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  • Study finds no link between air pollution and rheumatoid arthritis

    Air pollution is a serious problem that seems to be getting worse, leading many people to install professional-grade air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal Plus AG850 to breathe easy at home. Despite the growing issue, a new study has found unhealthy air can be crossed off the list of possible reasons behind rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

    Researchers have long believed that there could be a link between the form of arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease leading to inflammation of the joints, and air pollution. However, a new study may have debunked this idea. 

    Scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital used the Nurses' Health Study, which has the medical records of more than 11.400 women from between 1976 and 2006, to look for RA incidents and a possible link to air pollution. A total of 858 women developed RA over the course of 30 years. Researchers used these participants' mailing addresses to gauge how close they lived to places of high air pollution as well as other known pollutant-makers like power plants and highways. 

    Overall, the researchers found no solid link between RA and air pollution. However, the authors are quick to point out that more trials need to be conducted to verify the recent findings.

    Even if there is no real connection to RA, air pollution can lead to a number of other serious medical conditions. Most recently, scientists from Rice University found cardiac arrest incidents went up on days when air pollution levels were above average. 

  • College student comes up with plan to deal with air pollution

    Air pollution continues to be a major problem as it can not only affect how people breathe, it can also lead to serious medical conditions like asthma, allergies and even more serious respiratory illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. 

    Since issues with air pollution continue to come up, more researchers from around the globe are looking into ways to curb the side effects. The Times of India reports that Vijay Raj, a college student at Kalasalingam University, recently came up with a model that could combat air pollution. 

    Raj, a mechanical engineering student, created a model in which smoke and water mix together to create carbonic acid, which occurs when hydrogen in the water reacts with carbon dioxide, the news source reports. This procedure has been found to eliminate pollution and offer benefits as well. 

    "The carbonic acid could be used to generate electricity. The residue carbon could be used in carbon-based industries,'' Raj told the news source.

    Even though there could be a way to use Raj's method to rid cities of air pollution in the future, there are other ways families can enjoy fresh air now. Installing a medical grade air purifier like Airgle PurePal MultiGas AG950 in the home helps ensure people breathe easy in their dwellings.

  • More cities looking to educate residents on air pollution

    Air pollution is a growing problem around the world, but its effects are greatly felt in North America. This continent produces approximately 6 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, according to a joint study conducted by the Environmental Integrity Project, EarthJustice, and the Sierra Club. Due to the shocking numbers, more cities around the nation are looking into ways to cut their pollution.

    The city of Helena, Mont., is one such location, as the Lewis and Clark City-County Health Board is planning to voluntarily join an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program in order to learn new methods of pollution reduction, the Helena Independent Record reports. The desire to join the EPA's Particulate Matter Advance Program comes after a survey found a shockingly low number of city residents believes the region has air pollution. 

    The survey, which questioned 270 random households, found 83 percent of respondents did not believe there was an air pollution problem in Helena, even though many here choose to heat their homes with firewood. This shocked members of the health board because this type of burning, along with car emissions, is among the biggest pollution issue in America.

    As more information comes out regarding the dangers of air pollution, some families might take comfort knowing they can breathe easy at home by installing professional grade air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900.

  • Air pollution could be linked to increased addiction risk

    Air pollution increases risk for a variety of medical conditions ranging from asthma to cardiac arrest, according to a recent study by Rice University. Now, new data has discovered air pollution typically found in urban regions may also trigger a behavior similar to addiction.

    The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Sciences, found that baby mice who were exposed to particles found in urban air grew more impatient in waiting for treats than a second group of mice who breathed in filtered air. In fact, 43 percent of the test group of mice hit a lever for treats instead of waiting for their reward. Mice who breathed only filtered air were much more patient when it came to wanting treats. More surprisingly, adult mice exposed to air pollution did not develop impatience like their younger peers.

    Researchers believe this shows that breathing in high levels of pollutants, like those from car exhaust, could negatively affect how much self-control people have if they've breathed bad air in at a young age - possibly highlighting a link between air pollution and addictive behavior. 

    Even though more research needs to be conducted to verify these results, parents can ensure their youngsters breathe in fresh air by installing professional grade air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal Plus AG850 into their homes.

  • Grilling partly responsible for air pollution, study finds

    For most people, the true signs of summer include wearing flip flops and grilling up burgers and hot dogs in the backyard. Even though there may be no better taste than that of a burger right off the grill, a new study may have people refraining from the BBQ.

    Scientists from the University of California, Davis, recently discovered toxins from grilling are some of the most potent when it comes to air pollution. Researchers came to this conclusion after taking air pollution particle samples from the Fresno area and then exposing lab mice to the air to check for different effects. Air from grilling with charcoal was high on the list that also included wood-burning emissions and particles from vehicles.

    "That was like, wow!" Anthony Wexler, the study's coauthor told The Los Angeles Times. "It's not that you're cooking; it's how you're cooking. We think it's the [charcoal] briquets that are the problem."

    CBS Las Vegas reports another study conducted by researchers from the University of California, Riverside, found grilling is the second largest source of air pollution in the South Coast Air Basin, making it a growing problem for people and the environment.

