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Survive the September asthma peak

According to the experts, asthma rates for children reach their peak 17 days after Labor Day. There are a number of factors that contribute to this rise. Children are exposed to new viruses when they return to school. Ragweed, a common fall allergen can be particularly problematic for asthmatics. Children switch from playing outside in […]

Air pollution dramatically reduces intelligence

It is well documented that exposure to air pollution can damage the brain as well as affect our respiratory health. In recent years UNICEF gathered data to show how air pollution is affecting brain development in babies and young children. Their report confirms that exposure to air pollution has a significant and damaging effect on […]

Air Pollution A Major Risk Factor For Premature Death

In a first of its kind study, scientists from the University of Texas have been looking at how exposure to high levels of air pollution can shorten our lives. Particulate Matter (PM) smaller than 2.5 microns can enter the lungs and leads to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, respiratory disease and cancer. The […]

California Wildfires cause problems across the US

We have been following the news on the California wildfires as they spread across the West coast, causing major disruption and health problems for local residents. According to the latest reports, the fallout from the fires will travel much further than originally thought, affecting the health of people living on the East coast too. Many […]

California Wildfires

Summertime, it’s dry, it’s hot, perfect conditions for wildfires. Right now there are more than 100 active wildfires across the country. At this time of year, even the smallest of things can start a fire. According to officials in Redding, Northern California, the current wildfire was caused by sparks from a flat tire that flew […]

Summer Ozone

Way up in the earth’s stratosphere, as far as 30 miles away, ultraviolet rays produced by the sun react with oxygen to produce what we refer to as the ozone layer. At this level the presence of ozone is crucial, its acts as a protective shield against the powerful UV rays coming from the sun. […]

Third Hand Smoke, It’s a Thing.

The dangers of being around someone who is smoking are well documented. Second hand smoke carries all the same dangers as smoking a cigarette. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) there are around 7000 chemicals in second hand smoke, hundreds are toxic and around 70 cause cancer. Perhaps most alarming, young […]