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  • Kids born outside the U.S. better protected against asthma, allergies

    Experts from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology have reported that the heavy snow in areas around the country followed by pre-spring rain has created the perfect habitat for spring allergies. However, a new study presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has found where a person is born could be to blame for their allergies, rather than immediate environmental circumstances. 

    Researchers from St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and Oregon Health Science Center looked to test if there was any link between a person's birthplace, how long they've lived in the U.S. and their risk of allergies or asthma. 

    Scientists examined this idea by looking at the health records of nearly 92,000 children who participated in the National Survey of Children's Health. From the data, researchers discovered children born outside of the U.S. had lower rates of allergies than their peers born stateside. More surprisingly, scientists found children whose parents were also born outside of America benefited from lower allergy rates than their peers whose parents were born stateside.

    Even though parents may not be able to change where their kids were born, they can still help reduce their allergy symptoms in the home by installing medical grade air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 to let the whole family enjoy clean air.

  • Study finds air pollution may negatively effect immune system

    Allergies are more than just a nuisance, they're also a serious problem - one in five people in the U.S. have either allergy or asthma symptoms, while 55 percent of all Americans test positive for one or more allergens, WebMD reports. A recent study has linked air pollution to a rise in allergy and asthma incidents and the reason behind the spike may surprise some. 

    Scientists from Stanford University discovered that airborne toxins called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) seem to prohibit protective cells in the body from signaling the immune system to react. PAHs were also found to over-active certain immune prohibitors that allow the allergens to run rampant in the body.

    PAHs are sent into the air through burning fuel in diesel engines, wood fires and barbeque grills, according to Science News. 

    Asthma and allergies don't seem to be going away anytime soon, especially after the new information revealed in the recent study. Even though people may not be able to control the air they breath while outside, they do have the ability to improve the air quality in their homes. Installing professional-grade air purifiers like Airgle PurePal AG800 can help individuals breath easy while in the comfort of their personal dwellings.

  • Flu shot not working well for elders

    Flu season is winding down, but that doesn't mean people are free from its grasps. Seniors are among the most affected by the virus due to their weakened immune systems, and a recent study from the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found some issues with this year's flu shot and how well it protects the over-65 demographic.

    The study revealed on average, this year's vaccine was only 9 percent effective against the most prevalent strain, H3N2, among seniors. The vaccination was found to be 56 percent effective among people in other age groups. Despite the recent finding, scientists aren't entirely sure why the shot isn't protecting the elderly.

    Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor at NYU Langone Medical Center told HealthDay News, says he believes the vaccination didn't work well for seniors because it's too hard for their immune systems to get a boost from the shot.

    "The reason this vaccine is not that effective for the elderly is because it's hard for the elderly to mount an immune response," Siegel told the news outlet.

    Because the flu is so detrimental to seniors' health, family members may want to consider installing a medical grade air purifier like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900  into an elder's home to ensure he or she is breathing well for the duration of the season. 

  • Grilling partly responsible for air pollution, study finds

    For most people, the true signs of summer include wearing flip flops and grilling up burgers and hot dogs in the backyard. Even though there may be no better taste than that of a burger right off the grill, a new study may have people refraining from the BBQ.

    Scientists from the University of California, Davis, recently discovered toxins from grilling are some of the most potent when it comes to air pollution. Researchers came to this conclusion after taking air pollution particle samples from the Fresno area and then exposing lab mice to the air to check for different effects. Air from grilling with charcoal was high on the list that also included wood-burning emissions and particles from vehicles.

    "That was like, wow!" Anthony Wexler, the study's coauthor told The Los Angeles Times. "It's not that you're cooking; it's how you're cooking. We think it's the [charcoal] briquets that are the problem."

    CBS Las Vegas reports another study conducted by researchers from the University of California, Riverside, found grilling is the second largest source of air pollution in the South Coast Air Basin, making it a growing problem for people and the environment.

    Since grilling isn't likely going out of style any time soon, those concerned about air pollution might want to install high-quality air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 to breathe well indoors.

  • High air pollution levels linked to cardiac concerns

    Air pollution continues to be a large problem around the nation, and a new study finds its effects could spell trouble for people with heart conditions. Researchers from Rice University in Houston, Texas, recently discovered patients with heart problems could be more likely to go into cardiac arrest on days when air pollution levels are higher than normal. 

    Scientists came to this conclusion after comparing cardiac arrest incidents that occurred outside of a hospital setting, with the air quality reports of Houston between 2004 and 2011. More than 11,000 incidents took place over the course of this time, while occurrences increased on days in which air pollution levels were high. More specifically, cardiac arrest risk increased by 4.4 percent for every 20 parts per billion of above average pollution. 

    This is alarming, especially since North America alone accounts for 6 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, according to a joint reports conducted by the Environmental Integrity Project, EarthJustice and the Sierra Club. People suffering from heart conditions might want to consider installing medical grade air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal MultiGas AG950 into their homes to avoid certain issues on a daily basis, but especially on days when air pollution is high.

