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  • Airborne mold spores reach dangerous levels in the Midwest

    People throughout the U.S. may be happy to be breathing in the crisp fall air, but some residents in the Midwest have to deal with unwanted toxins. The Gottlieb Allergy Count, which acts as the official allergen evaluation standard for the American Midwest, recently found that the level of mold in the air at the end of September was approaching dangerously high levels.

    "The heat, the humidity and the rains have created a dangerous concentration of mold that is a real health hazard for many in the Midwest today," said Dr. Joseph Leija, an allergist who has conducted the Gottlieb Allergy Count in the region for more than 20 years. 

    On Sept. 20, the mold count reached 125,000, which is the largest so far in 2013 and considerably more than the 50,000 threshold that signals poor air quality. Individuals suffering from allergy symptoms may experience headaches, itchy throats and congestion as a result of this high mold count. The increased presence of mold also means it may be difficult for individuals to find relief. 

    This study emphasizes the need for individuals to take certain precautions to protect themselves from airborne mold spores. Those who purchase a high-end home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus will be able to breathe more freely even when the mold count is high. 

  • Study finds harmful flame-retardant chemical is prevalent in offices

    Office jobs are quite common in America - ranging from financiers and bloggers to bankers and salesmen and women. Even though such positions might be deemed as some of the safest in the nation, a new study finds office workers may be at risk of being exposed to a harmful flame retardant. 

    Scientists from Boston University's School of Health came to this conclusion after taking urine samples from 31 people, as well as dust samples from their cars, desks and homes. Researchers were looking for a chemical called chlorinated tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate, or TDCPP. The chemical, which was once used to make children's pajamas, has more recently has been used as an additive to polyurethane foam used in upholstered furniture like office chairs. TDCPP has also been found to increase people's risk of cancer.

    Scientists discovered 99 percent of dust samples taken from officer workers' homes, cars and offices had a "widespread presence of this flame retardant in the indoor environment," according to the study. The authors added that the chemical was more present in older offices. 

    Even though more tests need to be conducted to verify the recent findings, it might be smart for businesses to install professional-grade air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal MultiGas AG950 into their offices to help eliminate dust and dander that could contain TDCPP.

  • Flu shot not working well for elders

    Flu season is winding down, but that doesn't mean people are free from its grasps. Seniors are among the most affected by the virus due to their weakened immune systems, and a recent study from the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found some issues with this year's flu shot and how well it protects the over-65 demographic.

    The study revealed on average, this year's vaccine was only 9 percent effective against the most prevalent strain, H3N2, among seniors. The vaccination was found to be 56 percent effective among people in other age groups. Despite the recent finding, scientists aren't entirely sure why the shot isn't protecting the elderly.

    Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor at NYU Langone Medical Center told HealthDay News, says he believes the vaccination didn't work well for seniors because it's too hard for their immune systems to get a boost from the shot.

    "The reason this vaccine is not that effective for the elderly is because it's hard for the elderly to mount an immune response," Siegel told the news outlet.

    Because the flu is so detrimental to seniors' health, family members may want to consider installing a medical grade air purifier like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900  into an elder's home to ensure he or she is breathing well for the duration of the season. 

  • How to rid your new home of smoke smells

    Moving into a new home is an exciting time for most people, but learning a smoker previously lived in the space can be an instant downer. The Mayo Clinic reports smoking in a home can result in thirdhand smoke, an issue that stems from residual nicotine and other chemicals getting trapped in indoor surfaces such as rugs. 

    Unfortunately, getting rid of such residue is not as easy as simply opening up the windows and airing the space out, but there ways to get the job done.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports the task of removing cigarette smells from a home is a bit lengthy, and includes cleaning all the carpets with a quality carpet cleaner and then vacuuming the rugs approximately 15 minutes after the application. Washing down the walls with an all-purpose detergent and leaving small bowls of white vinegar in rooms that are most pungent can also aid in the cleaning process. 

    In order to rid the space of thirdhand smoke, it might be smart to invest in an air purifier like Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 to help boost clean air in the home. A medical-grade air purifier like this will help remove smoke residue, allowing families to enjoy their new space comfortably. 

  • Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno talks living with asthma

    U.S. Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno earns a living on the ice, giving his all to his sport. However, while training for the 2002 Games, he was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma, a discovery that not only helped him rethink how he trained, but has since allowed him to shed light on the common condition, the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Ohno told the news outlet he had been experiencing certain symptoms - a tight chest, difficulty breathing and decreased endurance - but had no idea it was exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB). In fact, he was shocked to learn EIB was the culprit, but instead of quitting, he learned to deal with the condition. Ohno admitted he now uses an inhaler when he feels symptoms coming on, adding EIB hasn't stopped him from going after his goals.

    The latter is what he wants to get across to others with EIB, that anything is possible. Ohno has since become the face of EIB and has helped set up a program called EIB All Stars, which helps others with the condition learn about EIB and encourages them to go after their dreams no matter what.

