This week sees the second of 2, apparently conflicting publications, one saying that having domestic pets is good because it reduces the risks of allergy – the other warning that they pose an infection risk. The studies show how important it is to keep new research findings in perspective.
At the end of January Professor Graham Rook did a podcast updating on current research and current thinking about this issue. It’s well worth a listen – although if you’re not an immunologist you might need to skip the immunology in the middle!!
The role of antibiotics in the development of allergies has repeatedly been discussed, as results remain inconsistent.