  • How to rid your new home of smoke smells

    Moving into a new home is an exciting time for most people, but learning a smoker previously lived in the space can be an instant downer. The Mayo Clinic reports smoking in a home can result in thirdhand smoke, an issue that stems from residual nicotine and other chemicals getting trapped in indoor surfaces such as rugs. 

    Unfortunately, getting rid of such residue is not as easy as simply opening up the windows and airing the space out, but there ways to get the job done.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports the task of removing cigarette smells from a home is a bit lengthy, and includes cleaning all the carpets with a quality carpet cleaner and then vacuuming the rugs approximately 15 minutes after the application. Washing down the walls with an all-purpose detergent and leaving small bowls of white vinegar in rooms that are most pungent can also aid in the cleaning process. 

    In order to rid the space of thirdhand smoke, it might be smart to invest in an air purifier like Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 to help boost clean air in the home. A medical-grade air purifier like this will help remove smoke residue, allowing families to enjoy their new space comfortably. 

  • Benefits of air purifiers

    Many people might assume that the air they breathe in their homes is fresh and clean. However, there are many factors that can negatively affect the air, ranging from pet dander and odors to garbage and chemicals from certain cleaners. Luckily, there are ways to freshen up air in the house, starting with installing an air purifier.

    Yahoo! Voices reports air purifiers go a long way in improving the quality of air people breathe. One of the most beneficial, is that it can help reduce or eliminate unpleasant smells naturally, or without the use of perfumed candles or sprays. 

    Air purifiers can do more than just remove smells, they also improve certain health problems such as asthma or pet allergies. The news source reports professional grade air purifiers work to remove impurities from the air, thus limiting allergens in a space. The less pollen or pet dander there is, the better people with such allergies can breathe.

    The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports more than 50 million Americans suffer from some form of allergies, while prevalence has increased steadily since the 1980s. Because of this, it might be smart for people to invest in Airgle PurePal Plus AG850 air purifiers to ensure loved ones have access to clean air in the home.

  • Air pollution partly to blame for rise in childhood asthma

    Air pollution is a serious problem around the nation, with high levels hovering around most of the major cities in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association. Not only does pollution like smog negatively affect a person's body and overall health, but it can also increase the risk of people suffering an early death from issues like heart attacks and stroke. 

    A recent study conducted by scientists from the University of Ulsan's College of Medicine has found a link between air pollution and an increased risk of childhood asthma. The link was made when youngsters also had a history of suffering from bronchiolitis, or inflammation of the bronchioles. Researchers found of the 1,743 children involved, those who had a history of bronchiolitis and who had been exposed to high levels of air pollution, where more likely to develop asthma as a result, in comparison to kids who did not have either problem. 

    "Together, these findings suggest that environmental control may improve respiratory health in children with atopy or bronchiolitis," said Soo-Jong Hong, lead author of the study.

    Even though strides are being made to reduce air pollution levels stateside, it may be helpful for families to install an air purifier like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 into the home to give children a chance to enjoy fresh air in their dwellings.

  • Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno talks living with asthma

    U.S. Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno earns a living on the ice, giving his all to his sport. However, while training for the 2002 Games, he was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma, a discovery that not only helped him rethink how he trained, but has since allowed him to shed light on the common condition, the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Ohno told the news outlet he had been experiencing certain symptoms - a tight chest, difficulty breathing and decreased endurance - but had no idea it was exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB). In fact, he was shocked to learn EIB was the culprit, but instead of quitting, he learned to deal with the condition. Ohno admitted he now uses an inhaler when he feels symptoms coming on, adding EIB hasn't stopped him from going after his goals.

    The latter is what he wants to get across to others with EIB, that anything is possible. Ohno has since become the face of EIB and has helped set up a program called EIB All Stars, which helps others with the condition learn about EIB and encourages them to go after their dreams no matter what.

    NetWellness.org reports nearly 80 percent of all people with asthma also have EIB, while between 5 and 10 percent of people without asthma develop EIB. Inhalers go a long way in helping to curb the side effects of both conditions, as does installing home air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal AG800 in the house to ensure sufferers are breathing in fresh, clean air.

  • Salt Lake City officials make changes to tackle air pollution

    Side effects of air pollution and smog have continued to come out in recent years, and members of the Utah Division of Air Quality are looking to make some serious changes around the region. Fox 13 News reports the group met recently to discuss the state's air pollution levels, and ways to reduce areas with the highest rates.

    This winter alone, Utah has had 22 red air days, while the state had just five last year. Red days refer to days of excessive PM pollution. During the recent discussions, board members decided wood-burning boilers that heat homes will no longer be legal in counties with high pollution rates. More regulations are set to be put in place in the near future - the state hopes to reduce its air pollution by 30 percent by 2014. 

    Curbing air pollution in the U.S. is growing increasingly important. A new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has found there is a small, but real link between air pollution and lower birth weights for babies. 

    It may be hard to control air pollution outside of the home, but families can breathe easy in their own dwellings by investing in home air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal Plus AG850. This way family members will benefit from only clean air while in the house.

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