(Conflicting Studies Found) Exposure to cats may prevent asthma

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Created on November 16 2015 at 10: 34 PM

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Children who live with cats can develop an immune response which prevents them developing asthma.

A team of asthma and allergy experts from America looked at over 200 children's immune response to cat and mite allergens.

Just under 50 of the children had some asthma symptoms

They found that some children developed a tolerance, protecting them against cat allergies, because of a particular type of antibody they developed.

The research, published in The Lancet, found some children who had been exposed to cat allergens can develop an immunity to asthma.

But the finding does not apply to everyone.

'Immunity'

Professor Thomas Platts-Mills, who led the research carried out at the University of Virginia Asthma and Allergic Disease Center, told BBC News Online that children were just as likely to have immunity to cats as to be allergic to them.


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Compared with Evidence on Parenting-Checkpoint.com: Summary

Cat exposure in the early years is likely associated with an increased risk of wheezing at or after the age of 3 years.

This viral article is NOT supported by the following studies on Parenting-Checkpoint.com

Impacts of Dogs on Childhood Allergy and Asthma: What Research Reveals

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