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From Scientific American:

July 02, 2007

Cats may be trouble for any allergy sufferer

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with allergies may have some constriction in their airways when they're around a cat, even if they're not specifically allergic to cats, a study published Monday suggests.

Researchers found that people with a range of allergies -- to grass, mold or dust -- were more prone to airway constriction if their homes were heavy with cat dander. This was true even when blood tests showed the allergy sufferers were not specifically sensitized to cats.

While the airways of the lungs naturally constrict to some degree in response to an irritant, exaggerated responses are seen in lung conditions like asthma. If the new findings are correct, people with any type of allergy would do best to avoid cats, according to the study authors.

However, it's too soon to put Fluffy in a new home just yet. The findings were unexpected, lead researcher Dr. Susan Chinn told Reuters Health, so they need to be confirmed in additional studies. Read more here: ... EB0A886512

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