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Hydrogen has a significant preventive effect on many diseases

In the past 5 years, it is surprising to find that hydrogen has a significant preventive effect on many diseases, such as ischemia reperfusion, ionizing radiation and inflammatory damage

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Many people think that hydrogen is likely to be the NO, H2S and CO gas molecules and important biological activity, because has not found any hydrogen side effects, it has unique advantages in disease prevention and treatment.

However, most of the studies are focused on the observation of the prevention and treatment of diseases by hydrogen. The research on the mechanism of action is basically in its infancy, little is known about it, and many phenomena are still difficult to explain

In addition, the hydrogen safety awareness, no obvious side effect, theoretical inference mainly from the diving medical application of high-pressure hydrogen has no obvious effect on the human body, the research on the evaluation of the biological safety reported n

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In view of the current mechanism of hydrogen and safety evaluation of the lack of human clinical trials of hydrogen should also be careful. Future research should focus on the mechanism of prevention and treatment of diseases of hydrogen, hydrogen in addition to other important antioxidant mechanisms outside, including its effect on cell signal pathway or gene expression, and antioxidant the reaction related enzyme, except for OH and ONOO- other important role of free radicals and so on;

It is also necessary to carry out research on toxicological evaluation of hydrogen, especially the long-term effects of long-term use of hydrogen safety or short-term use of high concentration of hydrogen on health. In order to promote the study of biological effect of hydrogen from the laboratory into clinical application as soon as possible, to promote basic research to the development of cutting-edge science.

China to deploy the world’s largest outdoor air purifier in Beijing

China will deploy world’s largest outdoor air purifier designed by a Dutch engineer in its smog- hit capital Beijing, as the thick heavily-polluted haze returned to haunt the city, driving people indoors. The seven-meter-tall tower, brainchild of Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, is undergoing last-minute checks in Beijing’s 751 D Park art area. The ‘Smog Free Tower’ will soon be opened to the public, and will be toured across the country, state-run Global Times said, quoting China Forum of Environmental Journalists, an NGO under China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection.

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The tower can capture about 75 percent of PM 2.5 and PM 10 tiny particles in its vicinity and then release purified air to create a “bubble” of fresh air around it. The tower can clean 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour through its patented ozone-free ion technology. Beijing has been plagued with heavy smog since the beginning of October. The city’s environmental authorities issued a “yellow alert” for air pollution on Tuesday. “Yellow alert” is the third-most serious level in a four tier color-code warning system. Red is the most serious and orange the second-most serious while blue is the least serious pollution level.

The average PM2.5 density of the small deadly polluted particles crossed over 300 today even though a cold front in the morning cleared the smog a bit. Liu Guozheng, CFEJ secretary-general said the tower is intended to warn authorities never to forget their duty and encourage the public to pull together to combat the smog. The public, meanwhile, are bemused by the tower’s function and have called on authorities to curb dangerous sources of polluting particles, the daily said. ALSO READ: China resolved 77,000 telecom and internet fraud cases, punished 43,000 people

Netizens expressed their frustration over the tower. “The so-called divine smog cleaner is more like a piece of performance art, which makes almost zero difference to cleaner air in the city. It devours the polluted air and exhales fresh air, but so little it won’t make any difference. The air will stay polluted,” the daily quoted a comment by Sina Weibo user. ALSO READ: China could be the only country with space station in 2024

 

 

Does Home Air Purifiers Really Work?

Does the EPA Advocate the Use of  Home Air Purifiers?

To reduce the contaminants that lower air quality in the home, the Environmental Protection Agency first and foremost recommends minimizing or eliminating the sources of the pollution and increasing ventilation in order to replace bad air with good.

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“[Air purifiers] may help control the levels of airborne particles including those associated with allergens.” – United States Environment Protection Agency (August 2009)

However, there are limitations to how much of each of these you can effectively do. Some pollution sources can be easily dealt with, but others cannot. Opening windows to increase air circulation is not always a convenient option, and as the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers points out, ventilation is relatively poor in many modern homes, as they were designed to be “energy efficient” by reducing airflow to and from the outdoors as much as possible. The EPA therefore also recommends the use of air purifiers to supplement these other avenues of cleaning indoor air.

