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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Pets exposure can reduce Babies risk of Allergies or Obesity


A new Canadian research investigation proved that owing dog or cat may benefit children to gain early immunity to allergies or obesity. The research was led by University of Alberta scientists shown that two important microbes transferred through pets are important contenders to reduce the risk of obesity or allergies.

Anita Kozyrskyj, a pediatric epidemiologist at University of Alberta said, “There’s definitely a critical window of time when gut immunity and microbes co-develop, and when disruptions to the process result in changes to gut immunity”.

Team collected fecal samples of 746 infants, where two bacteria Ruminococcus and Oscillospira were abundant who are exposed to pets (70% were dogs). These two bacteria are known to associate with lower risk of allergies or obesity among children.

Althogh researchers aren’t sure about the exposure was the direct contact with animal fur or indirect contact through humans but pet exposure has been the important factor to affect the gut microbiome indirectly. Pet exposure to pregnant mothers also can be factor for gut immunity for unborn baby.

“It’s not far-fetched that the pharmaceutical industry will try to create a supplement of these microbiomes, much like was done with probiotics,” Kozyrskyj said.

The research was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Allergy, Genes and Environment Network (AllerGen NCE).


Journal Source: Microbiome
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