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  • Study identified factors that may impact asthma

    The health problems associated with pollution and low-quality air are well publicized. A new study from the Columbia University Medical Center highlights some of these issues, especially the factors that may make individuals more susceptible to the harmful effects of air pollution. 

    According to the research, obese children are three times more likely to contract asthma as a result of air pollution. In many instances, obesity magnified the effects of exposure to a common family of pollutants, increasing their impact and raising the odds that the young individuals will be diagnosed with asthma. 

    "These findings suggest that we may be able to bring down childhood asthma rates by curbing indoor, as well as outdoor, air pollution, and by implementing age-appropriate diet and exercise programs," said Dr. Rachel Miller, the senior author of the study. 

    One way to start reducing the impact of poor air is to invest in a professional-grade home air purifier, which is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants that are commonly found in a home. By purchasing one of these devices, such as the IQAir GC MultiGas, individuals can begin eliminating harmful airborne particles and pollution from their homes, improving their health. 

  • Wildfires now could hurt air quality in the future, study shows

    Anyone who has paid attention to the news in recent years may have noticed an uptick in the number of stories regarding wildfires. While these hazards are obviously detrimental to the environment and the safety of the inhabitants of these areas, they could have long-term effects on individual health and overall air quality, as well. 

    A recent study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology found that the wildfires pose an additional threat to life in the areas in which they are present, as they can affect future air quality and personal health. According to the research, by the year 2100 emissions from wildfires in California could increase anywhere from 19 to 101 percent compared to current levels. 

    For now, citizens who want to do their part to prevent wildfires will have to be careful how they are treating the environment so as to avoid unintentionally starting a blaze. Still, not every wildfire is preventable, leaving many to deal with the challenges of pollution and smoke in the air. Medical-grade home air purifiers such as the IQAir GC MultiGas can be a big help in this regard, as it is capable of clearing the air of many irritants and chemicals. 

  • Many citizens concerned about poor air quality

    Although steps are being taken to reduce emissions and pollution throughout the U.S., many smaller areas are still facing uphill battles when it comes to cleaner air. Indoors, some individuals are turning to medical-grade devices such as the IQAir GC MultiGas to ensure the air they breathe is clear of many irritants and pollutants. Unfortunately, that won't help improve the outdoors. 

    In Utah, many citizens are anxious about the quality of the air. The Salt Lake Tribune conducted a survey that found more than two-thirds of residents favor stricter air pollution regulations. Additionally, nearly 60 percent of respondents are more concerned about the air quality than they were five years ago, and more than 60 percent would be willing to change their driving habits to improve the atmosphere. 

    "The growing concern in the public is understandable," Amanda Smith, director of the Utah Department of Environmental Health, told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We know more, there is more health data, [and] more studies showing the real and serious impacts of poor air quality." 

    It's not only Utah natives who are concerned. KSL.com reported that visitors to the state were deterred by the poor air, particularly in Salt Lake City, where the major airport is located. Several of those travelers said the pollution would cause them to think twice about moving to or visiting the region. 

  • Many citizens concerned about poor air quality

    Although steps are being taken to reduce emissions and pollution throughout the U.S., many smaller areas are still facing uphill battles when it comes to cleaner air. Indoors, some individuals are turning to medical-grade devices such as the IQAir GC MultiGas to ensure the air they breathe is clear of many irritants and pollutants. Unfortunately, that won't help improve the outdoors. 

    In Utah, many citizens are anxious about the quality of the air. The Salt Lake Tribune conducted a survey that found more than two-thirds of residents favor stricter air pollution regulations. Additionally, nearly 60 percent of respondents are more concerned about the air quality than they were five years ago, and more than 60 percent would be willing to change their driving habits to improve the atmosphere. 

    "The growing concern in the public is understandable," Amanda Smith, director of the Utah Department of Environmental Health, told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We know more, there is more health data, [and] more studies showing the real and serious impacts of poor air quality." 

    It's not only Utah natives who are concerned. KSL.com reported that visitors to the state were deterred by the poor air, particularly in Salt Lake City, where the major airport is located. Several of those travelers said the pollution would cause them to think twice about moving to or visiting the region. 

  • Electric vehicles won't impact air pollution, study shows

    When it comes to decreasing pollution and improving air quality, there are many steps that can be taken by individuals. In recent years, a popular choice was to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle, as these automobiles do not run on gas or emit exhaust. However, a recent study from North Carolina State University found that these vehicles may not be as effective as drivers are led to believe. 

    According to the research, even a large increase in the use of electric cars by the year 2050 would not significantly reduce pollution emissions. This could be attributed to the fact that power plants must be used to manufacture the vehicles, and emissions from cars on the road contribute only a small amount to overall pollution rates. 

    "From a policy standpoint, this study tells us that it makes more sense to set emissions reductions goals, rather than promoting specific vehicle technologies with the idea that they'll solve the problem on their own," said Dr. Joseph DeCarolis, senior author of the study. 

