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Loren Erickson stands with crossed arms in front of a lab bench littered with supplies.
Making Progress on the Meat Allergy

Our Loren Erickson, PhD, has shed some important light on what happens inside the body of people who develop the meat allergy after being bitten by the Lone Star tick.

A team of our researchers has linked sensitivity to an allergen found in red meat with increased buildup of fatty plaques in the arteries of the heart.
Meat Sensitivity Spread by Ticks Linked to Heart Disease

The meat allergy spread by ticks continues to get more interesting -- and concerning. A team of our researchers led by Coleen McNamara, MD, has linked sensitivity to the allergen in meat to increased buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries of the heart. Note that I said "sensitivity to…

The Lone Star tick can cause allergic reactions to meat.
The Meat Allergy: What’s It Like?

One day you enjoy a hamburger with no problem and the next time you eat one you have a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Scary stuff, huh? This is the meat allergy, one of our discoveries that attracts perpetual interest. Dr. Thomas Platts-Mills, the chief of our Division of Allergy…