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Kids who have puppies or ponies may have lower asthma risk

By Lisa Rapaport

(Reuters Health) – Babies exposed to dogs and farm animals may be less likely to develop asthma by the age six, a Swedish study suggests.

Dog exposure during infancy was associated with a 13 percent lower risk of asthma in school-age children, while farm animal exposure was linked to a 52 percent risk reduction.

While the findings don’t prove that puppies prevent asthma, they do suggest that expectant parents may not need to give away the family pet for fear their baby might develop asthma from being around the dog, said lead study author Tove Fall of Uppsala University in Sweden.

“To let children have a pet in their home is likely to enrich the family life in many ways, and perhaps also enriches the child’s microbiome and immune system,” Fall said by email.

Fall and colleagues reviewed data on more than one million children born in Sweden from 2001 through 2010.

The analysis included about 276,000 school-age kids, including nearly 22,000 with a parent […]

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Red Wine Benefits for Those With Diabetes

It can help manage cholesterol and cardiac health.

Do you have diabetes? Then you may benefit from drinking a glass of red wine and not even know it.

A new study from researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev shows that drinking a glass of red wine every night can help those with type 2 diabetes to not only manage their cholesterol but their cardiac health as well.

The study also shows that both red and white wine can improve sugar control.

Researchers, who published their findings in the Annals of Internal Medicine, say it’s the first long-term alcohol study on what impact moderate alcohol consumption has on diabetes. They even sought to learn whether any type of wine matters to your health.

What’s known is that people with diabetes are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and have lower levels of good cholesterol. Researchers say that even though there have been observational studies in the past, any recommendations for moderate alcohol consumption for those with diabetes has been controversial.

Red wine was found to be “superior in improving overall metabolic profiles, mainly by modestly improving the lipid profile, by increasing good cholesterol (HDL) and apolipoprotein, one of the major constituents of HDL cholesterol, while decreasing the ratio between total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol, researchers say.

The researchers concluded that “initiating moderate wine intake, especially red wine, among well-controlled diabetics, as part of a healthy diet, is […]

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Early exposure to dogs could lower asthma risk

Swedish researchers have looked at data on more than one million Swedish children and found that those who grew up with dogs had a 15 percent lower risk of asthma.

Building on research that shows a child’s risk of asthma drops by half if he or she grows up on a farm, the new study confirmed the “farming effect” and also found that growing up with dogs could be enough to make a difference.

The size of the data set allowed the researchers to account for factors such as area of residence or asthma in parents.

The study is being published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Iraq combats cholera with massive vaccination campaign

Baghdad (AFP) – Iraq is carrying out a major vaccination campaign to combat a cholera outbreak that has infected more than 2,200 people, the health ministry said on Sunday.

The campaign, focused on vaccinating people displaced by conflict including the war with the Islamic State group, began Saturday, health minister Adeela Hammoud Hussein said in a statement.

The World Health Organisation shipped more than 500,000 doses of oral cholera vaccine to Iraq, enough to treat some 250,000 people.

According to the WHO, there have been more than 2,200 cases of cholera in the current outbreak.

In the Jamiyah area of western Baghdad at a camp made up of rows of white tents, a medical team in a small room administered doses of the vaccine to both adults and children.

They were then given cards with their names and the date of their vaccination, and told to return after two weeks.

Akram Meshal, a 25-year-old from the city of Ramadi, which was seized by the jihadist IS in May, came […]

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