Published on June 24th, 2012 | by James Johnson0
Avoid Asthma In Children, Buy A Puppy [Study]
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California has found that children who grow up with pet dogs in their home have a lower chance of developing asthma thanks to dog-associated house dust that appears to protect children against RSV.
According to the Parenting Patch:
“Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a virus that causes mild, cold-like symptoms in adults and older healthy children but can cause more serious problems in young babies and individuals in high-risk groups. RSV is the most common cause of lung and airway infections in infants and young children. Children who develop serious symptoms associated with RSV are at an increased risk for asthma later in life.”
To test the theory researchers compared three groups of mice, the first which was fed dust from homes with dogs prior to RSV, the second which was infected with RSV without exposure to dogs and a third control group that was not infected with RSV.
According to Fujimura:
“Mice fed dust did not exhibit symptoms associated with RSV-mediated airway infection, such as inflammation and mucus production. They also possessed a distinct gastrointestinal bacterial composition compared to animals not fed dust.”
By understanding how dog-related dust affects RSV the group hopes to come up with better treatments for asthma.