Sources and types of indoor pollution encountered in homes. Source: Royal College of Physicians. Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution. Report of a working party. London: RCP, 2016.

Earlier this year the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) released the report “Every breath we take: The lifelong impact of air pollution”. The report covers the health effects of air pollution across our lifetime, from before birth to old age.

The issue of air pollution is very important. In the UK around 40,000 deaths a year are estimated to be attributable to outdoor air pollution. However the report emphasizes that air pollution is not just an outdoors problem. …

You don’t want either of them in your bed, but do you know the difference between bed bugs and house dust mites?

The main noticeable difference is size. Bed bugs are visible to the naked eye. Adult bed bugs are about 5–7 mm in size [1]. So they are comparable to the size of an apple seed or about half the area of your pinky fingernail. In contrast, dust mites can really only be seen under the microscope. House dust mites are about 0.1–0.4 mm long [2], less than one tenth the size of a bed bug, at least. House…

The 8 principles of a Healthy Home

On average we spend more than 90% of our time indoors, and much of that time is spent in the home. Most people are inside their homes for at least half of each day [1]. There is a well-established connection between housing and health [2], so it is important to take measures to ensure your home doesn’t make you sick.

June 2016 was the first annual National Healthy Homes Month. This initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provided the opportunity to learn more about housing and its effects on health. The National Center for Healthy…

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