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  • 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. 

  • Study connects asthma and secondhand smoke

    Children who are diagnosed with asthma often face a number of obstacles throughout their young lives. Whether it's overcoming challenges associated with playing sports or learning how to avoid certain irritants, they frequently are forced to take extra measures to improve their overall health. One of these steps revolves around avoiding secondhand smoke, as this factor may lead to more hospitalizations of children, a recent study found. 

    The study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, revealed that exposure to secondhand smoke in a home or a car increases the odds of children being admitted to the hospital due to asthma. Children who had been exposed to the smoke were more than twice as likely to require hospitalization than those who had not. 

    While the study focused on a year-long period, tracking how often children were readmitted to the hospital in the 12 months following an initial visit, secondhand smoke can cause problems at any point in time. That makes constant care incredibly important. 

    Avoiding secondhand smoke isn't always easy. One way to make the process a bit simpler is to invest in a professional-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device is able to clear the air of smoke, odors, chemicals and other irritants found in the home. 

  • Study connects asthma and secondhand smoke

    Children who are diagnosed with asthma often face a number of obstacles throughout their young lives. Whether it's overcoming challenges associated with playing sports or learning how to avoid certain irritants, they frequently are forced to take extra measures to improve their overall health. One of these steps revolves around avoiding secondhand smoke, as this factor may lead to more hospitalizations of children, a recent study found. 

    The study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, revealed that exposure to secondhand smoke in a home or a car increases the odds of children being admitted to the hospital due to asthma. Children who had been exposed to the smoke were more than twice as likely to require hospitalization than those who had not. 

    While the study focused on a year-long period, tracking how often children were readmitted to the hospital in the 12 months following an initial visit, secondhand smoke can cause problems at any point in time. That makes constant care incredibly important. 

    Avoiding secondhand smoke isn't always easy. One way to make the process a bit simpler is to invest in a professional-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device is able to clear the air of smoke, odors, chemicals and other irritants found in the home. 

  • Extreme runners may have problems with asthma, study shows

    Most people equate exercise with healthy living. Sticking to fitness routines and eating the right foods are two of the best ways to get healthier, but even those steps aren't enough to stave off all medical conditions. Issues such as asthma and allergies can affect anyone, and while intense exercise may help conquer these problems, they could still impact daily life. 

    According to a recent study from researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, Davis, extreme runners - those who compete in marathons and even longer races - have higher rates of allergies and asthma. That is despite having better overall health than the average American, including fewer instances of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. 

    Asthma may be easily misdiagnosed, so it is important for all people, regardless of their workout habits, to communicate with a doctor about potential symptoms. This can ensure they get the right medication and treatment to control the problem. 

    Individuals may be able to find relief from air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This medical-grade device can clear the air of a wide variety of allergens and irritants. A simple investment could make a home more comfortable while also improving the overall health of the inhabitants. 

  • Asthma, allergy treatments go hand in hand

    Individuals who have to deal with both asthma and allergies may face an uphill climb when it comes to their treatment. It can be extremely complicated to manage both conditions, which makes communicating with doctors, and especially allergists, incredibly important. 

    According to a recent study, published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, researchers found that patients with asthma should ask questions and maintain an open flow of communication with doctors. Only a small number of asthma patients - between 8 and 13 percent - refill their medication after one year of treatment, despite the fact that untreated asthma is responsible for thousands of deaths each year and causes many breathing issues.  

    "When patients do not understand their condition or treatment plan, they may not follow life-saving guidelines, putting them at increased risk for asthma attacks," said Dr. Stanley Fineman, an allergist and the president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "... Proper treatment and adherence to the plan not only improves quality of life, but may save lives." 

    One effort that can help both conditions is investing in a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This medical-grade device can clear a wide variety of irritants and allergens out of the air, which can make it easier to breathe indoors. 

