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Study of 1 million Swedish children finds first conclusive evidence that exposure to dogs early in life reduces risk of developing asthma.


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No one knows why, but the correlation is there.

Study link: Early Exposure to Dogs and Farm Animals and the Risk of Childhood Asthma

The unprecedented size of this study also allowed the researchers to control for potential confounding variables, such as asthma in parents, area of residence and socioeconomic status. As a result, this is some of the most conclusive research ever presented on the effect of animal ownership early in a child's life on the development of certain disorders.

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