Many Americans are aware of the dangers of heart disease and strokes and campaigns on television, billboards and online encourage eating right and exercising to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Now, as the baby boomers age and the Gen Xers enter into their 40s and 50s, heart disease and stroke is even more prevalent. Research is now showing there is yet another cause of heart disease and stroke – and not one people can control as easily as their diet: air pollution.
It’s true we don’t always get to choose who we sit next to on an airplane. But if you find yourself sitting next to someone who is sick, you might want to request a seat change or you may catch more than a sunburn on your next vacation.
With the coming of fall – so too comes the flu season. One common malady that presents itself in both the summer and the fall are enteroviruses – which normally causes flu-like systems in healthy adults but can be more harmful for children and the elderly.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, in 2012, 62 percent of American households included at least one pet. Also in 2012, the American Pet Products Association reported that Americans spent more than $50 billion on their cats, dogs, and other animal companions.
About 1 in 10 preschool children are diagnosed with asthma. This age group has twice the number of asthma-related emergency department visits and overnight hospital stays as older kids.
Did you know that your humble green house plant may be a powerful source of clean indoor air? Based on preliminary evaluations of the use of common indoor plants for indoor air purification, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA)
Those who suffer from asthma, COPD, allergies and compromised immune systems (including premature babies and the elderly) can benefit from improved air quality.
A dog may be man’s best friend, but if you suffer from allergies, pets can be our worst enemy. According to studies published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, a scientific journal published by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAA&I)
Mold forms and spreads on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter, such as dry wall and other building materials. Exposure to mold can cause symptoms such as itchy and watery eyes, skin rashes, wheezing, nasal and sinus congestion, chronic cough or skin irritation.
What happens when too much of a good thing becomes too much of a good thing? While antibiotics can be an effective option for physicians to prescribe to help patients manage a wide range of illnesses