9/11’s toxic dust

Sept. 11, 2001 has been memorialized by unforgettable images, among which were the buildings collapsing in a blanket of dust and smoke, and people rushing from the scene, covered in a white dust that we now know was toxic. The numbers of Ground Zero workers with serious medical issues keep growing. Many are claiming the toxic dust they inhaled have caused a myriad of health issues, including cancer, asthma, persistent coughs (known among those afflicted as WTC cough), and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). At the time, workers and volunteers were assured by Christie Whitman, then administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, that.

Infant at home? Be sure mold’s not lurking around

Infants who live in homes with mold are three times more likely to develop asthma by age 7. Horrid news, especially since most homes in the Northeast contain some type of mold. And with this weekend's visit from Hurricane Irene, many of us will be facing new mold! The alarming statistic about infants comes from a study conducted at the University of Cincinnati and just published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Researchers analyzed seven years of data gathered on 176 children enrolled in the Cincinnati Childhood Allergy and Air Pollution Study (CCAAPS). Eighteen percent of children in CCAAPS were.


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