Tagged With "air pollution"

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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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High Heat, Air Pollution, Air Quality Create Problems for People with Asthma

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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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Air Quality Around the World

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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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Air Pollution Causes Asthma Symptoms for One Hartford Resident

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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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LakiaShavonLightner ·
Very appreciative for the, Asthma & Allergies Foundation of America! For providing this opportunity to, share my health conditions.
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Kathy P ·
Thank you for sharing your story Lakia!
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LakiaShavonLightner ·
😀 Your welcome, Kathy!
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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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Now Recruiting: Study Examining Indoor Air Quality & Asthma Triggers in Maryland Children

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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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Our Clean Air Crisis

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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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Weakening the Clean Air Act Will Worsen Asthma for Millions

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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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Katie D ·
Love to hear how this Mom is using the alerts to help her better manage both her and her sons asthma. The Air Quality Flag Program sounds like a great idea and hope more schools join.
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Lisa K ·
It really helps. When I get the alerts and he takes his inhaler before recess or outdoor gym, he almost never has any issues.
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Katie D ·
Which means more fun and play time with his friends!
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Lisa K ·
Exactly! That's the most important thing to him. It's a win win... I get a healthy kid, and he gets to run around with his friends!
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Jen ·
Lisa - I'm glad this has made a difference for you and your son.
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Kathy P ·
I may need to start tracking this for myself - especially for when I bike!
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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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How Do You Track Air Quality for Better Asthma Management?

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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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Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

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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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manoj ·
I receive your E mail and get a lot of information though your email. thank you so much .This types of program should be establish in our nation which directly affect the asthma patience.our nation is known as the developing nation so that air are polluted day by day.So it should be control by such type of program.I am student of social work from Dibyabhumi Multiple College,kupondol,lalitpur I hope my email response you very soon. Thank you Manoj Magar
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K8sMom2002 ·
Manoj, it sounds like you are a good advocate for your country!
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lori1022 ·
This is why companies of a business for mass people I have said like hotels Uber Lyft Taxi Planes This is example about Uber's (Btw nothing against this guy so don't every want these people to get introubke and Amit not just them it's tooons of people, there needs to be law for boundary about air and containimant air in public spaces aka place of business) These places are not pet stores. This puppy is sooooo cute and sweet but that is why it is ignored But I see and cannot filter my Uber...
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Kgblanchard ·
Hello! I am trying to get in touch with an advocacy group regarding the air quality in some of our entertainment venues in Lake Charles, Louisiana. While there is a smoking ban in much of the state at casinos, bars and restaurants, there is no ban on smoking in our Lake Charles casinos - and there is no reason for that! Considering I have asthma and most of my work social events and meetings take place in the casinos meeting rooms, I struggle breathing for days after those meetings. Can...
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Ult1mat3X ·
Thank you for such a great article, a lot of useful info. I will be glad if someone could advise me air purifier for smoke from the list? I never used one, but decided to give it a try. My budget around ~150$. Share your experience if you ever used one. Thank you.
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K8sMom2002 ·
Ult1Mat3x, based on the link you had, I would suggest talking to your doctor and beginning your search with the Aeromax 300 . It's the only one on your list that is asthma & allergy friendly® CERTIFIED. The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification program helps people make informed purchases for a healthier home. The program tests household products against strict standards. If products pass certain tests, they earn the CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® mark.
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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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AAFA Joins Groups Opposing the EPA's Efforts to Weaken Carbon Pollution Limits Which Could Impact All Americans, Especially Those With Asthma

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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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Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

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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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Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

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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 Bedroom

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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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Wildfire Season Has Begun – and It Affects Air Quality and Asthma

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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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Climate Change and Your Health

