For sure, we must all take steps to protect ourselves, our families and our communities. For a moment, let’s all take a deep breath, and think through the things we can do to avoid COVID-19. Follow these COVID-19 courses of action. Avoid anyone who is ill. That’s hard to do, but someone may be contagious […]
Do everything you can to protect yourself and enhance your health!! These steps will also prevent the flu as well as the coronavirus COVID-19 from spreading. Most Important Fact COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person between people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet). The respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes are the culprit. […]
Summary In Georgia, Construction workers are learning to control dust and debris created during hospital construction. They are taught Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) practices at the Carpenters Local Union in Hermantown, Georgia. Currently, this type of training is not mandatory. The carpenters in training are learning how to seal rooms. They also received instructions […]
A recent press release on WebWire raised concerns about the district Massachusetts Courthouse shut down due to mold. The courthouse is located near Boston.
Summary The NJ Senate Passed Mold Legislation! This is great news for the residents of New Jersey. Unfortunately, it comes too late for thousands of NJ residents who have suffered from loss and mold illnesses.
In 2019, some of the most common mold-related news stories carried complaints about moldy schools. As parents, this is disturbing news. There are few things more important than the safety of our children in schools or daycare programs. And, there are already complaints of moldy schools in 2020.
Summary Residents complain of mold in Military housing. Just search Google and check out the list that appears. Actually, it’s astonishing that military families are often exposed to horrible living conditions. The Army released a report in September 2019. It states that residents at 48 of 49 bases have issues. To clarify, top concerns are […]
In 2019, the Mold-Help.org editorial staff launched an updated web portal. We managed the process with respect for the hundreds of posts we published over the past 17 years. And, we continued to post current news, information and resources about sickness and loss caused by mold. Our goal, then and now, is to offer practical, […]
Help your family and friends stay well this flu season! No one wants the flu! I realize this email is not really about mold. It’s about being sick, and right now, my husband is sick with the flu, Poor man! He is miserable. But, because I am so susceptible to mold and airborne pollen, I […]
Most everyone agrees that fall leaves develop mold. They become extremely moldy over time as they decay. My sinuses swell up from just walking through them. Raking them can put me in the bed for days. But what about moldy Christmas trees? I didn’t know that my Christmas tree could also make me ill. No […]
Update 2/27/2020 Aspergillus mold closed Children’s operating rooms twice. The CDC identified an old humidifier as the cause of the mold outbreak. The humidifier was turned off for more than 10 years. But, it was switched on again in 2018 and 2019 before the two mold outbreaks. And in 2020, aspergillus mold problems persist at […]
Summary Jamie Green, Superintendent of Trinity Alps School District in California, reached out to CBS13 to help investigate how dangerous breathing mold spores could be to teachers and kids in classrooms. And to find out why no one was doing anything about it. Mold in schools is often under investigated. The answer – no required […]
Update Summertime floods in New York have been on the rise in recent years. And, flood waters mean serious moldy conditions. Aging infrastructure and increasing heavy rains have made urban flooding in NY a regular occurrence. New York has been affected or hit by eighty-four tropical or subtropical cyclones since the 17th century. Nearly seven […]
Summary South Carolina state law offers two options for renters with mold problems if landlords refuse to make a repair: Move Take the owner to magistrate court Renters with mold are also advised to call South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs to determine if they can break their lease without penalty. If available, the process […]
I love fall, but….not moldy leaves! There’s something about waking up to October 1st and realizing fall is coming. As the leaves start to turn, so does my stomach. Mold will be hiding in my piles of leaves, especially after they get wet. The Curse of Fall Leaves I remember too well the moldy truth […]
Summary All across the U.S. black mold in prisons is a growing problem. Black mold is also known as Aspergillus. Union leaders are worried about the impact on correctional officers. Moreover, California is among the states with extensive complaints. At the Mendota prison, prison guards say no air conditioning and toxic black mold at high […]
Summary Some students in South Hall have noticed they have been continually sick without explanation. The problem has been identified as mold. Mold was found in the LSU Dorm. Mitigating LSU Dorm Mold LSU’s protocol for dealing with a report of mold or mildew has three parts. First, they bring in their maintenance team and […]
Mold is a more prominent problem in South Carolina following an increase in flooding in recent years. So, lawmakers are trying to get ahead of the national agencies and set standards for mold remediation in the state. Laws governing the mold remediation industry differ from state to state. Even though there are mo national standards […]
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Emili Potts first noticed the mold outside of Craige dorm on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus, trailing the wall below her leaky air conditioning unit. When the junior began having trouble breathing, she looked inside her AC unit and saw mold growing on the vents. Her moldy […]
Slime Molds have no brain, but are Smart!
