Though cats also appear to offer some immune protections, the link isn't as strong.
The study, based on 397 children who live in Finland, found that "the children having dogs at home were healthier, they had less ear infections and they needed less antibiotics," reports pediatrician Eija Bergroth, the study's lead author.
Parents shouldn't feel guilty about having or not having a pet when their child is young. If you want a pet, get a pet.
News of Steve Nash's trade to the Los Angeles Lakers didn't sit well with this 4-year-old Suns fan. She was reduced to tears upon hearing the news of him leaving the desert. But Nash, one of the NBA's most fan-friendly and revered ambassadors, re-tweeted the video on Saturday in an attempt to rectify the situation as best he can.
Stoner brothers Mickey and Sam were just "driving around in circles, listening to music, havin' a good time, listenin' to Led Zeppelin," when they noticed a house on fire. So the pair knocked on the door and saved an Ohio family from certain death. Or at least a dramatic rescue situation.
The latest hobby among bored teens in Saudi Arabia -- where strict Muslim customs limit their opportunities to really let loose -- is drifting, and it's all fun and games until someone loses a limb. Or their life:
[It's] the "sport" of accelerating like you're trying to break the light barrier and then slamming on the brakes. Doing so creates two possible outcomes: 1) having the vehicle slide around like a crazy-cool doodlebug while the tires ferociously screech and smoke, or 2) prompting a massive car wreck that maims or kills everyone involved, often in the most gruesome way possible.
Obviously, the latter scenario is captured in this video, filmed in Riyadh on May 25. The 2012 Camry was going 125 mph when it flipped; all four occupants died instantly.