Tagged With "air pollution"

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A Look at the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Process

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) joined with Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) to create the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. This program helps people make informed purchases for a healthier home. We test household products against strict standards. If products pass our tests, they earn the asthma & allergy friendly® mark.
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AAFA and ASL Celebrate the 2019 US-Ireland Research Innovation Award for the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program

AAFA Community Services ·
During Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) came together to celebrate the 2019 US-Ireland Research Innovation Award. The two organizations recently received the award for the development of the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program.
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AAFA Joins Groups Opposing the EPA's Efforts to Weaken Carbon Pollution Limits Which Could Impact All Americans, Especially Those With Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Today the acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Andrew Wheeler, announced a proposal to dramatically weaken the Carbon Pollution Standards for New, Modified and Reconstructed Power Plants, which are protections against carbon pollution that have been in effect since 2015. Fifteen groups sent this letter in response.
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Weakening the Clean Air Act Will Worsen Asthma for Millions

AAFA Community Services ·
Ozone is a gas that can irritate the lining of the lungs, causing damage. It can reduce lung function and make it harder for you to breathe deeply. Car exhaust, chemicals and industrial facilities create ozone. High temperatures from climate change make ozone worse. Ozone contributes to what we call “smog.” 1 As ozone increases, so do asthma rates. Research has directly linked ozone to asthma attacks. 2 High levels of ozone even affects people with healthy lungs. Unless we take action now to...
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Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

AAFA Community Services ·
For many people, the health risks posed by indoor air quality can often be significantly higher than outdoor air. Animal dander, pollen, mold, dust mites and fumes released by cooking, burning fuel or cleaning products can all negatively impact your indoor air. One way you can improve your indoor air quality is with a CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® air cleaner. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for an air cleaner.
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Air Pollution Causes Asthma Symptoms for One Hartford Resident

AAFA Community Services ·
Lakia Shavon Lightner has vivid memories from her childhood of visits to the emergency room at 2 in the morning. She has had severe asthma and allergies for as long as she can remember. She grew up in Hartford, but now lives in East Hartford, Connecticut, our #13 Asthma Capital for 2019.
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Air Pollution Harms the Health of 4 in 10 Americans

AAFA Community Services ·
AAFA is proud to be a partner of the “Year of Air Pollution & Health.” Led by the American Lung Association, this campaign teaches the public about air pollution, climate change and health.
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Air Quality Around the World

AAFA Community Services ·
April 29 – May 3 is Air Quality Awareness Week , sponsored by the NOAA National Weather Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Forest Service, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This year’s theme is “Check the AQI & Get Outside” to encourage everyone to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) regularly. Today’s focus is “Air Quality Around the World.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 91% of the world breathes polluted...
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Asthma and Allergy Friendly Holiday Gifts for 2015

AAFA Community Services ·
Look for this mark on a package, so you know that product is scientifically proven to be more suitable for those with asthma and allergies.
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Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

AAFA Community Services ·
Studies show that poor outdoor air quality can worsen asthma and allergies. This news may make you think you need to stay indoors to avoid air pollution. But your indoor air may actually be worse than the outdoor air.
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Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

AAFA Community Services ·
Improving the air quality in your living room and bedroom is an important part of managing your asthma and allergies. But did you know the air quality of your kitchen is important too?
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Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

AAFA Community Services ·
Your indoor air can actually be worse than outdoor air. This is because your indoor air is made up of the outdoor air that comes in your home, plus allergens, scents and chemicals in the home.
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Caring for a Child With Asthma and Allergies: The Value of Providing Parents With Peace of Mind

AAFA Community Services ·
In the summer of 2017, Alexis Fetterman and her parents had an unexpected introduction to asthma and allergies . Alexis was 2 years old and got sick with a respiratory virus. After a visit to the emergency room, she was admitted to the hospital and flown to a nearby children’s hospital. After a few days in the hospital, Alexis was diagnosed with asthma. “The hospital stay was a really traumatic experience. Since then, I’ve immersed myself in learning about asthma and allergies. I want to...
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Clean Air, Sharp Minds Act Aims to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Schools to Improve Student Health and Learning

AAFA Community Services ·
On Feb. 27, 2020, Senator Cory Booker and Representative Katherine Clark introduced the Clean Air, Sharp Minds Act. The proposed act would give schools a three-year grant to help them improve indoor air quality (IAQ) . The grant would allow schools in high pollution areas or that pose a severe health and safety threat to install commercial air filters. This program would be managed by the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These grants aim to: Improve the...
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Clean Economy Act Would Benefit Millions of People With Asthma and Allergies by Addressing Climate Crisis

AAFA Community Services ·
U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, was joined by 32 Senators in introducing legislation that would put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050.
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Climate Change and Your Health

