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  • Government reaction to smog proposal is surprising

    The last time smog limits were set was during the presidency of George W. Bush, and even at the time, environmental advocates claimed that the smog limit level was too high. In response to that, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed dropping the restriction from 70 parts per billion of smog to 65 parts per billion.

    The small difference was estimated to possibly prevent up to 7,200 deaths, 11,000 hospital visits and 38,000 cases of severe asthma per year. Opponents to the proposal immediately argued the timing of the bill, claiming it would cost nearly $90 billion to enact the law, something that couldn't be afforded in the recession.

    President Obama rejected the proposal to the surprise of members of the EPA, saying that if he remains in office he'd be happy to look back into the request as early as 2013, but that the timing for such a drastic change would cost too much at the moment.

    During the wait to see if restrictions do indeed get tighter on smog emissions, you can still protect the health of your family by investing in a medical-grade air purifier like those we sell at FreshAirPro to reduce the level of pollutants in your home. These purifiers can help eliminate the vast majority of airborne pollutants and other irritants.

  • Christmas allergies don't have to ruin your holiday

    While Christmas is supposed to be a time of togetherness and relaxation, for some people it can be a torturous time that brings watery eyes and itchy throats. While others gather around to decorate or celebrate the holidays, there are those who dread the season of pine trees.

    While many would assume it's the pollen from the pine that's driving them crazy, many trees are cut after pollen season is over, so the culprit is usually the mold that grows on trees in storage. Still, there are other reasons that pine trees could be making your nose run.

    So how do you deal with a pine allergy during the time of year when it's most difficult to escape? An artificial tree might be the easiest method, though many feel as if an artificial tree defeats the purpose of the season - and if you're not the one making the tree decisions, you're out of luck. If a genuine pine is a necessity in your home, do your best to shake the tree out thoroughly before you bring it inside the house. You should also consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier. This machine can help control your allergies by removing a large portion of the allergens in the air.

  • Holiday pets don't have to excite your allergies

    As the holiday season approaches, many children have their wish lists ready, and topping a number of them will be a request for a new pet. This can be a difficult situation for a parent who doesn't want to deprive his children of the companionship a pet can provide, but worries about what owning an animal will do to his allergies.

    Serious pet allergies are rare, and more often than not the common allergy to dander is controllable in many ways. Keeping a clean house is one way to help keep allergies from taking over your home. If the dander doesn't have the chance to get stuck in carpets and furniture, it also won't have the chance to set off a series of sneezes. Also consider confining the pet to one portion of your home. For example, many pet owners don't allow their cats or dogs into the bedroom, as overnight exposure to these allergens causes extreme irritation for many.

    An especially effective step to take is investing in a medical-grade air purifier. This will help keep the dander out of the air so that the thankfulness of grateful children can fill it. Don't let your allergies get in the way of granting your child his holiday wish.

  • Mold forces closings all around the U.S.

    Mold is becoming a big problem this season. Just this week, school children from Waterford Township, New Jersey, were forced to endure a week-long shutdown of all three elementary schools in the region after mold was discovered in at least two of the schools, reports MSNBC.

    But the problem doesn't stop there. According to Southern Maryland Newspapers Online, approximately 350 college students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland were displaced from their dormitories due to mold infestation. And in Wyoming, the state Department of Health stated that an entire building at the Wyoming State Hospital at Evanston was closed because of mold, reports the Star Tribune.

    "We have found our experience with mold in the residence halls this semester extremely frustrating, as have other colleges and universities in rain-soaked areas this season," St. Mary's College President Joseph Urgo told the news source. "Hurricane Irene and subsequent, prolonged damp and rainy weather exacerbate mold conditions in these residence halls."

    All institutions, whether publicly or privately operated, should do all in their power to ensure that children, patients and other individuals are safe from the hazards of mold this season. Using HEPA air purifiers, such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, is one of the best ways to ensure that the air within your buildings is safe for those who occupy them.

  • Hospital-recommended asthma plans aren't producing healthier children

    A recent study conducted by The Joint Commission has indicated that children who are hospitalized due to asthma attacks are likely to need to return to the hospital due to asthma-related complications, despite receiving an asthma-related home management plan from healthcare professionals upon their discharge, reports Reuters.

    In all, 8 percent of children were re-hospitalized within three months of their previous hospital visit, and about 11 percent needed to visit the emergency room.

    According to researchers, one major factor is that families may not follow the home management plans handed out by hospital workers. In many cases, a child's family may not be able to afford or obtain the recommended medications.

    "Intuitively having a home management plan of care...makes perfect sense and that should improve their outcomes," lead study author Dr. Rustin Morse, from Phoenix Children's Hospital in Arizona, told the news source.

    In addition to obtaining the proper prescription medication, the number one thing parents can do to reduce the severity of flaring asthma symptoms is to create a safe haven within the home. Using hypoallergenic materials such as carpets, pillows and bed covers can help, as can cleaning floors and surfaces on a regular basis to make sure they're free of dust and other irritants.

    The number-one way to improve the quality of air within the home is by investing in a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This medical-grade air purifier has been designed to remove over 99 percent of airborne irritants and pollutants and will ensure that the air your child breathes at home is clean and healthy.

  • Children's asthma has been linked to obesity

    Children who are overweight have been shown to double their chances of developing asthma, reports Medical News Today. Additionally, chronic asthma is one of the leading reasons behind school absences for children, according to the news source.

