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  • Study finds diesel exhaust may lead to lung cancer

    Living in areas with heavy vehicle traffic can be a nuisance, but it also may have a major impact on personal health. A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that as much as 6 percent of all lung cancer deaths in the U.S. and U.K. can be attributed to diesel exhaust. 

    In 2012, the World Health Organization stated that diesel exhaust is a harmful carcinogen. However, little research had been done examining the extent of the problem. Now, scientists are aware of the far-reaching effects of the exhaust. Although regulations are getting stricter and diesel emissions are becoming cleaner, factory workers, truckers, frequent drivers and even residents are still at risk. 

    "With millions of workers currently exposed to such levels, and likely higher levels in than past, the impact on the current and future lung cancer burden could be substantial," the authors of the study wrote. 

    People living in heavily trafficked areas can be proactive about purifying the air they breathe. Professional-grade devices like the IQAir GC MultiGas can be a huge help, as they clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, including many chemicals and pollutants normally found in populated regions. 

  • Know how to handle winter allergies

    Spring cleaning is a familiar concept, but few people know about the importance of cleaning house in the winter months. In actuality, this season can wreak havoc on individuals with allergies. While investing in a medical-grade home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus can go a long way toward making a home a more comfortable, livable space, there are a few other strategies that can help people with allergies when temperatures drop. 

    "During the winter, families spend more time indoors, exposing allergic individuals to allergens and irritants like dust mites, pet dander, smoke, household sprays and chemicals, and gas fumes - any of which can make their lives miserable," said Dr. William Reisacher of the Allergy Center at New York - Presbyterian Hospital. 

    Turning on an exhaust fan when cooking or showering is key, as it can remove excess humidity from a home and prevent mold spores from growing. Additionally, individuals should conduct regular checks of a space to see if there are any visible signs of mold or spots that are susceptible to the growth. 

    It is a good idea to keep at least one room in a home an allergen-free zone. For many, this is the bedroom, and it should be free of pets, plants and dust-collecting pieces of furniture. This room needs regular cleanings as well, and it is important to wash sheets, pajamas and bed liners in hot water to remove any dust mites. 

  • San Francisco area faces intense air pollution

    When people think of California, images of sprawling beaches, wide-open forests and the scenic Pacific Coast Highway likely come to mind. In recent weeks, however, much of the San Francisco Bay Area has been covered by layers of smog and air pollution.

    A combination of dry weather and nearby fires creating massive amounts of smoke has caused the pollution level in San Francisco, San Jose and surrounding areas to reach nearly triple the federal health standard, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Soot, dust and other debris is stuck in the area, with no weather patterns available to clear the air. 

    "It's like living in a terrarium. There's no rain and no winds. So we aren't having the normal cleansing effect," Lisa Fasano, spokeswomen for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, told the San Jose Mercury News. 

    No matter what area of the country is being affected by air pollution, the residents can turn to medical-grade home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device is able to clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, including second-hand smoke or chemicals stemming from large populations of people, manufacturing plants and heavy traffic. 

  • Household pets may impact asthma in many ways

    Individual who contend with asthma or similar respiratory conditions are typically used to making lifestyle changes that accommodate the medical issue. Whether this is altering an exercise routine or investing in a medical-grade home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, these people are familiar with the difficulties associated with asthma. 

    However, one recent study funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases found that there may be a surprising factor that protects against asthma and similar infections. Research showed that children who group in households with dogs are less likely to develop asthma and allergies, as exposure to the animals alters the immune system. 

    Household pets are just one of the many environmental factors that may have an impact on the development of asthma, allergies and other respiratory issues. Growing up with a dog in the home may be helpful for young children, but older individuals who have already been diagnosed with asthma have fewer avenues to consider. That is why options like HEPA air purifiers are so popular. They can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens, providing relief for those who need it most. 

  • Household pets may impact asthma in many ways

    Individual who contend with asthma or similar respiratory conditions are typically used to making lifestyle changes that accommodate the medical issue. Whether this is altering an exercise routine or investing in a medical-grade home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, these people are familiar with the difficulties associated with asthma. 

    However, one recent study funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases found that there may be a surprising factor that protects against asthma and similar infections. Research showed that children who group in households with dogs are less likely to develop asthma and allergies, as exposure to the animals alters the immune system. 

    Household pets are just one of the many environmental factors that may have an impact on the development of asthma, allergies and other respiratory issues. Growing up with a dog in the home may be helpful for young children, but older individuals who have already been diagnosed with asthma have fewer avenues to consider. That is why options like HEPA air purifiers are so popular. They can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens, providing relief for those who need it most. 

