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Monday Morning Mold March 21, 2005
Mold in the Media
March 21, 2005
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Mold Stories
-- FEMA News: Mold May Be Present In Flood-Damaged Homes (Community Dispatch - Mar 21, 2005)
-- Forbes Health: Household Mold Doubles Child's Asthma Risk (Forbes - Mar 18, 2005
-- Couple Says Black Mold Found In Dream Home - Builder Moraco Claims Mold Specialists Found No Health Hazards (WDIV, MI - Mar 22, 2005)
-- Charley, Frances, Jeanne & Ivan Follow-Up: Mold, other problems generated by Hurricane Ivan increasing Panhandle homeless (Sun-Sentinel.com, FL - Mar 14, 2005)
-- CNN Money: Lead paint, mold and pesky ghost - Sellers, if you don't disclose all you know about your house, it could come back to haunt you. (CNN - Mar 17, 2005)
-- Shop owner broken by mold - After fungus caused more than $10,000 worth of damage in her showroom, she says she has few options (Newsday, NY - Mar 18, 2005)
-- Mold Education: Antifungal Drugs - Allylamines and other non-azole ergosterol biosynthesis inhibitors
-- School Mold: District to get refund for cleaning mold at school (Arizona Republic, AZ - Mar 19, 2005)
-- School Mold: Mold worries spur fix after remodel (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA - Mar 15, 2005)
-- Mold & Insurance (Charley, Frances, Ivan & Jeanne): Insurance headaches face owners of hurricane-damaged homes - 40 year Allstate Client Sues (Kansas City Star, MO - Mar 13, 2005)
-- Mold & Litigation: Newer school, builder (Randazzo Inc. of Poway) differ on leakage woes (San Diego Union Tribune - Mar 19, 2005)
-- Mold & Litigation: Environmental Legal Blogs from a Skeptical Lawyer is Online (PR Web, WA - Mar 15, 2005)
-- Mold & Technology: EMLab Announces the Hiring of Two Recognized Mold Experts (Market Wire - Mar 16, 2005)
-- Mold & Legislation: Mold specialists face licensing under new bills (Orlando Business Journal, FL - Mar 15, 2005)
-- For Fun: Fun Facts About Fungi (TM)

 

Good Morning,

This week's photo is of Malassezia furfur, from the University of South Carolina Microbiology and Imunology On-Line Website, which is an opportunistic fungi that causes rashes.

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FEMA News: Mold May Be Present In Flood-Damaged Homes (Community Dispatch - Mar 21, 2005)
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Columbus, Ohio -- Homes that were affected by the severe winter storms and flooding that began December 22, could be harboring mold.

"Mold is a significant problem after flooding and proper cleanup is critical to ensure it doesn't affect you or your family's health," said Lee Champagne, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) federal coordinating officer for the disaster. "Care must be taken to clean and completely dry areas of the home soaked by floodwaters to prevent structural damage and adverse health effects from mold."

Click here for: FEMA News: Mold May Be Present In Flood-Damaged Homes (Community Dispatch - Mar 21, 2005)


Forbes Health: Household Mold Doubles Child's Asthma Risk (Forbes - Mar 18, 2005
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FRIDAY, March 18 (HealthDay News) -- Mold and dampness in the family home doubles the risk a child will develop asthma, British researchers report.

"These findings strengthen evidence that exposure to molds increases the risk of developing asthma in childhood," study author Jouni Jaakkola, director of the Institute for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Birmingham, said in a prepared statement.

Click here for: Forbes Health: Household Mold Doubles Child's Asthma Risk (Forbes - Mar 18, 2005


Couple Says Black Mold Found In Dream Home - Builder Moraco Claims Mold Specialists Found No Health Hazards (WDIV, MI - Mar 22, 2005)
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INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A couple is asking for their down payment back after they say black mold was found in their dream home, Local 4 reported.

Todd and Jamie Michael said a few months after a builder broke ground on their new home last fall, inspectors discovered black mold.

