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Study: Living with dogs may help guard against respiratory virus

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Dog owners and parents, take a deep breath. Get your children to take a deep breath.

And most importantly, shake some carpets, fluff your pillows and get your infants to take a deep breath ā€“ or lick the floor.

Because new research from UC San Francisco and the University of Michigan indicates that dust from houses where dogs are present may provide protection from respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. In humans, RSV is associated with a higher risk of developing childhood asthma.

The research was delivered this week at the annual meeting of the American Society of Microbiology in San Francisco.

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