Science: Ticks are more likely to cause red meat allergies than we thought

We like to imagine that being bitten by a bug will give us cool, arachnid-based super powers — not food allergies.

But evidence has shown bites from certain species of ticks can lead to a temporary allergy to alpha-gal, a sugar found in red meats like beef, lamb and pork. Scientists have said that the […]

How can a bug bite make you allergic to meat?

We usually think of food allergies as something we’re born with. Sometimes we develop them later in life, but for the most part, there’s not really anything we can do to cause them.

Except get bitten by ticks.

A certain kind of tick, at least. The lone star tick, found in the eastern half of […]

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Animal Science

From farm to table, seedstock selection is the first step – Collegian Central

When people walk into the meat section in any market, many have an expectation of finding fresh, affordable, […]

Wait, red meat doesn’t hurt heart health?

A heart-healthy diet consists of lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and red meat. Wait—something doesn’t belong there. Usually it is recommended to limit red meat (and sugary foods and beverages).

But could that recommendation change following research from the University of Cambridge?

International researchers worked together to conduct a meta-analysis of […]

Ticked off beef: Tick bites may lead to meat allergy

Tick bites are bad enough on their own, but doctors now suspect bites from a certain species may lead to a red meat allergy.

A large number of cases involving people who suddenly developed an allergy to red meat have cropped up in the central and southern U.S. Researchers believe a tiny parasite is to […]