Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxic > Health-in-Motion 17 May 2017 Want to protect your kids from obesity and allergies? Want to protect your kids from obesity and allergies? Getting a family dog might just do the trick. Canadian scientists have found that babies in families with pets carried greater amounts of the kinds of beneficial bacteria which are linked to a lowered risk of both conditions in their digestive tracts. The researchers believe that by being exposed to a variety of bacteria early on in life, for instance those living in a dog’s fur, individuals may develop immunity that helps protect them against diseases as they grow up. 0 More: Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxicHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Medical Torn between work and family? It may not be good for your heart Medical What foods are most likely to cause acne breakouts? Medical Mummy's curse: Heart disease is an ancient scourge Medical Gluten intolerance: Do you need a separate toaster, utensils in the kitchen? Medical Losing hair? Blame it on the air Parenting Could bone marrow be the missing piece in the fertility puzzle? Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.