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  • Allergies may migraines worse, study shows

    On the outside, it may seem like migraines and allergies are two unrelated, yet equally annoying, issues. However, a recent study from the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center found that people who suffer from allergies could have worse headache symptoms, especially for those individuals who experience migraines. 

    The research, which was published in the journal Cephalagia, showed that headache frequency was 33 percent greater in people who had allergies and migraines, compared to just migraines. Those individuals who had allergies triggered by pet dander, pollen or other airborne irritants suffered the worst. They were 45 percent more likely to experience frequent headaches and 60 percent more likely to have debilitating headaches. 

    "We are not sure whether the rhinitis causes the increased frequency of headaches or whether the migraine attacks themselves produce symptoms of rhinitis in these patients," said Dr. Vincent Martin, the lead author of the study. "What we can say is if you have these symptoms, you are more likely to have more frequent and disabling headaches." 

    People who want to keep their allergy symptoms in check should look into purchasing a professional-grade home air purifier. Devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus efficiently clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens, which can make it easier to breathe and live in a space. 

  • Allergies linked to certain cancers in women

    Many people consider airborne allergies to be little more than annoyances. Whether individuals are allergic to pollen, dust or some other type of airborne irritants, they often are able to manage their reactions and continue on with their lives without interruptions. However, a recent study shows a history of airborne allergies in women may be linked to an increased risk of blood cancer. 

    The research, published in the American Journal of Hematology, found that the immune system potentially plays a role in the development of cancer in women. Individuals who were allergic to plants, grass and trees were shown to have the strongest link between allergies and the risk of blood cancers. 

    "However, hormonal effects on the immune system and interactions with carcinogens may offer an alternative biological explanation that will require further mechanical studies, in particular if our findings are replicated in an independent study cohort," said the study authors. 

    Individuals who want to manage their allergies can turn to devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This medical-grade air filter is able to clear the air of many common irritants, allowing an individual to live and breathe easier in the home. 

  • Pet allergies don't deter owners

    A pet can be a beloved member of the family, but many individuals have to deal with allergies that can throw a wrench in this togetherness. Although some families choose to get rid of a cat or dog after they find out another member is allergic, an increasing number of people are keeping their pets and doing their best to manage symptoms. 

    The Wall Street Journal reported that more than two-thirds of American households have a cat or a dog, despite the prevalence of pet allergies. About 10 percent of people are sensitive to cats and another 10 percent are allergic to dogs, according to data from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. 

    While some may think that hypoallergenic animals are a happy medium, these breeds still produce allergens. Today.com reported the common myth that certain types of pets are more tolerable than others is false. Instead, individuals likely have a greater tolerance for some breeds, and they may even have built this up with prolonged exposure to an animal. 

    Dealing with allergies - whether related to pets or not - can be extremely difficult. That's why so many individuals invest in medical-grade options like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This air cleaner purifier is designed to clear the air of irritating toxins and allergens that could cause symptoms to occur. 

  • Upper West Side has New York's worst pollution

    Residents of New York City are used to dealing with heavy traffic, smog and even, on occasion, poor air quality. The day-to-day happenings in the city contribute to pollution, but the problems are not evenly spread across the area. In fact, there is one section of New York that is worse than others: the Upper West Side. 

    According to a report from DNA Info, the Upper West Side is the New York neighborhood with the worst air pollution. Data from NYC Clean Hit shows this district, which has a heavier population density and more large buildings than other neighborhoods, burns a large amount of heating oils that emit toxins into the environment. 

    The Upper East Side and Midtown are the areas with the next worst pollution, according to the news source. 

    Like any other major city, New York's air pollution varies from one place to another. Although some areas may be better than others, residents across the city - and any urban area - should take steps to improve the air in their homes. Home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas can clear the air of chemicals and irritants. 

  • Colorado tries to cut air pollution

    Colorado is known as one of the most beautiful states in the U.S., and its stunning landscape has inspired many to head outdoors to enjoy the environment. Now, state officials are implementing rules that should reduce the air pollution produced as a result of the oil and gas industry. 

    The new regulations will add monitoring systems to many energy facilities, and they will also place an emphasis on reducing methane emissions into the atmosphere. According to The Denver Post, levels of smog and other types of air pollution have been rising in Colorado since 2010, and applying these rules is the first step toward stopping and reversing the damage. 

    "These are going to amount to the very best air quality regulations in the country," said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, as quoted by the news source. 

    It will take some time before these changes begin affecting the environment, but in the meantime, individuals can make strides toward cleaner air in their own homes. People in any state can invest in high-end air filters like the IQAir GC MultiGas, which is capable of getting rid of many common airborne irritants. 

  • US reduces power plant pollution

    Poor air quality has sent many Americans in search of home air filters that will improve the atmosphere indoors. Whether homes are in major cities or near heavily trafficked areas, they often can benefit from professional-grade devices like the IQAir GC MultiGas. Although these air purifiers may be necessary, there is some good news concerning pollution in the U.S. 

