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Mold contributor to asthma in low income adults finds community study

Rundown Row HomesCommunity health workers have identified mold as a contributing factor to higher rates of asthma-related hospitalization and death among low-income adults.

A recent study used survey results from community health workers in Philadelphia. Many adults on low-incomes in the city live in rundown row homes built in the late 19th century. Mold is a common issue in such properties and residents suffering from asthma and various comorbidities often can't afford expensive mold remediation work that would improve their health (please see '5 Step Environmental Mold Removal' for our guide to an affordable approach). 

Researchers from the Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, who conducted the research, state that nationally the highest rates of asthma-related deaths and hospitalizations are among low-income minority adults, but most existing research doesn't focus on these patients.

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Infant mold exposure in the home increases asthma risk

Black mold on skirting board

Research shows infants who live in homes contaminated with mold are three times more likely to develop asthma by age 7, an age that children can be accurately diagnosed with the condition.

Study results are published in the August issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

"Early life exposure to mold seems to play a critical role in childhood asthma development," says Tiina Reponen, PhD, lead study author and University of Cincinnati (UC) professor of environmental health. "Genetic factors are also important to consider in asthma risk, since infants whose parents have an allergy or asthma are at the greatest risk of developing asthma."