indoors and outdoors had their gut microbes altered and experienced a diminished immune system reaction to common allergens. They even found the specific bacterial species that is critical in safeguarding air passages against both allergens and viral infection. They found that inflammatory responses in the lungs were significantly cut in mice that had been exposed to dog-associated dust and it should be the same or kids.

[ Read the Article: Domestic Dogs Offer Protection From Asthma And Infection: Study ]

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