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Research by our Dr. Thomas Platts-Mills is featured on the cover of C-Ville.
More Rare Than a Pink Steak
November 15, 2018

Usually when a news headline is phrased as a question, the answer is "no" or, at best, "maybe." But the cover of the current issue of C-Ville, Charlottesville's alternative weekly, features a rare exception. It asks, "Could you be allergic to meat?" And the answer is "yes, absolutely," a discovery…

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
June 15, 2018

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?
March 29, 2018

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…