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How Humans Caused Our Own Allergies – Cheddar Explains

How Humans Caused Our Own Allergies – Cheddar Explains

Sniffling. Sneezing. Runny eyes. Springtime brings a rush of seasonal allergies that plague us – but historically, allergies were mild – if they existed at all. In fact, allergies became a force to be reckoned with only in the 1970s. Cheddar explains how we’re to blame for our own allergies.
Further Reading:

1: Atlas Obscura

2: Nature

3: Encyclopedia Brittanica

4: Tree Clinic

5: Scientific America

6: Science Direct

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What If You Swallowed a Hornet?

What If You Swallowed a Hornet?

It’s a hot summer day. You’re enjoying a picnic, and you take a swig of your drink. What’s that in your mouth? It’s a hornet. And you accidentally swallowed it. How painful is a hornet’s sting? What happens if you’re allergic to its venom? Could it lead to anaphylactic shock? And could the hornet sting you in your stomach? There are plenty of bugs and insects that can bite or sting us. And hornets might be one that you fear the most. How does acetylcholine determine how powerful the venom is?

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