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  • Yoga may not be an effective asthma treatment

    People with asthma have long attempted to relieve their symptoms through lifestyle changes and other practices. For many, this means turning to pastimes such as yoga. Although this type of fitness regimen can boost mental and physical health, it may not have an effect on symptoms of asthma. 

    A recent study from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology said while yoga may certainly make asthmatics feel better, it is not a wholly effective treatment. 

    "Many asthma sufferers look to complementary therapies, such as yoga, to help relieve their symptoms," said Dr. Michael Foggs, an allergist and the president of the ACAAI, in a press release. "If yoga helps them to feel better and breathe better, patients should by all means practice it. At the same time, we don't advise that yoga be recommended to asthma sufferers as a treatment." 

    Medications and formal treatments are often the best bet for individuals with asthma. Some may also benefit from medical-grade air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. These filters are able to clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens that could otherwise worsen a respiratory condition. 

  • Vitamin D may not be beneficial for asthma patients, study shows

    For years, a prevailing thought among medical experts and patients alike was that vitamin D could positively impact asthma treatment. While the research supporting this claim was spotty, many believed that the vitamin could interact with the immune system in a way that reduces the effect of asthma. However, a recent study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that this is not the case. 

    According to the research, adding vitamin D to asthma treatment is only helpful if patients can achieve certain levels of the supplement in the blood. The study maintains that the vitamin alone is not a sufficient treatment of asthma and may not make a major difference for all patients. 

    Still, as many as two-thirds of asthma patients have low vitamin D, and individuals with the condition should make sure they are getting a proper amount of the vitamin to reduce the odds of problems, according to Reuters Health. 

    Although vitamin D may not be a reliable treatment, there are ways patients can relieve symptoms and improve health. HEPA air purifiers, such as the medical-grade IQAir HealthPro Plus, are frequently used to clear the air of harmful allergens and irritants that may trigger asthmatic reactions. 

  • Study shows preterm birth may lead to asthma

    Numerous studies have linked environmental and health conditions during pregnancy to issues that develop once the child is born. The latest research, which comes from Brigham and Women's Hospital, found that preterm births, which are classified as any child born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, may be related to an increased risk of asthma and similar wheezing disorders. 

    Of the 1.5 million preterm births studied, more than 13 percent of the cases saw the child develop asthma or a related condition. That is significantly more than the 8.3 percent of babies born at term. 

    "As asthma is a chronic condition, our findings underscore the need to improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the association between preterm birth and asthma/wheezing disorders in order to develop preventive and therapeutic interventions," said Dr. Aziz Sheikh, one of the study's authors.

    While asthma may be more common in preterm children, it can affect anyone at any time. To make it easier to breathe and find comfort indoors, many people invest in medical-grade products such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This air cleaner purifier clears the air of a wide variety of irritants that could otherwise aggravate individuals with respiratory issues. 

  • Study connects asthma and secondhand smoke

    Children who are diagnosed with asthma often face a number of obstacles throughout their young lives. Whether it's overcoming challenges associated with playing sports or learning how to avoid certain irritants, they frequently are forced to take extra measures to improve their overall health. One of these steps revolves around avoiding secondhand smoke, as this factor may lead to more hospitalizations of children, a recent study found. 

    The study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, revealed that exposure to secondhand smoke in a home or a car increases the odds of children being admitted to the hospital due to asthma. Children who had been exposed to the smoke were more than twice as likely to require hospitalization than those who had not. 

    While the study focused on a year-long period, tracking how often children were readmitted to the hospital in the 12 months following an initial visit, secondhand smoke can cause problems at any point in time. That makes constant care incredibly important. 

    Avoiding secondhand smoke isn't always easy. One way to make the process a bit simpler is to invest in a professional-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device is able to clear the air of smoke, odors, chemicals and other irritants found in the home. 

  • Study connects asthma and secondhand smoke

    Children who are diagnosed with asthma often face a number of obstacles throughout their young lives. Whether it's overcoming challenges associated with playing sports or learning how to avoid certain irritants, they frequently are forced to take extra measures to improve their overall health. One of these steps revolves around avoiding secondhand smoke, as this factor may lead to more hospitalizations of children, a recent study found. 

    The study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, revealed that exposure to secondhand smoke in a home or a car increases the odds of children being admitted to the hospital due to asthma. Children who had been exposed to the smoke were more than twice as likely to require hospitalization than those who had not. 

    While the study focused on a year-long period, tracking how often children were readmitted to the hospital in the 12 months following an initial visit, secondhand smoke can cause problems at any point in time. That makes constant care incredibly important. 

    Avoiding secondhand smoke isn't always easy. One way to make the process a bit simpler is to invest in a professional-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device is able to clear the air of smoke, odors, chemicals and other irritants found in the home. 

  • Freezing temperatures may impact asthma

    People throughout the country are currently dealing with the effects of the polar vortex. This widespread cold front brought extreme temperatures to all corners of the U.S., causing a deep freeze that some regions haven't experienced ever before and disrupting the day-to-day life of millions of Americans. 

