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Thunderstorms that cause asthma attacks?

7 Jul 2017

On November 21st, 2016 a thunderstorm swept across Melbourne, Australia. It brought with it the usual flooded basements, wet shoes and ruined picnics, but it also brought a strange outbreak of...

Latex-Emitting Dandelions

30 May 2017

Ever snap off a dandelion head and see the white liquid seeping out from the stem? It turns out that fluid isn’t sap or poison, but a defense mechanism, in the form of latex! The Lithuanian word...

Anesthesia Allergies

20 May 2017

A woman became allergic to her husband after twenty five years of marriage. She developed pain all over her body every time he approached her. The cause? A pain killer!  The husband was a dentist...

Don't Get Burned with Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

20 Mar 2017

With every breath we take we come closer to death. And if those breaths contain a good dose of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, we may be getting to the end faster. These compounds are...

You Asked: What is histaminosis?

20 Mar 2017

Mention “histamine” and the word “allergy” pops to mind. Rightly so, because during an allergic reaction certain white blood cells known as mast cells and basophils release an inordinate amount of...

Streptomycin and Blueberries

20 Mar 2017

A story is blazing around the blogosphere about a ten year old girl having an anaphylactic reaction to a blueberry pie. Physicians supposedly traced the reaction to streptomycin used as a pesticide...

Does Pollen Transfer Directly from Flower Stamen to My Nose?

20 Mar 2017

And then when I sneeze, can the pollen travel to pistil and pollinate a flower?...

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