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  • Research indicates single gene responsible for asthma, allergies

    When children are diagnosed with respiratory ailments like asthma, environmental conditions are often one of the first things physicians look at as a determining cause. While there is little doubt that air quality can play a role in a child's likelihood of developing asthma, scientists believe that a single genetic abnormality may be predominantly responsible for the illness, reports Time magazine.

    Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and the Johns Hopkins Institute of Genetic Medicine recently discovered that the same genetic aberration that causes Marfan and Loeys-Dietz syndromes, two highly rare tissue disorders, could also be responsible for virtually all allergy-related conditions, including asthma. Individuals with Marfan and Loeys-Dietz syndromes tend to have a much higher sensitivity to environmental allergens, which led the researchers to investigate the possible link.

    "We found that these patients had a very high risk of developing not just one allergy, but all forms of allergic disease," said Pamela Frischmeyer-Guerrerio, an immunologist and lead author of the study, as quoted by HealthDay. 

    Further research will ultimately determine whether genetics plays a definitive role in people's likelihood of developing asthma and other allergic diseases. Regardless, individuals who want to minimize their exposure to airborne irritants may want to invest in an IQAir HealthPro Plus medical-grade air filtration system.

  • Ozone regulations upheld by federal court judge

    Environmental policy can be notoriously difficult to draft and even harder to enforce, as evidenced by a recent legal decision in Washington, D.C. A federal court judge recently upheld the ozone regulations set forth by former President George W. Bush in 2008, reports The Associated Press. 

    The air pollution standard in question refers to a mandate signed into law by Bush governing acceptable levels of ozone in the atmosphere. During his initial presidential campaign, President Barack Obama vowed to strengthen the law to protect public health, but eventually decided against it due to pressure from Republicans who argued that any tightening of the laws would have a negative economic impact.

    Many environmental advocates and public health officials were disappointed by the ruling that the standards are sufficient. However, some states, such as Missouri, which had challenged the EPA's research, agreed with the decision, claiming the regulations promised by Obama would be too stringent, according to E&E News.

    Ozone is one of the most harmful chemical elements present in smog, and can be a powerful irritant, especially to individuals with respiratory ailments like asthma. Parents who want to protect themselves and their children from the effects of smog and ozone may want to invest in an IQAir GC MultiGas medical-grade air filtration system to ensure the air in their homes is clean.

  • Ozone regulations upheld by federal court judge

    Environmental policy can be notoriously difficult to draft and even harder to enforce, as evidenced by a recent legal decision in Washington, D.C. A federal court judge recently upheld the ozone regulations set forth by former President George W. Bush in 2008, reports The Associated Press. 

    The air pollution standard in question refers to a mandate signed into law by Bush governing acceptable levels of ozone in the atmosphere. During his initial presidential campaign, President Barack Obama vowed to strengthen the law to protect public health, but eventually decided against it due to pressure from Republicans who argued that any tightening of the laws would have a negative economic impact.

    Many environmental advocates and public health officials were disappointed by the ruling that the standards are sufficient. However, some states, such as Missouri, which had challenged the EPA's research, agreed with the decision, claiming the regulations promised by Obama would be too stringent, according to E&E News.

    Ozone is one of the most harmful chemical elements present in smog, and can be a powerful irritant, especially to individuals with respiratory ailments like asthma. Parents who want to protect themselves and their children from the effects of smog and ozone may want to invest in an IQAir GC MultiGas medical-grade air filtration system to ensure the air in their homes is clean.

  • Strong public support for greater smoking bans around children

    Smoking is one of the leading causes of respiratory illness and preventable death in the U.S. However, the health risks associated with tobacco smoke are not limited to the smoker, as second-hand smoke has also been proven to be extremely hazardous to health. According to a recent survey, many adults strongly support the introduction of additional measures intended to limit children's exposure to tobacco smoke.

    The National Poll on Children's Health, conducted by researchers at Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan, suggests many adults firmly oppose exposing children to tobacco smoke and support legislation designed to prohibit smoking around children. Approximately 87 percent of respondents indicated they agreed with proposals for laws banning smoking in businesses where children could be exposed to second-hand smoke. An additional 75 percent supported measures that would ban smoking in homes with children suffering from asthma and other respiratory conditions.

    Even adults who do not smoke may be concerned about their children's respiratory health. These individuals may want to consider investing in an IQAir GC MultiGas medical-grade air filtration system to ensure the quality of the air in their home is as high as it possibly can be.

  • Researchers examining link between pollution, severe asthma

    Although the connection may seem obvious, researchers in Pennsylvania are hoping to definitively prove the link between levels of airborne pollutants and severe cases of asthma, reports CBS News.

    Scientists at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh are seeking participants for a new study into how levels of air pollution affect the severity of asthma symptoms. Doctors also hope to determine whether seasonal temperatures play a significant role in asthma attacks.

    "We're at a time of the year where there's increased levels of air pollution," Deborah Gentile with Allegheny General's Asthma and Immunology Department, told the news source. "We're looking to see in the study if increases in air pollution are triggering asthma attacks that cause patients to go to the ER."

    According to Medical Daily, a separate study has drawn strong conclusions that exposure to increased levels of airborne pollutants can have a direct impact on a child's likelihood of developing asthma. 

    Individuals who are concerned about air pollution and its effects on respiratory conditions may want to invest in an IQAir GC MultiGas medical-grade air filtration system to ensure the air quality in their home is as good as it possibly can be.

