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  • Upper West Side has New York's worst pollution

    Residents of New York City are used to dealing with heavy traffic, smog and even, on occasion, poor air quality. The day-to-day happenings in the city contribute to pollution, but the problems are not evenly spread across the area. In fact, there is one section of New York that is worse than others: the Upper West Side. 

    According to a report from DNA Info, the Upper West Side is the New York neighborhood with the worst air pollution. Data from NYC Clean Hit shows this district, which has a heavier population density and more large buildings than other neighborhoods, burns a large amount of heating oils that emit toxins into the environment. 

    The Upper East Side and Midtown are the areas with the next worst pollution, according to the news source. 

    Like any other major city, New York's air pollution varies from one place to another. Although some areas may be better than others, residents across the city - and any urban area - should take steps to improve the air in their homes. Home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas can clear the air of chemicals and irritants. 

  • Colorado tries to cut air pollution

    Colorado is known as one of the most beautiful states in the U.S., and its stunning landscape has inspired many to head outdoors to enjoy the environment. Now, state officials are implementing rules that should reduce the air pollution produced as a result of the oil and gas industry. 

    The new regulations will add monitoring systems to many energy facilities, and they will also place an emphasis on reducing methane emissions into the atmosphere. According to The Denver Post, levels of smog and other types of air pollution have been rising in Colorado since 2010, and applying these rules is the first step toward stopping and reversing the damage. 

    "These are going to amount to the very best air quality regulations in the country," said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, as quoted by the news source. 

    It will take some time before these changes begin affecting the environment, but in the meantime, individuals can make strides toward cleaner air in their own homes. People in any state can invest in high-end air filters like the IQAir GC MultiGas, which is capable of getting rid of many common airborne irritants. 

  • US reduces power plant pollution

    Poor air quality has sent many Americans in search of home air filters that will improve the atmosphere indoors. Whether homes are in major cities or near heavily trafficked areas, they often can benefit from professional-grade devices like the IQAir GC MultiGas. Although these air purifiers may be necessary, there is some good news concerning pollution in the U.S. 

    According to data from the Environmental Protection Agency, gas pollution produced by large power plants in the U.S. has declined 10 percent since 2010. While some of that drop may be due to slightly warmer winters in the past few years, a large portion of the reduction is the result of a switch to natural gas instead of coal. 

    Not only is the production and dispersion of these harmful fumes on the decline, but the amount of carbon dioxide pollution in the air is dropping as well. These emissions fell by almost 4 percent in 2012, according to data released by the Department of Energy. 

    These changes in air quality may be good news for many Americans, but there is still much to be done. Fossil-fuel power plants still dominate the U.S. landscape and are responsible for most emissions, and that will have to be drastically reduced to improve the air for all. 

  • US reduces power plant pollution

    Poor air quality has sent many Americans in search of home air filters that will improve the atmosphere indoors. Whether homes are in major cities or near heavily trafficked areas, they often can benefit from professional-grade devices like the IQAir GC MultiGas. Although these air purifiers may be necessary, there is some good news concerning pollution in the U.S. 

    According to data from the Environmental Protection Agency, gas pollution produced by large power plants in the U.S. has declined 10 percent since 2010. While some of that drop may be due to slightly warmer winters in the past few years, a large portion of the reduction is the result of a switch to natural gas instead of coal. 

    Not only is the production and dispersion of these harmful fumes on the decline, but the amount of carbon dioxide pollution in the air is dropping as well. These emissions fell by almost 4 percent in 2012, according to data released by the Department of Energy. 

    These changes in air quality may be good news for many Americans, but there is still much to be done. Fossil-fuel power plants still dominate the U.S. landscape and are responsible for most emissions, and that will have to be drastically reduced to improve the air for all. 

  • Air pollution leads to dry eyes

    Individuals living in areas with high levels of pollution may be familiar with the health risks that come about as a result of poor air quality. However, few people are as cognizant of the little annoyances that come about as a result of air pollution, which was the subject of one recent study. 

    The research, presented at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Academy Ophthalmology, found that those who live in major cities with lots of air pollution were three to four times more likely to suffer from dry eye syndrome. Characterized by a lack of tear production, this issue could result in an irritating and potentially harmful medical problem. 

    "Undoubtedly, many people living in arid and polluted cities would readily attest to the irritating effect air pollution has on dry eye," said Dr. Anat Galor, the lead researcher on the study. "Our research suggests that simple actions, such as maintaining the appropriate humidity indoors and using a high-quality air filter, should be considered as part of the overall management of patients suffering from dry eye syndrome." 

    Home air purifiers could make a difference in patients with dry eye syndrome. Options like the IQAir GC MultiGas are medical-grade filters that can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, which could positively affect dry eye syndrome as well as related health problems. 

  • Watch out for allergies at holiday celebrations

    The holidays can be the most wonderful time of year, but for many, it is just another period where they have to worry about asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems. In fact, the family gatherings and festive parties that typically occur during this time of year can wreak havoc on people with asthma or allergies. 

