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  • New study connects air pollution to Alzheimer's-like brain changes in youth

    A new study published by the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease suggests that exposure to air pollution can cause changes in children and young adults that are similar to those seen in Alzheimer's patients, according to Environmental Health News.

    The disturbing correlation between a disease typically seen in the elderly appearing in the brains of children has scientists working to determine how poor air quality can affect the brain.

    Conducted in Mexico City, an area notorious for its high levels of air pollution, North American researchers studied the postmortem brains of children and young adults who had suffered accidents, reported Environmental Health News. More than half of the participants examined were younger than 17.

    Air pollution is not limited by borders and can spread out to surrounding areas. San Antonio, Texas, is less than 1,000 miles from Mexico City, for example. Investing in a home air purifier can reduce toxin exposure by improving air quality within the home or office environment.

    This study builds upon growing research that suggests links between air pollution and brain function. A previous study has found links between air pollution exposure and inflammation, which commonly occurs and is indicative of injury in dog and mice brains. Air pollution may have lasting effects and individuals may wish to do as much as they can to reduce their exposure to these types of toxins.

  • Enforcement fails for New York City idling law meant to reduce toxic tailpipe fumes

    The New York State Environmental Law (ECL) prohibits heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks and buses from idling for more than five minutes at a time. Additions were later made to the law to include passenger vehicles as well.

    By 2009, the city passed stricter regulations and allowed drivers only one minute to turn off their engines if they were across the street from a school. The law was passed to improve New York City's air quality by decreasing the production of toxic tailpipe fumes as asthma development in city children rose above national levels.

    However, both CNN and NewYorkCBSlocal report a lack of enforcement of the law, leading to even greater air pollution levels. Schools may wish to invest in an IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to reduce toxin levels within the building.

    According to CBSNewYork, the NYPD issued 2,210 tickets for idling in Manhattan last year, of which 66 were issued in Queens, 34 in Brooklyn and just 12 in the Bronx.

    "When NYPD wants to enforce the law, it enforces the law… it’s been pretty clear, if you look at the data…12 tickets across the whole Bronx in a year? They’re not enforcing the law," Rich Kassal of the Natural Resources Defense Council told the news source.

  • California experiencing historically increased levels of poor air quality

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is stepping in and coming to the aid of the San Joaquin Valley in California after historically poor air quality conditions have left the region fearful.

    "Four times more people die in the San Joaquin Valley from air pollution than they do from traffic fatalities," Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator, told Recordnet.com.

    The poor air quality is a common occurrence in the region. Environmental factors such as La Nina weather patterns and the cold and warm temperature switches combine to keep normal pollution levels from cars and factories lower than they'd otherwise be within the local atmosphere. Even so, the damage can be substantial, and homeowners in the region are encouraged to limit exposure to pollution. Investing in an IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier reduces homeowners' toxin exposure while inside the home.

    Efforts are still being made to control pollution levels in San Joaquin Valley. The area is home to a large amount of American crop production, and the EPA has declared to spend $5 million in an effort to promote clean air in the area.

    "[The EPA is] going to be a player in this, as opposed to just an oversight big brother that doesn't have a stake in what's going on here," Seyed Sadredin, director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, told the news source. "I'm really encouraged by their interest in doing this."

  • Cleaner air improves employee morale

    Indoor air quality can drastically affect the health, happiness and productivity of a worker. Several studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency have found increased levels of pollutants indoors that exceed the levels outside, especially in heavily trafficked urban areas. Air pollutants can promote illness amongst workers, aggravate respiratory conditions such as asthma or lead to the eventual development of disease.

    The average American spends 7.5 hours a day in the office, according to the Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics. By spending such a large chunk of time inside the workplace, workers are subjected to long-term exposure to potentially poor air quality indoors. By investing in the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier, you can assure that the air your employees are breathing is free from the airborne toxins that cause sickness and decrease office productivity.

    Reducing toxins benefits employee health by limiting their exposure to pollutants. The less sick time workers need to take, the greater the office's overall efficiency. Productive workers who aren't fighting the lagging effects of an illness are typically much happier, too. Promoting a cycle of health and happiness in the workplace can improve employee moral as well as one's bottom line.

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