Posted: Jul 27 2011
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Reuters Health reports that children exposed to cats and dogs at a young age may have a lower risk for developing nasal allergies later in life.
According to Reuters, growing up with pets has already been linked to a lower risk of other types of allergies. A 2010 study from the University of Cincinnati showed than owning a dog may decrease the risk of childhood eczema, a skin condition. Similarly, a 2011 study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found that growing up with pets cut kids' risk of developing pet allergies by half.
A new study looked at survey responses from nearly 8,500 adults from Europe and Australia and focused on those who grew up around house pets or farm animals, and those who had the troublesome runny noses, itchy eyes, and sore throats that plague nasal allergy sufferers.
"Family pets, in particular dogs...need not be removed to prevent allergies, and in fact may protect against them," concluded Melanie Matheson of the University of Melbourne, lead author of the study.
Posted: Jul 19 2011
A recent study conducted by Henry Ford’s Department of Public Health Sciences measured the allergen output of hypoallergenic dogs, like the labradoodle. Scientists reported that they did not find any measurable differences between so-called hypoallergenic breeds and other dogs.The label, hypoallergenic, is generally given to breeds that shed little or not at all and do not salivate excessively, however the researchers acknowledged that there is no single list of hypoallergenic dogs. Their study found that these traits seem to do little to reduce allergens. One important finding, according to the study’s senior author, Christine Cole Johnson, indicates that an individual's exposure to a dog early in life provides protection against dog allergy development later on. The study will be published online later this month in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy.