15. August 2023 in ECARF News


Allergens are proteins which most commonly originate from pollen in the air. But also in dust mites, their excrements or even in animal hair. So far, eight different allergens have been found in cats. Of these, Fel d 1 (Felis […]

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9. August 2023 in ECARF News


According to a standardised market research survey, there were over 15 million cats in Germany in 2021. As the number of cats in German households continues to rise, so does sensitisation to them – in both children and adults . […]

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23. October 2020 in ECARF News

Cooked carrots can trigger allergies

Allergies to raw carrots are common. But cooked carrots can also trigger allergies, as researchers in Bayreuth have recently discovered. People who are allergic to carrots should therefore avoid carrots altogether.

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4. March 2020 in Interesting facts

Cold allergy is not an allergy

Some people develop a skin rash when exposed to cold temperatures. But it is not an allergy in the classical sense. Cold does not contain any allergens and the body therefore cannot develop antibodies against it.

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20. January 2020 in Interesting facts

Iodine allergy: myth or reality?

Some people believe that they are allergic to iodine. But the chemical element is so small that it cannot trigger any allergic reactions whatsoever. So if exposure to iodine leads to itchy skin or dizziness, what is the cause?

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30. July 2019 in Interesting facts

Munich researchers test gluten sensor

A portable gluten sensor for home use has been available in Germany for around one year. Food chemist Katharina Scherf has received €20,000 in research funding from the German Coeliac Society (DZG) in order to test whether it really works.

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24. April 2019 in Interesting facts

Penicillin allergy diagnosis is often false

Significantly fewer people are allergic to penicillin than previously assumed, according to Deutsche Gesellschaft für Infektiologie (German Society of Infectious Diseases – DGI). One in ten adults in Germany believe they are allergic to the antibiotic. But in many cases,

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22. February 2019 in Interesting facts

Nanoparticles from Food Mask Gut Bacteria

Nanoparticles in food can cover bacteria like a sort of mask. This is what Shirley Knauer from the University of Duisburg-Essen and her team discovered. They observed the nanoparticles within the different environments of the gastrointestinal tract simulated in the

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18. December 2018 in Interesting facts

Allergies during Christmas Time

People with hay fever usually look forward to the colder months as the pollen season comes to an end and allergy symptoms subside. But the winter season brings its own share of allergens. Our Advent and Christmas traditions include many

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12. September 2018 in Interesting facts

Non-Allergenic Laundry

The all-clear has been given for people with contact allergies: the preservative MIT from laundry detergents is undetectable in laundered textiles. For the first time, researchers investigate whether the substance leaves residues in laundry.

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22. January 2018 in Interesting facts

Is It a Cold or an Allergy?

Whenever they feel run down and get a runny nose and scratchy throat during the winter, many people assume they have a cold. But allergic rhinitis can cause similar symptoms. How do you know which one it is?

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4. January 2018 in Interesting facts

Majority of People Want Allergen Labelling

In Germany, 67 per cent of the population believe it is important to provide information about potential allergy-triggering ingredients on food packaging. This was the conclusion of the 2018 food report issued by the German Federal Ministry of Food and

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30. March 2017 in ECARF News

Allergy App Review: Allergy Journal

We test allergy apps for you on smartphones and tablets. Allergy Journal is the second application in our review series. Allergy Journal is a food and symptom diary that helps users identify intolerances. Allergy Journal is currently only available in […]

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28. March 2017 in Interesting facts

Allergy App Review: The Pollen App

We test allergy apps for you on smartphones and tablets. The Pollen app is the first application in our review series. The Pollen app offers much more than just pollen forecasts. It allows users to log their symptoms. The app […]

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