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Clare tops in air monitoring

CLARE, Mayo and Dublin are the only counties in Ireland with air quality monitoring stations that can detect the most lethal matter, it has emerged. This week the Asthma Society of Ireland is highlighting the significant failings in the monitoring of air quality in Ireland. At the launch of the 2015 Clean Air Campaign in the College of Medicine and Health Science, UCC, one of the main concerns being highlighted is the serious absence of air monitoring stations that are capable of detecting the most lethal particulate matter (PM) in the air. Clare, Mayo, Dublin are the only counties in Ireland with air quality monitoring stations capable of reporting real-time concentrations of the standard parameters for particulate matter, PM2.5 and PM10. Figures from these stations are used to estimate air pollution levels in other counties. Tasmania, the Australian state with two thirds of Ireland’s land mass and a population of only 500,000, has 27 such sites. The campaign highlights the …

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Hallowe’en dangers for asthmatics

The Asthma Society of Ireland is urging people of all ages, with asthma and allergies, to take special care this Halloween and be mindful of the triggers that can worsen their symptoms. Hallowe’en can be a dangerous time for asthma sufferers, especially children, as there are many common triggers that will be magnified by its activities, worsening asthma symptoms. In Ireland, asthma affects one in 10 adults, and one in five children. Approximately one person a week dies as a result of asthma, yet 90% of these deaths are preventable. John Holohan, Asthma Society head of communications said, “Changes in weather, excitement and certain foods coupled with additional triggers such as smoke from bonfires and fireworks can all affect respiratory conditions, making Halloween a tricky time for asthma and allergy sufferers, especially children. Top Hallowe’en asthma tips: Make sure you or your child’s reliever (blue) is available at all times. Make sure that new Hallowe’en costumes do not contain latex. …

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