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  • Air pollution may lead to an irregular heart beat

    Poor air quality has been associated with certain health risks for years, and one recent report focused on the possible relationship between pollution and medical issues. The study, which was published in the journal Heart, focused on the impact of air pollution on respiratory issues. Researchers analyzed data regarding heart attacks and hospital admissions from 2003 to 2009, and then compared the cases to the air quality at the time. 

    According to the study, short-term exposure to harmful particles increases the risk of having an irregular heartbeat. It also raises the odds of being diagnosed with blood clots in the lungs. 

    Despite these findings, however, there was some good news. In this study, air pollution was not found to have a correlation with heart attack or stroke. There was also no explicit link between pollutants and cardiovascular deaths.

    Still, many individuals are wary of pollution and are taking steps to prevent it from becoming an issue in their homes. Some turn to medical-grade devices such as the IQAir GC MultiGas to help clear the air in a home. These home air purifiers can rid the air of a wide variety of irritants and pollutants, creating a safer and more comfortable environment. 

  • Air pollution may lead to an irregular heart beat

    Poor air quality has been associated with certain health risks for years, and one recent report focused on the possible relationship between pollution and medical issues. The study, which was published in the journal Heart, focused on the impact of air pollution on respiratory issues. Researchers analyzed data regarding heart attacks and hospital admissions from 2003 to 2009, and then compared the cases to the air quality at the time. 

    According to the study, short-term exposure to harmful particles increases the risk of having an irregular heartbeat. It also raises the odds of being diagnosed with blood clots in the lungs. 

    Despite these findings, however, there was some good news. In this study, air pollution was not found to have a correlation with heart attack or stroke. There was also no explicit link between pollutants and cardiovascular deaths.

    Still, many individuals are wary of pollution and are taking steps to prevent it from becoming an issue in their homes. Some turn to medical-grade devices such as the IQAir GC MultiGas to help clear the air in a home. These home air purifiers can rid the air of a wide variety of irritants and pollutants, creating a safer and more comfortable environment. 

  • Study links air pollution to autism

    Reducing air pollution is something that is done for the health of the globe and all of its inhabitants. While many individuals already make a conscious effort to enhance the quality of the air they breathe, such as by purchasing a HEPA air purifier like the IQAir GC MultiGas, more may be looking to take these steps in the future to clear the air of harmful particles. 

    A recent study from the University of Rochester Medical Center found that air pollution may be linked to health issues such as autism and schizophrenia. Pollution caused inflammation in certain areas of the brain, affecting many different areas of function, including short-term memory and learning ability.

    This is just the latest in a long line of potentially harmful side effects that can be traced back to pollution, and it may even cause some parents to invest in more effective safety measures.

    "I think these findings are going to raise new questions about whether the current regulatory standards for air quality are sufficient to protect our children," said the study's lead author Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.

    Increased regulations, home air purifiers and other efforts are just a few examples of the steps people are taking to improve air quality for themselves and their families. 

  • Study links air pollution to autism

    Reducing air pollution is something that is done for the health of the globe and all of its inhabitants. While many individuals already make a conscious effort to enhance the quality of the air they breathe, such as by purchasing a HEPA air purifier like the IQAir GC MultiGas, more may be looking to take these steps in the future to clear the air of harmful particles. 

    A recent study from the University of Rochester Medical Center found that air pollution may be linked to health issues such as autism and schizophrenia. Pollution caused inflammation in certain areas of the brain, affecting many different areas of function, including short-term memory and learning ability.

    This is just the latest in a long line of potentially harmful side effects that can be traced back to pollution, and it may even cause some parents to invest in more effective safety measures.

    "I think these findings are going to raise new questions about whether the current regulatory standards for air quality are sufficient to protect our children," said the study's lead author Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.

    Increased regulations, home air purifiers and other efforts are just a few examples of the steps people are taking to improve air quality for themselves and their families. 

  • Global cities suffering from poor air quality

    People around the U.S. regularly turn to professional-grade devices like home air purifiers to improve the quality of an indoor space. While products such as the IQAir GC MultiGas can go a long way toward clearing the air of many irritants, there is still an ongoing issue with poor air quality in many of the world's cities. 

    The World Heath Organization recently released a report noting that the pollution  in most of the globe's cities does not meet the standards for safe levels. According to the organization's data, only about 12 percent of people who reside in urban environments are exposed to healthy air quality, and the pollution in most places is getting worse. 

    Living in a polluted city puts people at risk for a host of health problems. WHO recommended implementing new guidelines for monitoring and improving conditions around the world. 

    "We can win the fight against air pollution and reduce the number of people suffering from respiratory and heart disease, as well as lung cancer," said Dr. Maria Neira, WHO's director for public health, environmental and social determinants of health. "Effective policies and strategies are well understood, but they need to be implemented at sufficient scale." 

