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  • US carbon dioxide pollution decreases

    Individuals across the U.S. can do their part to help the environment by attempting to cut down on waste and pollution, and their efforts appear to be paying off. According to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, energy-related carbon dioxide pollution throughout the country fell by 3.8 percent in 2012. That is one of the biggest reductions since 1990, with only 2009 - the year many electrical and hybrid cars were introduced - boasting a larger drop. 

    Part of the reason for the decrease can be attributed to a warmer winter, which did not require as much heat, as well as more efficient cars entering the market. 

    "This latest drop in energy-related carbon emissions is reason for cautious optimism that we are already starting to move in the right direction," Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann told The Associated Press. "But this alone will not lead us toward the dramatic carbon reductions necessary to avoid dangerous climate change." 

    Some Americans may be eager to reduce the amount of pollutants in their own homes. A great solution for this problem is a high-end home air purifier, such as the IQAir GC MultiGas, which can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants. 

  • Prepare for poor winter air quality

    Winter is right around the corner, and that means individuals must be prepping for the arrival of low temperatures and inclement weather. Of course, they must also brace themselves for potential poor air quality, which can often arise as a byproduct of winter. 

    According to CBS News, winter typically has worse air pollution than the other seasons due to a combination of weather conditions and an increase in the number of homes and buildings burning fuel for heat. There is also a jump in the number of people relying on cars to get around in colder temperatures, instead of walking or biking like they may do in warmer times. 

    As more people spend time indoors and start heating their homes, air quality can become compromised. That makes it extremely important to take steps to improve the environment in the home, including cleaning spaces properly and doing whatever is necessary to avoid the build up of irritants. 

    One way to get ready for winter is by investing in a high-end home air purifier like the IQAir GC MultiGas. When individuals want to clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, whether it is second-hand smoke, chemicals or other pollutants, this type of home air filter may be the right choice. 

  • Exposure to diesel exhaust may lead to asthma

    There have been many recent studies detailing the harm that comes from traffic. Not only can air pollution increase the risk of cancer and heart disease, but it may have an effect on health developments in children. 

    A new report published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that children who are exposed to diesel exhaust have a greater chance of suffering from severe asthma. Diesel exhaust increases the amount of a protein known as IL-17A in the blood, which in turn can cause chronic inflammatory diseases as well. 

    In addition, the study found that children who were exposed to dust mites along with diesel exhaust often suffered from more severe asthma than those who were subjected to only traffic pollution. 

    While researchers found that diesel exhaust is a problem, they are closing in on a few treatments. Neutralizing the IL-17A protein can lead to relief for some asthmatics and may even counter the effects of traffic pollution on the body. Those treatments are still a long way off, however, and in the meantime individuals may want to take steps to clear the air of many common irritants. Home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas may be ideal for these situations. 

  • Air pollution found to cause cancer

    People all over the world may be trying to breathe easier with the help of home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas, which can help clear pollution from an environment. These individuals are helping more than their lungs, however. A recent report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization, found that air pollution causes cancer. 

    The IARC reported that air pollution, mostly caused by methods of transportation, is a carcinogen. Exposure to pollution may even be more dangerous than smoking, according to The Associated Press. 

    "We now know that outdoor air pollution is not only a major risk to health in general, but also a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths," Kurt Straif, head of the monographs section for the IARC, which ranks carcinogens, told Reuters. "The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances." 

    In 2010 alone, exposure to pollution was believed to be the cause of 223,000 deaths from lung cancer. It also may have increased the risk for bladder cancer in thousands of individuals, the news source reported. 

  • Be aware of allergies in the fall

    Fall can be a wonderful time of year, but it can also be extremely aggravating for those who have allergies. Ragweed, mold spores and other irritants often fill the air as the months begin to cool down, and although individuals often want to open windows and spend time enjoying the crisp autumn environment, they are forced to deal with annoying allergies that disrupt their lives. 

    The Los Angeles Times reported that pollen is one of the most common airborne irritants prevalent in the fall. About 20 percent of Americans are allergic to pollen, meaning that a considerable portion of the population must try to find ways around their sensitivities. However, these individuals often have to rearrange their lives to avoid harmful situations. 

    For example, people who have sensitivities to mold may want to be careful when raking and bagging leaves outdoors, as this action can stir up mold spores. 

    Those who are concerned about allergies and want to do something about it should invest in a medical-grade home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This purifier can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, allowing individuals and their families to breathe easier in their homes.

  • Pollution may affect birth weight of babies

    Many recent studies have looked at the effects that air quality and pollution have on pregnant women and their unborn children. The latest research, published in The Lancet respiratory medicine journal, found that exposure to many of the common air pollutants that stem from traffic can increase the risk of low-weight babies and other health problems. 

