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  • How will air pollution affect your newborn?

    You likely do everything you can to ensure your soon-to-be infant is in a healthy, safe environment at all times. As a pregnant woman, perhaps you've gone to all of the parenting education cases and you've committed to providing him or her with the very best nutrition by maintaining a strict diet. However, if you haven't thought about how air pollution is affecting your little one, there may be more you can do.

    According to a new study published in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM), maternal vitamin D deficiency may be linked to urban air pollution.

    "We investigated the associations between gestational exposure to urban air pollutants and vitamin D cord blood serum level," said Nour Baïz, lead study author. "Our findings show for the first time, that exposure to ambient air pollution comparable to current World Health Organization standards might contribute to vitamin D deficiency in newborns."

    Medical News Today reports that pregnant women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution may be putting their newborns at an increased risk for the development of asthma and allergic diseases.

    The researchers found that the link between air pollutions and vitamin deficiency was strongest when women were exposed to pollutants during their third-trimester.  IQAir HealthPro Plus may be great for pregnant women as it uses air filtration technologies in a home to control pollutants.

  • Forest fires in the West may affect air quality

    Most people don't want their homes to smell like fire smoke and they certainly don't want to breathe in the smoke. However, according to The Oregonian, officials in the city of Sisters have recently warned residents that nearby wildfires may affect the local air quality.

    The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has been encouraging parents to keep their children indoors and for elderly individuals to stay inside. The department's air quality inspector Frank Messina told the news outlet that the conditions are unhealthy. "If it looks smoky outside, conditions are not good," he suggested. "People should use logic and common sense."

    The publication states that the temperature inversion has pushed the smoke to ground level and has created hazardous breathing conditions. This may prove to be especially dangerous to people with respiratory issues such as asthma, as well as other conditions affecting the lungs and heart.

    William Knight, a spokesperson for the DEQ, told Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) that those who must go outside should avoid manual labor or exercise outdoors.

    Residents in the Sisters area, as well as anyone facing area quality issues, can use air filtration technologies in their home to control pollutants. IQAir HealthPro Plus is ideal for those suffering from respiratory ailments as it can capture fine particulate matter.

  • What's that smell in California?

    If you live in the Southern California area, you likely smelled a strange odor in the air this week. Residents woke up to a rotten-egg aroma on Monday, September 10th and complained of the smell throughout the day by calling the local fire departments and even 911. Apparently many locals were concerned the smell was coming from a chemical leak or another alarming incident nearby.

    While authorities were unsure about the source of the stench for some time, New York Daily news reports that by Tuesday, Southern California air quality investigators confirmed the smelly fumes were coming from the Salton Sea. Air samples collected throughout the region proved that levels of hydrogen sulfide were high around the lake and grew weaker the further from this location.

    "The problem I'm having is the magnitude of the area that was covered by the odor itself. But I guess it can happen under the right conditions, and we had those conditions, apparently, the other night," said Andrew Schlange, general manager at the Salton Sea Authority.

    Whatever the source of the stink, California residents shouldn't have to worry about their homes smelling foul. You can keep the scent of the air in your home fresh and pleasant with the use of air purification. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is the top choice for controlling odor, smoke, dust and other pollutants.

  • Colorado air quality plan approved

    It's no secret that some cities have better air quality than others. However, most would probably think that a state known for its mountainous terrain and crisp, clean snow would have no problem at all with air pollution.

    But the Denver Post reports that the state does in fact deal with its air pollution concerns. For this reason, federal environmental officials have recently approved Colorado's air quality plan. It was approved by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The goal of the air quality plan is to reduce emissions by 70,000 tons of pollution per year, reveals the news outlet.

    "This plan will significantly reduce emissions and improve visibility, and Colorado will realize significant public health benefits," Dr. Christopher E. Urbina, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said according to the North Colorado Business Journal. "It is a great example of the leadership role Colorado has taken for so long in public health and environmental protection."

    Colorado's efforts toward protecting the health of the community and the environment through this plan are something every state should follow. Families can also make a difference in the quality of the air they breathe by using home air purification inside their houses to make sure the air is free of toxins and other potentially harmful substances.

  • Do you live in a polluted state?

    Everyone likes to think that their home is located in an area where pollution isn't really a concern and fresh air whips through the trees and in through their front door. However, the fact of the matter is there are many cities around the country that are not fortunate enough to have good air quality.

    According to Oilprice.com, half of all industrial toxic air pollution comes from power plants and 80 of all greenhouse gas emission in the United States come from power plants and heavy industries. Experts believe this pollution is responsible for thousands of heart attaches, asthma cases and premature deaths each year.

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has recently collaborated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to form a list of America's most polluted states. The top ten states include Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. In Ohio alone, more than 36.4 million pounds of harmful chemicals were released in 2010.