My mold exposure makes me feel crazy. And, not in a good way. Sometime, I wake up with a desire to call friends, exercise, read a book….and then I find myself just wanting to lie back down and go to sleep. Then, I feel a little better, and decide to take a walk, or go […]
Summary This article looks at the benefits of fungal monitoring: testing for mold on cannabis plants. Specifically, the article discusses how to find and test samples for mold and test it properly. Once testing and analyzing are done, proper actions are carried out when necessary.
Summary Parents concerned over mold noticed a smell not long after their kids stated sixth grade at Midlothian Middle School. In September 2016, one mother began to observe a strong, pungent odor in his clothes when she washed his laundry. She sought answers to her air quality concerns. She spoke to parents of other Midlothian […]
Background Hurrican Dorian came just under a year after Hurricane Florence devastated part of North Carolina. And, Hurricane Florence hit less than two years from when Hurricane Matthew caused devastating flooding in many of the same areas. Dorian was just a category one hurricane based on wind speed when it moved inland. However, the storm […]
Summary The State of Nevada is amount other states that have confirmed that it found high levels of mold found in marijuana products sold at local dispensaries. Therefore, an advisory was sent out by the Nevada Department of Taxation. This advisory warned consumers that high levels of mold found in marijuana products also include thos […]
Written my Kimberly Davis, 3CBS Philly PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — New pictures from inside a Philadelphia elementary school show possible sources of asbestos. The teachers’ union recently announced an educator at a different school was diagnosed with cancer tied to asbestos. A new plan of action will cost at least $100 million to clear out the […]
Being sick from mold, or any disease for that matter, is depressing. It can definitely rob you of even the small pleasures life has to offer. After a particularly bad bout with mold exposure, I remember being in bed for what seemed like days on end. I was too tired to even walk outside for […]
Is your home flooded? You might have mold then. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), your home can sprout mold in 24-48 hours after a flood. The longer your wait, the more likely you are to grow mold. That doesn’t give you much time to dry things out. Especially for the people like those […]
Lichens are symbiotic organisms consisting of a fungal partner and one or several algal partners. The association is so close that scientists until 1867 were not aware that lichens actually consist of two different partners. After the Swiss botanist Simon Schwendener discovered the dual nature of lichens, lichenologists were focusing on the fungal partner when […]
In June 2013, Popular Science Magazine published an article called ‘Bacteria at 33,000 Feet: Great, now what? In the midst of airborne sea salt and dust, researchers from Georgia Tech unexpectedly found thousands of living fungal cells and bacteria, including E. coli and Streptococcus. More recently, NASA reports that astronauts are just beginning to learn […]
Read this interesting article in the South Bend Tribune, written by Marshall V. King, a food writer based in Goshen, IN. As an experiment, he kept a McDonald’s plain hamburger for 10 years, and it never molded.
JULY 7, 2019, BY ALEX ROSE, Fox 31 Denver AURORA, Colo. — About six months ago, Jacqueline Martinez moved into her first apartment with her daughter at the Courtyards at Buckley in Aurora. It wasn’t until a couple days ago that she noticed an unwanted visitor growing in her child’s bathroom: a mushroom.
NYCHA Residents – Do You Have Mold? What to Do About it. By Kyle Lawson STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Sneezing, wheezing and dry, scaly skin. According to healthcare experts, these are a few of the tell-tale signs of allergies either developed or triggered by mold growing inside a Staten Island home.
A patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital died, and five more were infected after mold was discovered in several operating rooms during a routine air test on the hospital in May. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found the hospital in violation of two dozen federal regulations and hospital policy and notified the hospital […]
The rise of Candida auris (C. auris) is a big concern in hospitals and elder care facilities around the world. Below is a short synopsis of articles about it. What is Candida auris? C. auris is a type of fungus that causes a severe infection in hospitalized patients, most commonly in those with compromised immune […]
By: Jacque Masse SHELBY CO., Tenn. – Parents are outraged after a video circulated social media after food service workers served moldy food at a Shelby County school. A student took the video inside Ridgeway High School on Monday that shows several moldy waffles inside a bag. The school said the staff didn’t follow the […]
(CNN) A patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital has died from a mold infection The patient was one of six to develop an infection from 2018-2019, according to Alyse Bernal, public relations manager for the hospital. The infections follow several operating rooms being shut down in May by the detection of Aspergillus mold in the air. […]
by David Szondy, June 28th, 2019 www.newatlas.com Mold spores commonly found aboard the International Space Station (ISS) turn out to be radiation resistant enough to survive 200 times the X-ray dose needed to kill a human being. Based on experiments by a team of researchers led by Marta Cortesão, a microbiologist at the German Aerospace […]
Well, I knew about avoiding wheat because of gluten. My OB/GYN told me he never met a person who did not feel better off wheat – well, all grains I guess. However, I did not realize that the problems go much deeper than gluten. Today, I have this weird headache that feels like a pair […]
After several visits to the doctor with associated rounds of antibiotics, my husband’s stuffy head and deep chest cough did not improve. He then visited a well-respected allergist, who said he was surprised my husband could even breathe, because his sinus cavities are so blocked. Again, antibiotics and this time, steroids. He was better for […]
A Strange Fungal Tale by Ed Yong A fruit fly stuck to a dowel, thanks to the parasitic fungus inside it. The story of the misplaced virus — a discovery that Michael Eisen describes as one of the wackiest of his career — began with some plates of fruit. In the summer of 2015, Carolyn […]
Holly Kozelsky is a writer for the Martinsville Bulletin, Virginia Before the city helps The Landmark Group build senior apartments on the former American of Martinsville factory site, it first should fix alleged problems at its Martinsville Lofts apartment complex, tenants and at least one city council member are saying. Shuna Ingram, who has lived […]
Written by Aron Hosmon, ABC News CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – A Cedar Rapids homeowner was expecting his home to be safe to move into after passing a home inspection. However, he discovered mold was missed and it was causing him to get sick. “The whole house had high levels of toxic mold, especially two […]
Author: Melissa Zygowicz for WHV11 TV The historic flooding of the Arkansas River left behind all sorts of problems for people along the water, including issues with allergies. Dr. Eddie Shields is an allergist at the Arkansas Allergy and Asthma Clinic. He said the mold count is almost always extremely high this time of year. […]
While U.S. service members risk their lives fighting for our country, many of their families live in dirty and dangerous homes. An investigation by CBS News and Reuters has found one of the military’s largest housing contractors apparently misled the Air Force to qualify for millions of dollars in bonus payments. The FBI is now […]
POSTED MAY 08, 2019 by Robert H. Shmerling, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing I have to admit it: recent news reports about a newly described “superbug” are worrisome and at least a little bit terrifying. This time, it’s not a flesh-eating bacterium or drug-resistant tuberculosis — in fact, it’s not a bacterial infection at all. […]
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas is paying a former student-athlete $40,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming she became ill because of mold in the vents of her dormitory room. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the university denies the claims but agreed to pay Laine Evans $20,000 and her attorneys $20,000 to settle the lawsuit. […]
By Alex Rose, Fox News Denver AURORA, Colo. — Several residents of an Aurora apartment complex say maintenance is hiding unsafe living conditions instead of fixing them. Tiesha Davis and Tiana Sinnett say maintenance is literally painting over the mold they have complained about at The Courtyards at Buckley. “Instead of them treating it, they […]
Written By: Nicole Carr, Matt Johnson for WSBTV2 DEKALB COUNTY, GA – Protesters held their second night of demonstrations Thursday after things turned violent outside the DeKalb County Jail the day before. It started as a social media campaign, with inmates communicating through family members, catching the public’s attention. Initially, much of the campaign centered […]
Written by Mark Darrough, PortCityNews.com Pender County — A county health crew will go to Maple Hill in coming weeks to determine the severity of mold in various homes where residents have reported respiratory problems. In response to recent concerns of mold-related health issues in Maple Hill, a small rural community near the county’s northeast […]