Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Can Dogs Cure Asthma?

According to an article in Dog Fancy, a recent study finds that microbes from house dust in homes with dogs appear to protect against the onset of respiratory syncytial virus, a virus that can increase a person's chance of developing childhood asthma. 

Researchers fed dust to mice from homes with dogs, and found that these mice did not develop symptoms of RSV infection, which includes lung inflammation and mucus production.  They believe that this supports the idea that exposure to dogs in early childhood stimulates the immune system and helps prevent asthma and other allergies.

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