Understanding the Limitations of Air Purifiers

It is important to understand and accept the limitations of air purifiers in order to comprehend their usefulness. The EPA emphasizes that air cleaners are not meant to be a substitute for the other two methods of cleaning your home’s air described above. However, in conjunction with them, the EPA says that air purifiers “may help control the levels of airborne particles including those associated with allergens.”

Most air cleaners are not effective at removing unwanted gases, being designed instead to target unhealthy particles floating in the air. Among these particles, the relatively larger ones are often missed by the air cleaner because gravity pulls them to the ground more quickly than smaller particles, keeping them out of the purifier’s reach.

Therefore, no one should ever expect air cleaners alone to have a significant impact onindoor air quality. Nevertheless, a high-quality air cleaner can be used to improve certain aspects the air you breathe in your home, and can be an important part of your overall air-purifying strategy.

The Effectiveness of Air Cleaners

The main function of most air cleaners, therefore, is combating smaller contaminating particles. Research has shown that good air purifiers, even those of the smaller, portable variety, are up to 90% effective in reducing these smaller particles, such as those caused by cat dander and dust mites.

The EPA has certain recommendations regarding the use of portable air purifiers. In order to achieve maximum effectiveness, the portable air cleaner should be placed somewhere away from walls or other obstructions and positioned in such a way that the clean air is blown into open, occupied areas. If there is some specific source of pollution, the purifier should be placed nearby. Such purifiers work far better when all doors and windows of the room in which they are located are closed.

  • Do Air Purifiers Work For Mold Removal? – Partially.  Some air purifiers may effectively remove mold particles from the air but are ineffective against killing mold spores.  Spores are typically resistant even to UV light treatment.  However, if spores become trapped in a filter, this does keep them from proliferating in your home.  Careful and proper disposal of used filters is essential.  We recommend changing filters outside your home to prevent unwanted release of trapped particles and spores.
  • Do Air Purifiers Work For Pet Allergies? – Partially.  Some air purifiers can remove pet hair and dander trapped in the air.  However, heavier pet dander particles often fall out of the air column and settle onto surfaces.  Frequent cleaning is recommended.  Also, keep pets out of sleeping areas to avoid contact with pet dander throughout the night and other sleeping times.
  • Do Air Purifiers Help With Hay Fever?– Depends on the source of your hay fever allergy.  According to the Mayo Clinic, hay fever can be caused by various pollens, fungi and mold spores, dust mites or cockroaches, and pet dander.  Air purifiers range in their effectiveness of cleaning the air of these particles depending on model type.  Air purifiers are most effective at reducing pollen particles in the air column and are recommended by the Mayo Clinic.  Dust mite feces, cockroach body parts and pet dander are typically heavier particles that fall out of the air column and must be cleaned from surfaces.  Use allergen covers on bedding and pillows to protect against the most common exposure to dust mites.  Keep pets out of sleeping areas.  Use HEPA filter equipped vacuums to clean surfaces.

Summary

In conclusion, air purifiers, while not sufficient to deal with all the hazards of indoor air pollution on their own, are a useful tool which should not be overlooked by anyone interested in keeping his or her home’s air as clean as possible. When the air purifier is of good quality and used effectively, it has an important role to play in the fight against the toxins and irritants that infest our inside air.

  • Air purifiers are most effective at removing particles that remain trapped in the air column such as various pollens, dust, and some molds
  • Air purifiers are not very effective with dust mite allergies since these allergens tend to remain on surfaces like pillows, bedding, furniture etc.
  • Air purifiers have mixed results with pet allergens due to these particles not always remaining long enough in the air column to be filtered effectively
  • Air purifiers are one solution to providing healthy indoor air and should be used in conjunction with other methods