Volvo Car Air Purifier Gets Certification for ‘Asthma and Allergy Prevention Performance’

Volvo Motors announced on the 18th that its advanced air purification technology has been verified by two international certification agencies, Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), and OFI, an independent research and testing agency in Austria.

The “Advanced Air Cleaning” function is a fully automatic system that prevents pollutants such as fine suspended particles and exhaust gases from entering the vehicle through cabin filters. It uses synthetic fiber-based filters and has an ionization function, removing up to 95% of ultrafine dust, the most harmful particles contained in indoor air.

First of all, in the ASL test, the “Advanced Air Cleaning” function was certified as a product that helps asthma and allergies by removing up to 99.9% of grass, wood, and weed pollen allergies in the outside air. ASL is an independent certification authority that helps consumers identify products suitable for use by asthma/allergic patients.

According to the World Health Organization and the World Allergy Organization, allergies, asthma, and air pollution are negatively affecting hundreds of millions of people around the world. As a result, Volvo Motors is actively helping people breathe cleaner air by applying state-of-the-art air purification functions that provide more improved in-vehicle air quality to the latest vehicles. Volvo Motors believes that clean air provides various benefits to individual health and safety, and plans to continue to improve these areas when developing vehicles in the future.

Volvo Cars XC90 Recharge PHEV. Photo = Volvo provided by Korea
Dr. Maria Bernander, an expert on passenger health effects at Volvo Cars, said, “We will help reduce the adverse health effects related to air pollution, allergies and fine dust by helping customers improve the air quality inside Volvo vehicles.”

In addition, the “Advanced Air Cleaning” function can remove more than 97% of viruses in the air flowing into the car and remove up to 95% of the existing virus concentration in the car. In a recent test conducted by OFI, an independent research and testing agency in Austria, Volvo filters and ionization functions have high virus filtration efficiency, which is very effective in blocking viruses in the air.

In the future, Volvo Motors will be the first car manufacturer in the world to provide real-time outdoor pollen levels to drivers through its own app. The actual outdoor pollen concentration and air quality in the car are displayed in real time on the vehicle center display, allowing drivers to determine whether indoor air purification is necessary.

Volvo Motors will increase its competitive edge by providing a more comfortable and healthy driving experience by regularly testing and developing vehicle air purification functions, said Anders Löbendal, an in-vehicle air quality technology expert and function manager at Volvo Motors.

Volvo’s latest air purification technology is equipped with the world’s first sensor released in 2020. Through this sensor, indoor air quality is measured up to PM 2.5 level, and customers can compare it to external air quality level.

PM 2.5, which represents the amount of fine particles in the air, is a widely used criterion for measuring air quality. In many urban areas around the world, PM 2.5 levels exceeding the WHO recommendation criteria are causing various problems, thus emphasizing the need to minimize their impact.

Meanwhile, Volvo Cha Korea is introducing an “Advanced Air Cleaning” function with PM 2.5 sensors and particulate filters that filter ultra-fine dust in its major models, XC90, V90CC, XC60, V60CC, and S60, starting with the Swedish luxury flagship sedan S90, which was released in Korea in September 2020.

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“Asthma attacks can be reduced by 27%” Results of AstraZeneca combination therapy phase 3 clinical trial

AstraZeneca combination therapy phase 3 clinical trial

A clinical trial result showed that asthma attacks were dramatically reduced when albuterol (ingredient name), a drug taken by asthma patients, and budesonide (ingredient name), administered by inhaler, were used together for treatment.

This is from the results of the phase 3 clinical trial (test name: MANDALA) for the asthma treatment of AstraZeneca, a multinational pharmaceutical company.

According to the study, the combination therapy of albuterol and busonide reduced the number of symptomatic asthma attacks, including sudden dyspnea, wheezing (wheezing and growling), and cough.

Albuterol relieves asthma attacks by relaxing the smooth muscles of the airways (hidden) and is used for immediate asthma relief.

Also, budesonide is a corticosteroid (a type of corticosteroid) drug that is sucked through the nose.

