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Is Particulate Matter Affecting Your Health?

Is Particulate Matter Affecting Your Health?

Pollution has long been connected to breathing difficulties, and considering the average adult breathes 3,000 gallons of air per day, that can be a huge problem. City dwellers often flee urban settings in favor of the “fresh air” of the country – and sometimes, with good reason. Those who suffer from respiratory complications can have an especially hard time with air quality in highly polluted areas. Polluted air can be particularly harmful – not just to those with asthma and allergies,…

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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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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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