The Checkup: Are Hypoallergenic Dogs a Myth?

Plus: Why so many tomatoes are flavorless, and the secret to getting kids to eat healthy (you’ll never guess!).

• Sorry, allergy-ridden dog lovers—I’ve got some bad news for you. A new study out of the Netherlands found that the notion of hypoallergenic dogs—ones that don’t trigger allergies in humans—might be bunk. Researchers tested coat and hair samples of 200 supposedly hypoallergenic dogs, along with 160 standard ones. According to Reuters, they “found higher levels of the Can f 1 allergen, one of the proteins that cause dog allergies, in the hypoallergenic group, with Poodles and Labradoodles leading the pack in allergen levels.” The levels were high enough to trigger asthma and allergies in humans. Makes you wonder, no? Read more about the study here.

• ‘Tis the season for Jersey tomatoes! Just make sure you get the ones with green “shoulders,” as new research found they have more taste. Here’s why.

• The secret to getting kids to eat healthy at school: Don’t give them unhealthy options. Rocket science, I tell ya …

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  • http://www.spitthatoutthebook.com Paige

    I agree that most so-called hypoallergenic dogs are not so. EXCEPT for American Hairless Terriers. I was super allergic to all pets my whole life but my AHT is truly a miracle dog! :)

  • borntosuffer

    The combination of his passer rating and zero sacks shows he is quick to determine what the D is showing him, has amazing pocket presence and can still make plays without trying to make something out of nothing. Evidently, playing behind the weak O-line at Arizona gave him a lot of practice making quick decisions and he made the most of it. What a crazy good start he is having.

    • Campos

      exactly, I think the weak OL in college was a learning experience for him. He was the QB with best numbers under pressure last year in the NCAA

  • http://twitter.com/corry_k Corry Henry

    I expected Nick Foles to be a decent player simply because Reid, Mornhinweg, and Pederson have a good track with QBs. I never would have expected Foles too look this good this soon.

  • Nov

    He is fun to watch and can do things that vick has struggled with. Having said that, he is a rookie and we have Michael vick, who when healthy can be a top 5 quarterback that can do things nobody else in the league can. I am much more comfortable with the back up position at this point but am still hoping vick stays healthy. However, if Foles gets the nod whenever it is that vick goes down, ill be cautiously optimistic.

  • Myke Lowery

    Vick days are numbered

  • Skeptic_Eagle

    He looked great. Early INT was probably just a rookie with big eyes, trying to make a play. Settled in and killed the Browns 1st team D. Gotta think the Browns looked at his performance and wondered why they picked Weeden at 22.

  • Johnny Domino

    Hedge your bets: Kafka to PUP, hold Edwards to star the season and if somebody goes down here you have insurance or elsewhere get a pick for him.

    • Septhinox

      Kafka can’t go on PUP.

  • Septhinox

    “At practice he’s dropping back at the 40-yard line, putting balls on the front pylon at 60 yards,” said Trent Edwards. “He can make every throw. I’m not surprised, but you guys might be.”

    Wait…That’s crazy!!!

  • xlGmanlx

    Might have something there. He probably has been on “NFL Speed” since last year dealing with pressure in his face quickly. That could speak to his ability to play well in the garbage and still keep his eyes down field. Very promising to hear this quote:

    “Feel where it’s coming from with your peripherals and then off the snap
    you can see where the guys are. You know, it’s all peripherals because
    you’re keeping your eyes downfield. You really just have to have a
    feel.”

    The kid is saying all the right things. Why not get excited for potentially our 21st century big framed QB?