Click here for: Couple Says Black Mold Found In Dream Home - Builder Moraco Claims Mold Specialists Found No Health Hazards (WDIV, MI - Mar 22, 2005)


Charley, Frances, Jeanne & Ivan Follow-Up: Mold, other problems generated by Hurricane Ivan increasing Panhandle homeless (Sun-Sentinel.com, FL - Mar 14, 2005)
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PENSACOLA -- Hurricane Ivan is forcing a second wave of people from their homes six months after it struck. Some who tried to stay in storm-damaged houses are leaving because mold has made the buildings health hazards and others who lost their jobs are running out of rent or mortgage money, the Pensacola News Journal reported in Monday editions.

Also, some people have had to leave rental homes _ a scare commodity since the Sept. 16 storm _ because landlords haven't repaired damage because they lack insurance, plan to make other use of the property or are delaying so they can charge higher rents after tenants leave.

Click here for: Charley, Frances, Jeanne & Ivan Follow-Up: Mold, other problems generated by Hurricane Ivan increasing Panhandle homeless (Sun-Sentinel.com, FL - Mar 14, 2005)


CNN Money: Lead paint, mold and pesky ghost - Sellers, if you don't disclose all you know about your house, it could come back to haunt you. (CNN - Mar 17, 2005)
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SALEM, Ore. (CNN/Money) - When your house is on the market, you brag about its best features. When you accept an offer, however, you'll need to disclose all of its flaws.

Some are obvious, like water damage or termites. But it's your obligation to come clean about everthing -- even the ones that might just be a figment of your imagination.

Click here for: CNN Money: Lead paint, mold and pesky ghost - Sellers, if you don't disclose all you know about your house, it could come back to haunt you. (CNN - Mar 17, 2005)


Shop owner broken by mold - After fungus caused more than $10,000 worth of damage in her showroom, she says she has few options (Newsday, NY - Mar 18, 2005)
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Huntington-based Heather Dunn & Co. is closed and owner Heather Dunn wants everyone to know why. A sign on her window reads "Closed Temporarily Due to Mold Infestation" - a problem that has not only invaded Dunn's showroom, but also her nose.

"This goes beyond just me," said Dunn, who estimates the mold has caused more than $10,000 worth of damage in her Wall Street showroom. "What do you do about the mold? ... It's a serious problem and no one wants to do anything about it."

Click here for: Shop owner broken by mold - After fungus caused more than $10,000 worth of damage in her showroom, she says she has few options (Newsday, NY - Mar 18, 2005)


Mold Education: Antifungal Drugs - Allylamines and other non-azole ergosterol biosynthesis inhibitors
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These agents act in a variety of fashions, but fundamentally all lead to reduced ergosterol biosynthesis and are thus conceptually related to the azole antifungal agents. One example is terbinafine, which acts by inhibiting squalene epoxidase.

The only member of this group is terbinafine, and this agent acts by inhibiting squalene epoxidase. This is another enzyme in the pathway that leads to synthesis of ergosterol, so this agent is conceptually related to the azole antifungal agents. Terbinafine is mainly effective on a specific group of fungi, dermatophytes. Terbinafine (aka Lamasil) has in vitro activity also against most Candida spp., Aspergillus spp., Sporothrix schenckii , Penicillium marneffei , Malassezia furfur , Cryptococcus neoformans , Trichosporon spp. and Blastoschizomyces.

Click here for Mold Education: Antifungal Drugs - Allylamines and other non-azole ergosterol biosynthesis inhibitors


School Mold: District to get refund for cleaning mold at school (Arizona Republic, AZ - Mar 19, 2005)
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The Tempe Union High School District will receive money to cover what it spent to have mold removed from Desert Vista High School.

The district governing board last week unanimously approved a settlement and release agreement with Target General Inc., now called CORE Construction Services of Arizona Inc., Sloan Valve Company, and Southwest Mechanical Inc.

Click here for School Mold: District to get refund for cleaning mold at school (Arizona Republic, AZ - Mar 19, 2005)


School Mold: Mold worries spur fix after remodel (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA - Mar 15, 2005)
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Worries about mold have prompted the Mt. Lebanon School District to conduct an emergency repair to newly remodeled Foster Elementary School.

The ground floor of the school has an ongoing moisture and water problem along the exterior wall under the main entrance, district facilities manager Gerald Ingram told the school board Monday.

