Asthma and allergies: proof of a protective “dog effect”?

As Brigitte Bardot said, “a dog, a cat is a heart with hair around” … and bacteria inside, one might add.  How could exposure to pets early in life benefit us?   According to a growing number of studies, certain bacteria could benefit the children of dog and cat owners: exp...

Young mothers, do not get rid of your pet: it could prevent your baby from having allergies and becoming obese!

By modulating the composition of newborns’ intestinal microbiota, pets reduce the risk of later developing an allergy or obesity in adulthood.   This is the astonishing conclusion reached by Canadian researchers who examined 746 newborns. Their study, published in the journal Microbiome, ...
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