    NetWellness.org reports nearly 80 percent of all people with asthma also have EIB, while between 5 and 10 percent of people without asthma develop EIB. Inhalers go a long way in helping to curb the side effects of both conditions, as does installing home air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal AG800 in the house to ensure sufferers are breathing in fresh, clean air.

  • Cold air brings asthma woes

    Asthma is a common condition, affecting close to 19 million American adults and more than 7 million children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though asthma is so prevalent, there is no permanent way to curb its effects, and certain triggers in nature, such as changing of seasons, can negatively impact sufferers. 

    Winter is one season in which asthma patients can feel a bit more out of breath due to breathing in colder air on a regular basis. NBC affiliate WGEM reports that despite the fact that most people can't avoid dealing with dropping temperatures in the colder months, there are ways to help people with asthma feel better. 

    Dr. Lane Real told the news station one of the best ways for sufferers to breathe better in winter is to wear a scarf over their nose and mouths to help warm up the air they're taking in. People should also take their inhalers along with them no matter if they're running to the store or are just going for a brisk walk - when it comes to asthma it's better to be safe than sorry. Another option for keeping breathing under control in the winter is to invest in a medical grade home air purifier like the Airgle PurePal AG800 to ensure a sufferer is breathing in fresh air that is free from allergens and other pollutants in the house.

  • More emphasis placed on keeping healthcare facilities clean due to flu season

    Flu season varies in severity each year, with the 2012-2013 season being among the worst in recent history. Influenza has been recorded in 47 states already and many cases are being caused by an especially strong strand, making sufferers sicker, according to The Associated Press.

    The best line of defense against the flu is to get vaccinated - it's been reported this year's batch is 62 percent effective, and medical experts are urging all people over the age of 6 months to get one. Despite the warning, the number of people visiting their doctors with flu-like symptoms rose from 2.8 percent in 2011 to 5.6 percent during the last few weeks of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

    Doctor's offices are typically a hot spot for many germs and viruses to linger and this notion may be even more true during flu season. A recent study out of Wake Forest School of Medicine found flu patients can emit small virus-containing particles into the air during routine checkups - putting doctors, nurses and other patients at risk. A great way to reduce the spreading of germs may be for doctors to invest in medical grade air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 for the office. These high-end products can clear the stale air in the space, while working to eliminate germs to prevent illness from spreading.

  • Missouri leaders discuss concerns about ozone levels

    Missouri officials are evaluating ozone levels in the southern part of the state due to data that shows high levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and oxides of nitrogen. According to the Southeast Missourian, members of the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission's Air Quality Committee recently discussed air pollution readings and possible solutions to various air quality problems in the area. 

    David Grimes, deputy director of the planning commission in Perryville, Missouri, provided commission representatives with information from a "Path Forward" awareness plan. The strategy is designed to reduce air pollution and expand the state's voluntary compliance options in regards to federal standards.

    However, Grimes noted that fully recognizing the data's value is critical to improve air quality throughout the region. 

    "We need to make sure we understand the numbers," Grimes told the news source.

    VOCs can cause major problems for commercial and residential property owners, but the IQAir® GC VOC can help business operators and homeowners eliminate such issues. The air purifier is specifically designed for people who need to control VOCs and includes an advanced filter cartridge design that optimizes molecular filtration for a wide range of gaseous chemicals and odors. 

  • Pollution from cities harming air quality across the United States

    A recent report from the World Meteorological Association (WMA) has found that pollution from mega cities across the world is harming the air quality in the United States. The study confirmed that ground, water and air pollution are a local and regional problem that span both state and country borders.

    Healthline reports that harmful fine particulate matter is drifting from China into areas in western North American and often will push air quality past safe federal standards. This situation has increased acid rain levels, decreased visibility and accelerated climate change.

    Some scientists are calling for the creation of international regulations. Establishing standards could improve the health of people across the globe, slow down climate change and save the environment in various countries.

    Until such changes are implemented, concerned homeowners can purchase home air purifiers to reduce the presence of fine particulate matter indoors. A unit like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can improve the air quality inside a house, which could positively impact the health of those living in the space.

  • Utah's air pollution controls could get a boost

    State officials in Utah are contemplating stricter controls on industrial pollution emissions. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that a sooty layer of pollution often settles in the heavily-populated area of Wasatch Front for weeks at a time. The natural shape of the region resembles a basin and traps smog and particulate matter, which can increase residents' exposure to poor air quality.

    Consequently, environmental groups and some state officials are calling for stricter emission standards to reduce pollution levels from 366 tons to 243 tons a day in the greater Salt Lake City region.

    "We'll be seeing huge reductions in emissions over the next five to seven years that really impact us during our winter inversion periods," Utah Division of Air Quality Director Bryce Bird told the news source. "These plans will work."

    Air pollution has been tied to numerous health problems. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, air pollution is associated with pulmonary, cardiac, vascular and neurological impairments. The longer a person is exposed to poor air quality, the greater chance they have of developing a health condition. However, by living in a house with a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier, a person will breath in less pollutants.

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