A Dog’s Slurp May Help Kids Lick Asthma

Dogs have a bad reputation for causing allergy flare-ups in kids. But new research suggests that having a dog in the house may actually help prevent childhood asthma.

Infants can easily acquire the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). This increases a child’s chance of developing asthma later in life. By experimenting on mice, researchers found that the dust from a house with a dog builds immunity to RSV. While the research is in its infancy, scientists are hopeful they can use the findings to reduce the number of RSV infections.

“These findings are the first step towards creating a therapy to protect infants against RSV and therefore lessening the occurrence of asthma in the long term,” says Dr. Kei Fujimura, a molecular biologist at the University of California, San Francisco.

Bryan Nash

By Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.