  • Researchers focus on new ways to treat asthma

    There are many factors that go into diagnosing and treating asthma. For example, one recent study examined the role that obesity plays with the condition, as patients with obesity are more likely to respond poorly to traditional asthma medications. The research, which was conducted at Boston's Children Hospital, emphasized the idea that obese individuals may need alternate or nontraditional asthma treatments. 

    "Since it's been a puzzle to understand why obesity predisposes people to asthma, our goal was to find the connection between these two problems, which occur in both children and adults, and to explore possible new treatments," said Dr. Dale Umetsu, one of the leads of the study. 

    The study found that obesity altered an individual's immune system, affecting the way in which it responded to medical treatments. Inflammation of the lungs was a common symptom, and this was often resistant to common asthma medications, leaving patients struggling to find relief. While more research needs to be done to determine the best course of action, this was a step in the right direction to identify an area of need. 

    Anyone suffering from asthma, regardless of the secondary factors, may benefit from investing in devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This medical-grade home air purifier is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants that may aggravate asthma or similar respiratory problems. 

  • Researchers focus on new ways to treat asthma

    There are many factors that go into diagnosing and treating asthma. For example, one recent study examined the role that obesity plays with the condition, as patients with obesity are more likely to respond poorly to traditional asthma medications. The research, which was conducted at Boston's Children Hospital, emphasized the idea that obese individuals may need alternate or nontraditional asthma treatments. 

    "Since it's been a puzzle to understand why obesity predisposes people to asthma, our goal was to find the connection between these two problems, which occur in both children and adults, and to explore possible new treatments," said Dr. Dale Umetsu, one of the leads of the study. 

    The study found that obesity altered an individual's immune system, affecting the way in which it responded to medical treatments. Inflammation of the lungs was a common symptom, and this was often resistant to common asthma medications, leaving patients struggling to find relief. While more research needs to be done to determine the best course of action, this was a step in the right direction to identify an area of need. 

    Anyone suffering from asthma, regardless of the secondary factors, may benefit from investing in devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This medical-grade home air purifier is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants that may aggravate asthma or similar respiratory problems. 

  • Air filters can make the ideal holiday gift

    Now that the holidays are only a few weeks away, many individuals may be searching for the right gift for their friends and family. A great option that may have been overlooked is a home air purifier. 

    For example, HEPA air purifiers can go a long way toward clearing the air of pollutants, chemicals and odors that are frequently found in a bustling home. Anyone living in close proximity to heavily trafficked areas will appreciate this gift, as it can make it easier to breathe while also improving the health of all inhabitants. 

    Of course, no one should look past doing something nice for themselves this holiday season. There's no harm in indulging in a personal gift, especially if it's one that will enhance health. Those who suffer from allergies or asthma, for instance, may benefit greatly from products like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This medical-grade device is widely considered to be one of the best on the market, and it can be used to remove a number of common irritants and allergens from a home.

    One investment could make a major difference in the air in a home or office. Regardless of who the recipient is, air purifiers can be a great choice for gifts this holiday season. 

  • Climate change may make allergies worse

    People who have to put up with mold allergies already have a lot to deal with. The fungus can sneak up on unsuspecting individuals, growing in hidden areas at rapid rates and affecting many people with allergies. That's not all individuals need to worry about, however. Recent research found that climate change is making mold allergies worse, as it increases the presence of the allergenic protein within mold, which may wreak havoc on those with allergies. 

    According to Live Science, high levels of carbon dioxide can accelerate the growth of mold spores. The mold grown with the current amount of the gas features more than eight times as much of the allergenic protein as it did in the pre-industrial days. Should climate change continue and carbon dioxide levels rise, the presence of the allergens could become even greater, causing more problems for individuals. 

    To prepare for tougher mold allergies, those who deal with the condition should consider medical-grade devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. These home air purifiers can clear the air of many allergens and irritants that disrupt daily life, making it easier to complete responsibilities and enjoy their personal space. 

  • Eastern states are affected by Midwest pollution

    Air quality may differ by region, but a large influence on one area's pollution may be the manufacturing going on hundreds of miles away. According to The New York Times, states along the East Coast are suffering, as the wind carries polluted air from the Midwest, and to battle this problem many of the Eastern regions are planning on petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce stricter regulations. 

    The eight states, including New York, Connecticut and Maine, have historically had more rules regarding air pollution. They want the rest of the country to implement these regulations as well, as the pollution from Midwest factories, coal-powered plants and traffic are affecting quality of life across the country. 

    "Maine has more of a stake than most states with these laws because of our geography," Ed Miller, senior vice president for policy at the American Lung Association of the Northeast, told The Portland Press Herald. "And we have higher rates of lung disease, higher rates of asthma and we have a larger older population that tends to be more susceptible to air pollution." 

    While most residents will have to wait to see the outcome of these petitions, they can take steps to improve the air in their own homes. Air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas can go a long way toward making it easier to breathe indoors. 

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