  • Maximize New Year's resolutions regarding personal health

    The start of a new year typically means new beginnings and a clean slate for people all around the country. Many choose to dedicate themselves to making lifestyle changes such as losing weight and exercising, while others prefer to begin the year by cleaning out homes. However, working out and scrubbing a home can quickly fall by the wayside, especially if dust, allergens and odors are stuck circulating around a space. 

    Some individuals choose to invest in professional-grade air purifiers, such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. These devices are capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants, including smoke, pet odors, cooking smells and chemicals. Not only can that make a home more comfortable, but it can also work to make an environment better for exercising, or it can make cleaning more effective. 

    Anyone looking to start 2014 off on the right foot should be putting themselves in a position to succeed. A large part of that is finding the right environment, which should be one that encourages personal health while also relieving conditions, such as asthma or allergies, that may inhibit plans. Instead of letting these health concerns dictate resolutions, take advantage of home air purifiers and the many benefits they offer. 

  • Distinguish between winter allergies and illnesses

    It's not uncommon for people around the U.S. to be plagued with illnesses throughout the winter months. Perhaps the most prevalent problems include cold and flu, but the symptoms associated with these may overlap or be confused with allergies. 

    KVUE News reported that a combination of allergens, viruses, influenza, bronchitis and similar issues may cause people to be confused about their diagnosis. After all, many of these problems have similar symptoms, and it is easy to mix them up if an individual is not sure what is happening with his or her body.

    The main difference between allergies and health concerns like the flu is that allergies will often lead to itchy, watery eyes. This is rarely the case with colds or the flu, which are instead more likely to lead to coughing, sore throat and general fatigue. 

    No matter what issues are impacting an individual in the winter, there are ways to find relief. Many turn to professional-grade devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This home air purifier is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of common irritants, which can make it easier to breathe. The right air filter may even help rid a space of dust and other annoyances that frequently cause sicknesses. 

  • Freezing temperatures may impact asthma

    People throughout the country are currently dealing with the effects of the polar vortex. This widespread cold front brought extreme temperatures to all corners of the U.S., causing a deep freeze that some regions haven't experienced ever before and disrupting the day-to-day life of millions of Americans. 

    One issue that may arise is weather-related asthma. The cold temperatures can trigger a reaction in the body, causing the chest to tighten, the throat to constrict and similar potential problems. Although hypothermia and other common issues deriving from the cold are more obvious threats, people with asthma need to be aware of the dangers as well or they could end up having to trek out in the cold to receive medical attention. 

    "It's pretty typical of what we see when it's this cold," Dr. Paul Casey, a doctor at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, told The Associated Press. "Later in the day, the more people are outside working, we may see more cold-related injuries such as frostbite and hypothermia." 

    Whether individuals with asthma are faced with freezing temperatures regularly throughout the winter or are dealing with this intense cold for the first time, they need to be prepared to manage these issues. One way to do that is to invest in a medical-grade home air purifier. Options such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, making it easier for individuals to deal with all kinds of elements. 

  • Freezing temperatures may impact asthma

    People throughout the country are currently dealing with the effects of the polar vortex. This widespread cold front brought extreme temperatures to all corners of the U.S., causing a deep freeze that some regions haven't experienced ever before and disrupting the day-to-day life of millions of Americans. 

    One issue that may arise is weather-related asthma. The cold temperatures can trigger a reaction in the body, causing the chest to tighten, the throat to constrict and similar potential problems. Although hypothermia and other common issues deriving from the cold are more obvious threats, people with asthma need to be aware of the dangers as well or they could end up having to trek out in the cold to receive medical attention. 

    "It's pretty typical of what we see when it's this cold," Dr. Paul Casey, a doctor at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, told The Associated Press. "Later in the day, the more people are outside working, we may see more cold-related injuries such as frostbite and hypothermia." 

    Whether individuals with asthma are faced with freezing temperatures regularly throughout the winter or are dealing with this intense cold for the first time, they need to be prepared to manage these issues. One way to do that is to invest in a medical-grade home air purifier. Options such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, making it easier for individuals to deal with all kinds of elements. 

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