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New mobile app offers families help in making their homes healthier.

Living conditions in that place we call home can play a big role in our health. Now there's an app to help families deal with hazards in their homes that may cause injury or illness. Its launch comes during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

The free mobile app, developed for the Baltimore-based Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, walks users through a brief quiz to identify health threats such as chipping lead paint, mold, pests or carbon monoxide.

Users are then given some DIY tips for simple fixes, plus a button to call for help locating service providers or trained contractors in their community.

For now, the app is targeted to provide resources in just the Baltimore and Washington areas, but plans are to expand its coverage to the rest of the 25 cities in which Green & Healthy Homes works.

The app is downloadable for iOS and Android. For more info, go here

The app comes as a new study underscores the importance of maintaining a healthy indoor environment.

Researchers from Harvard University's public health school, SUNY and Syracuse University found that people who work in "green" offices -- well-ventilated places with low levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide -- do better at processing information, making plans and responding to a crisis than those in work spaces with typical pollutant levels.

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