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  • 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. 

  • Gas stoves may impact air pollution, study shows

    Many individuals choose to invest in professional-grade air filters like the IQAir GC MultiGas to improve the air quality in their homes. The driving force behind these purchases is usually to clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, but some may not be aware of where these pollutants are coming from.

    According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, those who use gas stoves may be exposed to high levels of air pollution. In fact, researchers found that as many as two-thirds of households in Southern California that use natural gas burners without the proper ventilation breathe in high levels of air pollution that exceed federal health standards. 

    The most common pollutants were nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, all of which may cause respiratory problems or similar health issues, the Los Angeles Times reported. These chemicals may even create an environment more harmful than pollutants outdoors. 

    Proper ventilation may remedy many of these problems, but older homes without a working range hood or those with other issues may see stoves impact indoor air quality. As a result, choosing a home air purifier that rids the air of pollutants like gas or cooking smells could be a smart investment for any individual.

  • Gas stoves may impact air pollution, study shows

    Many individuals choose to invest in professional-grade air filters like the IQAir GC MultiGas to improve the air quality in their homes. The driving force behind these purchases is usually to clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, but some may not be aware of where these pollutants are coming from.

    According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, those who use gas stoves may be exposed to high levels of air pollution. In fact, researchers found that as many as two-thirds of households in Southern California that use natural gas burners without the proper ventilation breathe in high levels of air pollution that exceed federal health standards. 

    The most common pollutants were nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, all of which may cause respiratory problems or similar health issues, the Los Angeles Times reported. These chemicals may even create an environment more harmful than pollutants outdoors. 

    Proper ventilation may remedy many of these problems, but older homes without a working range hood or those with other issues may see stoves impact indoor air quality. As a result, choosing a home air purifier that rids the air of pollutants like gas or cooking smells could be a smart investment for any individual.

  • Asthma sends young children to the ER

    Taking a child to an emergency room can be a scary experience, but those parents of kids with asthma have to make these trips more often than many. The latest study from University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital looked at how often children with asthma were taken to the emergency room, and the results showed that these young kids visit the ER more frequently than other groups. 

    According to the data, children between the ages of 1 and 3 accounted for one-fifth of all asthma-related ER visits from people under 21. Of all the individuals who had to make these trips, about 55 percent were boys, and a disproportionate number of the visits took place in the months of September, October and November. 

    "... We identified some interesting trends that give a baseline to find better ways to help children with asthma control this very treatable disease," said Dr. Aparna Roy, lead author of the study. "These findings reinforce the need to educate parents, especially those with children at higher risk, about how to manage the disease on a day-to-day basis to avoid costly emergency visits." 

    Although many of these ER trips are sudden and unavoidable, that will not stop parents from looking for ways to help their children. That search could bring adults to a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, which is capable of alleviating the stress of asthma and allergies in a home. 

  • Transport trains may cause air pollution

    Many Americans know that with cold winter weather comes an increased use of heating methods. That means that many individuals need coal, oil and other types of fuel to keep their spaces warm, and before they can get these resources they need to wait to have fuel products shipped to a given location - a process that may hurt the environment. 

    A recent study from a research group at the University of Washington looked at how the transport of these heating materials affected the environment. They found that there is a large increase in the amount of coal dust in the air when trains pass, which leads to significant spikes in pollution in areas near train tracks. 

    One of the unique aspects of this study was that it was entirely funded by outside individuals who wanted to know the results. With hundreds of people donating more than $20,000 to the effort, it is clear that many Americans are concerned about the air quality around their homes. Some may turn to home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas to improve the environment within a home, but that is only a small part of bettering the atmosphere. 

  • Idling vehicles contribute to air pollution

    Numerous studies have shown that people living near highways and heavily congested areas may experience the impact on air quality, but even those who live in suburbs or quieter regions need to be aware of the potential for pollution. A recent study, published in the journal Environmental Science Processes and Impacts, looked at how idling cars and school buses affected air quality around public schools in Cincinnati. 

    The research found that pollution in areas around schools may be measurably greater due to idling vehicles, and that poor air quality may have a negative impact on schoolchildren. 

