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Monthly Archives: February 2012

  • Coal-burning plant in Virginia closing after fined for violating air quality laws

    GenOn Energy’s Potomac River Generating Station, a coal-burning power plant in Alexandria, Virginia, is scheduled to close in October. The plant was fined for $280,700 for violating air-quality laws by exceeding nitrogen oxide limits six times between June 28 and July 18 last year, reports the Washington Post.

    The plant began operation in 1949 and has faced years of opposition from both local residents and environmentalists, according to the news source.

    Increased levels of air pollution can lead to a variety of health problems, including aggravating respiratory conditions, asthma and increasing levels of stroke and heart attack. Homeowners in the area can install a medical-grade home air purifier such as IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers to limit their prolonged indoor exposure to toxins produced by nearby power plants. Air pollution can remain in the region for a long time, and once those fine particulates get in a home it may be hard to remove them for years to come because fabric and other materials absorb them.

    Investing in a home air purifier can reduce the presence of toxins in the home, which can potentially increase residents’ health, decrease their chance of getting ill and reduce respiratory aggravators that can become a problem for those with asthma, bronchitis or even the everyday cold.

  • New international study links air pollution to heart attacks

    A new international study published on January 15, 2012 has linked breathing a variety of air pollutants to the increased likelihood a person will suffer a heart attack, according to the Scientific American.

    Researchers went around the world to quantify the links between air pollution and heart health. They found that even short-term exposure, less than seven days, to all major air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and other except ozone was associated with an increased rate of heart attacks.

    Due to length of exposure playing such a large role in heart attack rates, homeowners should invest in a medical grade home air purifier to limit contact with indoor toxins.

    "One strength of our study is the comprehensive nature of our search that spanned multiple databases and was not restricted to particular publication language or a single pollutant," wrote the authors, who are from several institutions in France as well as the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, according to the source.

    Limiting exposure to pollutants is a key component to decreasing potential negative health effects. Investing in a home air purifier such as IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers could help.

  • Study suggests air pollution may cause cognitive decline

    Recent research from Nurses' Health Study links air pollution to a decline in the cognitive skills of older women, reports Nurse.com. The study evaluated coarse and fine pollution in relation to cognitive decline in women using a study population from the Nurses's Health Study Cognitive Cohort.

    The study included 19,409 women between the ages of 70 and 81 in the United States.

    "In this large, prospective study of older women, higher levels of long-term exposure to both [coarse and fine particulate matter] were associated with significantly faster cognitive decline," the researchers wrote in an issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, reports Nurse.com.

    Homeowners concerned over their health should invest in a medical-grade home air purifier to reduce exposure to both coarse and fine particulates. Individuals should be aware and consider their options as more and more studies come out suggesting the negative health impact of breathing in pollution.

    A home air purifier can improve the air quality within the space most people spend the majority of their time - the home - and therefore decrease the time spent breathing in toxins.

  • Study finds stoke risk increased even when air pollution remained in moderate levels in Boston

    A Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center research team has found that air pollution levels considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) may substantially increase the risk of stroke.

    "This is a significant study because we have documentation that the risk of stroke can be elevated when the air quality is still within the guidelines set by the current EPA regulations," Dr. Murray A. Mittleman, an author of the study who teaches at Harvard Medical School and works in the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess, told Boston.com. "This implies that the current regulations can be strengthened further to prevent these catastrophic health events."

    Homeowners should consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier to decrease his or her risk of exposure to air pollution that can lead to medical conditions. Researchers reviewed the medical records of 1,700 stroke patients in the Boston area over the course of 10 years. They found a 34 percent increase in the risk of ischemic stroke on days with moderate air quality in comparison to those rated good by the EPA.

    A study such as this further increases the tie between poor air quality and a negative health impact.

  • Almost a dozen states are suing EPA over soot regulations

    After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to meet a statutory October deadline to revise soot standards, 11 states filed a lawsuit earlier this month, according to the New York Office of the Attorney General.

    "Every day, air pollution, from soot risks the health of more than one-third of Americans, including our most vulnerable - children, the elderly and the sick," New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a prepared statement. "These risks are simply unacceptable. The EPA must take prompt action to reduce pollution now, and safeguard the health of the public and the air we breathe.’"

    Soot has been linked to chronic respiratory disease, impaired lung function, heart disease and asthma. California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington are the states involved in the lawsuit. Homeowners seeking to decrease their exposure to toxins such as soot should invest in a home air purifier to protect their health.

