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  • Living near roadways linked with death for heart attack survivors

    According to new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation, heart attack survivors living near roadways could face an increased risk of death. The study involved 3,547 people who were hospitalized for heart attack in 64 medical centers across the United States between 1989 and 1996.

    Participants that lived less than 100 meters (328 feet) from a roadway have a 27 percent increased risk of dying over the following 10 years than those living 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) away.

    While air pollution has already been linked to increased risk of heart attack and stroke, this is the first time it has been suggested that further exposure could result in death.

    "We think there is exposure to a combination of air pollution near these roadways and other exposure, such as excessive noise or stress from living close to the roadway, that may contribute to the study findings," said Murray A. Mittleman, M.D., Dr.PH, study author.

    Homeowners concerned about the welfare of their loved one can invest in a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to reduce exposure to deadly toxins.

  • Granite state favors new Mercury pollution standards

    A new scrubber installed at the Merrimack Station in Bow, New Hampshire has reduced the mercury released into the air by 98 percent, reports the Concord Monitor. The state has long struggled with facility emissions that travel north from the Midwest due to predominant winds.

    According to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, mercury is a buiaccumulative toxic pollutant that can cause harm to humans, plants and animals. As a result, the state released the New Hampshire Mercury Reduction Strategy in 1998, which aimed to reduce mercury emissions by 50 percent by 2003. The state exceeded this goal, but it is still looking for new solutions to further reduce the presence of this pollutant.

    Homeowners concerned with the health impacts of mercury can invest in a home air purifier to drastically reduce its presence in their homes. While New Hampshire agencies have dedicated themselves to limiting emissions, other states have not taken such strict actions, and jet streams are bringing mercury pollution elsewhere.

  • EPA prepares to fight summer smog

    Baltimore is among 45 metro areas nationwide with unhealthy levels of air pollution, reports the Baltimore Sun. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Baltimore and its suburbs were labeled as "nonattainment" by air quality standards set in 2008 for ground-level ozone or smog.

    A lower ozone limit cap was set at 75 parts per billion for the Baltimore metro area. While the city did not meet the standards, the EPA still labeled it as moderate in terms of air quality. City officials will have to create plans of action to show how they expect to reduce ozone pollution to meet EPA standards in the coming months, reports the news source.

    Homeowners concerned with the health implications of breathing in smog can invest in a home air purifier. The standards set by the EPA aim to reduce the negative health repercussions of smog, which has been linked to exasperating respiratory illnesses such as asthma and increased risk of stroke, heart attack and some form of cancers. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can reduce your long-term exposure to harmful toxins.

  • Air quality improves in U.S.

    According to the latest report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, air quality in the U.S. has substantially improved due to limits placed on ground-level ozone.

    The agency set the smog standard at 75 parts per billion in 2008, and at that time 45 areas across the nation did not meet them. Now, almost all of the areas included on the original list have met the 2008 standard, and air quality has shown a remarkable improvement overall.

    Exposure to air pollution is associated with a large number of negative health conditions. Homeowners concerned about avoiding long-term smog and toxin effects can invest in a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

    Reduce your chance of developing pulmonary, cardiac, vascular and neurological impairments by making the right choices. According to the EPA, exposure to smog and unhealthy air quality can greatly impact high-risk groups such as the elderly, infants and pregnant women. In addition, air pollution can lead to both acute and chronic effects.

  • Georgians educated themselves for Air Quality Awareness Week

    The Clean Air Campaign and Governor Nathan Deal will kick off Air Quality Awareness Week on April 30, according to The Weekly. The national movement is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, which hopes to promote education and encourage green practices on the part of businesses and individuals.

    In Georgia and across the nation, sustainable commuting practices such as biking, public transportation and carpooling is being promoted as a small act with a big impact.

    "Air Quality Awareness Week is a reminder that small actions can make an immediate, positive impact on the air we all breathe," said Tedra Cheatham, executive director of The Clean Air Campaign. "Commuters, employers and schools all play a role in this issue because in many areas of Georgia, half of smog-forming emissions come from vehicle tailpipes."

    Unhealthy air quality can increase a person’s risk of heart attack, stroke and some forms of cancer and exasperate respiratory illnesses such as asthma. Homeowners concerned about their health may wish to invest in a home air purifier and educate themselves on smart practices to reduce exposure.

