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  • Environmental factors could lead to heart defects in children

    Parents typically go above and beyond to keep their children safe, and often that extends to actions like purchasing a home air purifier. These devices, especially high-end models like the IQAir GC MultiGas, are effective at clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants and pollutants, which makes them ideal choices for people eager to breathe easier in a home. However, the benefits of these air filters may go beyond comfort, as environmental toxins can play a large role in children's health. 

    According to recent research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013, congenital heart defects are more likely to develop in children whose mothers were exposed to certain environmental toxins during pregnancy. While these defects may also be caused by genetic factors, the latest studies have shown a correlation between pollutants in the air with those toxins mostly stemming from metals and organic compounds commonly found in factory settings. 

    "Although still in the early stage, this research suggests some chemical emissions - particularly, industrial air emissions - may be linked to heart abnormalities that develop while the heart is forming in the womb," said Dr. Deliwe P. Ngwezi, one of the researchers involved with the study. 

  • Avoid symptoms from pet allergies

    Allergies may not be enough to convince animal lovers to say goodbye to their dogs or cats, but they can still have a significant impact on their day-to-day lives. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as much as 10 percent of the general population and 40 percent of allergic individuals have some kind of reaction to animals. Despite the large number of people who are allergic to these animals - and more specifically, to their dander - about half of all homes in the U.S. have a dog or cat living indoors, according to National Allergy. 

    Because those who are allergic to pets have a reaction to the dander, steps must be taken to reduce exposure to these irritants. Vacuuming regularly and avoiding the use of furnishings like cloth curtains or carpets to prevent build up of dander is just the beginning.

    One investment that could have major benefits is the purchase of an air cleaner purifier. Devices like the high-end IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of many irritants and allergens, resulting in an environment where it is easier to breathe. They could also help eliminate many of the symptoms of pet allergies, which include sneezing and congestion, itchy or watery eyes, coughing, wheezing and rashes. 

  • Avoid symptoms from pet allergies

    Allergies may not be enough to convince animal lovers to say goodbye to their dogs or cats, but they can still have a significant impact on their day-to-day lives. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as much as 10 percent of the general population and 40 percent of allergic individuals have some kind of reaction to animals. Despite the large number of people who are allergic to these animals - and more specifically, to their dander - about half of all homes in the U.S. have a dog or cat living indoors, according to National Allergy. 

    Because those who are allergic to pets have a reaction to the dander, steps must be taken to reduce exposure to these irritants. Vacuuming regularly and avoiding the use of furnishings like cloth curtains or carpets to prevent build up of dander is just the beginning.

    One investment that could have major benefits is the purchase of an air cleaner purifier. Devices like the high-end IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of many irritants and allergens, resulting in an environment where it is easier to breathe. They could also help eliminate many of the symptoms of pet allergies, which include sneezing and congestion, itchy or watery eyes, coughing, wheezing and rashes. 

  • Air pollution linked to autism, study shows

    There are several well-known health risks associated with air pollution, but some may go beyond allergies or respiratory issues. A recent study from researchers at the University of Southern Carolina, set to be published in the journal Epidemiology, found that exposure to air pollution increases the risk for autism among those individuals who have a genetic disposition for the disorder. 

    Although genetics are a major factor, air pollution and other environmental factors clearly play a role in the development of autism. Numerous studies have shown a relationship between air pollution and autism, and this is one of the first to focus on the instances specific to individuals with a genetic marker for the condition. 

    "Our research shows that children with both the risk genotype and exposure to high air pollutant levels were at increased risk of autism spectrum disorder compared to those without the risk genotype and lower air pollution exposure," said Dr. Heather E. Volk, the study's author, as quoted by Medical Xpress. 

    Anyone eager to clear the air of a wide variety of irritants should turn to medical-grade devices like home air purifiers. Options like the IQAir GC MultiGas are capable of eliminating chemicals and general pollution, which in turn creates a better atmosphere within a home. 

  • Allergies may migraines worse, study shows

    On the outside, it may seem like migraines and allergies are two unrelated, yet equally annoying, issues. However, a recent study from the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center found that people who suffer from allergies could have worse headache symptoms, especially for those individuals who experience migraines. 

    The research, which was published in the journal Cephalagia, showed that headache frequency was 33 percent greater in people who had allergies and migraines, compared to just migraines. Those individuals who had allergies triggered by pet dander, pollen or other airborne irritants suffered the worst. They were 45 percent more likely to experience frequent headaches and 60 percent more likely to have debilitating headaches. 

    "We are not sure whether the rhinitis causes the increased frequency of headaches or whether the migraine attacks themselves produce symptoms of rhinitis in these patients," said Dr. Vincent Martin, the lead author of the study. "What we can say is if you have these symptoms, you are more likely to have more frequent and disabling headaches." 

    People who want to keep their allergy symptoms in check should look into purchasing a professional-grade home air purifier. Devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus efficiently clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens, which can make it easier to breathe and live in a space. 

  • Allergies linked to certain cancers in women

    Many people consider airborne allergies to be little more than annoyances. Whether individuals are allergic to pollen, dust or some other type of airborne irritants, they often are able to manage their reactions and continue on with their lives without interruptions. However, a recent study shows a history of airborne allergies in women may be linked to an increased risk of blood cancer. 

    The research, published in the American Journal of Hematology, found that the immune system potentially plays a role in the development of cancer in women. Individuals who were allergic to plants, grass and trees were shown to have the strongest link between allergies and the risk of blood cancers. 

    "However, hormonal effects on the immune system and interactions with carcinogens may offer an alternative biological explanation that will require further mechanical studies, in particular if our findings are replicated in an independent study cohort," said the study authors. 

    Individuals who want to manage their allergies can turn to devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This medical-grade air filter is able to clear the air of many common irritants, allowing an individual to live and breathe easier in the home. 

  • Pet allergies don't deter owners

    A pet can be a beloved member of the family, but many individuals have to deal with allergies that can throw a wrench in this togetherness. Although some families choose to get rid of a cat or dog after they find out another member is allergic, an increasing number of people are keeping their pets and doing their best to manage symptoms. 

    The Wall Street Journal reported that more than two-thirds of American households have a cat or a dog, despite the prevalence of pet allergies. About 10 percent of people are sensitive to cats and another 10 percent are allergic to dogs, according to data from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. 

    While some may think that hypoallergenic animals are a happy medium, these breeds still produce allergens. Today.com reported the common myth that certain types of pets are more tolerable than others is false. Instead, individuals likely have a greater tolerance for some breeds, and they may even have built this up with prolonged exposure to an animal. 

    Dealing with allergies - whether related to pets or not - can be extremely difficult. That's why so many individuals invest in medical-grade options like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This air cleaner purifier is designed to clear the air of irritating toxins and allergens that could cause symptoms to occur. 

  • 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. 

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