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Mycotoxicoses

Mycotoxins are toxins produced by mold and fungi. Mycotoxicoses are actual diseases caused by mycotoxins, i.e. secondary metabolites of molds. Hundreds of mycotoxins have been identified, and many are pathogenic. But all illnesses from mold are not related to mold-poisons. … Continue reading

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Introducing Cladosporium

Cladosporium is a genus of mold that rarely produces lethal disease in humans except for causing skin and nail, sinus and lung infections. There are about forty individual species of Cladosporium, most of which are plant pathogens. When Cladosporium species spores are … Continue reading

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Mold: More symptoms than you can shake a stick at

According to one study, many cases of mold-linked illness can’t be explained by allergic reactions. A report by allergists David A. Edmondson, DO, Jordan N. Fink, MD, and colleagues at Medical College of Wisconsin, appeared in the February 2005 issue … Continue reading

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Problems in Tracking Mold issues

The moldy smell or obvious mold growth in damp buildings can indicate some molds are known to be related to human pathogens. Science and the law are not in complete agreement due to lack of direct causal proofs (and the … Continue reading

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Mold Study on Katrina

As a response to popular demand, we are presenting some more Mold Science. This mold study examines the potential risks of mold exposures based on Katrina research. The study measured airborne molds and markers of molds and bacteria in New … Continue reading

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Midwest Mold Air Quality Alert Issued

The Midwest is under an air quality alert because of dangerous levels of mold. Top 3 Species: Cladosporium (Cladosporium) Ascospores: includes Leptosphaeria, Venturia, Ascobolus, Diatrypaceae, Pleospora, Xylaria, Chaetomium, Sporomiella, Claviceps, Ascomycete, et al. (Undifferentiated Ascospores) Smuts/Myxomycetes: includes Fuligo, grass smut, … Continue reading

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Fungi in Particulates-Should it affect air quality standards?

There are speculations that airborne fungi are highly present in particulates and may even effect the weather. A wide range of airborne species exists, but more is known about its behavior in the lab than when it is in an … Continue reading

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A Mycotoxin Primer

Beware the mycotoxin. It can pass through cell walls, disrupt processes and cause damage. Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by microfungi. Mycotoxins can cause disease and death. Collectively, diseases caused by mycotoxins are called mycotoxicoses. There are two types of … Continue reading

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Rhinosinusitis and mold as risk factors for asthma symptoms in occupants of a water-damaged building

.-H. Park, K. Kreiss, J. M. Cox-Ganser Article first published online: 21 MAR 2012 DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0668.2012.00775.x Abstract  Mold exposure in damp buildings is associated with both nasal symptoms and asthma development, but the progression of building-related (BR) rhinosinusitis symptoms to … Continue reading

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New York States Mold Illness insufficient Evidence circa 2006

“After the testimony of four experts and a review of more than 70 scientific articles and books, in September 2006, a justice in State Supreme Court in Manhattan ruled that there was insufficient evidence to support the contention that mold … Continue reading

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