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Aerobiology Research was first formed in 1994 to collect outdoor air samples and report on pollen and fungal spore levels. We started with 12 sites across Canada and now have 30 where samples are gathered and our laboratory analysis is done. The database we have collected is also stored in our laboratory in Ottawa for…

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Well, the outdoor allergy season is almost over and we will soon be finished doing collections and providing information to the public through our reports that we produce. The pollen in the air is generally at low levels or even absent on many days now. But people may still be suffering for a while in…

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It came as a surprise to me recently to realize how much is known about the immune responses of plants and, moreover, how much there is to know. There is, I found, detailed molecular information about how our botanical cousins defend themselves against the onslaught of infectious agents. Perhaps most surprising is that plants and animals share basic…

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This cold spring brought a late season for the trees but this does not have any impact on what is going to happen in August and the fall for outdoor pollen and mold spores. There are many weeds that cause seasonal allergies. Some of them include plantain, nettles, ragweed and others. But only weeds that…

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Celiac disease is a condition that affects the digestive systems of many individuals all over the world, and in this article, the goal is to explain it in a way that anyone can understand what’s really happening. We might even include some intense action (like in the movies). The digestive system is a beautiful thing.…

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I am going to do a follow up of my last post regarding the pollen season of 2014 and the cold spring that occurred. First I would like to refer to this term that has been used this season called the pollen vortex. A vortex refers to weather, like the wind, and not to pollen.…

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Endorphin is one of the natural “happy” chemicals released by our bodies. This chemical which is secreted by our brains is responsible for helping us relieves stress, anxiety, and allows us to have higher tolerance for pain. Sometimes called as the natural morphine, endorphin affects our pain and pleasure perception.

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We hear it all the time. When will winter be over? Well not only are people saying it but so are the trees. This winter the March weather has been very cold with lots of snow. April has begun with very cold temperatures as well and the temperatures are warming up very slowly. The sampler…

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