I've had allergies and asthma for as long as I can remember. For most of my life, I've tried to find ways to get rid of them, to just breathe easier. It sounds simple; it's not. When breathing is a struggle, day-to-day life can be tough to manage. Some people have even told me to just "live with it," as if I should just accept constant breathing trouble as my lot in life.
A new Danish study has provided more evidence to a troublesome theory: A mother’s exposure to airborne pollutants at work significantly increases the likelihood that the unborn child will develop asthma later in life. The study used registry data of nearly 50,000 mothers and their seven-year-old children. The general population demonstrated a 16.1-percent occurrence of asthma while the population exposed to pollution particles had asthma at a rate 2.5 percent higher.
Researchers have found that individuals can improve their cardiovascular health by using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in their homes. Heart disease is a common danger, one of the leading health risks people face. Doctors have traditionally suggested exercise and weight loss to combat it; this new research provides evidence that using HEPA air filters may also help reduce the risks of developing heart problems.
A study demonstrates a link between autism and traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy, and it revealed that preborn children in high-pollution areas are at twice the risk of autism. The study was funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and was conducted as a joint effort between the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC).
If you've paid even a little bit of attention to advertising on television, the Internet, the radio or even at your local mall lately, you have almost certainly heard and seen spots for ionic air cleaners. These seem to be all the rage, and are being heavily marketed as an alternative to more well-known and trusted options like HEPA air purifiers. The manufacturers of ionic air cleaners list a bevy of appealing characteristics associated with their machines, but conveniently gloss over - or completely omit - one very important detail: ionic air cleaners do not actually clean the air or make it more breathable.
As a parent, your natural instinct is to protect your infant at all costs. Unfortunately, many parents inadvertently expose their babies to harmful things right in their own home. Among many other things, indoor air quality is incredibly important for the health of everyone in the home – especially newborns. Babies are particularly sensitive to chemicals, airborne pollutants and other things that may go unnoticed by older people. Starting your baby off on a healthy path in life is critical, and there are a number of ways to do so – many which may never have even occurred to you.
Millions of people suffer from allergens lurking indoors and out. In fact, allergies are a growing phenomenon. Allergies have become one of the leading causes of chronic sickness, and they generate more than seven billion dollars for the healthcare industry in the United States alone. It’s truly staggering.
Aesthetics are an integral aspect of making a house or apartment into a home. Many of us spend a great deal of money and time furnishing, decorating and maintaining. It’s a labor of love with the goal of making our family as happy and comfortable as possible. Nevertheless, there are elements contributing to comfort and happiness that are not apparent to the naked eye. Air quality is a great example.
Many people throughout the world suffer from allergy symptoms which are caused by triggers. The triggers found in the home can be particularly aggravating because people spend the majority of their time there. The good news is that many people suffer unnecessarily, and you can actually reduce or perhaps even eliminate those symptoms while in the home by removing the triggers.
Recent polling studies indicate that Americans think they recognize the dangers of air pollution and the techniques to mitigate them. They also tend to believe that the worst dangers are in the past thanks to increased awareness and increased environmental measures. What these beliefs reinforce is the fact that most Americans have a dangerously false sense of confidence when it comes to air pollution and the effect that it is having on their lives.