Early contact with dogs reduces risk of asthma | Dogalize
A team of Swedish scientists conducted a study on the association of early life contact with dogs and subsequent development of asthma.
The study, based on more than one million Swedish children, has shown that the ones who grew up with dogs had about 15 percent less asthma than the ones without dogs.
“Earlier studies had shown that growing up on a farm reduces a child’s risk of asthma to about half. We wanted to see if this relationship was also true for children growing up with dogs in their homes. Our results confirmed the farming effect, and we also saw that children who grew up with dogs had about 15 percent less asthma than children without dogs” says Tove Fall, Assistant Professor in Epidemiology at the Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life Laboratory, Uppsala University, who coordinated the study.
The results seem to confirm the “Hygiene Hypothesis”, that suggests living in too-clean environments early in life can increase susceptibility to allergy conditions such as asthma.
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