08 Jul '12, 6pm

Dogs Can Be Your Asthma-Prone Baby's Best Friend

Dogs Can Be Your Asthma-Prone Baby's Best Friend

Having a dog may help prevent your baby from developing asthma , according to research from a team at the University of California. Dust from households with dogs is different from dust from homes without pets and, says The Scientist , “now it appears this unique bacterial assemblage may confer an advantage to the youngest members of the household,” if they are at risk for developing asthma: Mice fed dog-home dust before being exposed to the common infant infection respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is associated with a high risk of developing asthma, appear to be immune to the virus compared to mice fed on normal house dust. The immune mice also had “a distinct gastrointestinal bacterial composition,” Kei Fujimura, part of the team from the University of California that announced its findings at the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting last month (June ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/dogs-can-be-your-asthma-prone...

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