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  • Third-hand smoke can cause serious health problems, study shows

    The dangers of second-hand smoke have been well publicized, but what about other forms of the chemical infiltrating the air? According to a new study from the American Chemical Society, there is such a thing as third-hand smoke, and it could be posing a serious health problem to people around the U.S. 

    Third-hand smoke is the leftover smoke that sticks to walls and furniture. While some may simply view this odor as an annoyance, it could actually be a significant threat to personal health - especially to the well-being of children. Young kids may be putting smoke-infused items and toys into their mouths, exposing them to a range of harmful toxins. 

    The ACS found that this third-hand smoke, when mixed with other chemicals and pollutants, could form a carcinogen. Not only is cancer a threat, but the compounds may also lead to genetic mutations. 

    To avoid the problems associated with second- and third-hand smoke, invest in a medical-grade device like the IQAir GC MultiGas. This air cleaner purifier is capable of clearing the air of many common irritants, such as smoke. 

  • Allergy season could be prolonged in 2014

    Allergies can plague people at all times of the year, but they are particularly annoying during the spring season. Unfortunately for people with these afflictions, the 2014 allergy season may be especially irritating, as experts predict that weather patterns may cause some regions of the U.S. to see extreme pollination and the widespread presence of allergens.

    According to AccuWeather, the Northeast and the Southeast will experience tough spring allergies. The tree pollen in these areas is expected to be plentiful, wreaking havoc on the sinuses for some individuals with allergies. Additionally, intermittent rain could only worsen allergies, while heavy constant rains or extremely dry weather would lead to less pollen in the air. 

    People in the Southeast need to be especially careful during allergy season, as the trees in this area tend to produce pollen at a rapid rate in a short amount of time. Conversely, the other sections of the country are a bit slower, but will still have long allergy seasons. 

    Individuals who want to prepare for this prolonged allergy season should invest in medical-grade home air purifiers. Options such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of a wide variety of allergens and irritants, providing people with some type of relief in their homes. 

  • More people affected by spring allergies, study shows

    The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that as many as 30 percent of adults have allergies. More people are forced to deal with spring allergies each year, and their diagnoses are made worse by a variety of environmental factors. 

    A study from the ACAAI found that things such as climate change may be making allergy seasons worse. However, while those factors may exacerbate allergies, the amount of people complaining about their diagnoses might make it seem like they are more prevalent. 

    "While allergies are on the rise, affecting more and more Americans every year, each spring isn't necessarily worse than the last," said Dr. Michael Foggs, president of the ACAAI. "With more people being affected by seasonal allergies, it may seem like every year is the worst yet for sufferers. But in reality, there might just be more people complaining about symptoms." 

    Still, people must be prepared to treat allergies with different methods, as traditional medications alone may not be up to the task. 

    As more people begin to suffer from spring allergies, they will be searching for ways to relieve their symptoms. A great way to find relief is with home air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, which can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens that otherwise cause problems. 

  • More people affected by spring allergies, study shows

    The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that as many as 30 percent of adults have allergies. More people are forced to deal with spring allergies each year, and their diagnoses are made worse by a variety of environmental factors. 

    A study from the ACAAI found that things such as climate change may be making allergy seasons worse. However, while those factors may exacerbate allergies, the amount of people complaining about their diagnoses might make it seem like they are more prevalent. 

    "While allergies are on the rise, affecting more and more Americans every year, each spring isn't necessarily worse than the last," said Dr. Michael Foggs, president of the ACAAI. "With more people being affected by seasonal allergies, it may seem like every year is the worst yet for sufferers. But in reality, there might just be more people complaining about symptoms." 

    Still, people must be prepared to treat allergies with different methods, as traditional medications alone may not be up to the task. 

    As more people begin to suffer from spring allergies, they will be searching for ways to relieve their symptoms. A great way to find relief is with home air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, which can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens that otherwise cause problems. 

  • Study shows air pollution affects child development

    Parents want to give their kids the best possible opportunities for enjoying a long and healthy life. Sometimes, however, environmental factors can get in the way and inhibit the quality of life of these children. 

    A study of children in China found that air pollution can have an effect on the genetic makeup of kids. Bloomberg reported that the genetic changes may result in a deficiency of learning abilities as the children involved in the study had poorer memory skills and related talents. Some of this may be tied to restricted blood flow to the brain during development, the source noted. 

    Although the subjects of the study were living in an area with extremely poor air quality, the findings underscore the importance of breathing in clean air. 

    Anyone concerned about air pollution will want to ensure they are doing all they can to protect their health. The first step to this is investing in a medical-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of chemicals and particles, making it easier to breathe for people of any age. 

