Mold in the News: Issue 16

Mold in the News: Issue 16
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mould related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of mould and mould related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet important mould news. Our facebook page is also full of mould news…please LIKE us. Our founder, James C. Watson, is donating $0.50 for every new LIKE we get to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks for your support.
FEATURE STORY: The Argument Against Biocides: Why We Don’t Need to Kill Mold: We fix sick homes. Every day, people with asthma, allergies, sinus problems – and a plethora of other sometimes seemingly unrelated maladies – suspect something in their home might be at the root of their woes and call upon us to do the sleuth work. More often than not, when we find a mold problem and it gets corrected, people begin to see improvements in their health and quality of life, sometimes dramatic improvements.
Mold Forces Salisbury Family Out of Newly-Purchased Home: It is the “American dream” to own a home. For the Widdowson family of Salisbury, that dream turned into a nightmare. Shortly after moving in, the family says the home turned out to be unlivable due to being full of mold.
Video: Parents Meet With Education Officials Over School Building Health Concerns
Video: Parents of Brooklyn Students Demand Answers in Mold Problem
Video: Williamsburg Parents Claim Local School Building Has Mold Problem
Parents at a Brooklyn school building demanded answers from education officials at a meeting Monday about construction conditions they say are creating health hazards for their children. About 500 students, parents and teachers met with Department of Education officials inside the building that houses PS 17 and MS 577 in Williamsburg, which is undergoing a massive construction. Parents said that construction, mixed with water damage, has made the environment unbearable.
Video: Middle School of the Kennebunks mold-free: In a letter to parents, RSU 21 Superintendent Andrew Dolloff said the Middle School of the Kennebunks is free of mold. The $16 million building opened in 2002. It has had leaks and mold problems since then. Staff and teachers met earlier this month about the building. They said it is making them sick. Dolloff said a mold-sniffing dog detected some mold in the building, but none in the wall cavities, ceiling or walls.
Video: Superintendent Squashes Growing Mold Concerns At Quidnessett : A leaky roof at a North Kingstown elementary school has parents concerned over the potential for mold.
Video: Woman finds moldy substance on Kotex Tampon
Don’t Worry, That’s Just Bread Mold On Your Tampon
The black spots were hard to miss. They were covering a tampon discovered by Danielle Parr on Tuesday morning. “When I went to look, I saw some discoloration,” she said. “It looks like mold to me.” The tainted tampon came from a box of Kotex purchased at a Saginaw grocery store three weeks ago. Parr was so disgusted with what she found, she checked the rest of the contents.
Fungus warrior offers free home inspections: Fungus Fighters won’t have a prominent spot at this weekend’s annual health fair at the Lincoln Park District, but business owner Dave Edwards is hoping attendees take advantage of his services. Edwards will participate in the health fair — not by manning his company’s booth but he’ll be with the local chapter of the Asthma Coalition, headed by Mallory Ramos of the Logan County Department of Public Health.
How old is your Mold?: Can the age of mold be determined? There is no real scientific way or test to determine the age of mold…..a competent inspection can lead you to some probable conclusions. Mycologists indicate and my field experience confirms that fungal growth can occur in a building over a broad surface and quite rapidly, in as short a time as 2-3 days in some conditions and they add that it is not very reliable to guess at the “age” of a given mold colony.

Mold in the News: Issue 12

Mold in the News: Issue 12
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mould related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of mould and mould related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet important mould news. Our facebook page is also full of mould news…please LIKE us. Our founder, James C. Watson, is donating $0.50 for every new LIKE we get to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks for your support.
FEATURE STORY: Court denies appeal of school mold lawsuit: An appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against Suffolk Public Schools by a former teacher who alleged that mold in her classroom caused her illness. Christina Hood taught fourth grade at Booker T. Washington Elementary School during the 2007-2008 school year. She originally filed suit in June 2009 claiming that the School Board knew about mold and humidity issues in the building and deliberately sought to cover up the problems.
CBC Audio: More Mould in Pikangikum First Nations
Fix them now: Building maintenance has long been a weakness of Harford County Public Schools. Certainly, school buildings are used hard and can’t be expected to last forever. Then again, most school buildings are constructed rather solidly using the best techniques of the day. Even when the old Bel Air High School building was demolished a few years back, it wasn’t falling apart and, with enough work, probably could have been kept serviceable for another half century.
$100K+ To Fix Lead, Mold at Honolulu Hale: Two city departments will together look to hire an emergency contractor to clean up mold and lead at Honolulu Hale — an operation that is expected to cost taxpayers at least $100,000. The contaminants were revealed in a report released last month by a consultant hired to study the safety of city hall last summer. Civil Beat first shared photos and details from the report Thursday.
Take Simple Steps To Reduce Mold In Storm-Impacted Buildings : Recent storms in Indiana may have caused mold. Outside, mold decays leaves, contributing to soil enrichment. However, mold growing inside buildings can cause serious health risks.
Controlling Mold Growth Indoors During Spring Cleaning and the Rest of the Year: Spring is around the corner and with the season’s warming weather we often open up our windows and take on the task of spring cleaning. As a toxicologist for EPA’s Indoor Environments Division, I’m often asked if I have any indoor air quality tips that people might use during spring cleaning. One step people might not think of is to check for excess moisture that could lead to mold growth and take steps to prevent mold from becoming a problem in the home.

Does Mold Cause Asthma?

Does Mold Cause Asthma?
If you or someone you love suddenly suffered an asthma attack, it might be caused by mold.
In a 2001 study, Dr. Maritta Kilpelainen at the University of Turku in Finland, found a definite link between mold and illness, particularly asthma, colds, and other respiratory ailments.
Dr. Kilpelainen and her colleagues questioned more than 10,000 university students on the dampness of their homes. They then asked how often they developed colds and other respiratory infections.
Research Conclusions:
1. Students who reported having visible mold in their homes were more than twice as likely as others to have asthma. Moldy homes were also linked to a nearly 50% increase in the odds of having at least four colds in a year.
2. Students whose homes harbored visible mold or water damage were also at a somewhat higher risk for other infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
3. Dampness in the home “at least maintains” asthma symptoms, and may also boost a person’s vulnerability to colds and other respiratory infections.
4. Mold is an allergen, it is a known trigger of asthma attacks because it triggers inflammation in the upper respiratory tract and, therefore, makes people more susceptible to colds.
If you suspect that mold is an issue in your home or business and causing health issues, contact got mold? so that we can verify if, in fact, mold is the cause of the issue.