    According to data from the Environmental Protection Agency, gas pollution produced by large power plants in the U.S. has declined 10 percent since 2010. While some of that drop may be due to slightly warmer winters in the past few years, a large portion of the reduction is the result of a switch to natural gas instead of coal. 

    Not only is the production and dispersion of these harmful fumes on the decline, but the amount of carbon dioxide pollution in the air is dropping as well. These emissions fell by almost 4 percent in 2012, according to data released by the Department of Energy. 

    These changes in air quality may be good news for many Americans, but there is still much to be done. Fossil-fuel power plants still dominate the U.S. landscape and are responsible for most emissions, and that will have to be drastically reduced to improve the air for all. 

  • US reduces power plant pollution

    Poor air quality has sent many Americans in search of home air filters that will improve the atmosphere indoors. Whether homes are in major cities or near heavily trafficked areas, they often can benefit from professional-grade devices like the IQAir GC MultiGas. Although these air purifiers may be necessary, there is some good news concerning pollution in the U.S. 

    According to data from the Environmental Protection Agency, gas pollution produced by large power plants in the U.S. has declined 10 percent since 2010. While some of that drop may be due to slightly warmer winters in the past few years, a large portion of the reduction is the result of a switch to natural gas instead of coal. 

    Not only is the production and dispersion of these harmful fumes on the decline, but the amount of carbon dioxide pollution in the air is dropping as well. These emissions fell by almost 4 percent in 2012, according to data released by the Department of Energy. 

    These changes in air quality may be good news for many Americans, but there is still much to be done. Fossil-fuel power plants still dominate the U.S. landscape and are responsible for most emissions, and that will have to be drastically reduced to improve the air for all. 

  • Air pollution leads to dry eyes

    Individuals living in areas with high levels of pollution may be familiar with the health risks that come about as a result of poor air quality. However, few people are as cognizant of the little annoyances that come about as a result of air pollution, which was the subject of one recent study. 

    The research, presented at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Academy Ophthalmology, found that those who live in major cities with lots of air pollution were three to four times more likely to suffer from dry eye syndrome. Characterized by a lack of tear production, this issue could result in an irritating and potentially harmful medical problem. 

    "Undoubtedly, many people living in arid and polluted cities would readily attest to the irritating effect air pollution has on dry eye," said Dr. Anat Galor, the lead researcher on the study. "Our research suggests that simple actions, such as maintaining the appropriate humidity indoors and using a high-quality air filter, should be considered as part of the overall management of patients suffering from dry eye syndrome." 

    Home air purifiers could make a difference in patients with dry eye syndrome. Options like the IQAir GC MultiGas are medical-grade filters that can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, which could positively affect dry eye syndrome as well as related health problems. 

  • Watch out for allergies at holiday celebrations

    The holidays can be the most wonderful time of year, but for many, it is just another period where they have to worry about asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems. In fact, the family gatherings and festive parties that typically occur during this time of year can wreak havoc on people with asthma or allergies. 

    Traveling to other homes could expose an individual to pet dander or other allergens that would otherwise be ignored. Similarly, taking decorations out of storage or going on massive cleaning sprees around a home could stir up mold spores or similar airborne irritants that could spark reactions. 

    "Allergies can strike at any age in life, with symptoms disappearing and resurfacing years later," said Dr. Leonard Bielory, a fellow at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "Allergies and asthma are serious diseases. Misdiagnoses and inappropriate treatment can be dangerous." 

    To make a home more hospitable to all guests and clear the air of many irritants that could trigger asthma or allergies, consider investing in a medical-grade device. Air filer purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are ideal for helping individuals breathe easier no matter what allergies and respiratory illnesses they suffer from. 

  • Women with asthma may take more time to get pregnant

    There are a lot of factors that go into getting pregnant, but some recent research identifies respiratory issues as an element of fertility that should not be overlooked. One study examined the fertility of more than 15,000 twins, and it focused on how a diagnosis of asthma and the treatment of the chronic illness may play into conception. 

    The study found that women suffering from asthma were more likely to take longer to conceive than their counterparts. About 27 percent of women will asthma "experienced prolonged time to pregnancy," according to Medical News Today. Women whose asthma was left untreated faced even longer wait times, especially if they were over the age of 30. 

    "If you have any major medical condition that really interferes with your daily life, it's bound to also affect your conception," Dr. Avner Hershlag, the chief at the Center for Human Reproduction at North Shore University Hospital, told Live Science. "When someone is sick and asthmatic, their focus changes, from 'I'm going to get pregnant,' to 'I'm going to get better.'" 

    Controlling asthma is tremendously important, which is why many people who suffer from this chronic illness look to air purifiers for support. Models like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are capable of ridding the air of a wide variety of irritants, allowing people with asthma to breathe easier and control the issue. 

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