    Until the EPA sets tougher new standards to limit fine particle pollution, citizens are at risk of breathing in harmful toxins.

  • Improved indoor air quality is vital in hospitals

    Airborne illness can spread quickly within a hospital. A medical facility requires the proper ventilation systems to maintain the correct pressure and remove airborne infectious agents to promote health and wellness for everyone that walks through its’ doors.

    According to ExpressHealthcare, bacterial and viral infections and molds can infect a hospital’s air supply. Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Legionella pneumophila are highly infectious and can be transported within the air and water combinations. Droplets of less than five micron or less can remain within the air indefinitely. Viral infections such as Varicella (chicken pox), Rubella (German measles) and Rubeola (regular measles) are regularly transported in the air.

    To prevent the spread of disease, a hospital can invest in IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers. The air purifier can improve indoor air conditions by reducing the presence of dust, dirt, chemicals, bacteria, mold, viruses and other toxins. A sophisticated air purifier system should be designed to meet the needs of a medical facility and protect the people who need to enter

  • Online advertising campaign applauds environmental efforts to reduce air pollution

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Environment American have launched a six-figure advertising campaign applauding the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and President Barack Obama for their life-saving efforts to reduce air pollution.

    The advertisements are running on local news sites in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, as well as across social media channels, according to ENews Park Forest, an environmental impact news outlet.

    "Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that damages developing brains in children and fetuses. According to the EPA, coal-fired power plants are the single largest source of industrial mercury pollution and these new standards target those sources," said Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC.

    Homeowners seeking to reduce the presence of toxins in their homes should invest in a home air purifier. Increased air pollution negatively impacts the health of everyone, but especially susceptible demographics such as infants, children and the elderly.

    While new regulations proposed by the EPA and Obama Administration are a step in the right direction, they are not a quick solution. A home air purifier will limit toxin exposure in the home until American communities can proudly breathe in clean air in the future.

  • NASA satellite could monitor air quality across the United States

    A new project being developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) could revolutionize the way air quality is tracked. According to the Miami Herald, NASA is working to develop a space-borne instrument to measure the nation's air quality in five-square-mile grids every hour.

    The project began development last year with a series of low flights conducted over the Washington, D.C. area to measure air pollution, James Crawford, an atmospheric chemist at NASA Langley Research Center, told the media. While the instrument is currently in the planning stages, it could be a beneficial information provider. The indications of area air quality could help prepare homeowners by letting them know the days they should limiting time spent outside and determine whether they need to invest in a home air purifier.

    Air quality has been linked to developmental problems in fetuses, aggravation of respiratory conditions, increasing a child's likelihood of asthma and potential illness. Homes and public buildings identified as featuring unhealthy levels of toxins could be outfitted with the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to improve air quality.

  • Homeowners living in the United States' most polluted cities may wish to use a home air purifier

    According to National Geographic and MSNBC.com, California is home to five of the nation’s most polluted cities in the country. Air pollution is rampart in the ocean-side state.

    Regular exposure to air pollution can eventually lead to respiratory diseases, asthma and reduced lung function, especially in children, infants and the elderly. It may also be a contributing factor to heart attacks, strokes and cancer.

    Homeowners wishing to decrease their exposure to these harmful toxins should invest in a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. For those living in California, the purchase may be more than a precautionary measure.

    According to National Geographic, these five California cities experienced some of the smoggiest days in 2010, which had officials declaring a number of red alert days in response. Riverside-San Bernadino, CA, at number one, experienced 110 days of smog and 24 red alert days for unhealthy levels of air pollution.

    Purchasing a home air purifier can significantly decrease indoor exposure to poor air quality.

  • Air quality advisory issued for northeast Ohio regions

    An air quality advisory was issued for northeast regions in Ohio due to an accumulation of fine particles early this month. The warning is primarily intended for those who are included in the classification of "sensitive groups" such as children, senior citizens and those who are afflicted with respiratory health conditions such as asthma.

    For sensitive individuals, indoor air quality is especially important. They often must refrain from outdoor activity when pollution levels increase. However, airborne toxins can make their way inside the home as well. To ensure optimal indoor air quality, homeowners can  invest in a home air purifier to reduce the risk of harm caused by toxins and other potential respiratory irritants.

    Those in the Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit Counties in Ohio have been warned to be aware of their outdoor activity. The current poor air quality is due to stagnant atmospheric conditions that allow normal levels of pollution to accumulate lower in the atmosphere (instead of dissipating). Increasing time spent indoors in areas equipped with a medical-grade home air purifier can decrease exposure to harmful toxins. 

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