Childhood exposure to cats might reduce asthma risk

November 10, 2017

Childhood exposure to cats might reduce asthma risk

Some children who grow up in households with cats may be less likely than those in cat-free households to develop asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory problems, according to a study from the Copenhagen Studies on Asthma in Childhood Research Center. Researchers linked the effect to a specific gene variant, and exposure to bacteria, fungi or viruses that cats carry into the home might deactivate the gene, study leader Jakob Stokholm said.

The Telegraph (London) (11/9)