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Air pollution kills 600,000 children every year

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Yep, you read that right, according to a recent study carried out by the  children's charity UNICEF, as many as 600,000 children under the age of 5, are dying every year as a direct result of the dirty air they breathe. That's 600,000 totally avoidable deaths every year. More children are dying because of air pollution than Malaria and HIV combined. The report, entitled 'Clear the Air for Children' also details the way in which pollution is affecting the health of our unborn children around the world. And that's not all, it includes evidence to show how airborne pollutants can enter...

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Good Indoor Air Quality is as important as asthma meds for kids

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Big news comes this month from the American Academy of Pediatrics. According to their research, the quality of air in our homes is just as important as a comprehensive treatment plan for children with asthma and other respiratory diseases. Asthma affects around 1 in 10 children in the US, with some communities suffering much higher rates of child asthma at a frightening 25%. That's 1 in 4 children suffering a potentially life threatening disease.It has long been established that exposure to indoor air pollutants can have a significant effect on a child's asthma symptoms. Despite this, routine checks of a child's...

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It sounds too good to be true

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Now for some good news. In fact the latest findings from Georgia State University seem almost too good to be true. It seems red wine and their grapes could help to limit the effects of asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and middle ear infections. The team from Georgia claim that 'Resveratrol' found naturally in some foods, such as red wine grapes, helps to reduce inflammation. They act like antioxidants, protecting the body from damage. So there you have it, it's official, that little tipple at the end of the day, could be good for you after all. For more...

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Toxins found in our brains linked to air pollution

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We know that pollution from cars and vehicles is bad for our health, respiratory problems, heart disease and certain cancers can all be linked to low quality air. According to a team from the UK and Mexico, pollution from industry and vehicles is also leaving its mark on our brains ... literally. As part of their research, they carried out postmortems on a group of people from Manchester UK and New Mexico. They found significant levels of metallic nano particles in the brains of people who had been exposed to high levels of air pollution. So what's a 'metallic nano particle'...

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Allergy Season is Here!

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Are your allergies keeping you awake at night? If so, follow these simple steps to help you get a better night's sleep this allergy season.    First, be sure to keep your bedroom dust and allergen free. Vacuum carpets and soft furnishings regularly and wipe down surfaces with a damp cloth to keep dust to a minimum.    Try to take a shower before you go to bed, this will ensure you wash off any pollen that you have picked up during the day, both on your clothes and on your skin. And try to keep your pets out of the...

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