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    Finnish study suggests that babies who live with dogs have less ear infections, coughs or running noses

    NewsWorld Dog NewsMonday 09 July 2012
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    Dr. Eija Bergroth from Kuopio University Hospital in Finland and colleagues believe that dirt and allergens brought in by animals are good for babies’ immune system.

    This theory is commonly referred to as the “hygiene hypothesis”, and quoted by Reuters, this means that "in many ways, (the study is) saying, if you're exposed to a natural environment… your immune system recognizes that you don't fight the normal allergens," said Dr. T. Bernard Kinane, the chief of the pediatric pulmonary unit at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston.

    Source: Reuters

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