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  • Asthma sends young children to the ER

    Taking a child to an emergency room can be a scary experience, but those parents of kids with asthma have to make these trips more often than many. The latest study from University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital looked at how often children with asthma were taken to the emergency room, and the results showed that these young kids visit the ER more frequently than other groups. 

    According to the data, children between the ages of 1 and 3 accounted for one-fifth of all asthma-related ER visits from people under 21. Of all the individuals who had to make these trips, about 55 percent were boys, and a disproportionate number of the visits took place in the months of September, October and November. 

    "... We identified some interesting trends that give a baseline to find better ways to help children with asthma control this very treatable disease," said Dr. Aparna Roy, lead author of the study. "These findings reinforce the need to educate parents, especially those with children at higher risk, about how to manage the disease on a day-to-day basis to avoid costly emergency visits." 

    Although many of these ER trips are sudden and unavoidable, that will not stop parents from looking for ways to help their children. That search could bring adults to a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, which is capable of alleviating the stress of asthma and allergies in a home. 

  • Transport trains may cause air pollution

    Many Americans know that with cold winter weather comes an increased use of heating methods. That means that many individuals need coal, oil and other types of fuel to keep their spaces warm, and before they can get these resources they need to wait to have fuel products shipped to a given location - a process that may hurt the environment. 

    A recent study from a research group at the University of Washington looked at how the transport of these heating materials affected the environment. They found that there is a large increase in the amount of coal dust in the air when trains pass, which leads to significant spikes in pollution in areas near train tracks. 

    One of the unique aspects of this study was that it was entirely funded by outside individuals who wanted to know the results. With hundreds of people donating more than $20,000 to the effort, it is clear that many Americans are concerned about the air quality around their homes. Some may turn to home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas to improve the environment within a home, but that is only a small part of bettering the atmosphere. 

  • Idling vehicles contribute to air pollution

    Numerous studies have shown that people living near highways and heavily congested areas may experience the impact on air quality, but even those who live in suburbs or quieter regions need to be aware of the potential for pollution. A recent study, published in the journal Environmental Science Processes and Impacts, looked at how idling cars and school buses affected air quality around public schools in Cincinnati. 

    The research found that pollution in areas around schools may be measurably greater due to idling vehicles, and that poor air quality may have a negative impact on schoolchildren. 

    "Anti-idling campaigns are frequently attempted to improve air quality, but until now, no one has evaluated how effective they are," said Dr. Patrick Ryan, the lead author of the study. "The results of this study demonstrate, for the first time, that not idling is a simple and effective policy that can improve air quality at schools, especially schools with a large number of buses." 

    While this study focused on idling outside schools, homeowners may also be concerned about how vehicles are impacted their environment. Investing in medical-grade air filters like the IQAir GC MultiGas may help to clear the air in a home, and could provide some peace of mind for Americans regardless of where they live. 

  • California to track freeway emissions

    With so many studies releasing findings about the health impact of living near areas of heavy traffic, people across the U.S. are beginning to pay more attention to vehicle emissions. That is certainly true in Southern California, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is collected data regarding the air quality around freeways to measure pollution from traffic. 

    "This is a much-needed step to give us critical information to know how dirty the air is where people are breathing it," Frank O'Donnell, president of the advocacy group Clean Air Watch, told The Press-Enterprise. 

    Although California is set to track freeway emissions, there are no regulations for indoor settings. That makes it difficult for homeowners to track the air quality of their homes and make improvements that could help them breathe easier. For that reason, many people choose to invest in high-end home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas, which is capable of clearing the air of smoke, chemicals and similar pollutants. 

    Until the day it is possible to track all vehicle emissions and indoor air quality, homeowners may have to take measures to improve the environment in their personal space, and investing in a home air filter is a solid first step. 

  • Do not mistake winter allergies for colds

    Many people across the U.S. may find themselves suffering from illnesses or strange symptoms throughout the winter. Although most of these individuals will likely attribute things like itchy eyes, sneezing and congestion to the common cold, which runs rampant during the colder months, they could actually be suffering from winter allergies. 

    According to ABC News, allergies and colds share several symptoms, and it is easy to mistake one for the other. Both are often characterized by sneezing, as well as runny or stuffy noses. However, allergies will typically cause an individual to have itchy eyes and should not lead to things like a fever or general aches and pains. Those symptoms are indicative of a cold or flu, the news source reported. 

    Although there is no way to bypass winter allergies altogether, individuals can take steps to improve their comfort in their own homes. An easy way to do this is by investing in a professional-grade home air purifier. Models like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are capable of reducing the amount of irritants in the air, helping those suffering from allergies breathe easier when indoors. 

