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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756485/associations-between-factors-related-to-atopic-disease-and-glaucoma-in-the-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey
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Victoria L Tseng, Janet Lee, Fei Yu, Omar Sirsy, Anne L Coleman
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies have suggested associations between glaucoma and serum sensitization to specific allergens. The purpose of this study was to examine associations between inciting factors for atopic disease, atopic diseases and symptoms, and glaucoma in the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. METHODS: The study population included adult participants of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006. Inciting factors for atopic disease included pet ownership, mildew/musty smell in home, cockroaches in home, use of water treatment devices, and crowded living conditions...
May 1, 2018: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29685450/motivators-and-barriers-for-dog-and-cat-owners-and-veterinary-surgeons-in-the-united-kingdom-to-using-preventative-medicines
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Zoe Belshaw, Natalie J Robinson, Rachel S Dean, Marnie L Brennan
Routine use of preventative medicines is advocated as part of responsible dog and cat ownership. However, it has been suggested that the number of owners in the United Kingdom (UK) using preventative medicines to protect their pets is in decline. The aim of this novel study was to use a qualitative methodology to explore the attitudes of pet owners and veterinary surgeons in the UK to using preventative medicine products in dogs and cats. Preventative medicine was defined as "a drug or any other preparation used to prevent disease, illness or injury...
June 1, 2018: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684578/exposure-and-sensitization-to-pets-modify-endotoxin-association-with-asthma-and-wheeze
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Angelico Mendy, Jesse Wilkerson, Pӓivi M Salo, Richard D Cohn, Darryl C Zeldin, Peter S Thorne
BACKGROUND: Pets are major contributors of endotoxin in homes, but whether they influence endotoxin association with respiratory outcomes is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To examine whether exposure and sensitization to dog and cat modify the relationship between endotoxin exposure and asthma and wheeze. METHODS: We analyzed data from 6,051 participants in the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). House dust from bedroom floor and bedding was evaluated for endotoxin and for dog (Canis familiaris 1) and cat (Feline domesticus 1) allergens...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668896/critical-review-of-research-methods-used-to-consider-the-impact-of-human-animal-interaction-on-older-adults-health
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Erika Friedmann, Nancy R Gee
Background and Objectives: Most research on human-animal interaction (HAI) and human health focuses on one of three perspectives: (a) health effects of pet ownership; (b) health effects of contact with a companion animal; or (c) health effects of animal-assisted interventions including animal-assisted therapies, and animal-assisted activities. Methods: We reviewed research methods used to address each perspective, within the context of human aging, and identified challenges associated with these methods...
April 12, 2018: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29622728/encouraging-responsible-pet-ownership
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Suzanne Jarvis
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April 7, 2018: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29599965/airborne-protein-concentration-a-key-metric-for-type-1-allergy-risk-assessment-in-home-measurement-challenges-and-considerations
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Liz Tulum, Zoë Deag, Matthew Brown, Annette Furniss, Lynn Meech, Anja Lalljie, Stella Cochrane
Background: Exposure to airborne proteins can be associated with the development of immediate, IgE-mediated respiratory allergies, with genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors also playing a role in determining the likelihood that sensitisation will be induced. The main objective of this study was to determine whether airborne concentrations of selected common aeroallergens could be quantified in the air of homes using easily deployable, commercially available equipment and analytical methods, at low levels relevant to risk assessment of the potential to develop respiratory allergies...
2018: Clinical and Translational Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29596708/health-benefits-and-risks-of-pets-in-nursing-homes-a-survey-of-facilities-in-ohio
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Jason W Stull, Cydney C Hoffman, Timothy Landers
Pets are encountered in nursing homes and although they provide health benefits to individuals, they are also a source of health risks. The current study aimed to determine the frequency and types of animals in nursing homes, perceived benefits, and content of policies addressing health risks. Ninety-five administrators from unique nursing homes in Ohio completed an online survey addressing perceived benefits and risks of animals and policies in place. Animals were permitted in 99% of nursing homes, with dogs (95%), cats (85%), birds (71%), fish (55%), and farm animals (40%) most frequently reported...
March 29, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29568541/prevalence-of-feline-immunodeficiency-virus-and-feline-leukaemia-virus-infection-in-malaysia-a-retrospective-study
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Amilan Sivagurunathan, Asem M Atwa, Remo Lobetti
Objectives: Feline ownership is popular and represents the largest segment of the pet population in Malaysia. Most feline owners own, on average, 2-3 cats, with some having >10 cats per household. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) are two clinically important viral infections in cats. Documenting the prevalence of these diseases in the feline population is important for both veterinarians and the public. Methods: This was a retrospective study, using data collected from the domestic cat population seen at a 24 h private veterinary hospital in Malaysia, to determine the prevalence of FIV and FeLV in an urban area and risk factors associated with these infections...