    "Anti-idling campaigns are frequently attempted to improve air quality, but until now, no one has evaluated how effective they are," said Dr. Patrick Ryan, the lead author of the study. "The results of this study demonstrate, for the first time, that not idling is a simple and effective policy that can improve air quality at schools, especially schools with a large number of buses." 

    While this study focused on idling outside schools, homeowners may also be concerned about how vehicles are impacted their environment. Investing in medical-grade air filters like the IQAir GC MultiGas may help to clear the air in a home, and could provide some peace of mind for Americans regardless of where they live. 

  • California to track freeway emissions

    With so many studies releasing findings about the health impact of living near areas of heavy traffic, people across the U.S. are beginning to pay more attention to vehicle emissions. That is certainly true in Southern California, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is collected data regarding the air quality around freeways to measure pollution from traffic. 

    "This is a much-needed step to give us critical information to know how dirty the air is where people are breathing it," Frank O'Donnell, president of the advocacy group Clean Air Watch, told The Press-Enterprise. 

    Although California is set to track freeway emissions, there are no regulations for indoor settings. That makes it difficult for homeowners to track the air quality of their homes and make improvements that could help them breathe easier. For that reason, many people choose to invest in high-end home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas, which is capable of clearing the air of smoke, chemicals and similar pollutants. 

    Until the day it is possible to track all vehicle emissions and indoor air quality, homeowners may have to take measures to improve the environment in their personal space, and investing in a home air filter is a solid first step. 

  • Do not mistake winter allergies for colds

    Many people across the U.S. may find themselves suffering from illnesses or strange symptoms throughout the winter. Although most of these individuals will likely attribute things like itchy eyes, sneezing and congestion to the common cold, which runs rampant during the colder months, they could actually be suffering from winter allergies. 

    According to ABC News, allergies and colds share several symptoms, and it is easy to mistake one for the other. Both are often characterized by sneezing, as well as runny or stuffy noses. However, allergies will typically cause an individual to have itchy eyes and should not lead to things like a fever or general aches and pains. Those symptoms are indicative of a cold or flu, the news source reported. 

    Although there is no way to bypass winter allergies altogether, individuals can take steps to improve their comfort in their own homes. An easy way to do this is by investing in a professional-grade home air purifier. Models like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are capable of reducing the amount of irritants in the air, helping those suffering from allergies breathe easier when indoors. 

  • States focus on climate change, reducing pollution

    The effects of air pollution on health have been well documented, and recent reports about some of the more intense consequences have sent individuals searching for home air filters. Although investing in a medical-grade product like the IQAir GC MultiGas can get rid of many chemicals and pollutants, widespread and comprehensive actions are needed, which is why some states along the West Coast are striving for change. 

    Governors from California, Oregon and Washington recently met with the Canadian premier of British Columbia to talk about climate change and pollution. These leaders are aiming to reduce carbon pollution and greenhouse gas omissions in their respective regions while also emphasizing the adaptation of zero-emission vehicles. The hope is that these efforts will lessen the impact on the environment and improve the health of residents - a prospect that could save millions of dollars in the long run. 

    "Nearly 30,000 hospital admissions and ER visits could have been avoided over the two-year period, with resulting savings of about $193 million," the RAND Corporation reported, as quoted by The Washington Post. "Because public insurers such as Medicare and Medi-Cal paid most of the pollution health care bill, they have a lot to gain from cleaner air."  

  • Young families may want to invest in air filters

    Families that have recently welcomed a baby likely have their hands full with caring for their bundle of joy. Keeping these young children safe and healthy becomes incredibly important, but one area that new parents may be overlooking is how their pets affect children. 

    Fur and dander from pets may be irritating to a young child whose immune system is in development. While families will need to take measures to prepare an animal for an addition to the family, they also can try a few other practices that will improve the health of an entire family. 

    People with both pets and infants will want to take steps to ensure the health of both. This is one area where home air purifiers can be a major advantage. Professional-grade devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are ideal for individuals with allergies - or even young children who may have allergies or bad reactions of which parents may be unaware. 

    Another issue growing families need to be aware of is how allergy medication can affect pregnancy. Expectant mothers may have to alter their medications - a concept that can be daunting for individuals with pet allergies. This is yet another area where a home air filter can come in handy, as it makes it easier to breathe indoors without taking extreme measures. 

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