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Scientists have advised children not to make their beds after finding that dust mites which cause asthma and other allergies die because of the warm dry environment of an unmade bed. Leaving the sheets off the bed, dries it out and dust mites can't survive in a dry environment. Dust mites are invisible to the naked eye and live off human skin cells that are shed from our bodies. Dust mites produce allergens that can be breathed in where they can cause allergies such as asthma. Further testing will be done to determine how heating, ventilation and insulation affect the survival of dust mites in order to all building designs to be created that are not conducive to the survival of dust mites. This may help to reduce the $700 million spent on conditions caused by dust mites.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Innovations Report
About: Dust mites can't survive in unmade beds
Date: 17 January 2005
Source: Innovations Report
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