(Supported) Research Shows How Household Dogs Protect Against Asthma, Infection: Study Led by UCSF, U Michigan Scientists Points to Changes in Gut Microbes

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Children’s risk for developing allergies and asthma is reduced when they are exposed in early infancy to a dog in the household, and now researchers have discovered a reason why.

Exposure of mice to dust from houses where canine pets are permitted both indoors and outdoors can reshape the community of microbes that live in the mouse gut — collectively known as the gastrointestinal microbiome — and also diminish immune system reactivity to common allergens, according to a new study by researchers led by Susan Lynch, PhD, associate professor with the Division of Gastroenterology at UC San Francisco, and Nicholas Lukacs, PhD, professor with the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan.

The scientists also identified a specific bacterial species within the gut that is critical to protecting the airways against both allergens and viral respiratory infection.

The study, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and involves a multi-disciplinary group of researchers from UCSF, the University of Michigan, Henry Ford Health Syst...

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Compared with Evidence on Parenting-Checkpoint.com: Summary

For children who are not sensitive to dog allergens in their early years, dog ownership can protect against asthma. Early exposure to dogs also reduce the odds of being sensitive to fur or airborne allergens.

This viral article is supported by the following studies on Parenting-Checkpoint.com

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

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