    One issue that may arise is weather-related asthma. The cold temperatures can trigger a reaction in the body, causing the chest to tighten, the throat to constrict and similar potential problems. Although hypothermia and other common issues deriving from the cold are more obvious threats, people with asthma need to be aware of the dangers as well or they could end up having to trek out in the cold to receive medical attention. 

    "It's pretty typical of what we see when it's this cold," Dr. Paul Casey, a doctor at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, told The Associated Press. "Later in the day, the more people are outside working, we may see more cold-related injuries such as frostbite and hypothermia." 

    Whether individuals with asthma are faced with freezing temperatures regularly throughout the winter or are dealing with this intense cold for the first time, they need to be prepared to manage these issues. One way to do that is to invest in a medical-grade home air purifier. Options such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, making it easier for individuals to deal with all kinds of elements. 

  • Freezing temperatures may impact asthma

    People throughout the country are currently dealing with the effects of the polar vortex. This widespread cold front brought extreme temperatures to all corners of the U.S., causing a deep freeze that some regions haven't experienced ever before and disrupting the day-to-day life of millions of Americans. 

    One issue that may arise is weather-related asthma. The cold temperatures can trigger a reaction in the body, causing the chest to tighten, the throat to constrict and similar potential problems. Although hypothermia and other common issues deriving from the cold are more obvious threats, people with asthma need to be aware of the dangers as well or they could end up having to trek out in the cold to receive medical attention. 

    "It's pretty typical of what we see when it's this cold," Dr. Paul Casey, a doctor at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, told The Associated Press. "Later in the day, the more people are outside working, we may see more cold-related injuries such as frostbite and hypothermia." 

    Whether individuals with asthma are faced with freezing temperatures regularly throughout the winter or are dealing with this intense cold for the first time, they need to be prepared to manage these issues. One way to do that is to invest in a medical-grade home air purifier. Options such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, making it easier for individuals to deal with all kinds of elements. 

  • Asthma treatment should be personalized

    Asthma can be incredibly difficult to live with, especially if the standard treatments interfere with personal habits or a certain lifestyle. One recent study found that personalized asthma treatments can go a long way toward improving an individual's overall health, especially with regard to related illnesses, often called comorbidities. 

    According to medwireNews, health issues such as cardiovascular disease and depression are commonly associated with asthma patients. The complicated needs associated with asthma treatment may make it difficult to adapt to other problems or medications, and could leave individuals susceptible to additional complications. 

    "Further research is needed to gain insight into the mechanisms underlying the observed independent association between asthma and various other chronic diseases - in particular cardiovascular conditions and depression - and to identify the specific health care needs of patients with asthma in the presence of specific comorbidities," the study authors wrote, as quoted by medwireNews. 

    One way to make strides toward improving the status of asthma is to invest in home air purifiers that enhance an indoor atmosphere. These medical-grade devices, including options like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens that would otherwise cause respiratory issues for individuals. When used as part of a personalized treatment plan, these air filters can be a huge advantage. 

  • Asthma treatment should be personalized

    Asthma can be incredibly difficult to live with, especially if the standard treatments interfere with personal habits or a certain lifestyle. One recent study found that personalized asthma treatments can go a long way toward improving an individual's overall health, especially with regard to related illnesses, often called comorbidities. 

    According to medwireNews, health issues such as cardiovascular disease and depression are commonly associated with asthma patients. The complicated needs associated with asthma treatment may make it difficult to adapt to other problems or medications, and could leave individuals susceptible to additional complications. 

    "Further research is needed to gain insight into the mechanisms underlying the observed independent association between asthma and various other chronic diseases - in particular cardiovascular conditions and depression - and to identify the specific health care needs of patients with asthma in the presence of specific comorbidities," the study authors wrote, as quoted by medwireNews. 

    One way to make strides toward improving the status of asthma is to invest in home air purifiers that enhance an indoor atmosphere. These medical-grade devices, including options like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens that would otherwise cause respiratory issues for individuals. When used as part of a personalized treatment plan, these air filters can be a huge advantage. 

  • Many people misdiagnosed with asthma

    Asthma is a common problem facing about 25 million Americans, and the respiratory issue is responsible for billions of dollars worth of treatments and medications annually. While asthma may be widespread, many people are misdiagnosed with the condition each year. 

    According to CBS Local, new research found that as much as one-third of the population diagnosed with asthma may not have the condition. Asthma can often be confused with breathing disorders, stomach acid reflux and allergies, and it can even be confused with some symptoms of heart failure. Similar research found that patients with other health issues, such as obesity, are frequently misdiagnosed with respiratory problems as well. 

    "Arguably, the most important message is that diagnoses should not be taken 'at face value' and perpetuated in medical records," the study found, as quoted by the news source. "Perhaps, reconciliation of medications and diagnoses will promote safer, patient-centered care." 

    Regardless of the diagnosis, people with asthma, allergies or any other type of respiratory illness will need to take steps to ensure they can function normally in the home. For example, investing in a medical-grade device like the IQAir HealthPro Plus may make it easier to breathe indoors, limiting the need for excess treatment and making an individual more comfortable. 

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