Hardly a week goes by, it seems, without some new research on the impact of air pollution on health. On this occasion, it’s about brain damage and the risks of exposure to air pollution to people who have had a lung transplant.
The effect of Vitamin D on Asthma has been shown in a possible cause-and-effect link between the two in new research. Vitamin D helps build strong bones and teeth - that's long been known. Exposure to sunlight is the easiest way to get your daily dose of vitamin D. It's unusual not to look to diet to get adequate nutrients but sunlight triggers conversion...
The dangers of diesel pollution is very obvious. Diesel exhaust emissions can inflame the lungs and increase airway resistance - and that’s just in healthy people. For those with asthma, exposure to diesel fumes can significantly worsen their asthma symptoms.
Environmental legislation is always tough to draft, agree on, and enforce. So shouldn't we congratulate the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which recently celebrated 40 years of its Clean Air Act? The Clean Air Act was signed by President Richard Nixon on December 31 1970 and was intended as a landmark in solving the problems of air pollution and water pollution for the American people. The Clean Air Act was amended and updated in 1990, with overwhelming bipartisan support.
ConsumerSearch.Com named the IQAir HealthPro air cleaner the 'best overall air cleaner'. ConsumerSearch.Com analyses expert and user-generated consumer product reviews in order to recommend the best product. This fact alone need not lead you to choose this product if you are looking for an air cleaner to help you deal with allergies or chemical sensitivities.
A new report from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) tells us that there has been a long-term decrease in air pollutant emissions over the period 1970-2011. Six of the major pollutants are measured and they all show a different level, and rate, of decrease. Each one tells its own story, which depends upon what the sources of the pollutant are, and how levels have been affected, over the last four decades, by legislation and changing behaviour.
If you live in an old house, the indoor air quality issues may be different from those found in a modern home. Unless a great deal of refurbishment or rebuilding has been done, an older home has less insulation and more cracks in the walls, doors and windows.
Air pollution due to heavy traffic is believed to cause a significant portion of preventable asthma in children. Large amounts of the outdoor as well as indoor air pollution stems from cars, trucks, planes, ships and trains.
If you have asthma or some other allergy, then allergen avoidance has to be your top priority. Allergen avoidance can help you gain control, reduce symptoms and reduce your reliance on medication. But how do you go about limiting your exposure to every day allergens?
Hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) affects hundreds of thousands of people, according to Dr. Adam Fox paediatric allergist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London. He told an audience (mainly consisting of hay fever sufferers) at The Allergy; Gluten Free Show 2011, held in London recently, that hay fever is a relatively new disease, first described in 1819.
With a month to go, it's time to consider how the Games are likely to affect London's air quality. For those with pre-existing lung conditions, like asthma, or with heart disease, days of smog or poor air quality could have a serious impact on health.
The recently issued Commission for Sustainable London 2012 Pre-games Review ('Breaking the Tape'), while satisfied with preparations overall, does raise some concerns over air quality in the capital during the Olympic period.
The focus of our news round-up this month is on childhood asthma - how an air purifier can improve symptoms, the risks of low birth weight, the benefits of breast-feeding, and how asthma is linked to chronic lung disease in later life.