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Asthmatic & Unaware: The Rise of Adult-Onset Asthma

Asthmatic & Unaware: The Rise of Adult-Onset Asthma

It might seem improbable – or even impossible – but for some people, discovering they have asthma comes later in life than one might expect. While many asthma sufferers are diagnosed in childhood, perhaps after being observed by an eagle-eyed parent or teacher, people who have less severe cases of asthma or irregular appointments with a primary care physician, can end up with a diagnosis much later in life. Prior to this diagnosis, their asthma simply presents as some other, more innocuous…

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Chemicals, Allergies, Asthma & YOU

Chemicals, Allergies, Asthma & YOU

If you’re one of the millions of North Americans with allergies or asthma, or the parents of a child who struggles with one or both issues, then you know that over time, you begin to determine what can trigger an episode. Sometimes it’s a whole season; other times, it’s changing climates — say, traveling from your hometown in arid Arizona to muggy south Florida for vacation; and still plenty of other instances when stress, diet or lack of sleep can weaken your…

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Cleaner Air Can Mean Healthier Kids

Cleaner Air Can Mean Healthier Kids

  Smog: a combination of the words smoke and fog. While fog is mostly moisture, smog typically refers to dense air pollution caused by motor vehicle exhaust fumes. Smog is compounded in areas with higher populations where individuals drive cars on long commutes to and from work everyday.   The ride may include passing by factories and industrial plants with smoke stacks pumping out thick clouds of smoke. This kind of pollution can saturate the atmosphere with all sorts of…

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What are VOCs…and could they be hiding in your home?

What are VOCs…and could they be hiding in your home?

If you have ever installed new carpet, repainted your bedroom, or purchased new furniture, then you have most likely – and unwittingly – introduced VOCs into your indoor environment. So what’s a VOC? It stands for volatile organic compound, and the EPA defines it as gases emitted from certain solids or liquids, such as paints, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials, furnishings, adhesives, permanent markers and more.[1]   VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and…

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