    Traveling to other homes could expose an individual to pet dander or other allergens that would otherwise be ignored. Similarly, taking decorations out of storage or going on massive cleaning sprees around a home could stir up mold spores or similar airborne irritants that could spark reactions. 

    "Allergies can strike at any age in life, with symptoms disappearing and resurfacing years later," said Dr. Leonard Bielory, a fellow at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "Allergies and asthma are serious diseases. Misdiagnoses and inappropriate treatment can be dangerous." 

    To make a home more hospitable to all guests and clear the air of many irritants that could trigger asthma or allergies, consider investing in a medical-grade device. Air filer purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are ideal for helping individuals breathe easier no matter what allergies and respiratory illnesses they suffer from. 

  • Women with asthma may take more time to get pregnant

    There are a lot of factors that go into getting pregnant, but some recent research identifies respiratory issues as an element of fertility that should not be overlooked. One study examined the fertility of more than 15,000 twins, and it focused on how a diagnosis of asthma and the treatment of the chronic illness may play into conception. 

    The study found that women suffering from asthma were more likely to take longer to conceive than their counterparts. About 27 percent of women will asthma "experienced prolonged time to pregnancy," according to Medical News Today. Women whose asthma was left untreated faced even longer wait times, especially if they were over the age of 30. 

    "If you have any major medical condition that really interferes with your daily life, it's bound to also affect your conception," Dr. Avner Hershlag, the chief at the Center for Human Reproduction at North Shore University Hospital, told Live Science. "When someone is sick and asthmatic, their focus changes, from 'I'm going to get pregnant,' to 'I'm going to get better.'" 

    Controlling asthma is tremendously important, which is why many people who suffer from this chronic illness look to air purifiers for support. Models like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are capable of ridding the air of a wide variety of irritants, allowing people with asthma to breathe easier and control the issue. 

  • Women with asthma may take more time to get pregnant

    There are a lot of factors that go into getting pregnant, but some recent research identifies respiratory issues as an element of fertility that should not be overlooked. One study examined the fertility of more than 15,000 twins, and it focused on how a diagnosis of asthma and the treatment of the chronic illness may play into conception. 

    The study found that women suffering from asthma were more likely to take longer to conceive than their counterparts. About 27 percent of women will asthma "experienced prolonged time to pregnancy," according to Medical News Today. Women whose asthma was left untreated faced even longer wait times, especially if they were over the age of 30. 

    "If you have any major medical condition that really interferes with your daily life, it's bound to also affect your conception," Dr. Avner Hershlag, the chief at the Center for Human Reproduction at North Shore University Hospital, told Live Science. "When someone is sick and asthmatic, their focus changes, from 'I'm going to get pregnant,' to 'I'm going to get better.'" 

    Controlling asthma is tremendously important, which is why many people who suffer from this chronic illness look to air purifiers for support. Models like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are capable of ridding the air of a wide variety of irritants, allowing people with asthma to breathe easier and control the issue. 

  • Prenatal exposure to pollutants may cause asthma

    The effect of air pollution on unborn children is the subject of a lot of current research. One of the latest studies found that children who are exposed to chemicals while in the womb are more likely to develop asthma by the time they turn 20 years old, according to Scientific American. 

    This isn't the first research to look at the effect pollution has on unborn children. Previously, scientists at Columbia University conducted a similar study that showed pregnant women who are exposed to air pollution could be putting children at risk for anxiety or depression, Time magazine reported. 

    "Our study provides new evidence that prenatal exposures to these air pollutants, at levels commonly encountered in New York City and other urban areas, may adversely affect child behavior," said Dr. Frederica Perera, one of the Columbia researchers, as quoted by the news source. 

    To help prevent asthma and similar health problems from impacting a child's life, many adults will want to invest in medical-grade air purifiers. These devices, such as the IQAir GC MultiGas, are capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants, including second-hand smoke, cooking smells, chemicals and more. While these investments are not a guarantee that asthma won't become a problem later in life, they could provide a healthy advantage for many children. 

  • Women are more likely to develop asthma, allergies

    No one wants to deal with asthma and allergies, but many individuals are left to battle with these health issues throughout the year. Of these people, more may be women - at least according to recent research. A presentation given at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology highlighted the fact that adult females are at a higher risk for developing asthma and allergies than their male counterparts. 

    Although certain health problems are more prevalent in younger males, as people enter adulthood, the number of women who suffer from these issues grows and they become more susceptible to the medical troubles. 

    "More prepubescent males have rhinitis, asthma and food allergy than females," said Dr. Renata Engler, one of the presenters of the research. "However, roles change. When females enter young adulthood, they outnumber men in these chronic illness categories." 

    Both men and women can benefit from investing in medical-grade home air purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This device is ideal for clearing the air of many irritants that may otherwise trigger respiratory or health problems. 

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