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Author: Deanne Hernandez

Why Clean Air for the Elderly is So Important

Why Clean Air for the Elderly is So Important

Air Pollution is a problem for everyone, and the elderly are even more susceptible to health problems because of it. Aging can slow down the functioning of every body part, and the lungs of seniors have a more difficult time filtering the air and disposing of pollutants. The elderly are also faced with weakened immune systems and are not able to fight unhealthy atmospheric air, or fight germs and bacteria that can come with it. Stacking on allergies, asthma and…

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Chemicals, Allergies and Asthma Triggers to Watch out For

Chemicals, Allergies and Asthma Triggers to Watch out For

If you’re one of the millions of Americans with allergies or asthma, or the parents of a child who struggles with one or even both issues, then you know that over time, you begin to determine what can trigger an episode. Sometimes it’s an entire 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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Summer Temperatures are Still on the Rise, Along with Air Pollution

Summer Temperatures are Still on the Rise, Along with Air Pollution

The dog days of summer are still in full swing! It’s muggy and almost always unbearably hot. For anyone adventurous 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, specifically 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…

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Are Odors Invading Your Basement?

Are Odors Invading Your Basement?

The Summer season is here , and with it comes a lot of humidity and dampness. For basements, that can mean musty basement odors that are next to impossible to eliminate. Basements also typically don’t have as much ventilation as other parts of a home since many don’t have windows, and the air down there can get stale pretty quickly. It can be tempting to spray some room fragrance into the air and hope for the best. But there are…

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Can Your Laundry be the Culprit of Your Contact Dermatitis?

Can Your Laundry be the Culprit of Your Contact Dermatitis?

Are you prone to get an itchy, red rash on your wrists or limbs or hands or neck?  Maybe that rash leads to blisters that even begin to ooze a bit. You think to yourself, “What in the world?” as your scratch yourself silly. Turns out, it very well could be a condition called contact dermatitis. Here’s the bad news: when you have it, it’s super-irritating and uncomfortable. But here’s the good news: it’s also curable and preventable. Once you…

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Keep Your Home Safe From Health Hazards

Keep Your Home Safe From Health Hazards

For most people, our home is our resting place, a safe haven – the place where life is at its most comfortable. But in 2009, the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) revealed research that showed that 67% of US families lived in a home with at least one major health risk. So what constitutes a health risk? The NCHH came up with what they call the Seven Principles of Healthy Homes, which includes keeping homes: Dry Clean Ventilated Contaminant-free…

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