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  • Study finds pesticides that spread through air, food, increase risk of type 2 diabetes

    Type 2 diabetes is a serious problem in the United States - nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, with 90 to 95 percent of diagnoses being type 2 diabetes, Healthline.com reports. In many cases people develop this problem due to being overweight or obese, but a new study has found exposure to pesticides in their food and the air could also be to blame. 

    Scientists from the University of Granada came to this conclusion after analyzing the concentrations of a specific group of Persistent Organic Pollutants (CPOs) in the adipose (fat) tissue of 386 participants. Researchers discovered patients with higher levels of CPOs were four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes in comparison to their counterparts who were exposed to fewer pesticides. These results held true regardless of patients' age, gender or body mass index. Despite the surprising finding, more research needs to be conducted to figure out the link between pesticides and diabetes.

    Since some pesticides are found in foods and the air, people should take certain precautions to limit how exposed they are to CPOs. Washing produce thoroughly and investing in home air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal MultiGas AG950 are real options. The latter works to filtrate the air, allowing families to breathe in only the cleanest, most pure air.

  • Cold air brings asthma woes

    Asthma is a common condition, affecting close to 19 million American adults and more than 7 million children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though asthma is so prevalent, there is no permanent way to curb its effects, and certain triggers in nature, such as changing of seasons, can negatively impact sufferers. 

    Winter is one season in which asthma patients can feel a bit more out of breath due to breathing in colder air on a regular basis. NBC affiliate WGEM reports that despite the fact that most people can't avoid dealing with dropping temperatures in the colder months, there are ways to help people with asthma feel better. 

    Dr. Lane Real told the news station one of the best ways for sufferers to breathe better in winter is to wear a scarf over their nose and mouths to help warm up the air they're taking in. People should also take their inhalers along with them no matter if they're running to the store or are just going for a brisk walk - when it comes to asthma it's better to be safe than sorry. Another option for keeping breathing under control in the winter is to invest in a medical grade home air purifier like the Airgle PurePal AG800 to ensure a sufferer is breathing in fresh air that is free from allergens and other pollutants in the house.

  • More emphasis placed on keeping healthcare facilities clean due to flu season

    Flu season varies in severity each year, with the 2012-2013 season being among the worst in recent history. Influenza has been recorded in 47 states already and many cases are being caused by an especially strong strand, making sufferers sicker, according to The Associated Press.

    The best line of defense against the flu is to get vaccinated - it's been reported this year's batch is 62 percent effective, and medical experts are urging all people over the age of 6 months to get one. Despite the warning, the number of people visiting their doctors with flu-like symptoms rose from 2.8 percent in 2011 to 5.6 percent during the last few weeks of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

    Doctor's offices are typically a hot spot for many germs and viruses to linger and this notion may be even more true during flu season. A recent study out of Wake Forest School of Medicine found flu patients can emit small virus-containing particles into the air during routine checkups - putting doctors, nurses and other patients at risk. A great way to reduce the spreading of germs may be for doctors to invest in medical grade air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 for the office. These high-end products can clear the stale air in the space, while working to eliminate germs to prevent illness from spreading.

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