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  • Oral drops curb allergy, asthma effects in children

    It's no secret that allergies and asthma are two of the most common conditions people of all ages face.  However, helping youngsters find relief is growing even more important since in 2010, approximately 10 percent of all children under the age of 17 experienced some allergy symptoms. 

    Allergy shots have become more popular in recent years to help curb the side effects of seasonal allergies and asthma. Despite the benefits, a new review in the journal Pediatrics, found allergy-relief oral drops could be just as effective, without the pain.

    Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center discovered the results after reviewing a total of 13 studies involving more than 900 children who all had either the allergy shot, standard allergy medication or a placebo. They then cross-referenced these results with another 18 trials involving more than 1,500 kids who had either oral drops, a placebo or standard asthma medication. Overall, the scientists found the shots worked better than the other methods in relieving allergy symptoms, while the oral drops helped provide more relief from allergies and asthma in comparison to placebos or standard medication. 

    Though more trials need to be conducted to verify these results, parents might want to discuss oral drops with their child's doctor if he or she is dealing with allergies or asthma. Parents could also install a professional-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus to ensure kids breathe easy at home. 

  • Foods that fight allergy symptoms

    Allergy season is in full swing around most of the nation and for the more than 50 million Americas who suffer from some form of allergy, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, it might be time to consider new ways to beat the symptoms. NBC affiliate WRCB recently spoke with Pamela Kelle, a food coach and registered dietitian, to discuss how food can play a role in keeping allergy side effects at bay. 

    According to Kelle, consuming ample amounts of fresh produce is key in preventing inflammation and other issues caused by allergies. Berries and apples as well as leafy vegetables are the best options overall. 

    "The property in the skin of the apple helps the body stop the histamines from causing inflammation factors," Kelle told the news outlet, adding fruits high in vitamin C are also beneficial. "That's going to be a lot of our fruit, blueberries, strawberries, things that have a lot of color, the brightest ones to help."

    When it comes to allergy triggers, Kelle reports bananas and red peppers are among the biggest culprits, so those already starting to sneeze or cough due to allergies might want to stop eating these foods until the season has passed.

    Even though eating certain foods could help curb allergy side effects, installing a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus could help even more. 

  • Using grocery delivery services is better for the environment

    Though grocery delivery services like Peapod by Stop & Shop have been around for years, some people might assume it's a waste of money and time to use such options. However, a new study conducted by scientists from the University of Washington found that using such services might be more eco-friendly. 

    To test this theory, researchers looked at delivery services versus traditional shopping in the Seattle area. From the collected data they discovered that, on average, delivery trucks produce 20 to 75 percent less carbon dioxide than what drivers would emit going shopping on their own. Erica Wygonik, co-author of the study, believes the pros far outweigh the cons when it comes to the environmental benefits delivery services provide. 

    "What's good for the bottom line of the delivery service provider is generally going to be good for the environment, because fuel is such a big contributor to operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions," said Wygonik. "Saving fuel saves money, which also saves on emissions."

    Air pollution is a serious problem around the nation. The Environmental Protection Agency reports prolonged exposure to such toxins can cause people to develop serious medical conditions such as cancer, respiratory problems or even fertility issues.  

    Switching to a grocery delivery service might be one way to cut your family's emissions rate, while installing a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir GC MultiGas can also ensure everyone breathes clean air at home. 

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