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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Fans role in preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

CLEVELAND, June 9 /PRNewswire/ --

Haledyne and announced the surprising results of its recent survey of 542 Moms. More than 70 percent of respondents were unaware of the conclusive and widely-covered study by the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine which found that using a fan while a baby is sleeping can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by 72 percent.

SIDS, or a sudden unexplained death of a seemingly healthy baby, is the leading cause of death in children between one month and one year of age.The study hypothesized SIDS is related to babies re-breathing exhaled carbon dioxide that gets trapped near them in bedding. The study suggested that the use of a fan increases air circulation, thus minimizing the build up of trapped carbon dioxide and the risk of re-breathing."Our survey respondents viewed themselves as active researchers and informed parents which make the results all the more surprising," says Dr. John Zak, retired surgeon and editor of "My advice to parents: don't assume your Mom friends know about the study.

Tell them about it."Other survey results include:
26 percent of respondents were "somewhat aware" of the SIDS study.
67 percent of respondents were "unaware" of the effectiveness of UV-C in killing airborne germs;

only 23 percent of respondents were "somewhat aware" of UV-C efficacy.
33 percent of respondents described themselves as "online researcher, consumer opinion hunter"; 60 percent of respondents described themselves as "homemaker".
32 percent of respondents viewed the Healthy Fan as "effective" or "extremely effective" in reducing children's sick days; in all,

90 percent of respondents viewed the Healthy Fan as partially effective in reducing children's sick days.
86 percent of respondents owned at least one ceiling fan; 57 percent owned three or more ceiling fans.
30 percent of the respondents' children had the flu in the last three months;

84 percent of respondents' children had a cold in the last three months.

26 percent of respondents' children battled an upper respiratory disorder (asthma, RSV) in the last three months.
65 percent of respondents viewed the Healthy Fan as an appropriate shower gift for someone else or for themselves.
71 percent of respondents had a Household Income (HHI) of $75k plus;

30 percent of respondents had a HHI of $100k plus.

The Healthy Fan improves the indoor environment of a home by killing more than 99 percent of airborne germs. The Healthy Fan maximizes air circulation by utilizing traditional ceiling fan technology in combination with a mounted air purifying medallion. It uses Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) light energy to decrease the amount of airborne bacteria, viruses and mold spores.

Healthy Fan works by circulating the air in a room, and trapping dust particles and allergens in a charged filter. Some germs, especially virus cells, are extremely tiny (<.3 microns) and, can therefore be suspended in air. These germs are the target of the Healthy Fan's UV-C lights, which alter the DNA of germs, halting their ability to reproduce and killing them. UV-C light energy has been proven effective against salmonella, influenza, e-coli, staph, strep and even tuberculosis. About HaledyneHaledyne is based in Cleveland, Ohio and creates energy-based health and wellness technologies with the mission of reducing health risks in both home and commercial environments.

Haledyne's technologies make it possible for individuals to take simple and effective steps toward maintaining a healthier indoor environment. From the ability to decrease the amount of everyday germs to the potential to avoid more serious health issues, Haledyne provides added illness prevention and peace of mind in the home. Additional information can be found at

About is committed to providing the latest and most relevant information for children with respiratory issues or compromised immune systems. Visitors can read the most recent articles on topics ranging from asthma and allergies to cystic fibrosis and premature infants. The site's Med Blog and MedTech Blog showcase commentary from concerned parents, technology researchers, and top pediatric and pulmonary clinicians.


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