Mold ExposureAugust 6, 2012 0 Comments
The Journal Sentinel recently published Mold Exposure in Infancy Linked to Childhood Asthma, Study Finds.
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati evaluated nearly 300 children at the ages of one and seven. Of those, 24% were diagnosed with asthma at the age of 7. About 12% of the children with asthma were allergic to mold.
Tiina Reponen, co-author of the study, said while it is known that mold is a risk factor for asthma, this is the first study that quantitatively measured mold and found an association with asthma.
Three mold species — Aspergillus ochraceus, Aspergillus unguis and Penicillium variabile — are common to water-damaged homes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, new evidence links damp buildings and new onset of asthma.
Gary Steven, an allergist at the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center in Milwaukee says, “it’s proof of common sense that you want to take care of mold in the home. It’s just proving that if you don’t do that, your kids are more likely to develop asthma.”
The study was partially funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology this month.
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