  • States focus on climate change, reducing pollution

    The effects of air pollution on health have been well documented, and recent reports about some of the more intense consequences have sent individuals searching for home air filters. Although investing in a medical-grade product like the IQAir GC MultiGas can get rid of many chemicals and pollutants, widespread and comprehensive actions are needed, which is why some states along the West Coast are striving for change. 

    Governors from California, Oregon and Washington recently met with the Canadian premier of British Columbia to talk about climate change and pollution. These leaders are aiming to reduce carbon pollution and greenhouse gas omissions in their respective regions while also emphasizing the adaptation of zero-emission vehicles. The hope is that these efforts will lessen the impact on the environment and improve the health of residents - a prospect that could save millions of dollars in the long run. 

    "Nearly 30,000 hospital admissions and ER visits could have been avoided over the two-year period, with resulting savings of about $193 million," the RAND Corporation reported, as quoted by The Washington Post. "Because public insurers such as Medicare and Medi-Cal paid most of the pollution health care bill, they have a lot to gain from cleaner air."  

  • Young families may want to invest in air filters

    Families that have recently welcomed a baby likely have their hands full with caring for their bundle of joy. Keeping these young children safe and healthy becomes incredibly important, but one area that new parents may be overlooking is how their pets affect children. 

    Fur and dander from pets may be irritating to a young child whose immune system is in development. While families will need to take measures to prepare an animal for an addition to the family, they also can try a few other practices that will improve the health of an entire family. 

    People with both pets and infants will want to take steps to ensure the health of both. This is one area where home air purifiers can be a major advantage. Professional-grade devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are ideal for individuals with allergies - or even young children who may have allergies or bad reactions of which parents may be unaware. 

    Another issue growing families need to be aware of is how allergy medication can affect pregnancy. Expectant mothers may have to alter their medications - a concept that can be daunting for individuals with pet allergies. This is yet another area where a home air filter can come in handy, as it makes it easier to breathe indoors without taking extreme measures. 

  • Secondhand smoke related to asthma in children

    The dangers of secondhand smoke have been well documented. As such, many parents are concerned with protecting kids from these harmful vapors, and research suggests they have good reason to be. Secondhand smoke has been found to aggravate asthma in children, which in turn can lead to missed school days, poor sleeping habits and an aversion to physical activity, Reuters reported. 

    "I think the most important factor is that even low level exposure - the kind of exposure that might happen with a parent who smokes outside - can have negative consequences," Dr. Karen M. Wilson, who studies exposure to secondhand smoke in children, told the news source. "Not smoking at all, and limiting exposure from other sources ... is the best way to protect children with asthma." 

    Protecting children from secondhand smoke is of the utmost importance, but some parents will want to do more than simply keep kids away from smokers. Investing in a medical-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas can be a good choice for these families. The filter is capable of ridding the air of a wide variety of chemicals and irritants, including secondhand smoke. 

  • Sleep better to improve allergies and health

    Individuals who have invested in home air purifiers can reap the benefits of breathing cleaner air. For many, that often results in better sleep quality, as they are able to rest without worrying about irritants and other disruptions. Getting the right amount of rest is important for more than just productivity and mood, however.

    A recent study conducted by the University of Helsinki found that insufficient sleep increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Those who don't get adequate sleep often have mechanisms within their immune system falter, causing an inflammatory response in the body that can result in diseases. 

    "These results corroborate the idea that sleep does not only impact brain function, but also interactions with our immune system and metabolism," said researcher Vilma Aho. "... Some of these changes appear to be long-term and may contribute to the development of diseases that have been linked to sleep deprivation." 

    Because sleep is so important for a healthy lifestyle, individuals should be doing everything they can to improve their nightly habits. Purchasing a high-end purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus is a wise investment, as it can rid many of the allergens that irritate individuals in the home. 

  • Certain construction materials may lead to asthma

    There are many reasons why an individual may want to invest in a home air purifier, such as if members of their family suffer from allergies or asthma. However, the very materials that make up a home may be the cause of those medical issues. A recent study, titled "Dampness in Buildings and Health," found that individuals living in homes with PVC flooring were more likely to have asthma later in life. 

    PVC, or soft polyvinyl chloride, is a popular flooring material. However, it has been found to release phthalates into its surroundings, and those chemicals can have a significant impact on asthma and other health issues.

    Research from the Dampness in Buildings and Health study discovered that this material was directly related to situations were children developed instances of asthma later in life. In some cases, the risk was more than doubled in children with PVC flooring as in those without. It may even be tied to prenatal exposure, as parents' bedrooms with the flooring was also found to have an impact on children developing asthma. 

    Whether these harmful materials are found in a home or individuals just want to take preventative measures to improve your health, a professional-grade purifier like the IQAir GC MultiGas can clear the air of many chemicals and irritants. 

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