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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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Elena Meluso ·
Right now I keep it vacuumed daily in my living room - would love to own an air purifier and love dyson products!
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Jessie ·
To keep our living room free of allergens, we have leather couches, blinds without curtains, no throw pillows and wood floors without area rugs. We would love to add a beautiful Dyson Pure Cool air cleaner!
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MicheleKaunitz ·
We manage our indoor air quality through ensuring the home we just purchased has less than 10% carpet/fiber floor covering, removing all scented products (from fabric softener to candles and air fresheners), by using Norwex cloths vs dusting sprays, several Himalayan salt lamps placed throughout the house, a personal air purifying system in our son's bedroom with the door remaining closed, using Asthma & Allergy Foundation rated vacuum, removing all shoes prior to entering the main...
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MooDaeng ·
We program Roomba to run daily. We don't wear shoes inside the house. I wash all blankets with warmest water possible for the fabric.
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Victoria E ·
Thankfully, I find keeping the living room allergen free is a bit more simple than other rooms in the home. Our living room is covered with hardwood, which is easy to vacuum, Swiffer and mop with a steamer. I've used the Unscented Bona Hardwood Cleaner to work well on any spills - and find that effective. I purchased faux wood blinds, rather than fabric curtains to cover the window, which eliminates a dust trap. Our couch is velvet (not completely ideal for allergens), although I vacuum it...
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hdollarhyde ·
I have 2 air purifiers, that I change out filters every other month. I also vacuum the house 2x a week. Dust weekly and do our best to wash blankets/sheets/pillow cases weekly as well.
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Terrichic ·
I have Alpha- 1 disease , asthma and allergies and a non working fan in the kitchen of my home, i do what i can to keep allergens out, no shoes, vacume and dust a lot, no air freshners .... ive learned the hard way to be carefull when cooking things that may smoke or induce strong fumes ( anything with vinegar) they can cause a asthma attack, there are so many allergens all around, it can be difficult to stay on top of them.
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KAndersen ·
We live in a co-op building that requires rugs or carpet over 80% of the space, so I can't use washable area rugs or have exposed hard floors. I don't allow smoking in our home, but we get cigarette and other smoke smells in our apartment anyway from the neighbors. And who has time to dust and vacuum DAILY? I do have curtains - I change them seasonally and at that point they get washed. And I don't use scented products or candles.
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rferrigno ·
We live in a house built in 1924. We can't open our windows because the weights in the windows are gone and the windows drop without warning. In addition, the previous owners had large dogs and we can't get our ducts cleaned because the duct work has encased asbestos tape and the HVAC people won't cut through it. So we can't clean the dog hair out of the vents.
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lisalisa29 ·
For my living room, I have beautiful wood floors. I sweep the wood floor and I vacuum the couches to perk them up and clean up dust, hair and debris/crumbs from them. I don't have a lot of items in the living room so less clutter to hold dust! I have a microfiber broom and duster that I use to clean the living room with too that I love, they really work great! I use a HEPA filter in my furnace too for better air too.
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Jacob's Mom ·
We are trying to manage my 6 year old's allergies!
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Carbizo ·
We try our best but I have to say, that allergies and asthma get in our way. When our 6 year son has asthma episodes, our only option is to retreat to our friendly abode. He's not to run, and it is hard to make it fun. Asthma is hard for everyone. His room is set, he has an air filter there, but thats not enough to clean the entire house's air. If we were to win the "Dyson Pure cool", maybe our son would have less asthma and miss less school. ☺
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FreeSpririt ·
Hardwood Floors, leather furniture, Hepa seal tight vacuum for area rug and hard wood floors. Put throw pillows in dryer weekly. Been sick with bronchitis going on 2 weeks due to COPD and allergies. Could really use an air filter for living room area!
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BeachButterfly ·
I vacuum regularly with an allergen vacuum. Have a family member dust as often as I can get them too. Now reading this I will start to find more hypo pillows or covers for them, I love my pillows. I also don't allow my pets on the furniture, they have their own beds with removable covers for easy washing. I work from home so I am always home and could use the relief from a filter.
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KAndersen ·
I got allergy pillows for my son and I - they are horrible. They don't have enough "give" when you lie on them and they force our necks (especially my son, since he's a young child still) at awkward angles. I prefer allergen covers on regular pillows.
 
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