  • Household chemicals could contribute to allergies

    During the height of allergy season, many people are quick to blame external factors, such as heightened levels of pollen and other airborne irritants. However, according to The Tennessean, these individuals may want to look a little closer to home.

    Bonnie Hinds, an environmental health and housing specialist at the University of Tennessee, claims that common household chemicals such as those found in construction materials and aerosol sprays, increase the level of indoor air pollution around the home. This, in turn, can exacerbate the symptoms of common respiratory ailments like asthma and allergic reactions.

    Hinds added that scented products such as air fresheners can often give off potentially harmful chemicals, and recommended that people use natural cleaning products like baking soda and vinegar instead.

    Researchers are also examining the connection between worsening allergy seasons and climate change. According to scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have resulted in heightened levels of pollen dispersed by common allergens such as ragweed.

    This allergy season, concerned individuals may want to invest in an IQAir HealthPro Plus medical-grade air filtration system to ensure the air quality in their home is as high as it can be and alleviate bothersome symptoms of seasonal allergies.

  • Air pollution a major contributor to premature death, says study

    Most people know that air pollution is bad for their health, but a new research paper suggests the impact of air pollution is far worse than initially thought. According to the BBC, air pollution is a significant factor in as many as 2.5 million deaths per year.

    The study, which appeared in the Environmental Research Letters journal, revealed that airborne pollutants cause approximately 2.1 million deaths annually, with unsafe levels of ozone accounting for an additional 400,000 fatalities every year. 

    "Epidemiological studies have shown that ozone and PM2.5 (particulates with a diameter of less than 2.5 microns - about 30 times thinner than the width of a human hair) have significant influences on human health, including premature mortality," read a statement by the paper's authors, as quoted by the news source. 

    According to LiveScience, the study includes data from several climate models, including those from Southeast Asia, to draw a more definitive connection between air pollution and global mortality rates. Researchers believe a majority of the deaths caused by poor air quality occur in Asia, due to this region's large population and high levels of airborne pollutants.

    Individuals who are concerned about air pollution and their health may want to invest in an IQAir GC MultiGas medical-grade air filtration system to protect themselves and their family from the harmful effects of air pollution. 

  • Research suggests link between lipid levels, risk of allergies

    For children and teens who suffer from respiratory allergies, an IQAir HealthPro Plus medical-grade air filtration system can help reduce the likelihood of airborne irritants causing an allergic reaction. While this may be welcome news for parents of children with these conditions, the underlying causes of respiratory allergies have remained unclear - until now. New research has linked levels of omega-3 and omega-6 lipids in children's cord blood at birth with their likelihood of developing allergies in later life.

    Researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden identified a correlation between the presence of poly-unsaturated fatty acids in cord blood with the possibility that children will develop respiratory and skin allergies in adolescence. In addition, children who suffered from these allergies in their teens also had significantly lower levels of mono-unsaturated fats in their cord blood at birth than those who did not show signs of respiratory and dermatological allergies.

    "The mechanism by which these lipids affect allergy development is unknown, but may involve dampening of the immune activation in infancy needed for proper maturation of the infant's immune system," read a statement in the study, which was published in the open-access "PLoS One" scientific journal.

  • Research reveals definitive connection between air pollution, lung cancer

    Scientists have long known of the correlation between increased levels of airborne pollutants and serious diseases, but a comprehensive new study has revealed the extent to which air pollution and chronic conditions like heart disease and lung cancer are connected. According to The Guardian, emissions from traffic and industry have a direct impact on the incidence of lung cancer and other potentially fatal diseases.

    Researchers collated data from 17 separate studies in nine European countries to arrive at their conclusions. Key findings of the research paper, which was published in British medical journal The Lancet, indicated that long-term exposure to nitrogen oxides and particulate matter substantially increased the number of cases of lung cancer reported in the population.

    In addition, the risk of developing lung cancer rose by 18 percent for every 5 microgram-per-meter rise in particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers, and 22 percent for airborne pollutants with a diameter of 10 micrometers.

    According to CBS News, even moderate exposure to low levels of air pollution can have a significant impact on an person's likelihood of developing lung cancer. As a result, concerned individuals may want to invest in an IQAir GC MultiGas medical-grade air filtration system to reduce levels of particulate matter in their home.

  • Colorado's energy industry threatens air quality

    Many residents of Colorado have praised the state's decision to expand its oil and gas production operations, as these energy facilities create thousands of jobs and contribute to the economy. However, according to the Denver Post, these industries could also be responsible for worsening air quality in the Centennial State.

    Emissions from the state's oil and gas production facilities are now the main source of volatile environmental chemicals in Colorado, and produce more than 600 tons of airborne contaminants per day, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In addition, these facilities are the third-largest contributor of nitrogen oxides in the state. Prior to the expansion of the oil and gas industries in Colorado, many parts of the Denver metropolitan area were already in danger of failing to meet federal clean air standards.

    According to The Associated Press, the state health department is considering amending current regulations to ensure the health of Colorado residents. These measures include the strengthening of emissions controls for storage tanks and the expansion of existing pollution control requirements.

    Individuals who live in close proximity to oil and gas production facilities may want to invest in an IQAir GC MultiGas air filtration unit to ensure their family's health is not adversely affected by airborne pollutants.

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