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  • Women with asthma may take more time to get pregnant

    There are a lot of factors that go into getting pregnant, but some recent research identifies respiratory issues as an element of fertility that should not be overlooked. One study examined the fertility of more than 15,000 twins, and it focused on how a diagnosis of asthma and the treatment of the chronic illness may play into conception. 

    The study found that women suffering from asthma were more likely to take longer to conceive than their counterparts. About 27 percent of women will asthma "experienced prolonged time to pregnancy," according to Medical News Today. Women whose asthma was left untreated faced even longer wait times, especially if they were over the age of 30. 

    "If you have any major medical condition that really interferes with your daily life, it's bound to also affect your conception," Dr. Avner Hershlag, the chief at the Center for Human Reproduction at North Shore University Hospital, told Live Science. "When someone is sick and asthmatic, their focus changes, from 'I'm going to get pregnant,' to 'I'm going to get better.'" 

    Controlling asthma is tremendously important, which is why many people who suffer from this chronic illness look to air purifiers for support. Models like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are capable of ridding the air of a wide variety of irritants, allowing people with asthma to breathe easier and control the issue. 

  • Women with asthma may take more time to get pregnant

    There are a lot of factors that go into getting pregnant, but some recent research identifies respiratory issues as an element of fertility that should not be overlooked. One study examined the fertility of more than 15,000 twins, and it focused on how a diagnosis of asthma and the treatment of the chronic illness may play into conception. 

    The study found that women suffering from asthma were more likely to take longer to conceive than their counterparts. About 27 percent of women will asthma "experienced prolonged time to pregnancy," according to Medical News Today. Women whose asthma was left untreated faced even longer wait times, especially if they were over the age of 30. 

    "If you have any major medical condition that really interferes with your daily life, it's bound to also affect your conception," Dr. Avner Hershlag, the chief at the Center for Human Reproduction at North Shore University Hospital, told Live Science. "When someone is sick and asthmatic, their focus changes, from 'I'm going to get pregnant,' to 'I'm going to get better.'" 

    Controlling asthma is tremendously important, which is why many people who suffer from this chronic illness look to air purifiers for support. Models like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are capable of ridding the air of a wide variety of irritants, allowing people with asthma to breathe easier and control the issue. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Consider indoor air quality testing

    Many people throughout the U.S. search for the best professional-grade air cleaner purifier to make it easier to breathe in their own homes. Models like the IQAir GC MultiGas can be extremely helpful for individuals looking to clear the air of a wide variety of irritants that could be causing problems. While investing in one of these filters is a smart move, some homeowners might want to go one step further and have their living spaces testing for air quality. 

    There are a few things that homeowners should be aware of before they get their indoor space tested. For one, there are not many enforceable standards that can be used to judge air quality in the home. That can make it especially difficult to make sense of air quality readings or select areas that need to be focused on. Despite these challenges, there are several types of irritants that individuals should be paying attention to, including gases and particles from combustion and home heating. 

    People with allergies may want to focus on clearing the air of mold spores or dust particles. These airborne toxins can aggravate existing allergies at any time of year, making it uncomfortable for individuals to be in their own homes. Those who are concerned about personal health may want to consider air filters like the IQ Air HealthPro Plus

  • Smoking during pregnancy found to affect immune system

    There have been a lot of studies on the topic of smoking during pregnancy. Most people know that smoking while pregnant can have serious effects on the unborn child, but few are aware of the extent of the problems that can arise from the act. 

    A recent study from the Leipzig Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research looked into how exposure to tobacco smoke in utero affects the development of the immune system. Results of the study, which was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, pointed to the fact that environmental stressors such as smoke impact the development of the immune system at the molecular level. It can even impact gene regulation. 

    This is one of the first times research has focused on the processes happening at a molecular level, and it helps to explain some of the affects of smoking during pregnancy. 

    The first step toward protecting young or unborn children is ridding the air of smoke and chemicals that may cause harm. Many adults turn to professional-grade home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas, which can clear a wide variety of irritants out of a space. 

  • Vacuums found to produce harmful dust

    Most homeowners think that vacuuming helps to keep their homes clean. While the action may help improve the appearance of a room, it could be causing some health issues to inhabitants. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Queensland and Laval University found that vacuums create an aerosolized dust containing harmful bacteria and mold. 

    Published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the study claims that the vacuum dust carries mold and bacteria, some of which carried antibiotic resistance genes or toxin genes. This dust can be extremely irritating for infants or people with allergies or respiratory issues, and it may even be the source of unsolved medical problems. 

    "Our results show that although vacuum operation is typically brief, vacuum emissions can release appreciable quantities of human-derived bacteria," researcher wrote in the study. "Such emissions could potentially lead to inhalation of infectious or allergenic aerosols." 

    Instead of giving up vacuuming out of fear of this dust, homeowners may want to invest in a professional-grade product that will work to clear the air of a wide variety of toxins and vapors. Air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas are an excellent option for those who want to breathe easy in their own home. 

  • Vacuums found to produce harmful dust

    Most homeowners think that vacuuming helps to keep their homes clean. While the action may help improve the appearance of a room, it could be causing some health issues to inhabitants. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Queensland and Laval University found that vacuums create an aerosolized dust containing harmful bacteria and mold. 

    Published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the study claims that the vacuum dust carries mold and bacteria, some of which carried antibiotic resistance genes or toxin genes. This dust can be extremely irritating for infants or people with allergies or respiratory issues, and it may even be the source of unsolved medical problems. 

    "Our results show that although vacuum operation is typically brief, vacuum emissions can release appreciable quantities of human-derived bacteria," researcher wrote in the study. "Such emissions could potentially lead to inhalation of infectious or allergenic aerosols." 

    Instead of giving up vacuuming out of fear of this dust, homeowners may want to invest in a professional-grade product that will work to clear the air of a wide variety of toxins and vapors. Air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas are an excellent option for those who want to breathe easy in their own home. 

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