Last month the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America had an exciting sweepstakes with a brand new MinusA2 Asthma and Allergy Friendly Edition™ air purifier as the prize. After many entries from hopeful allergy sufferers across the US, Terri M. of Plano, Illinois was declared the winner!
Rabbit Air is proud to partner with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America to bring you the AAFA Edition MinusA2. This air purifier is certified asthma and allergy friendly™, and includes our advanced bio engineered BioGS HEPA filter to efficiently filter out common asthma and allergy triggers such as mold, pollen, and dust. Choosing products that have been certified by the AAFA is one way that families like Terri’s can help to control allergens at home.
Join us in giving hearty congratulations to Terri! We wish her and her family happy holidays, a bright New Year, and fresh, clean air all year long!
This week, millions of people across America will come together to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families, and to recount all of the reasons they have to be thankful. Rabbit Air has many reasons to be thankful too: We are thankful for our loyal customers, for our dedicated team, and for the amazing organizations that we are so proud to be affiliated with. These organizations work tirelessly throughout the year, and we would like to take the time to thank some of them for all the good that they do.
Healthy Child, Healthy World
For 20 years, this organization has pursued its mission to protect children from dangerous chemicals and environmental toxins. When the organization was founded, there was little research on the affect that these chemicals had on the health of children, or how they may have contributed to the increase in ailments, such as cancer in young children. Since then, the group has been instrumental in promoting research in this area, and working with government agencies to put better protective measures in place. Healthy Child Healthy World reaches out to parents across the globe to empower them to take action and work toward making the world a safer place for our children.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
When this foundation was first started, its aim was to reach out to allergy specialists to help create more effective allergy treatments. As the foundation grew, its goals expanded with it, and today they have broadened their efforts to not only fund research, but to provide support and education to those who suffer from these conditions. Just this year, the AAFA celebrated its 60th anniversary, and with every passing year, they are able to provide more exceptional services, from support groups and forums, to their important certification program that labels products, like our MinusA2 Asthma and Allergy Friendly™, that help sufferers to create healthier home environments.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
The most important goal of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is to find a cure for Breast Cancer as soon as possible, and to develop new preventions and treatments for this serious disease which affects one out of eight women in the United States. The BCRF was founded more than twenty years ago, and has awarded millions of dollars to researchers studying this illness. Currently 91 cents of every dollar donated to the BCRF goes directly toward research or their awareness programs, and they have been an invaluable resource for scientists and patients alike.
We feel extremely lucky to be able to partner with such important organizations, and we thank them all for their unending hard work and determination to make the world a better place.
There may be exciting news on the horizon for those who suffer from asthma. A new experimental drug is showing promise in clinical trials as a potential way to treat asthma in those who have been resistant to other forms of treatment. Researchers state that between 10 and 20% of patients are not able to fully control their asthma symptoms using traditional therapies, and the scientists hope that their new drug will help this subset of sufferers. Rather than treating the symptoms of asthma, as many other medications do, the drug has been designed to treat the underlying cause of asthma. So far, their results have been quite promising. After a 12 week trial, patients using the new drug were found to have an 87% reduction in asthma attacks. As of right now, more research and testing will be required before the drug will become available.
Over 25 million Americans are thought to suffer from asthma, a chronic respiratory disease where airways in the lungs become inflamed and restricted, causing shortness of breath and trouble breathing. These symptoms can be worsened by exposure to environmental triggers, such as allergens and air pollutants, as well as factors such as diet, illness or vigorous physical activity. Traditional treatments include administration of steroids or use of inhalers to control symptoms as they occur. Managing exposure to environmental triggers can also prove helpful in reducing asthma attacks. At home, sufferers can use an air purifier with a true HEPA filter, like our MinusA2 Asthma and Allergy Friendly Edition, to filter the air of dust, pollen, and pollutants that can trigger an attack. It is also helpful to remove items that tend to collect lots of dust, such as curtains or carpets. For more ideas about how to control asthma and information on the latest research, visit the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s website.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), an important organization that works to raise awareness about asthma and allergies, and to help those that suffer from these illnesses. At the time of their founding, the AAFA was known as the “American Foundation for Allergic Diseases,” and its aim was to work with allergy specialists to promote research and search for more effective treatments. As the foundation grew, it expanded its interests to look at asthma as well, and started to focus not only on the health care providers, but the actual sufferers of allergies and asthma. Today, the foundation works closely with patients and providers, funding research and outreach programs dedicated to educating the public about asthma and allergies and to help sufferers get their symptoms under control.
Here are just a few of the great programs and resources that the AAFA offers:
1) Support groups for children, teen, and adult sufferers, as well as those who love and care for them. These support groups are a safe place to learn about how to manage these conditions and to share stories for emotional support.
2) Educational resources are also available on the AAFA’s website. These include posters, fact sheets, and continuing education resources for health care professionals, all designed to provide the best information about asthma, allergies, and treatment options.
3) For those who are seeking an online supportive community where they can connect with others who are dealing with asthma and allergies from all over the country, the AAFA offers an active online forum where members can ask questions, share stories, and trade tips and information.
4) For consumers who are looking to purchase products that have been proven to be more suitable for those with asthma and allergies, the AAFA’s Asthma and Allergy Friendly™ Certification Program is a great resource. Rabbit Air is a proud member of this program, and we are very happy to be able to offer our MinusA2 Asthma and Allergy Friendly Edition™ air purifier.
We all know that poor air quality is bad for you, but just how bad is it really? Some of these air quality statistics shown in the below infographic may shock you. For instance 186.1 million Americans live in 525 different counties that are exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution (either ozone or particles in the air). 6 out of 10 people are exposed to short-term or long-term levels of pollution or ozone. Breathing ozone may trigger a variety of health conditions including: coughing, chest pain, congestion and throat irritation. Check out the infographic for more statistics.
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The air quality statistics infographic above provides an alarming amount of information about the air many of us breath on a daily basis. We usually do not have direct control of the quality of our air outside, however we can control the quality indoors with an air purifier. Read more about indoor air quality.
Rabbit Air offers a certified asthma and allergy friendly air purifier that is based on our popular MinusA2 design. The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program, administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international research organization Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies.
May is National Asthma Awareness Month, an important time of year where government organizations and non-profit programs reach out to communities across America to provide education about this serious condition. It is estimated that as many as 20 million Americans suffer from asthma, a chronic illness that affects the airways of the lungs and can cause symptoms such as wheezing or shortness of breath. Though it is a genetic condition, asthma attacks are often caused by environmental triggers, such as dust, mold spores, or other forms of indoor and outdoor air pollutants. If you or someone you love suffers from asthma, learning more about the illness and what you can do to manage triggers is an important step for staying healthy, happy, and in control of your asthma.
For more information regarding asthma awareness, there are a number of great online resources that provide helpful tips and materials. The EPA provides free educational materials, from guides with asthma prevention tips to fun activity books for children. AirNow.gov is another useful resource that provides daily air quality forecasts and information about particle pollution. If you are considering using an air purifier to help tackle the air pollutants that can trigger asthma attacks, Rabbit Air offers the MinusA2 Asthma and Allergy Friendly Edition™ air purifier which is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. This important organization is dedicated to helping people who suffer from asthma and allergies, and is another fantastic source of information through their educational resources advocacy programs. Check out their site to learn more about Asthma Awareness Month and see what you can do to take action.