    Whether you live in one of these states, or another area in the county, provide your family with the cleanest air possible in your house by investing in home air purification. It can allow you to reduce fine particulate matter and toxins in your home.

  • The Obama administration approves Arctic drilling

    The Obama administration has approved a one-year air pollution permit for an Arctic drilling rig operated by Royal Dutch Shell, The Los Angeles Times reports. This could result in the initiation of controversial oil drilling off the coast of Alaska, which some environmental experts claim would destroy the natural ecosystem and lead to air and water pollution.

    "Today’s planned announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] has given Shell Oil an exemption to pollute in America’s Arctic Ocean is yet another sign from the Obama administration that they are putting the whims of a corporate giant over the future of one of our nation’s most valued natural treasures," said Cindy Shogan, executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League, according to the news source.

    The EPA's compliance order requires the careful monitoring of generator emissions to ensure that pollutants created from the machines do not exceed federal standards - especially for toxins such as nitrous oxide and ammonia. Such pollutants can travel along air currents for hundreds of miles and impact the health of homeowners far away.

    As the hunt for energy sources continues, more plants, oil rigs and gas refineries may be constructed, which could lead to an increase in air pollutants. Homeowners concerned about the air quality they are breathing can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of fine particulate matter and toxins within the house.

  • Air quality warning issued for Staten Island

    While the warm weather should feel perfect for those vacationing this Labor Day weekend, the air quality may be less than ideal. High levels of ozone have prompted city officials to issue an air quality warning from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley Regions, the Staten Island Advance reports.

    As temperatures rise, ozone levels increase to unsafe and potentially hazardous elevations. For young children, the elderly, people working strenuous jobs outdoors and those afflicted with respiratory conditions such as asthma, poor air quality is especially dangerous. The smog, fine particulates and pollution produced from nearby plants and traffic can build up and negatively impact people's health.

    City officials are suggesting that people of all ages consider spending more time indoors. Buildings outfitted with a home air purifier are especially protected against the toxins that can find their way indoors. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is a strong investment for individuals who are seeking to breath in healthy air that lacks the level of pollutants commonly found indoors.

  • Air pollution raises risk of stillbirth

    A recent air pollution study compiled in New Jersey has found an increased risk of stillbirths among women exposed to certain pollutants, according to Live Science. Using statewide data from 1998 through 2004, researchers compared the number of live births over still births for mothers who lived within 6 miles of New Jersey's 25 pollutant-monitoring stations.

    While stillbirths are increasingly rare due to modern medicine and prenatal care, the tragedy still occurs. However, out of the 207,000 women whose carbon monoxide exposure was estimated at elevated levels during the first trimester, there were about 800 stillbirths.

    Other common pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide also increased a mother's risk of delivering a stillborn child.

    "Most air pollution studies are done to evaluate the health effects related to the respiratory system, [such as] asthma or COPD," said Dr. Youcheng Liu, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, according to the source. "Relatively few studies…are related to reproductive health."

    Mothers can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the level of pollutants present in a home. This space is where many people spend the majority of their time, and as such, removing toxins from the air could improve the health of a mother and her child. A medical-grade unit like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is a worthwhile purchase for continued health.

  • Valley's air pollution levels could stop local construction

    The San Joaquin Valley has historically featured raised levels of air pollution, but that quality may soon impact local roadway construction efforts. About $500 million in federal funds intended for building highways and other roadwork projects could soon be frozen if the local air district cannot create an initiative to reduce air pollution levels.

    PM-2.5, which is comprised of tiny bits of soot, diesel, moisture and chemicals, is known to trigger asthma and heart problems and might even cause early death, The Fresno Bee reports. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is set to produce and vote on an air pollution plan this upcoming December - just in time for the deadline set by the federal government.

    Homeowners located in the valley who are worried about the impact of such high levels of air pollution can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of fine particulate matter indoors. In areas such as San Joaquin Valley, it is vital to ensure the air within a home is cleansed of toxins.

  • Air quality alert announced for western New York

    As the August heat rises, air quality in regions across the United States is negatively impacted. Pollution levels in western New York reached unhealthy levels for the week ending on August 24, 2012, WBTA AM1490 reports.

    "The main concern there is that people that have respiratory problems [such as] elderly people [and very young children] may sometimes be more susceptible to the effects of the o-zone, [which] could cause breathing problems…," meteorologist Tom Paone, from the National Weather Service in Buffalo, told the news source.    

    When air pollution levels are raised, residents should consider limiting time spent outdoors. Instead, people can increase the time they spend indoors in an establishment equipped with a home air purifier. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can reduce the presence of harmful pollutants in a home and improve an individual's respiratory function.

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has set up a toll free number so interested residents can remain informed. The phone number is 1-800-535-1345.

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