There was something 'asthmagenic
about living in African cities' and 'fitting an explanation to the pattern is fraught with difficulty and tends to end in vague generalizations about "westernisation", a catchall phrase which covers a host of theories'.
In comparing the homes, researchers say "bacterial community richness was notably increased in all dog-owning and a subset of cat-owning households." The study is the first step toward identifying the microbial species that offer protection against the asthmagenic
pathogen RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), says researcher Kei Fujimura, Ph.D.
"This led us to speculate that microbes within dog-associated house dust may colonize the gastrointestinal tract, modulate immune responses and protect the host against the asthmagenic
pathogen RSV (respiratory syncytial virus)," says researcher Kei Fujimura, Ph.D.
As our understanding of the influence of these interactions on the development of allergy improves, novel interventions designed to modulate the host response to these asthmagenic
exposures can be developed and implemented.