AAFA Community Services ·
Extreme weather, wildfires and coastal flooding are some of the visible impacts of climate change happening today. But did you know that climate change can also affect your allergies and allergic asthma?
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EPA Works to Reduce Air Pollution in 32 States by Improving Older School Buses

AAFA Community Services ·
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded more than $8.7 million to replace or retrofit 452 older diesel school buses. The funds are going to 141 school bus fleets in 32 states, each of which will receive rebates through EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The new and retrofitted buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and lung damage.
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Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

AAFA Community Services ·
If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're one of the millions of Americans with a dust mite allergy. But how well do you know these microscopic creatures? Here's a look at some common misconceptions about dust mites and dust mite allergy.
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February Advocacy Update: Over-the-Counter Medicines, Restaurant Safety and Cleaner Cars

Jenna R. ·
Welcome to your February advocacy update. I’m Jenna Riemenschneider, director of advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). I am pictured above with AAFA board member Renuka Babu Brown and Senator Ed Markey's (D-MA) policy advisor Adam Axler. Over-the-Counter Drug Access and Cleaner Cars Rollbacks AAFA and other members of the Healthy Choices Coalition met with Representative Judy Chu's office. We asked her to co-sponsor the Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2019...
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freshAAIR™ – a Digital Magazine for People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
October is Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month. Indoor air quality is important for asthma and allergy control. We dedicated our current issue of freshAAIR™ Magazine to ways you can create a healthier home.
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Groups Gather to Voice Concerns About Climate Change’s Impact on Health

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) joined Moms Clean Air Force on July 11, 2018, to raise awareness about the health impacts of climate change. The Play-In for Climate Action was held on the National Mall. Hundreds of parents and their children from across the U.S. participated in the event to draw attention to the harmful effects of air pollution . Studies show that air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms. Climate change also creates longer and heavier pollen seasons. A...
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High Heat, Air Pollution, Air Quality Create Problems for People with Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
When we think of summer, we usually think of outdoor fun like swimming, cookouts, sporting events and going to the park. But with summer also comes a combination of heat and smog that can create bad air quality. Heat, air pollution and ragweed pollen create problems in the fall too. Since we spend more time outside in these warmer months, these combinations can be hard on your airways.
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How Do You Track Air Quality for Better Asthma Management?

AAFA Community Services ·
It should come as no surprise that the quality of the air we breathe affects our lungs. According to several studies, air pollution can make asthma symptoms worse. It’s also linked to higher asthma-related emergency room visits among senior adults and higher asthma rates in children.
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Our Clean Air Crisis

AAFA Community Services ·
The air we breathe is one of the greatest threats to our respiratory health. Millions of people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution. Air pollution affects children the most. Evidence links air pollution to preterm births, underdeveloped lungs, reduced lung function and asthma. In the U.S., of the 25 million who have asthma, 10 die every day.
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Rolling Back Clean Car Standards Will Make Asthma Worse – Tell the NHTSA and EPA Why

AAFA Community Services ·
Our current clean car standards have gone a long way to improve our air quality. But pollution and ozone levels are still an issue, contributing to climate change, asthma symptoms and overall asthma rates. Studies are showing more and more how bad air pollution affects our health . More improvements are needed. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) want to roll back these clean car standards through The Safer Affordable...
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Schools and States Can Improve Indoor Air Quality for Students With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
As part of our 2019 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR), we look at the impact poor indoor air quality in schools can have on students with asthma and allergies.
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Why Healthy Indoor Air Quality Is Important

AAFA Community Services ·
Having good indoor air quality is an important part of living in a healthy home. You can improve your indoor air quality by reducing the sources of allergens and irritants in your home. "We take about 20,000 breaths each day and spend 90% of our time indoors. Now that we are in a global pandemic from the new coronavirus (COVID-19) with stay-at-home orders, this rate of staying indoors has increased. Reducing exposure to substances in the environment around us that trigger allergy and asthma...
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Wildfire Season Has Begun – and It Affects Air Quality and Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Each year, wildfires rage across the U.S. They have already begun in California this year. Smoke in the air contains tiny particles that affect air quality. These particles can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Poor air quality can worsen asthma symptoms . Children and those with respiratory disease like asthma are at high risk for asthma episodes when the air quality is poor. Wildfires do not only affect those in the immediate fire area. Smoke can blow many miles away and impact...
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Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Dry and/or cold air is a trigger for airway narrowing (bronchoconstriction) and can be a weather-related asthma trigger. When you breathe in cold, dry air through your mouth, the air doesn't get warmed by your nose first. The cold air goes to your lungs and airways. This can trigger an asthma attack. Try these tips to avoid having cold air trigger your asthma.
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World Asthma Day Twitter Chat: Latinos & The Crisis of Air Quality

AAFA Community Services ·
Storify: Bilingual Twitter chat to discuss Latinos & The Crisis of Air Quality on World Asthma Day (May 2, 2107).
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How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