When asthma patients have seizures, they are often taken to the emergency room or hospitalized, and in severe cases, they can even lead to death.

“The results of this study represent a paradigm shift in asthma treatment,” said Professor Reynold Panettieri, Rutgers University School of Medicine, Rutgers University School of Medicine, lead author of the clinical trial study. said

The research team conducted a Phase 3 clinical trial study on more than 3,000 asthmatics at 295 test centers across the United States, Europe, and South America.

This is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a combination therapy using AstraZeneca’s albuterol and budesonide together for moderate-to-severe asthma patients.

Albuterol is a fast-acting beta-2 agonist that binds to a very small protein called the ‘beta receptor’ in the airways and acts to relax the muscles.

Budesonide, a corticosteroid (a type of corticosteroid) drug, reduces swelling and irritation of the airways.

Standard ‘maintenance’ treatment involves administration of an inhaled drug that combines two drugs: a long-acting beta2 agonist such as beclomethasone and a corticosteroid such as beclomethasone.

When a patient has an asthma attack, an emergency medication such as albuterol is usually used. Sometimes oral steroids are prescribed. However, doctors are cautious about prescribing oral steroids because of the serious side effects.

The research team divided the patients into three groups and conducted a clinical trial. With many patients already on daily asthma maintenance therapy, participants in the group received one of three rescue therapies in case of an asthma attack.

The experimental group consisted of a group receiving a combination of albuterol and high-dose budesonide and a group receiving a combination of albuterol and low-dose budesonide. In addition, the control group received only albuterol.

Clinical trial results showed that asthma patients treated with albuterol and budesonide had improved lung function and fewer heart attacks.

Patients who took albuterol in combination with high-dose budesonide had a 27% reduction in the risk of short-term asthma attacks and a 24% reduction in the number of asthma attacks per year.

It has also been shown that this combination therapy can reduce the use of corticosteroids, which can cause side effects, by up to 33%.

“Patients can often receive more medications by inhaler when they have sudden asthma attacks, which reduces the number of asthma attacks and reduces the need to take oral steroids after attacks,” the research team said.

According to the Asthma Allergy Foundation (AAF), approximately 25 million adults and children in the United States suffer from asthma. In addition, according to the 2019 National Health Statistics in Korea, the prevalence of asthma over the age of 19 is 3.2%, and the prevalence of asthma over the age of 65 is 5.0%.

The results of this study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and introduced by the American health and medicine media ‘MedicalXpress’.


An Investigation of Allergic Diseases in Atopy and Asthma Relief School in Andong City

Andong City’s integrated care team will conduct an investigation into allergic diseases at atopic and asthma relief schools by the 27th.

Andong City conducts an investigation into allergic diseases atopy and asthma relief schools … Continued maintenance at school

The integrated care team of the Dementia Relief Center in Andong-si supports atopic and asthma relief schools so that students with allergic diseases can live and learn healthy.

A survey on allergic diseases that form basic atopy and asthma data will be conducted until May 27 for 34 daycare centers and kindergarten students selected for atopy and asthma relief schools, and first graders and transfer students.

If the patient is selected through the results of the allergy disease investigation and notified to the safe school, the health teacher will keep the patient’s individual specific information on the management card or life record, and if there is a drug prescribed by the patient, it will be used in the health room.

In addition, educational brochures in the form of fairy tales are distributed to each household along with questionnaires so that students and parents can easily learn atopy and asthma, and moisturizers are provided to safe schools so that patients can use moisturizers in health rooms.

An official from the integrated care team said, “We ask for your interest and participation in applying for and maintaining safe schools so that we can create safe school conditions from allergic diseases.”


Nasal pollen allergy, ‘Steroids sprayed in the nose’ are effective


Allergy is a disease that occurs when our body mistakenly mistake a harmless foreign substance for a very dangerous substance.

For example, pollen mainly floats in the air during the changing seasons, but it is generally not harmful even if it enters the body for a short time. However, a person’s immune system enters an emergency state by considering pollen as a harmful and dangerous substance like parasites and bacteria.