  • New York air quality improving

    According to a recent report by the American Lung Association, 3.2 million New Yorkers have something to celebrate. The annual State of the Air report for 2012 indicates six of 34 Empire State counties had unhealthy air quality, which is significantly fewer than the 16 that failed in 2011, claims the Star Gazette.

    "These improvements in air quality are to be applauded because cleaner air saves lives," said Jeff Seyler, president of the American Lung Association in the Northeast, in a statement, according to the news source. "But make no mistake, air pollution in our communities continues to be a major threat that cuts lives short, routinely sends people to the hospital and makes it hard to breathe."

    While this improvement in multiple counties across the state is applaudable, it is not nearly enough. Numerous families are still suffering long-term exposure to unhealthy levels of air pollution. Homeowners concerned about their health can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of toxins within their home. Air pollution can increase a person’s risk of stroke, heart attack and exasperate respiratory illnesses. Improve your health by purchasing the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

  • Hess to spend $46 million to settle air pollution allegations

    Allegations filed against Hess Corp. by the Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the company increased harmful emissions has been resolved. Hess had been accused of violating the Clean Air Act by making unauthorized modifications to its petroleum refinery in Port Reading, New Jersey.

    The energy company has agreed to spend more than $45 million in new pollution controls and will pay an additional $850,000 in civil penalties.

    “This agreement will improve air quality for New Jersey residents by requiring Hess to install advanced pollution control and monitoring technology and adopt more stringent emission limits,” Ignacia Moreno, the head of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources division, said in a statement.

    The new controls are estimated to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 181 tons a year. High levels of these pollutants have a significant impact on the health and well-being of residents and increase smog levels. Concerned homeowners can invest in a home air purifier to reduce exposure, which can exasperate respiratory conditions or increase a person’s risk of stroke or heart attack.

  • California air quality has improved in last decade

    According to a report released by a state association of regional air district officers, California air pollution reached unhealthy levels less often in 2011 than a decade prior, reports ABC KGO-TV San Francisco. The report shows that 2011 had 74 percent fewer days of “unhealthy air” across the state compared to 2000.

    "We recognize that we have a long way to go in some of these air districts, but we have made a lot of progress," said Kenneth Koyama, executive director of the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, which published the report. "Some districts have gone down to one unhealthy day in the past year for air-quality purposes, and others have actually had zero unhealthy days."

    However, while unhealthy air pollution levels have decreased significantly in the past decade, many California cities feature poor air quality. Homeowners concerned about the negative health impacts of air pollution can invest in a home air purifier. Units such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifier can reduce long-term exposure to toxins that are known to irritate respiratory illnesses such as asthma, decrease lung function, increase the risk of heart attack or stroke and even cancer.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency issues its first air pollution standard for "fracking"

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the first national standard to reduce air pollution linked to hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday, reports The controversial practice commonly referred to as "fracking" forces fluid into a well to break rocks and release natural gas.

    The new standards will take full effect in 2015, and it is estimated that they will drastically cut the production of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which contribute to smog by 190,000 to 290,000 tons and  add 12,000 to 15,000 tons of benzene to the atmosphere annually.

    "[The standards] will reduce smog-forming air pollution along with cancer-causing air toxins," said Gina McCarthy, an assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to the news source. "Smog formation has been linked to various health ills including asthma attacks, emergency room visits and premature deaths."

    Homeowners located near fracking well sites can invest in a home air purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas to reduce their exposure to toxic chemicals. While the new regulation will decrease emissions of VOCs from wells by 95 percent, according to Bloomberg, they won’t completely go into effect until 2015. Unfortunately, even three years of exposure can lead to negative health effects.

  • Pregnant mothers' exposure to air pollution may boost risk of obesity in kids

    In a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, scientists at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University have linked exposure to air pollution during pregnancy to an increased chance of obese children, reports Time.

    Common chemicals referred to as endocrine disruptors are included in air pollution compounds such as BPA, phthalates and parabens and can interfere with the production of hormones such as estrogen.

    "Obesity is really, really complicated. I think we have to embrace the idea that the obesity epidemic is not just about you and me making personal choices that are not good for us, or moms making bad choices for kids. It’s a far more complicated problem than that, and environmental chemicals may play a role as one piece of the problem," Andrew Rundle, study researcher and associate professor of epidemiology, told the news source.

    For those who live in urban areas or near highways, there is a chance that increased long-term exposure to air pollutants will lead to health problems. Protect yourself and your children with a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to reduce the presence of toxins in the home.

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