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Monday Morning Mold March 28, 2005
Mold in the Media
March 28, 2005
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Mold Stories
-- Mold Allergy a Greater Health Concern Than Toxic Mold - Mold Usually Harmful Only in Large Concentrations to Allergic Individuals (allergies.about.com - March 25, 2005)
-- Managing mold and mycotoxins (Agriculture Online - March 25, 2005)
-- Dr. Mold - The science may be sketchy, but medical "experts" like Gary Ordog keep litigation alive and kicking. (Forbes - Mar 24, 2005)
-- Rhode Island condo board nearly destroyed my life - Illness, job loss, insurance fraud, toxic mold, and homeowner abuse. (AHRC News Services, CA - Mar 24, 2005)
-- Jury Says Insurance Company's All Wet, Awards Woman $300K - $50K Of Award Is For Emotional Distress (NBC Sandiego.com, CA - Mar 23, 2005)
-- Mold Education: Antifungal Drugs - Antimetabolites
-- School Mold: Vista [California] Unified district is suing contractor over leaky school (San Diego Union Tribune - Mar 23, 2005)
-- Court Mold Follow-Up: Order Returns to 2nd District Court After Renovations (The Ledger, FL - Mar 13, 2005)
-- Mold & Litigation: Research and Markets: Mold Litigation and the Insurance Industry (Yahoo News - Mar 14, 2005)
-- Mold & Technology: Mold in Homes a Consumer Concern According to Survey (PR Newswire - Mar 22, 2005)
-- For Fun: NASA Pranks - Peeps in Space

 

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This morning's photograph is a microphotograph of Amphotericin B (Fungizone), an anti-fungal drug used to treat invasive fungal infections, especially those caused by Candida spp. , from the Mollecular Expressions (TM) website, http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/index.html.

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Mold Allergy a Greater Health Concern Than Toxic Mold - Mold Usually Harmful Only in Large Concentrations to Allergic Individuals (allergies.about.com - March 25, 2005)
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Mold is normally present in all homes, but is usually harmful only in large concentrations to allergic or sensitive individuals according to a report published in the March 2005 Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

"Although toxic mold has received much media attention lately, toxic reactions caused by fungal exposure have not been found to be a significant health problem," said lead author Jay M. Portnoy, The Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. "The more common household molds, when in the presence of moisture, can proliferate and cause problems and health effects that are generally due to allergy or irritation to fungal substances."

Click here for: Mold Allergy a Greater Health Concern Than Toxic Mold - Mold Usually Harmful Only in Large Concentrations to Allergic Individuals (allergies.about.com - March 25, 2005)


Managing mold and mycotoxins (Agriculture Online - March 25, 2005)
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Last fall's problem finding places to store bumper crops was a great one to have. But this spring, livestock producers may have a potentially serious problem on their hands if grain stored outside through the fall and winter begins to mold and produce mycotoxins. As warmer weather heats those stored piles of grain, producers should be prepared to look for and test their grain before feeding it to livestock.

Although there are thousands of fungi species, only 20 of them are capable of producing mycotoxins. Most mycotoxins affecting livestock are found in stored grains, especially high moisture corn, silage, cottonseed, peanuts, and to some extent, soybeans.

Click here for: Managing mold and mycotoxins (Agriculture Online - March 25, 2005)


Dr. Mold - The science may be sketchy, but medical "experts" like Gary Ordog keep litigation alive and kicking. (Forbes - Mar 24, 2005)
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Gary Ordog was trained in emergency medicine. He spent the first 17 years of his career patching up knife and gunshot wounds at Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center in the tough Compton neighborhood of Los Angeles. Then he found a more lucrative specialty. For $9,800 up front (plus $975 an hour) Dr. Ordog appears as an expert witness in lawsuits to testify that mold can cause a terrifying array of diseases, from lung cancer to cirrhosis of the liver. Mold "is a major, devastating part of my patients' lives," says Ordog, a portly British Columbia native who says he's treated thousands of people for mold exposure at his clinic in a strip mall in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita. "It destroys their health, their homes and all of their possessions."

The American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and the federal Institute of Medicine say there's no evidence for such claims. The vice president of Ordog's own professional association, the American College of Medical Toxicology, agrees. "Mold exposure does not cause significant disease," says Paul Wax, a practicing toxicologist in Phoenix who isn't involved in litigation.

Click here for: Dr. Mold - The science may be sketchy, but medical "experts" like Gary Ordog keep litigation alive and kicking. (Forbes - Mar 24, 2005)


Rhode Island condo board nearly destroyed my life - Illness, job loss, insurance fraud, toxic mold, and homeowner abuse. (AHRC News Services, CA - Mar 24, 2005)
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For the past two years, after discovering toxic mold in my condo, I gutted the walls on two stories of my condo and rebuilt it with my own expenses, with total stonewalling on the part of the insurance company and condo association.

The lawsuit against the condo association was filed in June 2003, after 6 months of wasting time for my attorney who attempted to work this out with the insurance company. I already have a compromised immune system and also have heath claims, although most of my expenses were from property damage, mold testing, and reconstruction.

