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  • Prism Analytical Technologies, Developer of Home Air Check™, Offers Air Test to Determine Presence of Tobacco Smoke in Indoor Environments

    Prism Analytical Technologies, Inc., a leading U.S. consultative air testing laboratory devoted to the chemical identification and analysis of air contaminants, announced today that it has developed an air test to predict the usage of tobacco smoke in indoor environments. Prism’s Tobacco Smoke Check™ test looks for specific chemical compounds known to be present in ...

  • CDC’s National Study on Latino Health Points to Tobacco Smoke as a Major Concern for Puerto Ricans

    Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its first national study on the leading causes of death for U.S. Latinos.  The study looked at risk factors and disease prevalence in many groups, including Puerto Ricans.  It found that smoking rates among Puerto Rican men were particularly high at 26%.   While it is ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • CDC`s National Study on Latino Health Points to Tobacco Smoke as a Major Concern

    Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its first national study on the leading causes of death for U.S. Latinos. The study looked at risk factors and disease prevalence in many groups, including Puerto Ricans. It found that smoking rates among Puerto Rican men were particularly high at 26%. While it is known to virtually everyone that smoking is not ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Hired Smoke Monitor Measures Effects of Smoke-free Legislation

    Ashtead Technology Rentals has played a key role in assessing air quality levels in businesses around the introduction of the English Smoke-free legislation after being contacted by the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre (TCCC). The TCCC was tasked with monitoring a variety of hospitality and leisure outlets across the country, including pubs, bingo halls and betting shops one month before the ...


    By Ashtead Technology Ltd

  • Property owners encouraged to test for formaldehyde

    The National Cancer Institute’s fact sheet entitled Formaldehyde and Cancer Risk reports that, “…some studies of industrial workers have suggested that formaldehyde exposure is associated with nasal sinus cancer and nasopharyngeal cancer, and possibly with leukemia.” The same formaldehyde found in some work environments can also found in many products that exist in our homes and offices. Due to ...


  • Exposure to Aerosolized Chemicals from Popular E-Cigarettes Has Many in Puerto Rico Concerned

    In 2013, Puerto Rico’s attorney general joined dozens of other attorney generals in a letter sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging the regulation of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).  Puerto Rico had already taken a strong stance against traditional tobacco smoke with the 2007 implementation of Puerto Rico’s Law 66.  It banned smoking in most enclosed work ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month Sheds Light on Airborne Carcinogens

    November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Lung Association, it is the second-most commonly diagnosed cancer and the most common cause of death due to cancer. Unfortunately, many people do not know they have lung cancer until the condition is in its later stages. When people breathe certain contaminants they can cause damage to people’s lungs. Cells in ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asthma Rates Increasing across the Mid-Atlantic Region

    Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that an additional 4.3 million people were diagnosed with asthma between 2001 and 2009.  These new figures bring the total number of asthma suffers in the United States to approximately 1 in 12 or 25 million people.   "Despite the fact that outdoor air quality has improved, we've reduced two common asthma triggers - ...

  • Texas Building Science Professionals Identify Indoor Allergens & Pollutants that Impact People with COPD

    According to a Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey conducted in 2011, approximately 5.4% of residents in Texas had been told they have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by a healthcare professional.  That equates to over 1.3 million residents of the state that are afflicted by a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Puerto Rico’s Air Quality Professionals Identify Indoor Allergens & Pollutants to Help those Suffering from COPD

    In Puerto Rico, over 3% of the population suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD. That amounts to close to 110,000 residents who are afflicted by a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems.   COPD includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis and in some cases asthma.  The National Heart, Lung ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Puerto Rico`s IAQ Experts Identify Indoor Asthma Triggers

    According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 12 adults has asthma and 1 in 11 children suffers from the condition in the United States. The CDC also reports that 9 people die from asthma each day and that the condition costs the country $56 billion each year. Although there is no cure for asthma, the condition can be treated with medications and by avoiding ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Respirable Particulates, Airborne Contaminants & Lung Cancer Risks

    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).    The CDC states that the most important thing a person can do to lower their lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and to avoid secondhand smoke. The second ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Is Your Furniture Emitting Formaldehyde?

    Did you know that furniture and building materials may release noxious gas into air? The process, known as off-gassing, can pose a serious threat to a family’s health as they breathe in volatile chemicals.   Major sources of one such chemical, formaldehyde, are pressed wood products manufactured with adhesive resins, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The resins ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Toxic Dangers in the Home: More Common than Most People Realize

    A recent article, “Seven toxic dangers to avoid in your home” discusses common environmental and health dangers in the typical home.  It was published this week on EmaxHealth’s website.  The article offers information about a number of toxins that many people don’t even realize are present and could cause them harm. Included in the article was information about ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Study reveals new cancer risk from IAQ pollutants in household dust

    According to a new government report, commonly used pavement sealers containing cancer-causing substances are showing up in household dust. The report comes from research that was conducted in Austin, Texas by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).Sealcoats used on driveways, playgrounds and parking lots made with coal tar appear to be the major culprit. According to the USGS report, ...


  • California’s Child Care Facilities & Indoor Air Quality

    Approximately 1 million children, five years of age or younger, attend child care or preschool in California.  There are some 49,000 licensed child care centers in the state with about 80% of those located in homes. Last year, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board (ARB) published information from a study regarding air pollution and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Puerto Ricans Reminded of Indoor Air Pollutants during Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    Across Puerto Rico and the rest of the United States, November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  Lung cancer is the leading cause of death due to cancer and the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in both genders.    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010 there were 201,144 people who were diagnosed with lung cancer in the United ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Residents of Puerto Rico Reminded of Airborne Carcinogens during Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    Today is the last day of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  It is an important reminder of this deadly disease, although many people in Puerto Rico are exposed to respirable carcinogens and irritants all year long.  Sadly, many people do not know they have developed lung cancer until the late stages of the condition when treatment choices are limited. In the United States alone, the American ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Caribbean’s EHS Experts Identify PAHs & Other Hazardous Chemicals

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, commonly referred to as PAHs, are a group of chemicals that are formed during the incomplete burning of coal, oil and gas, garbage, or other organic substances like tobacco or charbroiled meat. PAHs are often found as a mixture containing two or more of these chemical compounds.   The Department of Health and Human Services ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Smart phone helper for COPD patients

    A smart phone and a connection to the “internet of things” could allow people with chronic lung disease to avoid risky areas where environmental conditions, pollution and weather might exacerbate their symptoms. Details of a framework that would hook into networks of sensors and provide patients with timely alerts are reported this month in the International Journal of Computational ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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