Allergy to a Partially Extraterrestrial Object

A touching allergy, an encounter of an unusual kind (an encounter of a third kind, according to some classifications), made its way into a medical journal report: “Contact allergy to a meteorite: An interesting consequence of nickel allergy,” L. Malinauskiene, Contact Dermatitis, epub 2018. The author, at Vilnius University, Lithuania, reports: “A 28-year-old male patient […]

Feather Duvet Lung Danger

If you were compiling a compendium of everyday household items which can pose a danger, stepladders, drain-cleaning chemicals, and hot saucepans might immediately spring to mind. Feather duvets would quite probably be considerably further down the list. But don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by their lightweight, soft and fluffy demeanour –  […]

Involuntary Hippophagia (2): Horsemeat and Hamsters

Improbable readers may be familiar with the Pork-Cat Syndrome (a link between allergic sensitivity to pork meat and cat epithelia), details of which were first published in 1994. Perhaps less well known though is the Horsemeat-Hamster Syndrome, which could have implications for those who have been exposed to the current UK outbreak of Involuntary Hippophagia. […]

Pork-Cat Syndrome, and Posthumus news thereof

This is one of the earliest medical reports on record about Pork-Cat Syndrome: “The pork-cat syndrome: effect of sensitization to cats on sensitization to pork meat. Apropos of a case“, [article in French] M. Drouet, M.G. Lauret and A. Sabbah, Allergie et Immunologie, 1994 Oct;26(8):305-6. The authors, at  Laboratoire d’Immuno-Allergologie, CHU, Angers, France, report: “A […]

Cat color and allergies?

Investigator G.J. Reynolds writes: Here’s a nice little set of papers on how the color of a cat affects its owners allergies. First, a 2000 abstract in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunologyestablishing that owners of lighter-colored cats have fewer symptoms than owners of darker-colored cats [one of the authors, Clifford Bassett, is pictured here in lieu […]

Cockroach Under-the-Tongue Safety Study

Investigator Mark Natter alerts us to an ongoing study by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID): Sublingual Cockroach Safety Study (SCSS) This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants. Identifier: NCT00434421 Purpose: Immunotherapy may help reduce symptoms of allergy and asthma. Problems concerning compliance and adverse events with subcutaneous allergen immunotherapy […]