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Monday Morning Mold (Mycology) - February 6, 2006
Mold (Mycology) in the Media
February 6, 2006
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Mold (Mycology) Stories - from Cynthia Anne Coulter (Mulvihill) of Hyde Mulvihill, APC
-- Is Occupational Allergy of the Upper Airway a Serious Problem? Symptoms caused by bio-aerosol containing bacteria, endotoxin, fungal spores and â-glucans induces nonallergic inflammation of the upper airways (Medscape Allergy & Clinical Immunology MedPulse - Feb 1, 2006)
-- Knoxville school closed due to mold problems (WVLT, TN - Feb 2, 2006)
-- Follow-Up: Easleys are back in governor's mansion - $4 million renovations to solve mold problem have been completed (Winston-Salem Journal, NC - Feb 4, 2006)
-- Inn at Penn mold not a risk for most - Experts say substance may cause an allergic reaction, but can't cause serious health problems (Daily Pennsylvanian, PA - Feb 3, 2006)
-- Common fungus (Aspergillus), uncommon reaction (Contra Costa Times, CA - Jan 30, 2006)
-- Alfatoxin rules may become more stringent (Bismarck Farm & Ranch Guide, USA - Feb 3, 2006)
-- Mold Education: The Pathogenicity of Stachybotrys chartarum. (Nippon Ishinkin Gakkai Zasshi. 2005;46(2):109-17.) [Ed. Note: Article in English]
-- Mold & the Law: A quirk in the law that could cost Minnesota homeowners everything (KARE, MN - Feb 2, 2006)
-- Mold & Biotechnology: A single fungus-fighting gene apparently thwarts a disease-causing invader that creates a fuzzy gray coating on flowers, fruits and vegetables. But the same gene provides access to a different type of pathogen.
-- Mold & Construction: Windows should not need annual caulking to stop leaks (Scripps Howard News Service, DC - Feb 5, 2006)
-- Mold & Technology: eFoodSafety.com Inc. Subsidiary, Knock-Out Technologies Ltd., Receives EPA Registration on Its Big 6 Plus Germicidal Product (Genetic Engineering News, NY - Feb 2, 2006)
-- Mold, Technology & Investment: Chase Home Finance Teams with Safety Experts to Offer Incentive-Based Home Developer Loan Programs for Builders Using Mold Retardents (RisMedia.com, CT - Feb 2, 2006)
-- Mold Professionals: Cynthia Coulter Mulvihill (Mold Litigation Consulting)

 

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This week's photo is of a human eyelash with an unidentified fungus, which has caused a superficial mycoses, from the www.astrographics.com website.

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Is Occupational Allergy of the Upper Airway a Serious Problem? Symptoms caused by bio-aerosol containing bacteria, endotoxin, fungal spores and â-glucans induces nonallergic inflammation of the upper airways (Medscape Allergy & Clinical Immunology MedPulse - Feb 1, 2006)
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Although researchers pay far less attention to allergy of the upper airways than to allergy of the lower airways, the prevalence of allergic rhinitis - the most common upper airways chronic disease - continues to increase, and it is currently the most frequent and troublesome allergic disorder in westernized countries. Moreover, quality of life was found to be worse among patients with rhinitis than among those with asthma.

Problems With Epidemiological Data

Even though data on the prevalence of occupational rhinitis are limited, it has been reported to be high, ranging from 5% to 65%. At least in part, discrepancies between data on the prevalence of occupational allergy can be accounted for by differences in diagnostic criteria and techniques. For instance, there is no general agreement on the definition of rhinitis used in epidemiological studies. The definition adopted by the European Community does not include rhinitis caused by low-molecular- weight allergens.

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Knoxville school closed due to mold problems (WVLT, TN - Feb 2, 2006)
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Knoxville (WVLT) - West Valley Middle School is closed Friday after air quality tests revealed a potentially dangerous mold spore present at the school. This, after one mother says her daughter has been suffering for months from exposure to high concentrations of the mold spores.

Medical Reporter Jessa Goddard investigates. "In mid-October, Ali, while she was at school. I'd take her in the morning to the bus stop, she felt great. I'd get a call around 9:30 asking to pick her up," concerned parent Ida Randall said.

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Follow-Up: Easleys are back in governor's mansion - $4 million renovations to solve mold problem have been completed (Winston-Salem Journal, NC - Feb 4, 2006)
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Gov. Mike Easley has moved back to a cleaner, drier version of the governor's mansion. He and his wife, Mary, returned to the home about three weeks ago after five months and $4 million in renovations, state officials said yesterday.

