October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Every October is breast cancer awareness month, when people all over the world come together to raise awareness and fund new research for the detection and treatment of this disease. There are many ways to participate if you want to help spread awareness, from participating in one of many charity walks to simply wearing the pink ribbon to show your support.We at Rabbit Air are participating once again by offering our BCRF Special Edition air purifiers, in partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Fund. We will be donating 5% of the sales from every BCRF Special Edition purifier sold to fund cancer research. For more ways to get involved, check out the Breast Cancer Research Fund’s website for information about events and other ways that you can help.
Allergies and asthma affect millions of Americans every year, and that number is only growing. Luckily, new advances are made every day by researchers looking to reduce symptoms or even to prevent these illnesses from developing. Here are some of the latest studies that we are most excited about:
- Sleeping on animal fur in the first three months of life might reduce the risk of asthma in later childhood a new study has found.
- An association between childhood asthma and prenatal exposure to two phthalates used in a diverse array of household products has beendiscovered by researchers.
- A vaccine for dust-mite allergies has beencreated! Though it is not yet ready for use in humans, researchers are optimistic that it will eventually be an effective treatment.
- Whether or not an individual will have food allergies has a genetic component, but scientists have found that environmental factors also play a much larger role than previous imagined.
Autumn Leaves Hide Secret Mold
Watching the leaves change color is one of autumn’s greatest pleasures. As the world gets colder, lush greens give way to earthy reds, bright oranges, and delicate yellows that cover trees and blanket the ground as the leaves fall. While this makes for a very pretty picture, these fallen leaves are a favorite hiding place for mold. Mold thrives in damp environments, and leaf piles have the perfect amount of moisture while the leaves themselves serve as a scrumptious food source for the mold spores to grow.
To keep spores from overwhelming you, make sure to be proactive about keeping your lawn clear and make sure you wear protective clothing when you are working in your yard. Keep mold spores from following you inside after an outside stroll by showering after yard-work or outdoor activity, and making sure the filters in your air purifier are clean and well maintained.
Ghouls, ghosts, and gremlins – oh my! Halloween is one of our favorite times of year, full of spooky stories and creative costumes, not to mention all of the delicious treats. For kids with allergies and asthma, however, Halloween can be a source of unpleasant food and environmental triggers.
Luckily, there are many resources out there for parents who want to keep the Halloween sprit while keeping their kids healthy. Many blogs now offer low-allergen treats you can make at home, that are just as tasty asstore-bought goodies, if not more so! If you plan on going door-to-door, make sure to check your local pollen forecast so that you can find out the best time of night to be outdoors. We hope you all have a happy and healthy Halloween!
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