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  • Environmental group sues EPA for air pollution

    Recently, a number of environmental groups took action in response to the San Joaquin Valley's failure to comply with ozone level standards in California. Earthjustice is threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for allowing federal standards to fall by the wayside, according to the Hanford Sentinel.

    Ozone is hazardous and can contribute to the development of smog. The American Lung Association recently released a list of the top 10 U.S. cities with the worst air conditions - eight of which were in California.

    "Our children suffer some of the highest asthma rates and our elderly some of the highest rates of heart disease," Kevin Hamilton, a registered respiratory therapist, told the news source. "We've waited long enough for the responsible agencies to do their jobs. We need action and we need it now."

    Individuals who are concerned about the effect pollution might have on their breathing may want to consider purchasing an air purifier. This product can be especially helpful for people with respiratory conditions.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus can help people breathe easier thanks to its HyperHEPA filter. The device can trap all kinds of ultrafine particles ranging from mold spores to pet dander.

  • Allergy symptoms commonly confused with sinus infections

    Many people are quick to shrug off sneezing and itchy eyes as signs of an allergic reaction, but research suggests that a majority of individuals often mistake the condition with sinus infections.

    A survey conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) found that out of 621 participants, only 36 percent of allergy sufferers consult a physician for their symptoms. As a result, more people suffer from sinus infections than necessary, according to WebMD.

    "If you have allergy-like symptoms that last longer than 12 weeks, or symptoms that occur more than three times per year, with symptoms usually lasting more than 20 days despite treatment attempts, you may have chronic sinusitis," Mike Tringale, vice president of external affairs at the AAFA, said in a news release.

    Individuals who suffer from allergies throughout the year may want to consider using an air purifier to remove contaminants from their living spaces.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus contains a HyperHEPA filter that can help allergy sufferers remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. This includes irritants such as pollen, cigarette smoke and pet dander.

  • Clean Air Transport Rule could cut down on dangerous emissions

    Air pollution has been a concern for decades, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently finished drafting a set of regulations to reduce smog as a result of coal power plants. If the White House approves of the new rules, coal plants in Eastern states that exceed the maximum concentration of air contaminants will be required to install new pollution controls, according to The New York Times.

    The White House is expected to announce its decision by June. The regulations, also known as the Clean Air Transport Rule, could dramatically reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide. Nitrogen oxides are specifically dangerous because they cause disruptions in the ozone layer that result in ground-level smog.

    Air pollution can negatively affect individuals who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma. However, clean air regulations are helping more people breathe easier across the country.

    An air purifier can help remove dangerous toxins from your home atmosphere. The IQAir HealthPro Plus can trap irritating ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size.

    With this air purifier, homeowners can remove everything from cigarette smoke to pollen from up to 900 square feet. The IQAir HealthPro Plus can be especially beneficial to those who are living with asthma.

  • Immunologist claims to be working on allergy vaccination

    Many people receive allergy shots to help them combat seasonal symptoms, but one immunologist in Canada is working to create a vaccine to get rid of the issue altogether.

    Recently, Mark Larche from McMaster University announced that he is working on developing the "next generation allergy shot" to get rid of allergic reactions once and for all, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    "Allergy shots work," Dr. Andrew Saxon, an immunologist at the University of California Los Angeles, told the news source. "The overarching problem is they're dangerous, [not to mention] expensive and slow."

    The vaccines are currently aimed at eliminating ragweed allergies, which affect up to 20 percent of Americans. Cat allergies are also being targeted, which approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population copes with year-round.

    Individuals with allergies may want to consider an air purifier to find relief. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one device that can remove particles ranging from pollen to pet dander from the air.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is designed to remove irritants from within 900 square feet using its HyperHEPA filter. This can be beneficial for allergy sufferers and individuals with respiratory conditions as well.

  • Offshore drilling may mean more air pollution in Alaska

    Alaska has been an important source of oil for decades, but lawmakers are attempting to speed up the harvesting process with a new bill. A Republican proposal at the House recently suggested increasing the rate at which companies conduct offshore drilling, according to Bloomberg News. As a result, Alaska residents are raising their eyebrows at the prospect of more air pollution.

    "This bill will create tens of thousands of jobs, increase energy security, and lessen our dependence on foreign oil," Cory Gardner, the representative who proposed the bill, told the news source. "It will add billions of dollars in salary to Alaska and other states over the next several decades, bringing good paying jobs to our country."

    Despite the new job opportunities, many people are becoming vocal about the impact the drilling will have on the atmosphere. For those with respiratory conditions, the situation may become dangerous.

    Individuals who want to keep their living spaces pollution-free may want to consider purchasing an air purifier. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one product that can remove everything from pollen to cigarette smoke from the air. Its HyperHEPA filter is designed to trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size that are known to cause irritation and allergic reactions.

