Asthma is one of the most common respiratory diseases in the United States. According to studies from 2010, more than 25 million people are affected—18 million adults and seven million children—and nine people die every day from this disease. But with continued studies, increased efforts to educate the public, and a variety of medications, it [...]
Drug-resistant infectious diseases have become one of the most pressing health issues in the world today. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics and other disease-fighting drugs happens all over the world, in developed and undeveloped countries alike.
What causes infectious diseases?
Infectious diseases are caused by tiny organisms called microbes. Many microbes are harmless and sometimes [...]
Influenza, more commonly known as the “flu”, is a virus that infects three to five million people annually, causing 250,000 to 500,000 deaths worldwide. Flu epidemics typically hit the United States in the winter months, with February showing the highest number of infections since 1982. But with education and prevention, we can lessen the impact [...]
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is also preventable and treatable. But close to half of the people affected by this illness do not know they have it. Learn the symptoms of this common disease and find out what treatment options are available.
Did you know that most of the dust inside your home is made of dead skin cells? It also almost always contains a large proportion of dust mite detritus (excrement and body parts) due to the prevalence of dust mites in the average home. These creepy crawlies are responsible for causing allergy symptoms in up [...]
If you are one of the 50 million people in the U.S. that suffer with allergies, you know how miserable the symptoms can be. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are used by most to treat or prevent reactions, but there are alternatives. Homeopathy offers a variety of options when it comes to dealing with symptoms caused [...]
Many people are familiar with the health dangers of lead. It has caused illness in humans since the days of the Roman Empire. Lead-based paint is one of the most common modern sources of lead poisoning and still affects millions of people. Though quantities of lead in consumer products are more regulated now, exposure to [...]
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are nothing new. They are simply carbon-based chemical compounds that can evaporate at room temperature. But the issue of exposure to VOCs, the products containing them, and how they affect both indoor and outdoor air quality has moved to the forefront in recent years.
What and Where are Volatile Organic Compounds? [...]
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are estimated to be more than three hundred thousand mold species in the world. Molds are fungi that aid in the breakdown of organic materials. So in the grand scheme of life on Earth, mold is very important. Unfortunately, it can also cause allergic reactions or [...]
We all know that breathing smoke is bad for our lungs, and most of the time it is fairly easy to avoid. But did you know that a wildfire in another state could affect the air quality in your hometown? Even if you don’t smell smoke, there may still be a health threat.
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