Methods Used To Assess Mold Hazards In The Home

Part 3 of Mold: Enemy of a Healthy Home. In general, visual observation of active or past microbial growth, or measurement of mold in dust or samples of source material, can be used to establish potential for mold exposure. As inhalation is the primary exposure pathway for molds, air sampling for mold can also be […]


Extent And Nature Of Mold Hazards In The Home

Part 2 of Mold: Enemy of a Healthy Home. Environmental and Housing Factors Affecting Mold Growth In indoor environments, mold originates from two sources: mold infiltrating from outdoors (e.g., through open windows), and mold colonization on the interior of the home. Molds can obtain nutrients and moisture sufficient for growth from water-affected building materials such […]


Mold: Enemy of a Healthy Home, Overview

Part 1 of Mold: Enemy of a Healthy Home. There are over 200 species of fungi to which people are routinely exposed indoors and outdoors. These include mold-like fungi, as well as other fungi such as yeasts (unicellular fungi forming pasty colonies) and mushrooms, which are characterized by the familiar fruiting bodies people think of […]


Asthma and the Home Environment

More than 20 million people in the United States are estimated to have asthma. Among children, it is the most common chronic illness.  A substantial body of research, including population-based studies of school-aged children and young adults, indicates that the prevalence and severity of asthma have increased dramatically over the last several decades in the […]


About Asthma: Signs and Symptoms

Asthma is a disease of the lung airways. The airways get swollen and inflamed. They react easily to certain things, like viruses, smoke, or pollen. When the inflamed airways react, they get narrow. This makes it hard to breathe. About 20 million Americans have asthma. Nearly five million are children. Many children outgrow asthma in […]