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More data that exposure to nature and animals at an early age reduces a child’s chances of developing asthma.   A recent article published at Uppsala University in Sweden highlights the following findings:

  • Children who grew up with dogs had about a 15% less chance of developing asthma as did those growing up without dogs
  • Growing up on a farm reduces a child’s chances of asthma by about half

Researchers were able to perform this study due to Sweden’s healthcare system which records every doctor visit along with detailed records and the fact that every dog in Sweden is registered in a national database.

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