Click here for: Rhode Island condo board nearly destroyed my life - Illness, job loss, insurance fraud, toxic mold, and homeowner abuse. (AHRC News Services, CA - Mar 24, 2005)


Jury Says Insurance Company's All Wet, Awards Woman $300K - $50K Of Award Is For Emotional Distress (NBC Sandiego.com, CA - Mar 23, 2005)
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SAN DIEGO -- A year-long battle to settle a homeowner's insurance claim ended in victory for a North County woman. The water that flooded Margaret McKenna's Oceanside home dried up a long time ago, and its place now is mold. McKenna said that it wouldn't have happened if her insurance claim had been settled faster.

On Tuesday, a Vista jury awarded McKenna $300,000. She told NBC 7/39 that the settlement is long overdue.

Click here for: Jury Says Insurance Company's All Wet, Awards Woman $300K - $50K Of Award Is For Emotional Distress (NBC Sandiego.com, CA - Mar 23, 2005)


Mold Education: Antifungal Drugs - Antimetabolites
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This class has only example, flucytosine. This small molecule is a DNA substrate analog that leads to incorrect DNA synthesis. Flucytosine is active against Candida spp., Cryptococcus neformans, Aspergillus spp. and the dematiaceous fungi, Phialophora spp. and Cladosporium spp. causing chromoblastomycosis.

Flucytosine (5-fluorocytosine; 5-FC; 4-amino-5- fluoro-2-pyrimidone) is an antimetabolite type of antifungal drug. It is chemically a pyrimidine. It is activated by deamination within the fungal cells to 5- fluorouracil. Flucytosine is marketed as AncobonTM by Roche Laboratories. It is available as oral capsules since 1972 in USA. Its intravenous formulation is no longer available.

Click here for Mold Education: Antifungal Drugs - Antimetabolites


School Mold: Vista [California] Unified district is suing contractor over leaky school (San Diego Union Tribune - Mar 23, 2005)
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OCEANSIDE - Every day the sun appears over Temple Heights Elementary School is a good one, Principal Vicki Corea says.

That's because the campus, which is just 18 months old, had standing water in 29 of its 31 classrooms during the peak of the recent rainstorms.

Click here for School Mold: Vista [California] Unified district is suing contractor over leaky school (San Diego Union Tribune - Mar 23, 2005)


Court Mold Follow-Up: Order Returns to 2nd District Court After Renovations (The Ledger, FL - Mar 13, 2005)
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LAKELAND -- Business returns to normal Monday at the 2nd District Court of Appeal's headquarters here after a year of problems, ranging from asbestos cleanup to mold infestation, and more than $1 million in renovations.

This weekend, employees cleaned and moved boxes of documents, furnishings and other necessities back into the appellate court's headquarters on Memorial Boulevard.

Click here for Court Mold Follow-Up: Order Returns to 2nd District Court After Renovations (The Ledger, FL - Mar 13, 2005)


Mold & Litigation: Research and Markets: Mold Litigation and the Insurance Industry (Yahoo News - Mar 14, 2005)
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The 2nd Edition of Mold Litigation And The Insurance Industry is an 85- page study of the current state of claims and litigation regarding mold. The report takes a concise look at why mold is becoming a major issue for insurers, what its potential to damage the industry is, and how litigation of mold issues has fared so far.

A major focus of the report is a profile of 26 mold lawsuits in various stages of judicial activity. These include suits against builders and contractors, suits against property owners, and suits directly against insurers.

Click here for Mold & Litigation: Research and Markets: Mold Litigation and the Insurance Industry (Yahoo News - Mar 14, 2005)


Mold & Technology: Mold in Homes a Consumer Concern According to Survey (PR Newswire - Mar 22, 2005)
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VALLEY FORGE, Pa., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- First there was radon, then carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds. Now the latest home invader is mold, and, in a national survey released today by CertainTeed Corporation and conducted for them by Opinion Research Corporation, 55 percent of the 1,040 respondents expressed concerned about mold in the home.

Mold is clearly a growing problem. In Texas alone, there have been nearly 40,000 insurance claims filed for mold-related issues over the past five years. And high-profile home mold cases, such as entertainer Ed McMahon's, consumer crusader Erin Brockovich's and musician Ted Nugent's, have thrust mold into the spotlight even more.

Click here for Mold & Technology: Mold in Homes a Consumer Concern According to Survey (PR Newswire - Mar 22, 2005)


For Fun: NASA Pranks - Peeps in Space
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For the past two years, NASA scientists at the Marshall Space Flight Center, in cooperation with ham radio enthusiasts, have pursued a high-flying program to investigate the meteoroid population of the stratosphere. One after another, weather balloons have been launched carrying a special dust collector designed to capture high-speed but fragile meteoroids. The first weather balloon mission was during the Leonids meteor shower on November 17, 1998. Subsequent flights included the 1999 Perseid meteor shower, the 1999 Leonids meteor storm, and a control flight on April 11, 1999 when no meteor showers were active.

Stowed away on the weather balloon sent aloft in April 1999 were five tiny Peeps. How they got there is controversial. Most of his colleagues think they were smuggled on board by Bryan Walls, an irreverent member of the launch team. However it happened, one thing is clear -- these Peeps were not purchased with tax dollars and NASA does not endorse these brightly colored sweet treats!

For Fun: NASA Pranks - Peeps in Space


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