The renovations included the removal of mold spores that had been building up for years. Workers have installed a new ventilation system and new insulation, have waterproofed parts of the house and have repainted much of the interior.

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Inn at Penn mold not a risk for most - Experts say substance may cause an allergic reaction, but can't cause serious health problems (Daily Pennsylvanian, PA - Feb 3, 2006)
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Hilton Inn at Penn guests have apparently not been endangered by exposure to mold -- which prompted a $9 million renovation project at the hotel. According to hotel spokeswoman Nancy Barag, "there was never any danger to any guests, and we're fixing the problem."

The Inn at Penn renovation project began in November, six years after the hotel opened in 1999. The renovations are slated for completion in September. Barag said that prior to the renovation project, the Inn at Penn was frequently tested for mold levels and the problem had been remediated several times. She did not specify how the problem had been temporarily remedied.

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Common fungus (Aspergillus), uncommon reaction (Contra Costa Times, CA - Jan 30, 2006)
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Q: About four months ago, I started coughing up flecks of blood. My doctor put me on antibiotics for bronchitis. They didn't do any good. I went to a lung doctor, who made the diagnosis of aspergillosis. By this time the blood had disappeared, and the doctor said not to do anything at the present. Is that the usual treatment of this infection?

A: Aspergillus is a fungus. If ever there was a fungus that fit the ditty "there's a fungus among us," it has to be Aspergillus. It's everywhere -- in decaying vegetation, in soil, in food, in water and in the air. No one on planet Earth escapes contact with it. However, it causes trouble only in a few.

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Alfatoxin rules may become more stringent (Bismarck Farm & Ranch Guide, USA - Feb 3, 2006)
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The effects of aflatoxin found in a shipment of U.S. corn in Japan could trickle back to some Eastern Iowa farmers. Japan recently found the toxin in a shipment of U.S. corn. Since then, it has tested for the toxin, Charles Hurburgh, a grain quality specialist with Iowa State University, said during a Crop Advantage Series here.

Aflatoxin is produced from the growth of the fungus, aspergillus flavus, on corn and other crops. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) might get more stringent with alfatoxin rules after the Japanese discovery. “Somebody will get audited by the FDA,” Hurburgh warned. He said regulations require farmers who know they have aflatoxin-tainted corn to document they sold it to a proper channel.

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Mold Education: The Pathogenicity of Stachybotrys chartarum. (Nippon Ishinkin Gakkai Zasshi. 2005;46(2):109-17.) [Ed. Note: Article in English]
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Stachybotrys chartarum is a dematiaceous fungus that is ubiquitous in our living environment. This fungus has long been regarded as non-pathogenic and its inhalation effect on humans has been scarcely studied. Recently, however, epidemiologic studies on acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage in infants suggested that the fungus might be potentially pathogenic to humans. To determine the pathogenicity of this fungus, its interaction with the host defense system was studied using polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs) and macrophages.

Histopathological analysis of mice intratracheally injected with this fungus was also performed. The results disclosed that the conidia of S. chartarum were resistant to the antifungal activities of alveolar macrophages in terms of phagocytosis, killing and inhibition of germination. However, the conidia could not survive in the lungs of mice when injected intratracheally. Lavage fluid of mycelia that contained the dark slimy material coating the surface of conidia showed cytotoxic activity against macrophages and PMNs. Intratracheal injection of conidia in mice resulted in intraalveolar infiltration of PMNs. When using multiple injections during a 3-week period, strong eosinophilic infiltration into the proximal alveoli and perivascular tissues was observed. Our results suggest that inhalation of conidia may cause serious damage to the human lung, particularly when repeated.

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Mold & the Law: A quirk in the law that could cost Minnesota homeowners everything (KARE, MN - Feb 2, 2006)
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"For most people, their home is the largest investment they'll ever make," says Mary Ann Betts of Roseville. "And this is giving them absolutely no security."

The Betts' spent years thinking about and planning their dream house. But roughly a decade after it was built, Mary Ann and her husband Duane discovered their home, the four-walled fruits of their labor, was quite literally rotting.

