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airmid healthgroup textile and biomedical research representatives will be attending Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Germany from 9 to 12 January 2013.

Heimtextil

This week members of the airmid team went to the Big Ideas Showcase organised and sponsored by Enterprise Ireland

Big Ideas 2012

As winter draws in and the temperature drops, the quality of air in our homes can deteriorate. Heating systems are started up, open fires are lit, doors and windows are shut to seal out the cold air - all of these actions can contribute to an increase of allergens and irritants in the air of your home. Sealing our homes may be more energy efficient but unless adequate ventilation is also present this can be to the detriment of our health, especially for those with asthma and upper airway disease. Lack of ventilation may also cause increased moisture levels which together with warm room temperatures give an ideal environment for growth of mold & house dust mites. An asthma & allergy friendly® certified Air Cleaner can work against these factors to reduce airborne allergens and irritants in your home during these winter months.

airmid healthgroup are delighted to have been shortlisted for a business award in the category Docklands Innovator of the Year 2012 for our research on indoor aerobiology and indoor air quality that was recently presented at an international medical meeting in the United States.

The 2012 Annual Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) concluded today having run from November 8th-13th in Anaheim, California. The meeting offered an exciting array of educational sessions for physicians and allied health professionals, as well as some fantastic social events.

airmid healthgroup Air Filtration & Biomedical research representatives will be attending the International Filtration Conference in Philadelphia, USA during the 14th – 15th November.

filtration-conference-2012

Last month airmid attended the 2012 Annual General Meeting of the European Feather and Down Association in Dublin. The purpose of the association is to promote the interests of the European members of the bedfeather and feather-filling industry and their suppliers. In addition, it pursues the targets of making a contribution towards promoting fair business dealings and transactions, of informing its members of European quality regulations, and of encouraging the compliance with such regulations.

For this blog entry, we discuss the occurrence of "Popcorn workers lung" attributed to diacetyl inhalation, following the recent legal proceedings of a Bronchiolitis obliterans (BO) sufferer who contracted the respiratory disease following exposure to diacetyl from Popcorn. BO is an obstructive respiratory disease, whereby the bronchioles are obstructed by tissue damage and aberrant epithelial repair. The result is a narrowing of the bronchioles, restricting normal respiratory function. This should be of concern to managers and safety officals of manufacturing plants producing diacetyl and whose employees or consumer base may be at risk from exposure.

Maire FoxAs a world leader in Environmental Research, Development & Testing, airmid healthgroup recognises the importance of being an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory. The benefits include: 

  • Data accepted by regulatory bodies anywhere in the world
  • Increased customer confidence
  • Minimised risk of unreliable results
  • Reduced cost on unreliable results and re-testing

Recent studies conducted on vacuum cleaner emissions, have vacuum cleaners as a potential source of indoor exposure to airborne allergens, bacteria and other pathogens. In this blog post we review the issues around this occurrence and the steps manufacturers of vacuum cleaners can take to ensure their products meet certification standards, in particular the asthma & allergy friendly certification standard.  As an accredited immunoassay testing facility airmid healthgroup is a designated laboratory for the program.