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Month: June 2016

The Dangers of Summer Air

The Dangers of Summer Air

The dog days of summer are sometimes muggy and almost always uncomfortably hot. For anyone daring enough to leave their home, those two factors can be daunting enough. But summer, as it turns out, is also a key time for another phenomenon: air pollution, namely ozone. Ozone becomes particularly problematic in hotter months because the atmospheric reactions that produce ozone are actually accelerated by the warm temperatures, with the highest daily concentrations generally occurring between mid and later afternoon. What is…

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Why are asthma rates still increasing?

Why are asthma rates still increasing?

Arguably, the world’s cleaned up its act over the past several decades: new emissions standards, an ever-increasing awareness about the impact of pollution and chemicals that’s spurred proactivity, and even cutting-edge technology designed to reduce our exposure to all the ickiness out there. And yet, asthma rates keep climbing – the number of people diagnosed with asthma grew by 4.3 million from 2001 to 2009 – despite our collective efforts to the contrary. What gives? Early on, there was the hygiene…

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6 Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

6 Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

School’s out and warmer temperatures are here to stay, which can only mean one thing—it’s summer! While summer can be a great time to enjoy the outdoors and take fun vacations, it’s also a more likely time for adults and kids to easily become dehydrated. Water is so vital to your health and as it gets hotter, it’s easier to lose fluids. A study was published in the American Journal of Public Health that more than half of all children and adults in the…

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Allergies or Asthma? Try These 7 Smart Tips for Traveling This Summer!

Allergies or Asthma? Try These 7 Smart Tips for Traveling This Summer!

You’ve waited months and months, and it’s almost here: your summer vacation! It’s supposed to be a time of fun, relaxation, sight-seeing and memory-making experiences. But if you’re one of the millions of Americans with asthma or debilitating allergies, travel can be anything but easy. With new destinations can come changes in climate, elevation, humidity, or increased air pollution. And that doesn’t account for your lodging: stale hotel air, friends with pets or the cigar smoker on the patio over…

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