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Mold & Biotechnology: A single fungus-fighting gene apparently thwarts a disease-causing invader that creates a fuzzy gray coating on flowers, fruits and vegetables. But the same gene provides access to a different type of pathogen.
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A single gene apparently thwarts a disease-causing invader that creates a fuzzy gray coating on flowers, fruits and vegetables. But the same gene provides access to a different type of pathogen. A Purdue University plant molecular biologist and his collaborators in Austria and North Carolina identified the gene that helps plants recognize pathogens and also triggers a defense against disease. The gene and its defense mechanisms are similar to an immunity pathway found in people and in the laboratory research insect, the fruit fly.

As Botrytis cinerea, a pathogen that makes strawberries gray and fuzzy, tries to invade a plant, the gene BIK1 recognizes the pathogen and sets off a defensive reaction. Botrytis is a type of pathogen that can infect and obtain nutrients from dead cells on a plant and actually secretes toxic substances into plant tissue in order to gain entry. Another type of pathogen, called a biotroph, must feed on live plant cells. As a strategy to contain a pathogen, plants actually kill their own cells at the site where a biotrophic pathogen is attempting to invade.

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Mold & Construction: Windows should not need annual caulking to stop leaks (Scripps Howard News Service, DC - Feb 5, 2006)
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Q: I purchased a home that had been used as a model home from its builder, then leased it back to the builder to use as a model home again. He used the home for two years and three months. My husband and I then decided to move into the home. Shortly after we moved in, six windows started to leak.

The windows are aluminum. The builder has come back to fix the windows several times, by caulking them on the inside and outside. He also had to replace two studs and some framing below three windows together in the family room, and re-stucco the back of the house.

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Mold & Technology: eFoodSafety.com Inc. Subsidiary, Knock-Out Technologies Ltd., Receives EPA Registration on Its Big 6 Plus Germicidal Product (Genetic Engineering News, NY - Feb 2, 2006)
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Robert Bowker, president/CEO of Knock-Out Technologies Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of eFoodSafety.com Inc. (OTCBB: EFSF), announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued Registration No. 82723-1 for the company's Big 6 Plus Germicidal product.

Laboratory testing of the Big 6 Plus Germicidal has proved it eradicates E-coli, Listeria, Pseudomonas, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, and Streptococcus. Recently, there has been laboratory documentation that proved it also killed a strain of Avian Influenza, Candida Albicans, the most common fungal infection in immunosuppressed patients, as well as Stachybotrys Chartarum mold spores (Black Mold).

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Mold, Technology & Investment: Chase Home Finance Teams with Safety Experts to Offer Incentive-Based Home Developer Loan Programs for Builders Using Mold Retardents (RisMedia.com, CT - Feb 2, 2006)
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RISMEDIA, Feb. 3 — Chase Home Finance announced a new builders' incentive program as part of an alliance with No Burn of California to promote preventative safety in the home. Chase Home Finance, the home finance arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co., has extended a loan rate and discount reduction plan to the state's commercial and custom homebuilders that use No Burn of California's fire and mold retardant as part of new home construction.

No Burn of California, based in Rowland Heights, offers fire and mold retardants that deprive wood from igniting and keep mold from getting the food it needs to grow. The company has a line of products that can be sprayed onto the wood during the framing phase of new construction or renovation. There also are products that may be applied to drywall or other surfaces that can accept paint.

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Mold Professionals: Cynthia Coulter Mulvihill (Mold Litigation Consulting)
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Cynthia Coulter Mulvihill Cynthia Coulter Mulvihill is a California licensed attorney, admitted to practice in California state and federal courts. She has been the editor and publisher of Monday Morning Mold (Mycology) since 2002.

Ms. Mulvihill provides consulting services to Plaintiffs and Claimants - or potential Plaintiffs and Claimants; Defendants and potential defendants; attorneys; contractors; subcontractors; expert witnesses, remediators, etc. Ms. Mulvihill provides consulting services only. Her initial 15-minute consultation is free.

Ms. Mulvihill's confidential services include, depending on who she is retained by, and when:

  • Analysis of property damage and personal injuries
  • Conducting a property inspection
  • Reviewing medical records
  • Determination of the potential for a causal link between mycological issues and personal injuries
  • Research of what needs to be done to prove -- or disprove -- property damage, personal injuries, and their causal links
  • Determination what entity or entities might have caused property damage
  • Reviewing insurance policies to determine if insurance coverage is available for the claims
  • Determination what kind of expert or experts need to be retained to prove or disprove a case
  • Preparation of expert witnesses for depositions
  • Preparation of written discovery
  • Preparation of attorneys for questioning of expert witnesses
Ms. Mulvihill's work is, in general, protected by the attorney-client and attorney work-product privileges.

 

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