Living with Asthma or COPD? Easy-to-Use Inhalers are a Priority

(DGIwire) – People living with asthma or COPD are often prescribed medications delivered with a device called an inhaler as part of their treatment. Some of the most common types are called dry powder inhalers and pressurized metered dose inhalers. So what are the key features patients and doctors are looking for in these devices? […]

What Is Apartment-Induced Asthma?

(DGIwire) – People with asthma who live in big cities prone to pollution might feel that the dirty air outside the window represents the primary trigger for their condition. But this is not necessarily the case. In fact, a substantial contributor could be the presence of contaminants inside their apartments. What are the risks regarding […]

Is Mold the Cause of Allergies? DIY Test Can Assess Mold in Homes

(DGIwire) – Few words are as disconcerting to homeowners as “mold.” Molds float through the air invisible to the naked eye and according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they reproduce by means of tiny spores. Although usually not a problem indoors, mold can be an issue if the spores land on wet or damp […]

Does This Old House Have Asbestos? A DIY Test Can Tell

(DGIwire) – The Environmental Protection Agency banned most asbestos-containing products in 1989, but this regulation was overturned in 1991, so unfortunately only a few asbestos-containing products are actually banned. In fact, houses were built with asbestos-containing insulation, textured paints, and wall and ceiling joint compounds, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Problems […]

What’s Really in the Water? Could It Be Lead or Copper?

(DGIwire) – When pipes made of lead or copper start to corrode, these heavy metals can leach into drinking water, including tap water inside private homes. To address this issue, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Lead and Copper Rule in 1991, which limits the concentration of lead and copper allowed in public drinking […]

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