January 2018: JFMS Open Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29554565/pet-exposure-in-utero-and-postnatal-decreases-the-effects-of-air-pollutants-on-hypertension-in-children-a-large-population-based-cohort-study
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Wayne R Lawrence, Mo Yang, Shao Lin, Si-Quan Wang, Yimin Liu, Huimin Ma, Duo-Hong Chen, Bo-Yi Yang, Xiao-Wen Zeng, Li-Wen Hu, Guang-Hui Dong
The effect of ambient air pollution exposure on childhood hypertension has emerged as a concern in China, and previous studies suggested pet ownership is associated with lower blood pressure (BP). However, limited information exists on the interactive effects pet ownership and air pollution exposure has on hypertension. We investigated the interactions between exposure to pet ownership and air pollutants on hypertension in Chinese children. 9354 students in twenty-four elementary and middle schools (aged 5-17 years) in Northeastern China were evaluated during 2012-2013...
July 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29530078/sociodemographic-correlates-of-prospective-dog-owners-intentions-to-participate-in-controlled-trials-of-dog-ownership-and-human-health
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Debbie Chia, Lauren Powell, Vanessa Lee, Marjan Mosalman Haghighi, Anthony Podberscek, Ding Ding, Cathie Sherrington, Emmanuel Stamatakis
OBJECTIVE: Dog ownership is popular, with research suggesting improvements in physical and psychological health of dog owners. However, majority of these studies were not investigator-controlled. Ethical and practical implications arising from the intervention exposure (dog ownership) result in recruitment difficulties. A fit-for-purpose design, such as delaying dog adoption until after data collection, could alleviate such issues. The purpose of this study was to explore intentions and possible incentives for participation in investigator-controlled trials examining the effects of dog ownership on human physical and psychological health...
March 12, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29519232/human-animal-interaction-as-a-social-determinant-of-health-descriptive-findings-from-the-health-and-retirement-study
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Megan K Mueller, Nancy R Gee, Regina M Bures
BACKGROUND: We focused on human-animal interaction (HAI) as an important aspect of social functioning at the individual level, framing this emerging field from a public health perspective. METHODS: Using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) 2012 HAI module, we describe the characteristics of pet ownership in a population of older adults, and examine the relation between pet ownership and multiple mental and physical health indicators such as health status, depression, and physical activity...
March 9, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29477136/canine-assisted-therapy-as-an-adjunct-tool-in-the-care-of-the-surgical-patient-a-literature-review-and-opportunity-for-research
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Lauren Folgosa Cooley, Sandra B Barker
The use of canine-assisted therapy (CAT) in healthcare is expanding and the purpose of this review is to highlight its potential use in the surgical patient. While CAT literature to date has detailed widespread benefits in blood pressure control and improving pain, anxiety, and stress, little research has been performed specifically in surgical patients who may benefit significantly from CAT interventions. Critical points highlighted herein are as follows: (1) Hypertension is common and significantly increases morbidity and mortality associated with elective surgery...
February 24, 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29475765/environmental-factors-associated-with-allergic-rhinitis-symptoms-in-japanese-university-students-a-cross-sectional-study
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Hironobu Nishijima, Sayaka Suzuki, Kenji Kondo, Tatsuya Yamasoba, Shintaro Yanagimoto
OBJECTIVE: Numerous studies have reported that various environmental factors during early life are key determinants for developing allergic disease. Herein, we aimed to investigate the impact of environmental factors on allergic rhinitis. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in a single university in Japan (from April to June, in 2015 and 2016). Students voluntarily answered online questionnaires regarding their allergic rhinitis symptoms and their exposure to various environmental factors during preschool-age...
February 20, 2018: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29467728/urbanization-reduces-transfer-of-diverse-environmental-microbiota-indoors
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Anirudra Parajuli, Mira Grönroos, Nathan Siter, Riikka Puhakka, Heli K Vari, Marja I Roslund, Ari Jumpponen, Noora Nurminen, Olli H Laitinen, Heikki Hyöty, Juho Rajaniemi, Aki Sinkkonen
Expanding urbanization is a major factor behind rapidly declining biodiversity. It has been proposed that in urbanized societies, the rarity of contact with diverse environmental microbiota negatively impacts immune function and ultimately increases the risk for allergies and other immune-mediated disorders. Surprisingly, the basic assumption that urbanization reduces exposure to environmental microbiota and its transfer indoors has rarely been examined. We investigated if the land use type around Finnish homes affects the diversity, richness, and abundance of bacterial communities indoors...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455420/molecular-characterization-of-hepatozoon-canis-from-farm-dogs-in-pakistan
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Abdullah S Ahmad, Muhammad A Saeed, Imran Rashid, Kamran Ashraf, Wasim Shehzad, Rebecca J Traub, Gad Baneth, Abdul Jabbar
Hepatozoon canis is a tick-borne pathogen of canids, which is distributed worldwide. However, very little is known about this protozoan parasite in Pakistan. This study provides the first molecular evidence of H. canis from farm dogs from three agro-ecological zones of Punjab, Pakistan. A conventional PCR targeting the 18S rRNA gene was used to characterize H. canis from farm dogs from three districts, namely Kasur, Rawalpindi, and Muzaffargarh, in Punjab. Of 341 blood samples tested, 155 (45.5%) were positive for H...
