Episode 146: Something in the Air

Cat in box

Don't let the cuteness fool you. This cat is spreading dander all over its owner's house. Image courtesy of Flickr user admiller.

Much of the population is afflicted with allergy symptoms but the cause of these reactions vary widely from person or person. Seasonal allergies are often related to pollen. Food allergies can result from exposure to everything from shrimp to peanuts. And then there are pet allergies, the first topic on today's episode. We investigate why pet dander is prone to putting immune systems on attack. Then producer Gretchen Kuda Croen talks to a researcher about the dust library he's compiling, which could prove valuable to scientists and health experts examining what particles in the air are prone to making us sick.

Show Clock

0:00 Opening Credits
0:26 Introduction
2:19 Allergen-Free Pets
5:47 The Dust Library
13:12 Closing Credits


Special thanks to Sarah Hunter-Lascoskie for researching this show.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Music from the Free Music Archive includes "Hungaria," by Latché Swing, and "Rolands Vegners," by Ergo Phizmiz & Margita Zalite. Thanks also to Heywood Banks for letting us use his song "Dustmites."

Image courtesy of Flickr user admiller.

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