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  • Many citizens concerned about poor air quality

    Although steps are being taken to reduce emissions and pollution throughout the U.S., many smaller areas are still facing uphill battles when it comes to cleaner air. Indoors, some individuals are turning to medical-grade devices such as the IQAir GC MultiGas to ensure the air they breathe is clear of many irritants and pollutants. Unfortunately, that won't help improve the outdoors. 

    In Utah, many citizens are anxious about the quality of the air. The Salt Lake Tribune conducted a survey that found more than two-thirds of residents favor stricter air pollution regulations. Additionally, nearly 60 percent of respondents are more concerned about the air quality than they were five years ago, and more than 60 percent would be willing to change their driving habits to improve the atmosphere. 

    "The growing concern in the public is understandable," Amanda Smith, director of the Utah Department of Environmental Health, told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We know more, there is more health data, [and] more studies showing the real and serious impacts of poor air quality." 

    It's not only Utah natives who are concerned. KSL.com reported that visitors to the state were deterred by the poor air, particularly in Salt Lake City, where the major airport is located. Several of those travelers said the pollution would cause them to think twice about moving to or visiting the region. 

  • Electric vehicles won't impact air pollution, study shows

    When it comes to decreasing pollution and improving air quality, there are many steps that can be taken by individuals. In recent years, a popular choice was to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle, as these automobiles do not run on gas or emit exhaust. However, a recent study from North Carolina State University found that these vehicles may not be as effective as drivers are led to believe. 

    According to the research, even a large increase in the use of electric cars by the year 2050 would not significantly reduce pollution emissions. This could be attributed to the fact that power plants must be used to manufacture the vehicles, and emissions from cars on the road contribute only a small amount to overall pollution rates. 

    "From a policy standpoint, this study tells us that it makes more sense to set emissions reductions goals, rather than promoting specific vehicle technologies with the idea that they'll solve the problem on their own," said Dr. Joseph DeCarolis, senior author of the study. 

    Although electric vehicles may not make a big difference in the great outdoors, smaller investments such as home air purifiers can cause a change within a home. Consider the IQAir GC MultiGas, which is ideal for clearing the air of a wide variety of odors and chemicals. 

  • Air pollution tied to heart attack risk

    Air pollution has been tied to many environmental dangers, but there are also several health risks associated with rising levels of smog. One recent study found that prolonged exposure to low-quality air leaves individuals at a higher risk for a heart attack or similar coronary problems. 

    According to the research, which was published in the British Medical Journal, people who lived in areas with a high concentration of particulate matter in the air were more like to have a heart attack. In fact, the data showed these individuals were as much as 12 or 13 percent more likely to suffer from a coronary health issue. 

    "Our results show that exposure to particulate matter poses a significant health risk - and an even greater risk than previously thought," said Dr. Annette Peters, the lead author of the study. "The adverse health effects that occurred at exposure levels below the current specified limits are particularly alarming." 

    Much needs to be done to clear particulate matter out of the air, but as a preliminary step, individuals can invest in home air purifiers. These devices, such as the IQAir GC MultiGas, are capable of clearing the air around a home of a wide variety of irritants. 

  • 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. 

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