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  • Air pollution may cause neurological problems, research shows

    There are many risks associated with air pollution, but exposure to these harmful particles could be more severe than previously thought. 

    A panel at the recent American Association for the Advancement of Sciences conference discussed the concept that breathing in air pollution could lead to medical issues involving the brain. Researchers noted that constant exposure to pollution can enlarge the brain's ventricles, a condition that is commonly found in individuals with neurological disorders like autism or schizophrenia. 

    Although more research needs to be done to see if pollution could lead to these problems, people who are consistently breathing in smaller, dangerous particles could be facing significant threats to their health. 

    "The component people worry about the most are the smallest particles – the ultrafine particles," Dr. Deborah Cory-Slechta, organizer of the panel, told FoxNews.com. "And the reason is because those go all the way down into the bottom of the lung. Once they get to the bottom of the lung, they can be absorbed into the blood stream."

    Individuals who are concerned about breathing in polluted air may want to invest in a medical-grade product like the IQAir GC MultiGas. This home air purifier can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and airborne particles that could otherwise be harmful. 

  • Pregnant women can manage asthma

    Asthma affects millions of people across the U.S., and it's not uncommon for the respiratory condition to plague women who are pregnant. These individuals have to determine how to manage medications and treatments while also caring for their unborn child, and a recent slew of tips regarding this difficult situation may prove to be helpful. 

    According to a recent study published in the Chest journal, there are several strategies pregnant women can employ when fighting asthma. One of the most significant actions can be as simple as staying in contact with a doctor. This allows women to find the best course of action for their situation and maintain an open dialog with professionals throughout pregnancy. 

    "With 1 in 8 pregnant women suffering from asthma, this research is telling us we need to improve management during pregnancy by finding new strategies to improve education and awareness," said Angelina Lim, the leader of the study, according to Futurity. "Poorly controlled asthma during pregnancy is hazardous for the health of the mother and the baby and has been associated with an increased risk of preterm birth, low birth weight and preeclampsia." 

    Anyone dealing with asthma may be able to benefit from purchasing a home air purifier. These medical-grade devices, including options such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, can be used to eliminate a wide variety of irritants from the air. This could result in a more comfortable indoor space that is beneficial to any inhabitant. 

  • Pregnant women can manage asthma

    Asthma affects millions of people across the U.S., and it's not uncommon for the respiratory condition to plague women who are pregnant. These individuals have to determine how to manage medications and treatments while also caring for their unborn child, and a recent slew of tips regarding this difficult situation may prove to be helpful. 

    According to a recent study published in the Chest journal, there are several strategies pregnant women can employ when fighting asthma. One of the most significant actions can be as simple as staying in contact with a doctor. This allows women to find the best course of action for their situation and maintain an open dialog with professionals throughout pregnancy. 

    "With 1 in 8 pregnant women suffering from asthma, this research is telling us we need to improve management during pregnancy by finding new strategies to improve education and awareness," said Angelina Lim, the leader of the study, according to Futurity. "Poorly controlled asthma during pregnancy is hazardous for the health of the mother and the baby and has been associated with an increased risk of preterm birth, low birth weight and preeclampsia." 

    Anyone dealing with asthma may be able to benefit from purchasing a home air purifier. These medical-grade devices, including options such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, can be used to eliminate a wide variety of irritants from the air. This could result in a more comfortable indoor space that is beneficial to any inhabitant. 

  • Don't stir up allergens during spring cleaning

    The end of winter is in sight - barely - which means people are looking forward to the start of spring. Of course, the launch of this season encourages many to conduct their annual spring cleaning. This intense scrubbing may leave some more comfortable in their homes, but for those with allergies, swirling up dust and irritants can do more harm than good. 

    Whether it is sweeping, dusting, remodeling, moving around furniture or anything else, typical spring cleaning activities stir up dust and other particles that have been lying dormant in hidden spaces around a home. Even the most diligent of cleaners may stumble across patches of dust, and with no surefire way to capture all of these irritants, there is a good chance some wind up circulating between rooms. For anyone with allergies or similar respiratory problems, these particles can do major damage. 

    Cleaning does not have to have annoying side effects. Individuals who invest in air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus are able to clear the air of a wide variety of irritants throughout the year, saving time during spring cleaning sprees while also making it easier to breathe. 

  • Asthma medications can lead to other health problems

    Asthma treatments come in many different forms. For those individuals with severe respiratory problems, medications, such as steroids, can be a big help. However, these treatments may have some side effects that could interfere with everyday life. 

    According to a new study published in the journal Respiratory Medicine, people with severe asthma who use steroids to treat the condition are up to three times more likely to be diagnosed with depression than those who do not use the drug for asthma treatment. Previous research has linked steroid use to mood fluctuations and asthma to depression, Reuters Health reported. 

    "There's a well-established connection with asthma, as well as chronic illness in general, and higher reports of depression in the general population," Dr. Rebecca Hashim told Reuters Health. 

