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Allergy to cats: what is it exactly?

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Many people claim to be allergic to cats, but the condition is a lot more complicated than that. Let’s look into it. 

 From a hypersensitivity of our immune system to an allergen, in the case of cats likely to be  fel d1 ), produced by the sebaceous glands of the cat and therefore present on skin, hair and dandruff,  in the saliva and the pee. As cats clean themselves by licking their coat, many will be found on the hair. The allergen has the particularity of being extremely persistent. In practical terms, it means it can remain in the environment for a long time and induce allergic symptoms even in the absence of close contact with the animal. 


In general, there is a genetic predisposition to become allergic. In practice, at a certain point in life, predisposed subjects,  the first time they come in contact with the allergen, will tolerate it or develop a reaction in the event of subsequent contact.  We know that those who live with cats from birth are usually more likely to maintain a good tolerance to their allergen.  

Who is allergic to cats is allergic to all cats (regardless of breed or length of hair) or just advertisement some?

Some habits can increase or decrease the spread of allergens in the environment and thus change the tolerance level. For example, keeping the rooms ventilated where a cat lives helps reduce the allergen presence while brushing the animal often contributes to increasing it because a brushed cat will often lick its coat.

It is not even possible to predict the duration or the intensity of the symptoms. It could even turn out to be a temporary or intermittent allergy and therefore occurs in certain periods and disappears in others. It all depends on the situation of the individual subjects and on the possible changes that could occur in life. In fact, there are factors capable of breaking the immunological tolerance towards an allergen.

 

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Worked in many sectors including recruitment and marketing. Lucky to have found a soulmate who was then taken far too soon. No intention of moving on and definitely not moving to Thailand for the foreseeable future. Might move forward. Owned by a cat.

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Beta-carotene can be good for you, this is why

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Beta-carotene is a vitamin with many beneficial properties and for this reason it is increasingly used, gaining a leading role as a precious ally for our body. Beta-carotene is in fact able to counteract the free radicals responsible for cellular aging, to stimulate melanin and promote tanning by protecting the skin from sunlight, protecting the system cardiovascular and much more.

Beta-carotene is a “carotenoid”, which is a vegetable pigment that can be yellow , red or orange and is a precursor of vitamin A. That means that when needed it can convert into vitamin A.  It doesn’t absorb well in the intestine but you can aid this by eating with oil,

The beta- carotene is contained in green leafy vegetables and in orange, yellow and red fruits and vegetables.

It is found in fruits such as peach, melon, apricot, mango and vegetables such as carrots, peppers, pumpkin but also peas, spinach and and parsley.

The food which, however, contains the highest concentration of beta-carotene is an alga, or the spirulina..

Beta-carotene is essential for the well-being of our organism and from a nutritional point of view. First of all it is a powerful antioxidant , which means alarming that it is able to slow down skin aging as it fights free radicals. It also has anticancer properties and can strenghten the immune system. It is also important above all for the well-being of the skin, hair and bones.

For these reasons the World Health Organization which recommends taking five servings a day of fruit and vegetables, if you do that the transformation of beta-carotene into vitamin A is guaranteed, with beneficial effects.

Excessive intake of beta-carotene can cause changes in the colour of the skin which has an orange tinge, but that should disappear simply by decreasing the doses of beta-carotene.

 

 

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A coronavirus epidemic happened 20,000 years ago in Asia

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Although the Covid – 19 for the first time was transmitted from animals to humans two years ago, there is evidence that coronaviruses triggered epidemics as early as the Stone Age. Scientists have analyzed the genomes of human remains from the Stone Age and found that people in Asia first encountered the virus around twenty thousand years ago. As this study shows, but beware this study hasn’t been peer-reviewed yet. There is a lot  more to do to be able to understand how ancient pandemics were and what was the mortality rate.

Coronaviruses use human cells to multiply and by doing so leave traces in the human genome. Scientists believe that a coronavirus triggered an epidemic in East Asia that might have lasted at least two years. The advantage they had in those days is that without planes or ships, travelling was mostly local and therefore epidemics could not spread far and fast as they do now. 

The researchers now hope to be able to develop a model based on the available data. In the future, you could make a forecast of when and where a new pandemic will begin. If we know more about the transmission of coronaviruses from animal to human, then we can react in good time to avoid further pandemics.

 

 

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Robotic cats used in a retirement home in England

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A nursing home with dementia patients in Essex has used robotic cats to keep its residents calm and content. The result was so positive that an additional 200 robotic cats and 100 robotic dogs were purchased to provide support for people with dementia.

Battery-powered robotic cats purr, meow, and move when stroked and hugged. Dementia patients often become agitated, anxious and angry, and a pet usually helps them calm down. But I am not always able to manage a soul in flesh and blood.

Research has shown that an effective, drug-free way to soothe a patient with dementia is to give them a soft toy they can interact with. During this Covid-19 emergency, when people were unable to visit their relatives, robotic cats helped the 100 residents of the nursing home.

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