    "A recent explanation that is being investigated is the over-production of cytokines (substances with inflammatory effect) due to a variety of stimuli that may lead to the development of asthma," Dr. Angel Mazon, PAAM 2011 Co-Chair and EAACI Pediatric Section Board Member, explained to the news source. "Thanks to these findings, physicians calculate that the frequency of asthma in obese children can be up-to-double that of non-obese kids."

    Antonella Muraro, PAAM 2011 Co-Chair and EAACI Treasurer, told Medical News Today that proper nutrition may be one of the most important factors in reducing the likeliness of childhood asthma. In particular, Muraro said that the Mediterranean Diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, fish and fresh foods, has been shown to protect against the condition.

    If your child already suffers from asthma, a well-balanced diet is integral to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Keeping your home free from allergy triggers should also be a top priority. By investing in a medical-grade home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, you can ensure that your home is a safe haven against most common asthma triggers and other airborne pollutants.

  • Recognizing the symptoms of mold exposure

    Mold spore counts have been particularly high this season due to erratic weather patterns and a higher-than-usual moisture rate. For many, this means heightened allergic reactions - however, even those who have never been troubled by a mold allergy can begin to suffer symptoms if the level of exposure is too great.

    Symptoms of mold exposure can run the gamut from mild to severe, according to the Mayo Clinic. Signs of mold exposure include itchy eyes, nose and throat, coughing or wheezing, postnasal drip, runny or stuffy nose, shortness of breath, excessive sneezing, a tightening sensation in the chest and watery eyes.

    Some individuals may suffer symptoms year-round, whereas others may only notice flare-ups during a particular season or at times when they're exposed to particularly high mold concentrations. Some symptoms may pass quickly, while others persist. If you've been feeling sensations for a significant period of time without improvement, you should contact your personal care provider for analysis and treatment.

    If mold has become an issue in your home, take action now before it's too late. IQAir purifiers can help to remove 99.5 percent of airborne mold spores from your home so that mold can't settle in to stay. These home air purifiers are also effective in removing other harmful air contaminants, such as airborne bacteria, viruses, pet dander, dust, pollen and noxious emissions.

  • Indoor air quality affects school children's performance

    Poor indoor air quality has been linked to a drop in performance for both students and teachers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Air containing high levels of pollutants and other hazardous particles can affect the comfort and health of those who are continuously exposed to it, which results in poor concentration, lower attendance ratings and lower than average academic performance.

    Because of this, the EPA recommends that schools habitually test their air quality to ensure that students and teachers are kept safe from these toxins. The practice has become part of a larger movement to help schools "go green," or to create a healthy and environmentally friendly learning atmosphere. Schools that take up these initiatives are called "green schools," and many have reported improvements in performance as a result of these practices.

    "Our community has been very responsive to the green schools. They see the long-term value in investing in these long-term facilities and systems. Not to mention the improved learning environment," Jessica Bollen, communications director for the Bryant School District in Arkansas, told Green Right Now. "You can just tell it’s a great environment and the kids just thrive in it."

    In order to ensure that your community's children and teachers are able to perform up to par, make sure that they're taking steps to improve indoor air quality with the help of medical-grade air purifiers.

  • Mold spores more prevalent this year in Washington, D.C.

    Mold spore counts reached 47,483 spores per cubic meter of air this September in Washington, D.C., which is significantly higher than any other September mold spore concentration in the past decade, reports the Washington Post. In fact, in the first three weeks of September, mold counts were at least 75 percent higher than average for that time of year.

    "This year, with clouds and plenty of moisture around for a period of several weeks, the average daily counts for each week in September have sky-rocketed," Susan Kosisky, microbiologist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center lab, told the news source. "Mushrooms abound...releasing millions of basidiospores, one of the most prevalent groups of spores observed this time of year."

    Airborne spores can easily travel into the home, causing adverse health reactions such as upper respiratory conditions, coughing and wheezing, and may also exacerbate symptoms of asthma and pneumonia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    In order to ensure that your family stays safe and healthy, you should take steps to make your home a mold-free environment. One of the best ways to do this is to invest in a home air purifier. At FreshAirPro, we offer only the best medical-grade purifiers to help keep your family protected from mold and other indoor pollutants. Our IQAir HealthPro Plus captures at least 99.5 percent of the mold spores that enter your home and guards against bacteria, dust, pollen, pet allergens and airborne viruses as well. There's no better solution to keeping your home free of indoor contaminants.

  • Secondhand smoke may cause SIDS and other illnesses in children

    Secondhand smoke has been linked to numerous health concerns in children, including asthma, bronchitis, ear infection, pneumonia and even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

    SIDS is characterized by the sudden and unexpected death of a child under one year of age for which no absolute cause can be determined even after an autopsy and further examinations have occurred, according to the American SIDS Institute. It is one of the most frightening and traumatic experiences a new parent can face.

    While parents may not be able to control the air contaminants outside the home, there is something they can do to ensure that the air their children breathe inside the home is safe and clean. By investing in a home air purifier, parents can make sure that their children aren't exposed to any lingering toxins from secondhand smoke or other common indoor pollutants.

    At FreshAirPro, we offer high-end medical-grade purification systems such as the IQAir GC MultiGas so you can ensure your family is protected from the health hazards caused by secondhand smoke and other pollutants.

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