April 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434523/allergic-sensitization-to-common-pets-cats-dogs-according-to-different-possible-modalities-of-exposure-an-italian-multicenter-study
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G Liccardi, L Calzetta, G Baldi, A Berra, L Billeri, M Caminati, P Capano, E Carpentieri, A Ciccarelli, M A Crivellaro, M Cutajar, M D'Amato, I Folletti, F Gani, D Gargano, D Giannattasio, M Giovannini, C Lombardi, M Lo Schiavo, F Madonna, M Maniscalco, A Meriggi, C Micucci, M Milanese, C Montera, G Paolocci, R Parente, A Pedicini, R Pio, F Puggioni, M Russo, A Salzillo, P Scavalli, N Scichilone, B Sposato, A Stanziola, G Steinhilber, A Vatrella, P Rogliani, G Passalacqua
Background: The query "are there animals at home?" is usually administered for collecting information on anamnesis. This modality to consider exposure to pet allergens constitutes a potential bias in epidemiological studies and in clinical practice. The aim of our study was to evaluate/quantify different modalities of exposure to cat/dog in inducing allergic sensitization. Methods: Thirty Italian Allergy units participated in this study. Each centre was required to collect the data of at least 20 consecutive outpatients sensitized to cat/dog allergens...
2018: Clinical and Molecular Allergy: CMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29411556/dog-and-cat-allergies-and-allergen-avoidance-measures-in-korean-adult-pet-owners-who-participated-in-a-pet-exhibition
#17
Min Suk Yang, Sang Pyo Lee, Young Jae Kwon, Sang Min Lee
PURPOSE: This study evaluated dog and cat allergies and their association with allergen avoidance measures in Korean adults. METHODS: The study population consisted of 537 adults who currently kept dogs or cats and participated in a pet exhibition in Korea. The subjects were asked to complete questionnaires regarding pet ownership, allergen avoidance, and allergy symptoms, and underwent skin prick tests. They were considered to have a dog or cat allergy if they suffered from one or more of allergy symptoms during contact with their pets...
March 2018: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29402247/the-power-of-support-from-companion-animals-for-people-living-with-mental-health-problems-a-systematic-review-and-narrative-synthesis-of-the-evidence
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Helen Louise Brooks, Kelly Rushton, Karina Lovell, Penny Bee, Lauren Walker, Laura Grant, Anne Rogers
BACKGROUND: There is increasing recognition of the therapeutic function pets can play in relation to mental health. However, there has been no systematic review of the evidence related to the comprehensive role of companion animals and how pets might contribute to the work associated with managing a long-term mental health condition. The aim of this study was to explore the extent, nature and quality of the evidence implicating the role and utility of pet ownership for people living with a mental health condition...
February 5, 2018: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349237/social-capital-and-pet-ownership-a-tale-of-four-cities
#19
Lisa Wood, Karen Martin, Hayley Christian, Steve Houghton, Ichiro Kawachi, Shannen Vallesi, Sandra McCune
•Pet ownership is significantly associated with higher levels of social capital.•Social capital was associated with pet ownership in the U.S. and Australia.•Results are not confined to dog owners nor dog walkers.•Pets are an under-recognized conduit for building social capital.
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306159/is-the-association-between-pet-ownership-and-indoor-endotoxin-levels-confounded-or-modified-by-outdoor-residential-greenspace
#20
Elaine Fuertes, Marie Standl, Iana Markevych, Wolfgang Bischof, Joachim Heinrich
BACKGROUND: Pet ownership is consistently associated with higher indoor endotoxin concentrations, but may also be related to the amount of greenspace around the home. This study examined whether the association between pet ownership and higher indoor endotoxin concentrations is confounded or modified by residential greenspace. METHODS: Information on pet ownership was collected at the time of recruitment of the German LISA birth cohort. Endotoxin levels were measured in settled house dust sampled from mothers' mattresses (N=1197) and living room floors (N=390)...
June 1, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
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