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02-09-2010

Clarkson University and Air Innovations Seek Participants for Study on Effect of Air Cleaning on Asthma in Children

Clarkson University's Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES) and Air Innovations (AI) Inc. of North Syracuse, N.Y., are conducting a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the HEPAiRx® ventilating room air purifier in improving the air quality of asthmatic children’s bedrooms.

They are looking for volunteers who live in apartments or single-family homes in the North Country or Syracuse areas. The study requires the participation of a child (7-16 years-old) with asthma, and his or her family.

The study will measure the corresponding improvement in sleep and general respiratory well being by cleaning the air of bedrooms. Preliminary work has shown that having the air quality of the bedroom cleaned and conditioned (A/C and heat) has led to reduced asthmatic symptoms.

The tests will last for 16 weeks, during which the system will be running for 14 weeks. Every sixth day before going to bed and when awakening in the morning, the child will breathe into a simple sampling system that condenses his or her exhaled breath.

Clarkson and AI will collect and analyze the condensate to test if the cleaner air has produced less inflammation in a child's lungs. There will also be short questionnaires and activity diaries to complete.

At the end of the study, families will be given the option to keep the air purifier or receive $150.

Interested families should contact Theresa Ferero of Clarkson at 315-268-2390. Additional details on HEPAiRx research and development to date may be viewed at http://www.hepairx.com.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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