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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...

The microbiota as an indicator for the risk of asthma?

Immaturity of the intestinal microbiota at the age of one is thought to increase the risk of developing asthma by the age of five in children who are so predisposed because their mothers are asthmatic. Helping the intestinal flora of these children to mature could protect them, according to the resu...

Hibernation: a model of harmony between the intestines and their flora

Does health go out the window in cold weather? This is perhaps the case for some of us in the middle of winter, but not for hibernating animals, whose intestinal defense mechanisms are even strengthened, without harming their bacteria.   A team of American researchers reviewed different s...
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Allergies: the role of microbiota

Recent scientific publications have added new data on the involvement of the various microbiota in asthma, food allergies (eggs, milk, peanuts, etc.), allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis. For example, we are told that Staphylococcus aureus causes atopic dermatitis. Recent analyses have shown...
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