Children With Asthma May Keep Household Pets; DNA Tool Can Predict Height
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By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , /


ON THE HEALTH WATCH THIS EVENING, EVEN IF YOUR CHILD HAS ASTHMA, YOU MAY NOT HAVE TO GET RID OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD PET. A STUDY FROM NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL SHOWS THAT ONCE A CHILD’S ASTHMA IS UNDER CONTROL, HAVING A PET DOES NOT SEEM TO MAKE IT WORSE. THAT IS GREAT NEWS FOR FAMILIES OUT THERE THAT LOVE THEIR ANIMALS. AND WHAT CHILD DOESN’T WANT A DOG OR A CAT? AND SOMETIMES DOCTORS SAY NOT TO DO IT. BUT THIS STUDY LOOKED AT NEARLY 400 CHILDREN WHO WERE FOLLOWED AT AN ASTHMA CENTER. MORE THAN HALF OF THEM HAD BEEN EXPOSED TO A CAT OR A DOG. RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT WHEN THE CHILDREN WERE TREATED ACCORDING TO ASTHMA GUIDELINES, HAVING THE DOG OR CAT AT HOME DIDN’T SEEM TO SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT THEIR IMPROVEMENT, NORDID THEIR EXPOSURE TO SECOND HAND SMOKE. NOW OBVIOUSLY, WE ARE NOT ADVISING KIDS BE EXPOSED TO THAT BUT IT IS GOOD NEWS. SO IF KIDS ARE UNDER CONTROL WITH ASTHMA, THAT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN IF THEY ARE EXPOSED TO CONCERN ALLERGENS. THAT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF A LOT OF PEOPLE’S CHILDHOOD. AND RUCHERS AT MICHIGAN — RESEARCHERS AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY HAVE DEVELOPED A DNA TOOL THAT CAN ACCURATELY DETERMINE A PERSON’S HEIGHT AND COULD ALSO DETERMINE THEIR RISK FOR DISEASES. IS THIS AS EASY AS A SWAB OF A CHEEK? YES, VERY MUCH LIKE THE DNA TESTS YOU DO AT HOME. SCIENTISTS HAVE ANALYZED THE GENNETTIC MAKE UP OF HALF A MILLION PEOPLE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. THEY WERE ABLE TO REDICT THEIR HEIGHT AND DETERMINE WHETHER THEY WOULD STRUGGLE IN SCHOOL OR IF THEY WOULD GET OSTEOPOROSIS. THEY SAY ONE DAY IT MAY BE LIKE A $50 CHEEK SWAB TEST THAT YOU COULD SEND IN AND GET INFORMATION TO TRY TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY. THIS ONLY PERTAINS TO THINGS THAT ARE PASSED ON GENNETTICALLY. SO IT IS NOT FOR EVERYTHING BUT COULD PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION THAN WHAT THE CURRENT TESTS PROVIDE. WOULD YOU TAKE IT? I DON’T KNOW. I THINK SO. I HAVE NOT DONE ONE YET BUT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MY


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