Researchers make strides in fight against bovine leukemia virus

Bovine leukemia is a scary topic for beef ranchers and dairy farmers, and for good reason. But now, researchers in northern Japan have made a discovery that might help fight against bovine leukemia virus (BLV) and other infectious cow diseases in the future.

The virus that causes the contagious disease, BLV, is a retrovirus of […]

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Agriculture

Sky-high farms: Rooftop agriculture growing in popularity – CCTV America Building farms on rooftops is now gaining momentum across China. It provides an alternative lifestyle for city dwellers, helping people unwind after […]

Worms, germs and the answer to preventing allergies?

For more than half a century, the focus of an allergic response has been an antibody, immunoglobulin E (IgE). Upon identification of an allergen, a recent article explains that IgE sends signals to the rest of the immune system leading to activation of a variety of cells, and the rapid onset of symptoms. Without some […]

Kid’s allergies may be linked to how you wash your dishes

Parents that wash dishes by hand rather than in a dishwasher may lower their children’s risk of developing allergies according to a new study.

Published in the journal Pediatrics, this study followed roughly 1,000 young children and their parents living in the Gothenburg area of Sweden. Researchers looked into not only if the parents washed […]

The role of histamine in the human body

Many are familiar with the word histamine, in the sense of antihistamine drugs that are taken by millions of allergy suffers around the world. In a very general sense these drugs work by blocking the compound known as histamine that our bodies produce during an allergic reaction. This in turn controls common symptoms such as […]

Foodborne illness can be in the bag

When people think about food safety they oftentimes know they should be concerned with washing their fruits and vegetables, refrigerating their leftover meals and cooking meat thoroughly in order to kill harmful bacteria and protect themselves from foodborne illnesses.

However, there are other aspects of food safety that people should be aware of including the […]