  • Wisconsin celebrates Clean Air Month in May

    Many people take clean air for granted, but legislators in Wisconsin recently celebrated Clean Air Month to raise awareness of the benefits. Officials across the state have begun recognizing the month, which was designated as May, in an effort to make residents more conscious of their carbon footprints.

    Wisconsin has seen an admirable amount of success since the Clean Air Act was amended in 1990, according to the Ashland Current. All 11 southeastern Wisconsin counties now meet the one-hour ozone level standard created by the federal government.

    "Cleaner air is a tremendous benefit to families, businesses and government," Cathy Stepp, Department of Natural Resources Secretary, told the news source. "Our clean air and water are one of the reasons businesses and families want to be in Wisconsin and an important component of the high quality of life we enjoy here."

    Individuals who want to keep their living spaces pollution-free may want to consider purchasing an air purifier, such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter designed to trap particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. This includes dust, pollen and pet dander, all of which can cause allergic reactions.

  • U.S. Senate panel backs future funding for Clean Air Act

    Although the Clean Air Act has seen success since its development in the early 1990s, government officials are considering cutting funding to the legislation that has greatly reduced pollution.

    Recently, a U.S. Senate panel suggested that funding in the future is necessary in order to continue the success that the act has seen during the first five years of its existence. Focusing on cleaner diesel has been a big part of the efficiency of the legislation.

    "These last 10 years have been called the decade of clean diesel: a system of cleaner engines, low-sulfur fuels, and advanced emissions control technologies ultimately deployed for all ranges and types of diesel powered vehicles, equipment and machines," said Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum in support of the act.

    Air pollution is not only disruptive to the environment, but to individuals who suffer from respiratory illnesses.

    Air purifiers can help remove toxic particles from living spaces in a short amount of time. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is an air purifier designed to remove everything from pollen to cigarette smoke from the atmosphere. Its HyperHEPA filter can get rid of ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size.

  • Seasonal allergies may increase risk of depression

    It's a known fact that seasonal allergies can have adverse physical effects on those who suffer from them, but new research suggests that the condition may affect mood as well.

    Data compiled by Teodor Postolache from the University of Maryland in 2008 showed that allergies put patients at an increased risk of developing depression, according to the Winter Park Observer. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation says that one in five Americans suffer from an allergic reaction to spores.

    Chronic illness, such as allergies, can wear down individuals emotionally over time. Although the treatment of symptoms through medications can help, taking proactive measures to remove irritants from the air can be beneficial as well.

    Air purifiers are one way that allergy sufferers can get rid of mold spores and pollen from their living spaces.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier can remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from the atmosphere. This includes dust, pollen and pet dander that can cause irritation. Its HyperHEPA filter can clear up to 900 square feet of space, making it ideal for households with numerous seasonal allergy sufferers.

  • ALA study pushes California to reduce air pollution

    Cars have long been known to be the cause of air pollution across the country, and new statistics show that reducing pollution may pay off - literally. A report recently released by the American Lung Association in California (ALA-California) shows that the state can save approximately $6 billion in healthcare costs by increasing car emissions standards, according to ABC affiliate News 10.

    "State government and local governments should do whatever they can to serve as a role model and to bring these cleaning models, ah, zero emission plug in electric vehicles, and hybrid electric vehicles into their fleets," Bonnie Holmes-Gen, ALA-California representative, told the news source.

    Pollution created by cars can have devastating effects on individuals who live with respiratory conditions such as asthma. However, air purifiers can help rid the atmosphere of pollutants in the home and make it easier to breathe.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is designed to remove dust, pollen and harmful toxins from up to 900 square feet of surrounding space. Its HyperHEPA filter can trap ultra-fine particles that are less than 0.3 microns in size, creating a safer space to breathe.

  • New research shows that allergies may cause difficulty sleeping

    Allergies may not only cause you misery while you're awake, but often as you attempt to hit the hay as well.

    Recently, Teva Respiratory released the results of the 2010 Nasal Allergy Survey Assessing Limitations, which showed that allergic rhinitis is directly linked to sleep complications. Symptoms, such as post-nasal drip and repeated sneezing, can significantly reduce an individual's ability to get a good night's rest.

    "The negative impact that allergic rhinitis symptoms can have on a patient's quality of sleep is considerable, as it not only affects them physically, but also emotionally," said Gary Gross, a doctor with the Allergy and Asthma Center in Dallas, Texas.

    Individuals who suffer from respiratory conditions and allergies may want to consider placing an air purifier in their sleeping space. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one product that can get rid of irritants within 900 square feet.

    The air purifier also contains a HyperHEPA filter, which can catch everything from dust to pollen. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is designed to trap particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size for optimum breathing conditions.

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