What Do We Know from Health Studies about Respiratory Effects of Indoor Dampness and Mold?

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Date: 
May 8, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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90-3122
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Many studies have shown consistent associations between subjectively assessed indoor dampness or mold and respiratory or allergic health effects.Causal links remain unclear because objectively measured microbiologic organisms, components, or products have shown little consistent relationship with health outcomes.This talk will broadly summarize current epidemiologic evidence on relationships of specific health outcomes with two types of indoor risk factors:
-- qualitatively/subjectively/ assessed dampness or mold and
-- quantitative/ measurements of microbiologic agents

Overall, the epidemiologic evidence suggests health benefits of remediating subjectively apparent indoor dampness and mold, but also health benefits from some early, diverse microbial exposures. The evidence does not yet support measuring specific indoor microbiologic factors to guide health-protective actions.Because we apparently do not yet know what to measure, research is needed to identify which specific or combined indoor microbial exposures have adverse human health effects, and which have protective effects.

 

A recording of this seminar is available at:  https://vimeo.com/95193275

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