  • Study shows air pollution affects child development

    Parents want to give their kids the best possible opportunities for enjoying a long and healthy life. Sometimes, however, environmental factors can get in the way and inhibit the quality of life of these children. 

    A study of children in China found that air pollution can have an effect on the genetic makeup of kids. Bloomberg reported that the genetic changes may result in a deficiency of learning abilities as the children involved in the study had poorer memory skills and related talents. Some of this may be tied to restricted blood flow to the brain during development, the source noted. 

    Although the subjects of the study were living in an area with extremely poor air quality, the findings underscore the importance of breathing in clean air. 

    Anyone concerned about air pollution will want to ensure they are doing all they can to protect their health. The first step to this is investing in a medical-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of chemicals and particles, making it easier to breathe for people of any age. 

  • Improve the air inside a car and a home

    When most people are attempting to improve the air around them, they focus their efforts on steps like adding a home air purifier to an indoor space or reducing the emissions produced by their vehicles. While investing in a medical-grade device such as the IQAir GC MultiGas is ideal for clearing the air of chemicals, there are some additional steps that will improve the environment. 

    One area drivers will want to pay attention to is their vehicles' air filters. This is a key component of any car, as it cleans the incoming air while removing allergens and similar particles. Most experts know to check and replace this gear regularly, but drivers can easily lose sight of the importance of this step - something that could cause problems in the long run. 

    "A dirty or clogged cabin air filter can cause contaminants to become so concentrated in the cabin that passengers actually breathe in more fumes and particles when riding in the car than when walking down the street," said Rich White, the executive director of the Car Care Council. "With allergy season quickly approaching, replacing the cabin air filter is a simple way for you and your passengers to breathe easier while driving." 

    Taking steps to enhance the air indoors is great for the health and well-being of individuals, but the effort does not stop there. By improving the function of a car and its air filter, drivers can ensure they are breathing easier even when they leave the home. 

  • Allergy season has already arrived

    People all across the U.S. have spent the past several months dealing with frigid temperatures, heavy snow drifts and all-around miserable weather. Despite the fact that these winter staples are fresh in the minds of many, spring is just around the corner, and with its arrival will come allergy season. 

    New research from the Montefiore Medical Center found that, even with this past winter being one of the coldest in recent history, allergy season has already started. The beginning of the first pollen season means certain trees are beginning to pollinate, and that leads to allergens are circulating at a high rate. 

    "Even with snow still on the ground, trees have started budding and are the first to produce pollen, creating major problems for people with allergies," said Dr. David Rosenstreich, director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Montefiore Medical Center. "The symptoms people experience often resemble a common cold, but, if it happens every year at this time, it's most likely allergies." 

    As allergy season inches closer, individuals with these health problems will want to make sure they are ready to handle anything. That's where home air purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus come into play, as these medical-grade devices can dramatically improve an indoor space. 

  • Study shows preterm birth may lead to asthma

    Numerous studies have linked environmental and health conditions during pregnancy to issues that develop once the child is born. The latest research, which comes from Brigham and Women's Hospital, found that preterm births, which are classified as any child born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, may be related to an increased risk of asthma and similar wheezing disorders. 

    Of the 1.5 million preterm births studied, more than 13 percent of the cases saw the child develop asthma or a related condition. That is significantly more than the 8.3 percent of babies born at term. 

    "As asthma is a chronic condition, our findings underscore the need to improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the association between preterm birth and asthma/wheezing disorders in order to develop preventive and therapeutic interventions," said Dr. Aziz Sheikh, one of the study's authors.

    While asthma may be more common in preterm children, it can affect anyone at any time. To make it easier to breathe and find comfort indoors, many people invest in medical-grade products such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This air cleaner purifier clears the air of a wide variety of irritants that could otherwise aggravate individuals with respiratory issues. 

  • Research shows allergies are everywhere

    A common thought among the general public is that living in certain areas of the world will result in the development of allergies. People regularly flock to the dry air of places like the Southwest region to ease respiratory problems, and while this lifestyle change may be beneficial for some, it does not necessarily mean individuals can run from allergies. 

    New research from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that allergy prevalence remains relatively stable across the country. In fact, the only major difference that arises based on geography is what the individual becomes allergic too, as that tends to vary based on the region. 

    "Before this study, if you would have asked 10 allergy specialists if allergy prevalence varied depending on where people live, all 10 of them would have said yes, because allergen exposures tend to be more common in certain regions of the U.S.," said Dr. Darryl Zeldin of the NIEHS. "This study suggests that people prone to developing allergies are going to develop an allergy to whatever is in their environment." 

    Because allergies may affect any individual, investing in the right devices to improve an indoor space may be a smart choice. Air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of many allergens and irritants, helping people with allergies breathe easier in their homes. 

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