    Since grilling isn't likely going out of style any time soon, those concerned about air pollution might want to install high-quality air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 to breathe well indoors.

  • High air pollution levels linked to cardiac concerns

    Air pollution continues to be a large problem around the nation, and a new study finds its effects could spell trouble for people with heart conditions. Researchers from Rice University in Houston, Texas, recently discovered patients with heart problems could be more likely to go into cardiac arrest on days when air pollution levels are higher than normal. 

    Scientists came to this conclusion after comparing cardiac arrest incidents that occurred outside of a hospital setting, with the air quality reports of Houston between 2004 and 2011. More than 11,000 incidents took place over the course of this time, while occurrences increased on days in which air pollution levels were high. More specifically, cardiac arrest risk increased by 4.4 percent for every 20 parts per billion of above average pollution. 

    This is alarming, especially since North America alone accounts for 6 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, according to a joint reports conducted by the Environmental Integrity Project, EarthJustice and the Sierra Club. People suffering from heart conditions might want to consider installing medical grade air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal MultiGas AG950 into their homes to avoid certain issues on a daily basis, but especially on days when air pollution is high.

  • Air pollution partly to blame for rise in childhood asthma

    Air pollution is a serious problem around the nation, with high levels hovering around most of the major cities in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association. Not only does pollution like smog negatively affect a person's body and overall health, but it can also increase the risk of people suffering an early death from issues like heart attacks and stroke. 

    A recent study conducted by scientists from the University of Ulsan's College of Medicine has found a link between air pollution and an increased risk of childhood asthma. The link was made when youngsters also had a history of suffering from bronchiolitis, or inflammation of the bronchioles. Researchers found of the 1,743 children involved, those who had a history of bronchiolitis and who had been exposed to high levels of air pollution, where more likely to develop asthma as a result, in comparison to kids who did not have either problem. 

    "Together, these findings suggest that environmental control may improve respiratory health in children with atopy or bronchiolitis," said Soo-Jong Hong, lead author of the study.

    Even though strides are being made to reduce air pollution levels stateside, it may be helpful for families to install an air purifier like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 into the home to give children a chance to enjoy fresh air in their dwellings.

  • Salt Lake City officials make changes to tackle air pollution

    Side effects of air pollution and smog have continued to come out in recent years, and members of the Utah Division of Air Quality are looking to make some serious changes around the region. Fox 13 News reports the group met recently to discuss the state's air pollution levels, and ways to reduce areas with the highest rates.

    This winter alone, Utah has had 22 red air days, while the state had just five last year. Red days refer to days of excessive PM pollution. During the recent discussions, board members decided wood-burning boilers that heat homes will no longer be legal in counties with high pollution rates. More regulations are set to be put in place in the near future - the state hopes to reduce its air pollution by 30 percent by 2014. 

    Curbing air pollution in the U.S. is growing increasingly important. A new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has found there is a small, but real link between air pollution and lower birth weights for babies. 

    It may be hard to control air pollution outside of the home, but families can breathe easy in their own dwellings by investing in home air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal Plus AG850. This way family members will benefit from only clean air while in the house.

  • Study finds pesticides that spread through air, food, increase risk of type 2 diabetes

    Type 2 diabetes is a serious problem in the United States - nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, with 90 to 95 percent of diagnoses being type 2 diabetes, Healthline.com reports. In many cases people develop this problem due to being overweight or obese, but a new study has found exposure to pesticides in their food and the air could also be to blame. 

    Scientists from the University of Granada came to this conclusion after analyzing the concentrations of a specific group of Persistent Organic Pollutants (CPOs) in the adipose (fat) tissue of 386 participants. Researchers discovered patients with higher levels of CPOs were four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes in comparison to their counterparts who were exposed to fewer pesticides. These results held true regardless of patients' age, gender or body mass index. Despite the surprising finding, more research needs to be conducted to figure out the link between pesticides and diabetes.

    Since some pesticides are found in foods and the air, people should take certain precautions to limit how exposed they are to CPOs. Washing produce thoroughly and investing in home air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal MultiGas AG950 are real options. The latter works to filtrate the air, allowing families to breathe in only the cleanest, most pure air.

  • California officials consider increasing number of no-burn days to reduce air pollution

    Business operators and homeowners in California's San Joaquin Valley could be affected by local officials' desire to meet federal air quality regulations by 2019. According to The Bakersfield Californian, local officials are considering an increase in the number of no-burn days - periods when administrators would limit activities such as residential wood burning and commercial cooking emissions - to control air pollution throughout the region. 

    San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District staff members noted that 90 percent of area residents live in portions of the region that will be in compliance with federal rules by 2017. However, specific areas of the valley are significantly impacted by air pollution, and these sections will need extra time to meet national requirements. Local Air Pollution Control District Executive Director Seyed Sadredin said that the plan has been comprehensively evaluated to ensure that the valley can meet the federal deadline. 

    With the IQAir® GC VOC, commercial and residential property owners can control a wide range of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), including benzene, butane and chlorine. The air purifier provides high-efficiency particulate filtration and removes more than 97 percent of particles before they can reach the gas phase media. 

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