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Dogs May Prevent Babies from Getting Asthma

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- If you've ever worried about having your two-legged baby around your four-legged baby this may ease your fears.  A new study from the American Society for Microbiology reveals that house dust from homes with dogs may help in protecting children from developing asthma.

Mice exposed to dust from homes with dogs were better off than those who were not according to researchers.

Dr. Tamiko Ralston from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles says, “It’s more helpful if you’re exposed to these things early in life so if you’re born into a house that has dogs it would be more helpful than bringing a dog home to your 5 year old.”

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