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A study just published, found that exposure to high levels of air pollution, particularly early on in life, increases a person’s chances of developing bipolar disorder and severe depression as an adult. Teams from the US and Denmark looked at the health records of more than 152 million people and found that in the US, risk of developing bipolar disorder increases by 27%, if you live in a heavily polluted city such as New York.
For years, the lung disease emphysema has been associated with long term smoking. But according to a recent US study, living in a highly polluted area can also increase the risk of developing the disease. Emphysema is a disease of the lungs that progressively worsens over time. Air sacs in the lungs, known as alveoli, become damaged, making it difficult to breath. Unfortunately, there is no cure for emphysema and people with the disease often
Our research into the dangers associated with air pollution has uncovered some pretty dramatic findings over the years. But this latest study, from a team at the China Medical University in Taiwan, has to be up there as one of the most astonishing facts we have come across. The research team looked at the health records of 40,000 people over a 12 year period and found that exposure to Nitrogen Dioxide increases our chances of
As the Decker wildfire in Colorado continues to blaze, one Austin Air customer tells us how her Austin Air HealthMate Plus keeps the air in her home clean, safe and smoke free. ‘’We are very thankful for our heavy duty Austin Air Healthmate Plus air purifiers. There was a HUGE cloud – of what was probably smoke – after sunset last night. Just about covered the entire sky overhead. BUT we did not smell any
It’s probably up there as one of the more boring chores we have to consider. But having your Heating Ventilation and Cooling System cleaned is important, particularly for people with allergies and respiratory issues. And, if you can see mold in the system, an excessive dust and debris build up or signs of insects or vermin – it is definitely time to call a technician! As well as improving air quality, a clean and well-maintained
As the new school year gets underway, now seems like a good time to talk about the importance of clean air in the classroom. How does it affect a child’s performance? Their attendance records? And their overall school experience? Children are particularly vulnerable when it comes to airborne pollutants. They breathe faster than we do. More breaths mean more pollutants can enter the body. Their lungs and brains are not yet fully developed, so are