Pets may confer allergy resistance to children, study suggests

Preliminary research provides some evidence for how pets may help prevent allergies in children. The researchers found animal gastrointestinal bacteria in the feces of one-third of infants that lived with pets in the home, compared with 14% of infants who did not live in households with pets. Carriers of the bacteria showed no sign of allergies by 6 months old, but some noncarriers did. Reuters (9/10)

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