AAFA Community Services ·
How are children with asthma affected by poor air quality? The first week of May marks Air Quality Awareness Week . The EPA measures air quality to tell us how clean or polluted the air is. This has special significance for people with asthma. Air pollution is a trigger for some people with asthma. Through custom alerts, you can track air quality to plan outdoor activities, such as outdoor recess. That’s how one New Jersey mom realized her son with asthma was running into breathing...
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Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Better for Employees With Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma is a chronic condition that causes airways to become inflamed, making it hard to breathe. For adults, asthma is one of the leading causes of missing work. Adults miss more than 14 million days of work each year. Employers can improve work life for people with asthma by improving the air quality of the workplace.
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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality to Improve Your Health

AAFA Community Services ·
Did you know, people spend as much as 90% of their time inside their homes, offices, schools and cars? For those with allergies and asthma, air quality is important both indoors and out. Learn how to improve your indoor air quality.
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Is Your Home Making You Sick? Why a Healthier Indoor Environment Is Important

AAFA Community Services ·
October is Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month . Since your indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air, this month is a good time to make sure you are taking the right steps to create healthier air in your home. Your home should be a haven for you and your family. But unfortunately, it may be filled with allergy and asthma triggers that can impact your health. Common allergens found in homes include animal dander , dust mites , pests , pollen and mold . Common irritants found in homes...
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New Haven Resident Learns to Manage Allergies, Severe Asthma and COPD Despite Poor Air Quality and High Pollen

AAFA Community Services ·
Four years ago, Deborah Bartlett of New Haven, Connecticut (overall #11 on Asthma Capitals), was diagnosed with severe persistent asthma. Combined with her pollen and mold allergies, as well as COPD, breathing can be a real challenge.
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Now Recruiting: Study Examining Indoor Air Quality & Asthma Triggers in Maryland Children

AAFA Community Services ·
The National Center for Healthy Housing is looking for Maryland families with children suffering from asthma to join an important study about indoor air quality. The study looks at whether improving indoor air quality at home can: reduce asthma symptoms reduce asthma attacks improve quality of life for children and their parents This is the first study in the U.S. to examine middle class families in single-family homes. Certain families will receive extensive home improvements—at no...
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Re: EPA Works to Reduce Air Pollution in 32 States by Improving Older School Buses

Ivonne ·
Very interesting information and also very good news.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

Marie E Natzke ·
We've already done some of these things we have hardwood floors in most of the house. Years ago I talked my Mom into not having carpets anymore when they needed to be replaced. She wasn't too sure about doing it but once she got used to it she loved how easy it was to clean and not having to drag a vacuum cleaner around. We have blinds not too many curtains. The only thing have a do have fabric chairs and couches but No pets.
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

Sue1949 ·
I am new here and new to allergic asthma. I have had allergies all my life, but asthma for only a year or so. I am trying to find some helpful information about some practical things I can do to manage my symptoms. The doctor gave me the diagnosis, but I am left on my own to figure out how to live with it. I am glad to find this community.
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

Kathy P ·
Hi Sue and welcome! Did the doc give you an asthma action plan on how to track your symptoms? Do your allergies trigger asthma? Do you have those controlled?
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

Sue1949 ·
Hi, I saw an allergist two years ago, and a pulmonologist last week. Neither gave me a plan, although I asked for one. Sue
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

Sue1949 ·
As for the allergies, I have had them under control for a year. My triggers seem to be cold weather, strong smells like bleach, perfume, and paint. Thanks☺
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

Kathy P ·
All things that are difficult to avoid! As for the asthma plan, I'd push back on the pulmonologist for one. If need be, print out the one on the site here and ask him to fill it out. No need to reinvent the wheel.
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

Carter ·
winter makes me cool this humidifier before I got it was very bad, and now I feel much better !
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

Maryrita ·
In this article it talks about the possibility of "cold dry air" causing an asthma attack. Does this also apply to cold "moist "air as I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and am surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

Kathy P ·
Cold air in general can be an issue if you tend to breathe through your mouth. It doesn't have a chance to get warmed up before hitting your lungs.
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

Maryrita ·
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

Nancy Knight ·
I just bought several great mufflers/scarves so I can walk outside in cold weather without symptoms of cold weather affecting my lungs. I bought the Octr Mistral Skube, which is sold at ski shops. It is a light nylon tube that has elastic and a cord so it can tightened around the nose. It doesn't fall down like an ordinary scarf.
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

Melissa G ·
Nancy, the mistral skube sounds great! I hope it really helps you this winter.
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

LK ·
Interesting note about how very cold air even affects other animals' lungs. In this case horses! 🐴 Mid-Rivers Equine Centre - Combat Lung Damage In Cold Weather Edited to add screenshot of link for those who aren't on FB - CRR - 12/16/2019
 
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