    Although electric vehicles may not make a big difference in the great outdoors, smaller investments such as home air purifiers can cause a change within a home. Consider the IQAir GC MultiGas, which is ideal for clearing the air of a wide variety of odors and chemicals. 

  • Air pollution tied to heart attack risk

    Air pollution has been tied to many environmental dangers, but there are also several health risks associated with rising levels of smog. One recent study found that prolonged exposure to low-quality air leaves individuals at a higher risk for a heart attack or similar coronary problems. 

    According to the research, which was published in the British Medical Journal, people who lived in areas with a high concentration of particulate matter in the air were more like to have a heart attack. In fact, the data showed these individuals were as much as 12 or 13 percent more likely to suffer from a coronary health issue. 

    "Our results show that exposure to particulate matter poses a significant health risk - and an even greater risk than previously thought," said Dr. Annette Peters, the lead author of the study. "The adverse health effects that occurred at exposure levels below the current specified limits are particularly alarming." 

    Much needs to be done to clear particulate matter out of the air, but as a preliminary step, individuals can invest in home air purifiers. These devices, such as the IQAir GC MultiGas, are capable of clearing the air around a home of a wide variety of irritants. 

  • Chinese emissions affect air quality in the US

    A new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that manufacturing in China is responsible for some of the air quality issues throughout the western portion of the U.S. While outsourcing production to the Asian country has reduced emissions in certain regions of North America, about 12 to 24 percent of the pollution on the West Coast can be traced back to Chinese production, CNN reported. 

    Despite the fact that areas such as the U.S., Japan and Europe have decreased emissions over the past decade, global emissions of air pollutants have remained high during that time. Much of the pollution can be attributed to the rising emissions produced from China, the study found. 

    "Outsourcing production to China does not always relieve consumers in the United States - or, for that matter, many countries in the Northern Hemisphere - from the environmental impacts of air pollution," the researchers wrote, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times.

    Regardless of location, most individuals will be able to enjoy the benefits of a professional-grade device such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. The air filter is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants, including pet odors, cooking smells, secondhand smoke and more. 

  • Chinese emissions affect air quality in the US

    A new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that manufacturing in China is responsible for some of the air quality issues throughout the western portion of the U.S. While outsourcing production to the Asian country has reduced emissions in certain regions of North America, about 12 to 24 percent of the pollution on the West Coast can be traced back to Chinese production, CNN reported. 

    Despite the fact that areas such as the U.S., Japan and Europe have decreased emissions over the past decade, global emissions of air pollutants have remained high during that time. Much of the pollution can be attributed to the rising emissions produced from China, the study found. 

    "Outsourcing production to China does not always relieve consumers in the United States - or, for that matter, many countries in the Northern Hemisphere - from the environmental impacts of air pollution," the researchers wrote, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times.

    Regardless of location, most individuals will be able to enjoy the benefits of a professional-grade device such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. The air filter is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants, including pet odors, cooking smells, secondhand smoke and more. 

  • Utah's air quality among nation's worst

    When people think of areas with heavy pollution, large cities blanketed in smog likely come to mind. However, one of the areas of the U.S. with the worst air quality is Utah - and the pollution may be reaching unhealthy levels.

    According to The Associated Press, Utah has already urged its citizens to drive less and refrain from burning wood. Those with asthma, allergies, heart problems or respiratory issues are encouraged to stay inside. 

    Unfortunately for Utah residents, there is no easy fix for the air quality problem. A professional-grade air cleaner purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas can go a long way toward clearing the air of irritants. This may not be enough to improve the air quality of the entire area, but it is a great way to make a home a more comfortable place. 

    "This is complex," Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-District 25) told Fox 13 News. "It's not going to be fixed easily in one year. It's going to take a lot of concerted action on the part of a lot of people. On private industry, state government, private citizens: we all have to do our part." 

    Air pollution affects all parts of body function, so taking strides to reduce pollution is key. In the meantime, individuals should make an effort to create a healthier environment for themselves. 

  • Study finds diesel exhaust may lead to lung cancer

    Living in areas with heavy vehicle traffic can be a nuisance, but it also may have a major impact on personal health. A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that as much as 6 percent of all lung cancer deaths in the U.S. and U.K. can be attributed to diesel exhaust. 

    In 2012, the World Health Organization stated that diesel exhaust is a harmful carcinogen. However, little research had been done examining the extent of the problem. Now, scientists are aware of the far-reaching effects of the exhaust. Although regulations are getting stricter and diesel emissions are becoming cleaner, factory workers, truckers, frequent drivers and even residents are still at risk. 

    "With millions of workers currently exposed to such levels, and likely higher levels in than past, the impact on the current and future lung cancer burden could be substantial," the authors of the study wrote. 

    People living in heavily trafficked areas can be proactive about purifying the air they breathe. Professional-grade devices like the IQAir GC MultiGas can be a huge help, as they clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, including many chemicals and pollutants normally found in populated regions. 

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