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  • Fish consumption in early childhood could protect kids from allergies

    Allergies are among the most common chronic health issues in the U.S., as the condition accounts for more than 17 million outpatient doctor's visits a year, and limits activity for more than 40 percent of children with symptoms, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports. 

    Even though there is no cure for allergies, a new study out of Sweden has discovered a potential link between fish and a lower chance of suffering from many of the condition's symptoms among children. Fox News reports scientists from the Institute of Environmental Medicine and the Department of Clinical Science and Education analyzed the diets of more than 3,000 children, specifically how much fish they consumed and their allergy risks.

    Researchers discovered kids who ate at least two servings of fish a month were 75 percent less likely to have allergies in comparison to their peers who ate less or no fish in any given month. Even though more research needs to be conducted, the scientists involved believe it could be a good idea for parents of young children to incorporate more fish into their diets to reap the potential benefits. 

    Families who already have young ones suffering from seasonal or other types of allergies can ensure they breathe better at home by installing an air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus.

  • Allergy triggers that could be bothering you

    Allergy season is in full swing around the nation and if you're one of the 50 million Americans reported to suffer from allergy symptoms, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, you could be triggering side effects without even realizing it.  The experts at Prevention magazine report there are a few common allergy triggers that few people know about.

    Those affected by ragweed or grass allergies might be worsening their symptoms by picking up fresh produce at a farmers market. According to the magazine, eating a tasty apple, peach pear or melon from such places can trigger oral allergy syndrome, a condition in which your immune system mistakes proteins in these fruits for pollen. If your lips start tingling or itching, it might mean your allergies are in full force. 

    Swimming is one of the best parts of summer, but perhaps not as great if you suffer from allergies. 

    "Dramatic changes in temperature, such as jumping into a cold lake on a hot day, can trigger asthma," Dr. James L. Sublett told the news outlet. 

    Instead of pencil diving into the water on a hot day, Sublett recommends gradually entering the body of water to help your immune system transition more smoothly. 

    A great way to ward off allergies even more is to install a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus into your home to breathe easy while relaxing. 

  • Switching to alternative power sources crucial in fight against air pollution

    With Earth Day 2013 right around the corner, more Americans might be looking into ways to reduce their carbon footprint and protect the environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, air pollution affects people's health, causing or irritating conditions like asthma and the environment. Chemicals in the air can also damage trees, wildlife and bodies of water. 

    Now, Reuters is reporting that air pollution is growing even more dangerous. U.N. officials announced air pollution kills more people than both AIDS and malaria, making finding a solution to the issue of the utmost importance. Members of the U.N. Industrial Development Organization met at a conference in Oslo recently to help spark conversations on countries investing more in alternative power sources like solar, wind and hydropower.

    Investing in such power sources could result in the slowing of climate change in more than 200 countries since the majority of these nations have issues with air pollution because of built-up greenhouse gases, the officials told the news outlet. 

    Even though there is a long way to go before the U.S. would consider switching to alternative energy sources, families can improve the health of their loved ones now. Installing a medical-grade air purifier like the Airgle PurePal MultiGas AG950 can ensure people breathe only the cleanest air while relaxing in their homes. 

  • Tips to beat allergies this season

    When it comes to allergies, the odds are that at least one member of every family will be affected. In fact, WebMD reports a child with one parent who suffers from allergies has a 33 percent chance of developing the condition, while a child with two parents with allergies has a 70 percent chance of feeling the effects of changing seasons.

    There may be no way to fully ward off allergies, but there are ways to curb its effects. Allergist Neil Kao recently discussed options for reducing itchy eyes, runny noses and more in Greenville News. According to Kao, limiting outdoor exposure during the peak allergy season is the best way to keep symptoms at bay. Keeping windows and doors shut, despite wanting to let in the warm weather is another must - since pollen and other allergens travel through the air. Making sure to give Fido a bath more frequently than usual is an important step as well - the same particles that travel through the air can easily get trapped in his coat.

    Tips like these are helpful in keeping family members allergy-free, but those looking to do more might want to consider installing professional-grade air purifiers into their homes. An option like the Airgle PurePal Plus AG850 will help trap allergens and dust, allowing people to breathe easy in any season.

  • Birth defects could be tied to air pollution

    Air pollution is a growing problem in the U.S. - more than 4 in 10 people around the nation live in regions with unhealthful levels of ozone or particle pollution, the American Lung Association reports. Even though scientists are continuing to look for ways to prevent such exposure, a new study might encourage experts to kick finding a solution into high gear.

    The recent study, published in "The American Journal of Epidemiology," used two large trials to look for incidents of birth defects and levels of air pollution among kids born in eight counties of the San Joaquin Valley in California. One study tracked all birth defects since 1997, while the other featured records of levels of nitrogen dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide and other air pollution components at 20 locations since 1970.

    From the data, scientists discovered there were 849 cases of birth defects after they adjusted for issues like smoking or drinking during pregnancy. Researchers then compared these children with 853 healthy control kids. Looking closer, it was found that women who lived in areas with the highest levels of carbon monoxide or nitrogen oxide were twice as likely to deliver a baby with certain birth defects in comparison to mothers living in areas with the lowest concentrations. 

    Even though the data is alarming, scientists are quick to point out that much more research needs to be conducted to verify the results. However, parents can still take added measures to protect their children now by installing a medical-grade air purifier like the Airgle PurePal AG800 to ensure loved ones breathe easy at home.

