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The pillow ecosystem

  1. Oct 15, 2005 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/10/051015093046.htm

    I couldn't spot a source, but CNN reported that one study of 15 year old pillow found that it was 80% dust mite, by weight.
     
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  3. Oct 15, 2005 #2

    matthyaouw

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    That's it, I'm sleeping on the floor! :grumpy:
     
  4. Oct 15, 2005 #3

    cronxeh

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    They should do the analysis of the sock ecosystem :biggrin:
     
  5. Oct 15, 2005 #4

    Moonbear

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    I'm confused about what source they are referencing. I'm sitting here looking at the journal Allergy, where the article says this work was published. In the online publications (the ones published ahead of the print version), there is an article with A. Woodcock as an author, but it's not about pillows:
    High-efficiency vacuum cleaners increase personal mite allergen exposure, but only slightly
    R. B. Gore, B. Durrell, S. Bishop, L. Curbishley, A. Woodcock, A. Custovic

    Online publication date: 15-Sep-2005
    doi: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.2005.00946.x

    Then, in the November 2005 issue (the most recent print issue), there's one about Aspergillis, and the October 2005 issue has an article about dust mites, but neither has Woodcock as even a co-author, let alone head of the study, and neither seems related to the topic at hand.

    The only thing I can find on this issue that has Woodcock as an author is a 2003 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, not Allergy.

    NEJM 349 (3):225-236; 2003 Control of Exposure to Mite Allergen and Allergen-Impermeable Bed Covers for Adults with Asthma
    Ashley Woodcock, M.D., Louise Forster, Ph.D., Edward Matthews, B.A., Jeannett Martin, M.A., Louise Letley, R.G.N., Madge Vickers, Ph.D., John Britton, M.D., David Strachan, M.D., Peter Howarth, M.D., Daniel Altmann, D.Phil.

    So, I have no idea what publication they refer to.
     
  6. Oct 15, 2005 #5

    Ouabache

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    Another online reference that originates from University of Manchester UK, has same text as Ivan Seeking's.

    How about washing the pillows? If you put bleach (sodium hypochlorate) in the wash, it would kill the fungi. I imagine the dust mites wouldn't like it much either.. Personally I would toss the pillow and buy new ones every couple years.:smile:

    Here is a related article Ashley Woodcock coauthored in Allergy. Perhaps the one they referenced has not made it online yet.
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  7. Oct 16, 2005 #6

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    I used to buy those special bags to zip up my pillows in, but they weren't very comfortable. Now I just buy new pillows every year or so. I'm very, very allergic to dust mite poop and any kind of mold. My allergies are so bad sometimes they are like asthma attacks.
     
  8. Oct 16, 2005 #7

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    That's generally my solution. After a few years, they lose all their fluffiness anyway.

    Except the press release said it was released "today" and the article is dated Oct 14. That's why I checked both the online ahead of print articles (those are the ones that have been accepted for future issues) along with both the November issue listed as the most recent issue and the October issue in case they were going by the date on the issue. I'm wondering if they've gotten the facts mixed up regarding what Woodcock found in the recent article vs their earlier findings.
     
  9. Oct 16, 2005 #8

    Monique

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    Am I glad I have special mite-proof pillow cases and bed/matress covers.. they are also very comfortable, why didn't you like yours MIH?
     
  10. Oct 16, 2005 #9

    Evo

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    Ack, I'm buying new pillows and covers. :surprised
     
  11. Oct 16, 2005 #10

    Ivan Seeking

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    I wonder how the pillow ecosystem of droolers differs from that of non-droolers.
     
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    Speaking of such a statistic, I read that 0.01% of a human's body mass is made up of parasites. :approve:
    Imagine over one and a half pounds of parasite goodness!
     
  13. Oct 16, 2005 #12

    Evo

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    I'm a drooler. :cry:
     
  14. Oct 16, 2005 #13
    You haven't seen the recent research on the carpet biosphere then?
     
  15. Oct 16, 2005 #14

    Evo

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    Here it is. :frown:
     

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  16. Oct 16, 2005 #15

    Math Is Hard

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    I probably didn't get a good brand. They were too plasticky and crinkly even under the pillow case. Maybe there are better ones available now.
     
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