Therefore, it over-defends and attacks pollen, causing inflammation, red, swollen nose, runny nose, irritation, and sneezing. This over-defense of the immune system is called allergy. If it occurs in the eyes, it is conjunctivitis, if it occurs in the bronchi in the lungs, it becomes asthma.

Allergies get worse in spring, and allergic rhinitis is a typical example. In spring, there is a lot of pollen from trees, which increases exposure. Birch pollen, especially in spring, is a strong allergy.

House dust mites also multiply in spring and increase in number, which can exacerbate allergic rhinitis. Rhinitis causes itching in the inner corner of the eye close to the nose, which further bothers the patient.

Asthma is often caused by hay fever, and especially in the changing seasons, when the temperature difference is large, it is easy to catch a cold, making both rhinitis and asthma worse.

If allergy symptoms such as stuffy nose, runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing are left untreated, it will have a major impact on sleep. Snoring can also become severe and cause sleep apnea.

Chronic fatigue is caused by not being able to get a good night’s sleep even when sleeping. In fact, if you look at the EEG, the time when rhinitis patients wake up from a deep sleep and enter a state of fine arousal is 10 times higher. If rhinitis persists, it can worsen into sinusitis, which can cause a chronic cough.

There are two main types of nasal sprays. First of all, nasal vasoconstrictors are readily available at drugstores, and although they temporarily pierce the nose, it is not recommended to use them continuously for more than 5 days. Because of the many side effects, it should be used temporarily only when nasal congestion is very severe.

Instead, we recommend nasal spray steroids prescribed by hospitals. Although the effect does not appear immediately, it is more effective than other drugs if used continuously for more than a week. Unlike oral steroids, it is safe to use for a long time and is effective for all rhinitis symptoms and itchy eyes.

There are also studies showing that it is safe even for a two-year-old baby and that it is safe for the nose even if used daily for more than 30 years.

You cannot completely avoid pollen through your lifestyle. However, when driving a car, it is better not to leave the window open all the time and to ventilate the vehicle briefly. In addition, washing your body well after going out, washing or washing clothes frequently, and vacuuming with a good HEPA filter also helps to reduce pollen in the house.

Lastly, I would like to emphasize that the best prevention and treatment is the continuous use of nasal steroids.

“An antibiotic before delivering an incision, regardless of the risk of asthma in the child.”

Studies have shown that administering antibiotics before cesarean delivery to prevent infection does not affect the risk of asthma or atopic dermatitis in children who gave birth.

asthma in the child

HealthDay News reported on the 23rd that a team of researchers at the Institute of Applied Health Research at the University of Birmingham analyzed the medical records of millions of children born in the UK between 2006 and 2018.

The research team compared and analyzed the incidence of allergy-related diseases in children born with cesarean sections before and after the change in the guidelines of British health authorities on antibiotic administration before cesarean delivery.

The guidelines, updated in 2011, required antibiotics to be administered immediately before caesarean delivery rather than after umbilical cord cutting to minimize the risk of infection in women with cesarean delivery.

The comparative analysis showed that even if antibiotics were administered before cesarean delivery, the risk of developing allergic diseases such as asthma and atopic dermatitis did not increase, the research team said.

If antibiotics are administered to the mother before cutting the umbilical cord after delivery, antibiotics are passed to the baby through the placenta, which can affect the baby’s intestinal bacteria, including bacteria that help the baby’s health and immune system develop.

Studies have shown that there is a link between the intestinal bacterial composition of the fetus and asthma and atopic dermatitis.

In response, Andrew Shenan, director of clinical research at the National Institute of Health Research, commented that antibiotic administration for the mother before cesarean delivery is another evidence that it can help improve the health of the mother.

The findings were published in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Production of e-books for the blind and participation in massage volunteering for the elderly

#Production of e-books

I participated in e-book production for the blind, and massaging for the elderly

In the past, they read with paper books, but e-book loans that can be easily borrowed in the non-face-to-face era are increasing. Blind people who are blind can also read books. Since it is not possible to read type books with eyes, until now, it has been used to read braille books with hands or listen to them with ears. But now there are daisy books, so more blind people can access books conveniently. The iFree Electronic Library ( offers a wide range of books as daisy books.