    Some individuals may have to turn to medications to find relief from asthma, but others could reap the benefits of home air purifiers. These medical-grade devices, especially versions such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, can work to clear allergens and irritants out of the air. That creates a more hospitable indoor space for anyone with respiratory problems and may cut back on the need for other medications. 

  • Don't let asthma prevent exercise

    Living with asthma can be difficult, but sometimes exercising and engaging in a healthy lifestyle can be even harder. Working out is a vital part of personal well-being and can actually improve the overall quality of life for asthmatics, but figuring out how to reach that level comfortably is not easy. 

    Still, exercising outdoors can be done safely. The Tampa Bay Times recommends making a concentrated effort to breath through the nose and stresses the importance of staying hydrated. Anytime there is a high pollen level, which may make it more difficult to breathe, avoid exercising outside in the morning, which is typically the harshest time of day. Additionally, participating in activities that require shorter spurts of energy, such as swimming or biking, are generally better for asthmatics than pastimes that focus on endurance. 

    Those individuals with a makeshift gym in their home may want to consider placing an air cleaner purifier indoors. Options such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus are capable of clearing the air of many different allergens and irritants, and the resulting atmosphere could be ideal for a workout. 

  • Car idling hurts air quality

    Most people are aware that their automobiles can have an impact on air quality. Although the bulk of the harmful emissions may come from factories or manufacturing plants, a significant amount can be traced back to passenger vehicles. While some individuals have made the move to green cars to be more environmentally friendly, simply reducing the amount of idling done in a vehicle could also have positive effects. 

    It is not uncommon for drivers to allow vehicles time to warm up before hitting the road, especially in the colder months when motorists want to wait for the heat to make the car more comfortable. However, studies have shown that this practice contributes to air pollution. 

    "If you are going out, try to do all of your errands in two or three stops, then come home and turn your car off," Louis Cooper, director of environmental health for Weber-Morgan Health Department, told the Standard-Examiner. "You will help to improve the air quality." 

    Cutting back on idling is just the first step. Individuals can work to make their environments more hospitable by investing in a professional-grade home air purifier. The IQAir GC MultiGas, for example, can clear a wide variety of irritants and pollutants out of the air, creating a more comfortable indoor space. 

  • Car idling hurts air quality

    Most people are aware that their automobiles can have an impact on air quality. Although the bulk of the harmful emissions may come from factories or manufacturing plants, a significant amount can be traced back to passenger vehicles. While some individuals have made the move to green cars to be more environmentally friendly, simply reducing the amount of idling done in a vehicle could also have positive effects. 

    It is not uncommon for drivers to allow vehicles time to warm up before hitting the road, especially in the colder months when motorists want to wait for the heat to make the car more comfortable. However, studies have shown that this practice contributes to air pollution. 

    "If you are going out, try to do all of your errands in two or three stops, then come home and turn your car off," Louis Cooper, director of environmental health for Weber-Morgan Health Department, told the Standard-Examiner. "You will help to improve the air quality." 

    Cutting back on idling is just the first step. Individuals can work to make their environments more hospitable by investing in a professional-grade home air purifier. The IQAir GC MultiGas, for example, can clear a wide variety of irritants and pollutants out of the air, creating a more comfortable indoor space. 

  • Colds during pregnancy could lead to asthma, study shows

    Pregnant women go to great lengths to protect their unborn child. Often, this includes combing over every inch of space around a home to ensure there are no hidden dangers like mold that could affect the child. However, something as simple as catching a cold could have an effect on the future health of the baby. 

    According to new research published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the more common colds a woman has during pregnancy, the higher the chance the child will develop asthma. Any infections or bacterial exposure experienced by the mother impacted the utero environment of the child, thereby increasing the odds of respiratory issues later on. 

    "We know that allergy and asthma can develop in the womb since genetics play a factor in both diseases," said Dr. Michael Foggs, an allergist. "But this study sheds light about how a mother's environment during pregnancy can begin affecting the child before birth." 

    Expectant mothers - or any other individual concerned about personal health - may want to consider investing in a professional-grade device such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This home air purifier can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, creating a safer and more comfortable indoor space. 

  • Take steps to prevent air pollution-related health problems

    Recently, there have been a number of studies detailing the negative impact that air pollution can have on personal health. Problems ranging from asthma attacks to cancer may arise as a result of poor air, and working to reduce and remove these particles is one of the few ways to ensure long-term health. 

    A recent Danish study looked at the comprehensive health issues related to air pollution, and the findings show that a wide range of diseases are brought on or aggravated by low-quality air. 

    "It came as a surprise to me that the studies showed a connection between air pollution and diabetes," said Ole Hertel, a professor at Aarhus University who participated in the research. "It s rather new information that air pollution can cause diabetes, and we are working on finding a biological explanation for this correlation." 

    While widespread action is needed to curb air pollution across the globe, there are steps individuals can take to improve the quality of air in their homes. Many choose to invest in professional-grade devices like home air purifiers. With options such as the IQAir GC MultiGas capable of clearing most smoke, chemicals and pollutants, it's easy to improve any indoor space.

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