    The air pollutants from auto traffic can lead to low birth weight and reduced head circumference at birth. Both of these issues can lead to related infant health problems and even raises the risk of infant mortality. It can also result in problems like decreased lung function and stunted brain development. 

    "Overall, maternal exposure to traffic-derived particulate matter probably increases vulnerability of their offspring to a wide range of respiratory disorders in both infancy and later in life," Professor Jonathan Grigg of the University of London told The Guardian. 

    Pregnant women or those who are concerned about their personal health may want to consider investing in a home air purifier like the IQAir GC MultiGas can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, helping individuals breathe a bit easier in their homes. 

  • Smoking during pregnancy found to affect immune system

    There have been a lot of studies on the topic of smoking during pregnancy. Most people know that smoking while pregnant can have serious effects on the unborn child, but few are aware of the extent of the problems that can arise from the act. 

    A recent study from the Leipzig Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research looked into how exposure to tobacco smoke in utero affects the development of the immune system. Results of the study, which was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, pointed to the fact that environmental stressors such as smoke impact the development of the immune system at the molecular level. It can even impact gene regulation. 

    This is one of the first times research has focused on the processes happening at a molecular level, and it helps to explain some of the affects of smoking during pregnancy. 

    The first step toward protecting young or unborn children is ridding the air of smoke and chemicals that may cause harm. Many adults turn to professional-grade home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas, which can clear a wide variety of irritants out of a space. 

  • Air pollution can cause problems during pregnancy

    Pregnant women will stop at nothing to ensure the health and safety of their unborn child. Unfortunately, some of the very dangers they could be trying to get away from may be in the air they breathe. A recent study conducted by the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University found that air pollution, combined with maternal psychological distress, can have a significant effect on the behavioral development of the child. 

    Published in the journal Pediatrics, the study claims that air pollution from sources like vehicles, heating systems and tobacco smoke are often tied to issues such as attention problems, anxiety and aggressive behavior. Symptoms were typically found in the children of women who had some sort of emotional and psychological distress during pregnancy. 

    "This study shows that the combination of physical and psychosocial stressors during fetal development magnifies the effect of each exposure," said Dr. Frederica Perera, the lead author of the study. "The findings are of concern because attention problems and anxiety and depression have been shown to affect peer relationships, academic performance and future well-being of children." 

    Anyone concerned about pollutants affecting their home should consider investing in professional-grade air purifiers. Options like the IQAir GC MultiGas can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants. 

  • New York's air quality reaches 50-year best

    Living in a major city can have its drawbacks, especially when you have to deal with the pollution that stems from heavy traffic and a large population. New York City is taking steps to limit these problems, however, and citywide efforts have resulted in The Big Apple having its best air quality in 50 years. 

    The New York Times reported that sulfur dioxide levels have fallen 69 percent since 2008, while soot pollution has also dropped more than 23 percent since 2007. Much of this can be attributed to businesses throughout the area moving to cleaner fuels. 

    "The continued health benefits of this conversion to cleaner heating fuels will make it the single biggest step to save lives since we began our comprehensive smoking control program," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a new conference, as quoted by The New York Times. "... When you look at the results like that, at the lives being saved and the illnesses being prevented, it tells you that we're definitely doing something right." 

    Although air quality in New York is improving, there is still a lot of work that can be done to improve the environment in your own home. Many city residents use air purifiers, such as the IQAir GC MultiGas, to clear the air of a wide variety of irritants. Whether you want to reduce household odors, second-hand smoke or airborne toxins, these air filter purifiers can make a big difference. 

  • Asthma is one of the biggest barriers to learning in children

    Parents often want to put their children in the best position to succeed. However, this can be difficult if a child has a health problem that inhibits his or her ability to learn. A recent study, titled "Crisis in the Classroom: How Untreated Medical Problems Are Seen To Interfere With School," looked at just how serious and prevalent some of these issues are. 

    The study found that more than 60 percent of principals and assistant principals in New York City cited asthma as a barrier to learning. These educators believed that asthma was more detrimental to learning than vision problems or dental pain, among other health issues. 

    "As America struggles to improve the academic performance of our children, we need to focus on the reality that an alarming number of children are walking into their schools each day with significant health barriers to learning," said Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the Child Well-Being and Resilience Program at Columbia University. "... Many of these health problems are readily preventable, treatable or manageable, and we must do a better job of ensuring that all kids are healthy and ready to learn." 

    While parents may not be able to control every aspect of a learning environment for their child, they can take steps to improve the air quality in their own home. Investing in a home air purifier like the IQAir GC MultiGas can help to rid the air of ultrafine particles or noxious fumes that may interfere with a child's day-to-day life.

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