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HEPA filtration technology doesn’t get the attention that it deserves. And when it does get consideration, that focus is generally on asthma, allergies and other conditions affected by poor indoor air quality. But hospitals all around the globe are using HEPA. So there must be more to it. And there is; for example, a recent …

In our modern world, we’re socially aware about pollution and other negative environmental factors. But that awareness tends to focus on outdoor pollution sources and outdoor air quality. Politicians focus most of their energies on the outdoors, and the media puts the lion’s share of their attention there as well. The problem with this exclusive …

Allergy season is upon us, a time when people turn to last-minute allergy proofing for relief. Sure, we achieve the best allergy relief through a committed year-round effort. But it’s never too late to start, and some of the steps we take right now can provide our families with immediate relief and some remarkable benefits.…

Today, more than 20% of children in the United States are exposed to second hand smoke in their homes. In an effort to find a method for reducing asthma morbidity, doctors from the Child and Family Research Institute of the British Columbia Children’s Hospital, the Cincinnati Children’s Environmental Health Center, Department of Pediatrics and the …

Every home struggles with dust to some degree or another and it can be frustrating to all. Not to mention, the dust is inhaled daily by your family, causing all sorts of upper-respiratory problems, including allergies and asthma.

Dust is made up of particles from just about everything that comes into the home like skin …

In order to maintain a healthy heart, most of us focus on exercise and diet. After all, the leading causes of heart attacks are high blood pressure and cholesterol. And we can diminish these negative factors by making lifestyle changes that include eating less fat and exercising more. But there may be other negative influences …

In order to minimize our asthma and allergy symptoms we need to manage the triggers that set them off. This is especially important at home where most of us spend greater than 65% of our time. The simplest way to manage those triggers is to maintain healthy indoor air quality. In the following steps, which …

India Dickinson lives with her five children in historic Beaufort, South Carolina in a home that was in serious need of repair. Problem areas included flood damage, a fundamentally compromised foundation, and a patchwork electrical system that was inefficient at best and a severe fire hazard at worst.

But those issues weren’t what frightened India …

Recently, a considerable amount of new research has become available that strongly links air pollution with various lung diseases and other lung-related ailments. The latest research comes by way of Denmark, but similar studies have taken place in the United States, the United Kingdom and even Taiwan.

Perhaps the most unsettling aspect of the news …

COPD is a condition that interferes with exhalation. When a person cannot expel all of the expended air in their lungs, then they effectively have less lung capacity for new, oxygen-rich air.

In the past, medical professionals would often categorize anyone with difficulty breathing as having COPD. And they would group anyone with COPD together, …

Most of our time during the day is spent indoors, which is fine because the air indoors is better than outside, right? Wrong. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the air in your house is anywhere from two to five times more polluted than the air just outside your front door. Sure, there are pollutants …

Depending on where you live, you may be accustomed to a seasonal yellow blanket of pollen that covers everything. The pine trees cause it, and it can be particularly bad in areas with dense pine tree populations. In fact, it can be so bad that it coats entire homes and even lakes in a yellowish …

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs are gasses emitted from liquids and solids that include a variety of chemicals that have short- and long-term negative health effects. An example of a product that contains VOCs is household paint, and VOCs present indoors are typically ten times more concentrated than outdoors. In the EPA’s most recent studies, …

For years, allergists have theorized a strong correlation between increased traffic pollution and dramatic increases in allergies among children. Now, a recent study by German scientists provides them their strongest evidence yet, a tangible link between childhood allergies and pollution from traffic.

The study, which is ongoing, compared children who lived as close as 50 …

Most people who deal with allergies simply assume that having pets is out of the question. In many cases, our doctors reinforce this notion by advising that we avoid pets with dander and feathers altogether.

However, the doctors give us that advice because it’s the path of least resistance. It’s not the only way. For …

A recent study of 8,000-plus heart attacks in New York City has provided scientists with tangible evidence that breathing in the fine particles common to urban air increases the risk of fatal heart stoppage.

According to Dr. Robert A. Silverman of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, as particulate matter of pollution increased, so did …

Just because you don’t suffer from spring or summer outdoor allergies doesn’t mean that you’ve dodged the allergy bullet altogether. Every winter, you shut yourself up in your home a lot more often than you do in the summer; if the indoor air quality of your home isn’t very good, indoor allergies can be triggered. …

Pets are a wonderful addition to any home. If you are fortunate enough to have a cat or dog in your family, more than likely no one has any severe allergies or sensitivities to the hair or dander. However, breathing these irritants in day after day can irritate your upper respiratory system over time. Constant …

The Austin Air HealthMate is perfect if you want an all-around, easy-to-use air purifier. You take it out of the box, plug it in, and off it goes. I’ve had allergies since I was a child, so I wanted something to help clean the air we breathe at home. My son suffers from similar allergies, …

A new Harvard study shows that soot can elevate blood pressure in older men. Another USC study shows that living near a freeway can double the rate of arterial thickening, the kind which leads to heart attack and stroke. Both studies show that exposure to air pollution is linked with higher rates of cardiovascular issues. …

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