Mold in the News: Issue 10

Mold in the News: Issue 10
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!
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FEATURED STORY: Better Science Means More Toxic Mold Lawsuits: Toxic mold lawsuits have historically been met with speculation. Much of this was the result of the science — differing opinions on causation and whether visible mold automatically implies the presence of toxins. Some even went so far as to claim mold litigation was based on “junk science and hysteria.” However, a recent ruling from a New York appeals court suggests that prevailing opinions about mold science may have changed.
Mold Advocate Put In Jail: Earlier this week Sharon Kramer was jailed for telling the truth about mold and the negative health effects it can have.
VIDEO: Healthy Living: Early allergy season: If you suffer from allergies, doctors are recommending that their patients seek treatment a little earlier this year.
Mold The Hidden Perpetrator of Sinus Infections – Found in 96% of Mayo Study Participants: Nasal congestion is usually caused by infection or allergy, and is one of the most frequent medical complaints in the United States. A common belief is that nasal congestion or “stuffy nose” is due to a buildup of mucus. However, congestion is more often due to swelling of the nasal tissues, caused by inflamed blood vessels.
Clearing the air at school: In her letter, Bornstein called for the immediate firing of Superintendent Bella Wong and the district’s assistant superintendent, Salvatore Petralia, saying they had failed to fully pursue the state agency’s recommendations, which included making improvements to the ventilation system and installing a new drainage system at the school.
Is there something more to the black mold on the Rye Public Safety Building?: The Portsmouth Herald did the people a public service in publishing a recent article written by reporter Joey Cresta on the continuing problems with the Rye Public Safety Building (RPSB). The appearance of his article has re-ignited the concerns of many in Rye who thought this infamous debacle was old news, but has also generated new interest among those who were not here or otherwise not aware when the events of this dark continuing saga were being played out several years ago.
Ask Dr. John: Blood pressure, mold, cleansing diets: Every Wednesday morning, Dr. John Torres answers your questions on 9NEWS. If you would like to submit a question to Dr. John, email him at mornings@9news.com.
Tornado victim battled mold after belongings were soaked: When Joplin tornado survivor Susan Robinson, 44, woke up the last Sunday morning in February, she was short of breath and eventually passed out. It was the latest in a string of such episodes that each time resulted in a trip to Freeman Hospital West. The last attack was worse than the others. Robinson awoke the next morning on a ventilator in the intensive care unit. Robinson and her husband, Mark, at first suspected it was post-traumatic stress disorder.
Waterford seeks $9.2 million to upgrade schools: Township residents will vote Tuesday on a $9.2 million plan to upgrade local schools in the wake of a mold infestation. Among other improvements, the plan calls for new HVAC systems and controls at the district’s three elementary schools Atco, Thomas Richards and Waterford. The project also calls for new roofs at the Thomas Richards and Waterford schools, as well as asbestos abatement at Atco Elementary.
Lawmaker, families pleased with home repairs, mold an issue: Gone is the leaking, rotted ceiling over the bathtub and the toilet that was leveled with wooden shims. The squirrel-fouled attic crawl space has been cleaned out and patched up. The Quintela home in the Sandpiper Crescent Navy housing area in Virginia Beach, Va., is once again livable. It took a wave of negative publicity to get it fixed.
Mold forced officials to close the building
Around the house: ventilation to avoid mold or fungi

Mold and Miscarriage, Is There a Link?

Mold and Miscarriage, Is There a Link?
There are countless stories of women being exposed to mold during pregnancy and suffering miscarriage or birth defects. However, there is not yet any solid hard scientific evidence that exposure to mold directly causes birth defects. Studies with animals have shown that there is a definite link between black mold and pregnancy, but animals are different than humans, so the results are somewhat inconclusive.
According to Fit Pregnancy, the primary reason that there is no empirical scientific evidence on the link between black mold and pregnancy is the fact that, “nobody in their right mind is going to test toxic substances on a pregnant lady,” not to mention that it would probably be difficult to get volunteer test subjects.
There are three distinct types of mold: allergenic, pathogenic, and toxic. It is believed that black mold exposure will cause the most harm to a pregnant woman because it is toxic. Numerous studies have linked health issues with toxic mold exposure, so it does make logical sense that a pregnant woman should be concerned.
In addition to the link between miscarriages, birth defects, and black mold, there is some evidence that asthma and SIDS may be caused by mold exposure during pregnancy as well. Both asthma and SIDS are caused by breathing issues and it is believed that this may originate in the womb because black mold attacks the respiratory system.
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