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Want To Fight Allergies? Get a Dirty Dog 147

sciencehabit writes "A dog in the house is more than just good company. There's increasing evidence that exposure to dogs and livestock early in life can lessen the chances of infants later developing allergies and asthma. Now, researchers have traced this beneficial health effect to a microbe living in the gut. Their study, in mice, suggests that supplementing an infant's diet with the right mix of bacteria might help prevent allergies — even without a pet pooch."
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Want To Fight Allergies? Get a Dirty Dog

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  • Re:I KNEW IT! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MrNiCeGUi ( 302919 ) on Wednesday December 18, 2013 @03:57AM (#45723629)
    I must disagree with your rationale for wanting dogs banned in urban areas (because that's what I deduce from your wording that you want). There are already laws in place for dealing with those aspects that annoy you, respectively noise and littering.

    The fact that there are inconsiderate people out there is not, in itself, sufficient to call for an outright ban.

    I lived close to a bar, and I can tell you a thing or two about noise, street fights and vomit on the sidewalk. I still did not consider asking for a ban on all bars within urban areas. I did, however, call the police when i considered it appropriate.
  • Re:I KNEW IT! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by icebike ( 68054 ) on Wednesday December 18, 2013 @04:39AM (#45723771)

    Really, I don't mind well behaved dogs, but anyone telling you that any laws on the books dealing with constantly barking dogs or dog crap on the sidewalks will have any effect at all is insane.

    Police will not enforce such laws. Animal control will not enforce those laws. Until the neighborhood comes to blows, nothing you say will make the slightest difference.

    There is something about dog ownership that causes deafness.

    The closer the dwellings, the smaller the dogs need to be, and the less time they should be allowed chained up outside.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 18, 2013 @07:32AM (#45724453)

    I swear, God is a fucking troll.

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