Researchers Trying to Develop Hypo-Allergenic Apple
Scientists are working to create an apple that won't cause allergic reactions.
While apples rarely cause severe allergic reactions, they often cause problems -- such as irritation or blistering of the tongue or lips -- for people who are allergic to birch pollen, ABC News reported.
Italian researchers are trying to find hypo-allergenic proteins that exist naturally in other plants and swap them for the proteins in apples that cause allergic reactions.
These genetic changes will have to be studied to ensure they don't cause unintended complications, said Alessandro Botton, a plant physiologist at the Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and Environment in the University of Padua, ABC News reported.
However, the use of other plant proteins means that there likely won't be any major changes to the genetic structure of the apple, Botton added.
Some 'Male Enhancement' Products Can Be Risky: FDA
They claim to be all herbal, but three "male enhancement" products sold online contain hidden prescription drug ingredients and could be harmful, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
The agency said the three products -- Rocket-It Man, Libido Sexual Enhancer and Stiff Days -- contain compounds similar to the active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra and Cialis, NBC News reported.
This ingredient may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and may cause blood pressure to fall to dangerous levels, the FDA said. Nitrates are often taken by men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease.
The FDA said anyone who has these products should throw them away, and that anyone who has suffered negative side effects after taking the products should consult a doctor as soon as possible, NBC News reported.
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