Click here for School Mold: Mold worries spur fix after remodel (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA - Mar 15, 2005)


Mold & Insurance (Charley, Frances, Ivan & Jeanne): Insurance headaches face owners of hurricane-damaged homes - 40 year Allstate Client Sues (Kansas City Star, MO - Mar 13, 2005)
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ORLANDO, Fla. - Ada Robertson has had a homeowner's policy with Allstate Insurance for more than 40 years. The 72-year-old widow stuck with the company, she said, because it felt like family.

No more. Robertson now is suing Allstate. Hurricane Charley tore up her roof, leaving leaks that ruined a ceiling and did other damage to her otherwise immaculate two-story home in east Orange County, Fla.

Click here for Mold & Insurance (Charley, Frances, Ivan & Jeanne): Insurance headaches face owners of hurricane-damaged homes - 40 year Allstate Client Sues (Kansas City Star, MO - Mar 13, 2005)


Mold & Litigation: Newer school, builder (Randazzo Inc. of Poway) differ on leakage woes (San Diego Union Tribune - Mar 19, 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 Mold & Litigation: Newer school, builder (Randazzo Inc. of Poway) differ on leakage woes (San Diego Union Tribune - Mar 19, 2005)


Mold & Litigation: Environmental Legal Blogs from a Skeptical Lawyer is Online (PR Web, WA - Mar 15, 2005)
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(PRWEB) March 15, 2005 -- A new "Blog" (Environmental Legal Blogs) now covers recent developments in US and California environmental law from the perspective of an attorney practicing in the environmental field for almost a quarter-century.

Why is Environmental Legal Blogs unusual? Unlike the majority of environmental publications and Blogs, Environmental Legal Blogs refuses uncritically to accept the common assumption that the more regulation, the better. The Blog tries fairly to summarize emerging issues but at the same time to stress the scientific uncertainties and inequities often accompanying new, "feel good" laws and regulations. The Blog from time to time also invites experts on a given topic to submit featured Posts that share such experts' perspective with the reader.

Click here for Mold & Litigation: Environmental Legal Blogs from a Skeptical Lawyer is Online (PR Web, WA - Mar 15, 2005)


Mold & Technology: EMLab Announces the Hiring of Two Recognized Mold Experts (Market Wire - Mar 16, 2005)
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SAN BRUNO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/16/2005 -- Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, Inc. (EMLab) is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. John Shane and Ann Atkinson, two recognized indoor air quality (IAQ) experts, to lead its teams in the Midwest and Northeast regions, respectively.

John Shane, Ph.D., will head the Midwest region based in Chicago. Dr. Shane is the best-known instructor in the field of spore trap analysis for environmental particles and mold. He has trained over 3,000 analysts during the past ten years as Professor and Director of Research of the McCrone Research Institute in Chicago, IL. Dr. Shane is a recognized expert in the scientific community and will play a major role in offering EMLab clients high-end technical support. Dr. Shane will also join EMLab's "Mold University" faculty, which offers advanced training to IAQ professionals. He joins the existing faculty of David Gallup, Dr. Harriet Burge and Dr. Payam Fallah.

Click here for Mold & Technology: EMLab Announces the Hiring of Two Recognized Mold Experts (Market Wire - Mar 16, 2005)


Mold & Legislation: Mold specialists face licensing under new bills (Orlando Business Journal, FL - Mar 15, 2005)
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TALLAHASSEE -- Most of the exterior walls of Bradenton resident Linda Farnen's $400,000 home, which is less than 3 years old, are covered with mold.

Despite bringing in a purported mold specialist and spending $10,000, Farnen says she still doesn't know the cause of the problem.

Click here for: Mold & Legislation: Mold specialists face licensing under new bills (Orlando Business Journal, FL - Mar 15, 2005)


For Fun: Fun Facts About Fungi (TM)
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This is a fun site for educators -- or anyone looking for an animated version of how sporangium works in fungal reproduction.

A cow stays close to its calf to make sure it will get everything it needs to grow. In the grass around their hooves, the fungus Pilobolus does exactly the opposite. To help its spores, Pilobolus uses a "shotgun" to blast them as far away as possible. Pilobolus lives in cow dung. This life habit may seem terrible to us, but fungi like Pilobolus are very important in nature. These fungi, called "decomposers" break down non-living organic matter by feeding on it. Some bacteria and animals are also decomposers. Without them, we would be surrounded everywhere by piles of dead plants, animals and dung.

Click here For Fun: Fun Facts About Fungi (TM)


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