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Bad News for Cats: Cat allergen hits all allergic people

9:27am, July 3, 2007

For people who have asthma or respiratory problems that are triggered by cats, living with Fluffy is obviously a bad idea. Now, researchers have found evidence suggesting that people who know that they have other allergies may also want to avoid the furry felines.

Scientists who conducted a study across 14 European countries say that people allergic to irritants such as dust mites, mold, and grass had poorer lung function if they were around cats than if they lived felinefree.

"Cats are more of a problem than we thought," says lead author Sue Chinn of Imperial College London.

The unexpected result emerged from a broad study of allergy and lung function. The

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