Monday, December 26, 2005

Our pillows are dangerous for our health

So when was the last time you cleaned your pillows? How long have you been sleeping on oh-so-comfortable head rest? 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?!

A new study out of The University of Manchester explains that pillows are a hot bed of fungal spores Says their report:
Researchers at The University of Manchester funded by the Fungal Research Trust have discovered millions of fungal spores right under our noses - in our pillows.

Aspergillus fumigatus, the species most commonly found in the pillows, is most likely to cause disease; and the resulting condition Aspergillosis has become the leading infectious cause of death in leukaemia and bone marrow transplant patients. Fungi also exacerbate asthma in adults.

The researchers dissected both feather and synthetic samples and identified several thousand spores of fungus per gram of used pillow - more than a million spores per pillow."

I guess its time to make a trip to Target for some new pillows.

[Via ZDNet]


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