Adverse Health Effects of Indoor Mold Exposure

A Comprehensive Guide to the Literature for Personal Injury Lawyers

Publisher: Medifocus Legal
Publication Date: January 14, 2018
Number of Pages: 177

In recent years, public attention has become increasingly focused on human health concerns linked to mold (fungi) inside homes and workplaces. Indoor, airborne mold exposure has been associated with adverse health effects in multiple organs and body systems, including respiratory, nervous, immune, hematological, and dermatological systems. Indoor mold exposure can also lead to life-threatening systemic infections in people with weak or compromised immune systems.

In general, molds cause adverse health effects through three specific mechanisms: 1) generation of a harmful immune response (eg., allergy or hypersensitivity pneumonitis); 2) direct infection by the organisms; and 3) the toxic-irritant effects from mold byproducts. For each of these defined pathophysiologic mechanisms, there are scientifically documented mold-related human diseases that present with objective clinical evidence of disease.

Personal injury lawsuits related to indoor mold infestation have also been on the rise in recent years. Toxic mold litigation can be complex and challenging, as the plaintiff must establish a causative link between the mold exposure and the resulting alleged adverse health effects. Important issues that are often disputed in these types of cases include whether the particular species of mold identified is capable of causing the plaintiff’s signs and symptoms of a specific illness, the level and duration of mold exposure, and the severity and permanency of the illness.

The MediFocus Literature Guide to Adverse Health Effects of Indoor Mold Exposure is a comprehensive reference guide that was created to provide personal injury lawyers with an in-depth understanding of the science and medicine of mold-related diseases, as documented in the peer-reviewed literature through extensive individual case reports, cohort studies, and major topical review articles. The Guide promises to be a valuable addition to the library of any personal injury attorney or law firm involved in toxic mold litigation.

Adverse Health Effects of Indoor Mold Exposure is a one-of-a-kind literature reference Guide that includes:

  • A comprehensive bibliography of 192 journal article references indexed in MEDLINE published in well respected medical and scientific journals.
  • Online access to the abstracts (summaries) of the articles.
  • Online access to the free full-text version of 57 articles.
  • Links to full-text sources of other articles that are available for purchase directly from individual journal publishers.
  • A unique “Author Directory” consisting of the names and institutional affiliations of experts who have published and have specialized knowledge about Adverse Health Effects of Indoor Mold Exposure. The “Author Directory” is a valuable resource for quickly identifying and locating experts for case reviews, opinions, and testimony.

Select examples of topics that are covered by the articles referenced in this Guidebook include:

  • Medical diagnostics for indoor mold exposure.
  • Observation-based metrics for residential dampness and mold with dose-response relationships to health.
  • Applicability of the environmental relative moldiness index for quantification of residential mold contamination in an air pollution health effects study.
  • Exposures to molds in school classrooms of children with asthma.
  • Remediating buildings damaged by dampness and mould for preventing or reducing respiratory tract symptoms, infections and asthma.
  • Dampness and moulds in relation to respiratory and allergic symptoms in children: results from Phase Two of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood.
  • A review of the mechanism of injury and treatment approaches for illness resulting from exposure to water-damaged buildings, mold, and mycotoxins.
  • Residential dampness and molds and the risk of developing asthma: a systematic review and meta-analysis..
  • Dampness and moulds in workplace buildings: associations with incidence and remission of sick building syndrome and biomarkers of inflammation in a 10 year follow-up study.
  • Prolonged exposure to damp and moldy workplaces and new-onset asthma.
  • Association of residential dampness and mold with respiratory tract infections and bronchitis: a meta-analysis.
  • Visually observed mold and moldy odor versus quantitatively measured microbial exposure in homes.
  • Neurologic and neuropsychiatric syndrome features of mold and mycotoxin exposure.
  • Occupational rhinitis in damp and moldy workplaces.
  • Effect of indoor mold concentrations on daily symptom severity of children with asthma and/or rhinitis monosensitized to molds.
  • Excess dampness and mold growth in homes: an evidence-based review of the aeroirritant effect and its potential causes.
  • Inhalational mold toxicity: fact or fiction? A clinical review of 50 cases.
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