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 Fitness Clocking 10 000 steps daily alone will not prevent weight gain News Budget Speech 2020: ‘The NHI is protected’ Medical Women's blood pressure rises earlier and faster than men's Medical WATCH | Could the new coronavirus be 'Disease X'? Medical Girls with autism diagnosed later than boys Diet and nutrition Consumers waste twice as much food as experts thought 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.