The term “Daisy Book” means an alternative book in the form of an electronic file produced for use in a computer equipped with an auxiliary engineering machine or a screen reader. Using the method of synthesizing and outputting text-entered characters into sounds, people with low vision can listen to voices, and people with low vision can use a screen magnification program. Electronic books are accessible anytime, anywhere through braille information terminals (Hansone), portable voice readers, and apps.

However, the production of these e-books requires the help of volunteers. Let’s introduce the e-book production volunteer work, which is perfect for non-face-to-face volunteer work in the COVID-19 era.

Until now, if one person had to work on a book, several people worked on one book in the newly launched My Pick, allowing blind people to access new books faster.

Anyone aged 19 or older can volunteer after completing video training after signing up for membership. For the start of volunteer work, you should be familiar with the guidelines for e-book production, starting with understanding education for the visually impaired. The text extracted by scanning the book is alternated and edited in accordance with the electronic book production guidelines. Compared to braille books or recorded books, it has the advantage of being able to produce in a relatively short time. E-book production volunteer work can be easily accessed through site access, allowing a large number of volunteers to work.

#Volunteer through a health massage

The Siloam Welfare Center for the Blind has formed a sisterhood relationship with OPSASU(오피)’s Health Massage (, which supports therapy education and spa for the blind. The massage and SPA therapy services taught here can now participate in volunteer work.

They visit the elderly who are not feeling well and give them an eye care. I think we should emulate the fact that blind people do volunteer work, which is difficult for the general public to do.

Volunteer groups for the visually impaired recommended by OP Site(오피사이트)

Why the OP(오피) crew is respected


The OP(오피) crew recommended by OP webSite consists of visually impaired people. As for massage volunteering, it is said that there are many things to learn from the fact that they are organizing OP(오피) Crews composed of blind people that are difficult for the general public to do. As expected, I think it is right to find and do volunteer work.
It often shows self-esteem with fingertips love that we can serve, breaking away from the social prejudice that blind people should protect and help.

The general public believes that volunteering requires a certain standard of living and time to help people around you.
However, visually impaired people boldly break the general framework of thinking that they are in a position to receive social help. It is said to contribute to volunteer activities that donate their talents.
These blind people must have had one or two inconveniences in their lives, but it is not beautiful to roll up their sleeves to volunteer for the elderly in the community, so it is admirable.

It is difficult for blind people who should be alienated and protected from society to make a living by running massage parlors, etc., and thankfully, a massage volunteer group is formed to go around senior citizens’ homes, senior citizens’ centers, and nursing homes.
Of course, the elderly’s response is bound to be hot.

Often, volunteering is the idea that someone who loves themselves eventually expresses self-love as a service for others. Although it may not be a grand sacrifice and dedication for others, it is truly beautiful to help others through their talent donations.

The beautiful accompaniment of blind people during the year-end and New Year holidays, which is greeted by the pandemic that has continued for two years due to the spread of COVID-19 and various unexpected events, is a fresh influence that delivers warm love and courage to our underprivileged neighbors around us.

In 2008, there was a movie called City of the Blind. The film scathingly criticizes the reality that in a largely blind city, if there are only a few people with normal thinking, the world in which they live will be distorted and operated, so that all profits will be monopolized by the powerful and the gunman.

The professors chose Myoseo Dong-gu as their four-character idiom of the year. This means, “There is a cat and a mouse together,” which means, “The thief has become a companion with the thief.”
In short, it is painful to criticize Korea’s real politics. Non-disabled people who are blind to profits cannot hear the voices of the public, so there will be a long way to understand the hearts of voters.

Even in the harsh lives of ordinary people who have to live with COVID-19, the calm lingering feelings of the beautiful company of the blind give hope to many.
In the community where we live, there are many people to take care of, including our neighbors, Muu Tak, the head of a boy and girl, and grandparents. It is a time when careful attention from members of the community is needed more than ever because it will become a healthy society only when they can be with them.
The implications of blind people in Korean society are clear. In addition, it is to create a society that lives well.