  • Cities with the worst allergies

    Allergy season is fast approaching and according to many experts, the severity of allergies is set to grow substantially in the coming years. Discovery News reports that continued earlier springs have led to longer growing seasons, thus boosting the pollen count around the nation. Dr. Leonard Bielory, an allergist specialist at Rutgers Center for Environmental Prediction, estimates pollen levels will increase by 20 percent by 2020.

    Despite the growth in pollen levels in the U.S., some residents might be getting it worse than others based on the city they live in. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAF) recently released its annual top 10 worst places for spring allergies list, and Tennessee takes the cake with three cities featured on the list. 

    This year's list includes Jackson, Miss.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; McAllen, Texas; Louisville, Ky.; Wichita, Kan.; Dayton, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; Oklahoma City, Okla. and Baton Rouge, La., while a few other cities will also see a rise in pollen levels. According to the AAF people in Springfield, Mass.; Buffalo, N.Y. and Grand Rapids, Mich. will also be hit hard with allergies in 2013. 

    Even if you don't live in one of these allergy hotspots, it doesn't mean pollution won't affect your symptoms. You might not be able to avoid itchy eyes and a runny nose while outside, but you can breathe easy at home by installing a professional-grade air purifier like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900.

  • Pollutants may play a role in demise of the bumblebee

    The bumblebee population has been declining in recent years, and many experts are worried about the bug's potential disappearance. Scientists have many theories on what's behind the demise of the bumblebee, though a new study shows pollution from car exhaust and industrial plants could be partly to blame. 

    The study, published in the journal Environmental Pollution, researched bumblebees' behavior and how they reacted to flowers contaminated with metals like nickel and aluminum, common pollutants in the air, and flowers free from the contaminants. From the data, scientists discovered the bees seemed to recognize when a flower was polluted with certain metals, but only after they had visited the blooms. This shows they are already subject to exposure, even if they don't go on to get nectar from polluted plants. 

    Since pollution from cars and industrial plants has the capability to greatly affect the entire bumblebee population, some may wonder what such problems might do to people. The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health reports environmental pollutants like air pollution from traffic and pesticides, for example, put kids at a greater risk of developing respiratory conditions like asthma, cognitive defects and certain types of cancer. 

    Parents worried about the health of their families might want to install a professional-grade air purifier like the Airgle PurePal MultiGas AG950 into their homes to keep toxins out. 

  • Early warm weather spells trouble for people with allergies

    Approximately one in five Americans currently live with either allergy or asthma symptoms, WebMD reports. While most of these sufferers may have enjoyed the low-allergy levels of winter, many news providers say people should now start preparing for the worst.

    The Daily Press reports warm weather is springing up around the country, and with it could come high allergy levels. 

    "As the temperature rises, some of the species that cause allergies are going to have a longer growing season," James Perry at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, told the publication. "So you get more pollen over more and more time."

    Not only do the rates of allergens rise because of the warm weather, how well people's immune systems are able to fight off the symptoms grows weaker, making this coming season one of the worst for allergy sufferers. 

    "We have a certain amount of immunity to some of these allergens," Perry told the newspaper. "But if we're exposed over and over and over again, we'll eventually develop a reaction. …You will wear out your immune system, because it's constantly fighting things off."

    Even though there is no way to prevent allergy symptoms all together, there are certain ways sufferers can breathe easier at home. Installing a professional-grade air purifier like the Airgle PurePal AG800 in the house is a great way to reduce the side effects of allergies. 

  • Study finds harmful flame-retardant chemical is prevalent in offices

    Office jobs are quite common in America - ranging from financiers and bloggers to bankers and salesmen and women. Even though such positions might be deemed as some of the safest in the nation, a new study finds office workers may be at risk of being exposed to a harmful flame retardant. 

    Scientists from Boston University's School of Health came to this conclusion after taking urine samples from 31 people, as well as dust samples from their cars, desks and homes. Researchers were looking for a chemical called chlorinated tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate, or TDCPP. The chemical, which was once used to make children's pajamas, has more recently has been used as an additive to polyurethane foam used in upholstered furniture like office chairs. TDCPP has also been found to increase people's risk of cancer.

    Scientists discovered 99 percent of dust samples taken from officer workers' homes, cars and offices had a "widespread presence of this flame retardant in the indoor environment," according to the study. The authors added that the chemical was more present in older offices. 

    Even though more tests need to be conducted to verify the recent findings, it might be smart for businesses to install professional-grade air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal MultiGas AG950 into their offices to help eliminate dust and dander that could contain TDCPP.

  • Study finds C-section babies prone to allergies

    There are many issues to weigh when a person starts thinking about whether she wants to deliver her unborn child naturally or via a Caesarian section, ranging from how pain medication can affect the baby to what the recovery time is like for both options. However, a recent study conducted by scientists at Henry Ford Hospital may have found one more reason for women to go natural.

    Researchers discovered babies born via C-section are approximately five times more likely to develop allergies by the age of two than their peers born naturally. During trials, scientists tracked more than 1,200 babies born between 2003 and 2007 and conducted various tests on them and their parents to check for signs of allergies. Tests were run at one month, six months, one year and two years to evaluate each child's allergy risk.

    Overall, kids born via C-section were far more likely to develop allergies over this time in comparison to their peers born naturally. Scientists believe the issue may stem from the babies' "lack of exposure to bacteria in the birth canal." Many suspect the bacterium plays a role in boosting a newborn's immune system.

    WebMD reports that more than half (55 percent) of all Americans have at last one allergy, making it a major health issue. Even if parents can't control how their babies are born, they can help them live better with allergies by installing a medical-grade air purifier like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 to ensure family members breathe well at home.

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