  • Reducing carbon emissions brings many benefits

    In recent years, organizations across the globe have banded together to protect the environment. A large portion of this revolves around improving air quality and reducing pollution, but the steps taken to achieve these goals have far-reaching effects on the planet. 

    According to research from Syracuse University, the efforts made to reduce carbon emissions can have a positive effect on other aspects of air quality as well. The strong standards placed on power plants and other facilities can actually improve the health of people living in the general vicinity, while also helping forests, wildlife, crops and more. 

    "We know that these other pollutants contribute to increased risk of premature death and heart attacks, as well as increased incidence and severity of asthma and other health effects," said Dr. Charles Driscoll, of Syracuse University. "... This new analysis shows that there is a real opportunity to help reverse decades of environmental damage from power plant emissions and to improve human health." 

    These efforts may be a step in the right direction, but it could still take years before results become known. In the meantime, individuals should invest in professional-grade home air purifiers such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device is capable of clearing the air of smoke and chemicals that may be found in polluted areas. 

  • Reducing carbon emissions brings many benefits

    In recent years, organizations across the globe have banded together to protect the environment. A large portion of this revolves around improving air quality and reducing pollution, but the steps taken to achieve these goals have far-reaching effects on the planet. 

    According to research from Syracuse University, the efforts made to reduce carbon emissions can have a positive effect on other aspects of air quality as well. The strong standards placed on power plants and other facilities can actually improve the health of people living in the general vicinity, while also helping forests, wildlife, crops and more. 

    "We know that these other pollutants contribute to increased risk of premature death and heart attacks, as well as increased incidence and severity of asthma and other health effects," said Dr. Charles Driscoll, of Syracuse University. "... This new analysis shows that there is a real opportunity to help reverse decades of environmental damage from power plant emissions and to improve human health." 

    These efforts may be a step in the right direction, but it could still take years before results become known. In the meantime, individuals should invest in professional-grade home air purifiers such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device is capable of clearing the air of smoke and chemicals that may be found in polluted areas. 

  • Airplane traffic may contribute to pollution, study shows

    Most people around the U.S. are familiar with the concept of heavy traffic contributing to air pollution. Some, however, may not realize that motor vehicles are not the only things expelling particles into the air. In fact, a recent study from the American Chemical Society found that airplane traffic may play a significant role in pollution levels. 

    According to the research, which was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, airplanes can contribute to air pollution as much as car traffic, and perhaps even more. The land around airports was found to have higher levels of pollutants and other harmful particles, most of which can be traced back to plane emissions. 

    Furthermore, the effect of airplane pollution may be found in areas as far as 10 miles from an airport, not just in the immediate vicinity. That means that even those who do not frequently think of planes as a problem may be breathing in some of the chemicals. 

    Individuals can protect their homes from air pollution with the help of professional-grade devices such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This home air purifier clears the air of many common irritants and chemicals. 

  • Airplane traffic may contribute to pollution, study shows

    Most people around the U.S. are familiar with the concept of heavy traffic contributing to air pollution. Some, however, may not realize that motor vehicles are not the only things expelling particles into the air. In fact, a recent study from the American Chemical Society found that airplane traffic may play a significant role in pollution levels. 

    According to the research, which was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, airplanes can contribute to air pollution as much as car traffic, and perhaps even more. The land around airports was found to have higher levels of pollutants and other harmful particles, most of which can be traced back to plane emissions. 

    Furthermore, the effect of airplane pollution may be found in areas as far as 10 miles from an airport, not just in the immediate vicinity. That means that even those who do not frequently think of planes as a problem may be breathing in some of the chemicals. 

    Individuals can protect their homes from air pollution with the help of professional-grade devices such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This home air purifier clears the air of many common irritants and chemicals. 

  • Study shows traffic pollution may send children to the hospital

    Millions of children around the U.S. have been diagnosed with asthma. While many learn to manage this condition, others struggle with the symptoms. This could include employing a drastic lifestyle change or frequent visits to the hospital, but regardless of what the side effects are, there are certain factors that may make them worse. 

    According to a study from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, children who are exposed to air pollution from traffic are at a high risk of readmittance to the hospital due to asthma. Kids exposed to traffic-related air pollution are three times more likely to be hospitalized than their counterparts. 

    The research, published in The Journal of Pediatrics, noted that urban areas were harmful due to the proclivity of diesel exhaust. Because these particles are larger than those of traditional gas, they can cause significant health problems. 

    Fortunately, many individuals and families can find a solution with medical-grade home air purifiers. Devices like the IQAir GC MultiGas are adept at clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants, including smoke, odors and chemicals that are commonly found around heavily populated or trafficked areas.

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