Adverse Health Effects of Indoor Mold Exposure

A Comprehensive Guide to the Literature for Personal Injury Lawyers

Publisher: Medifocus Legal
Publication Date: August 8, 2021
Number of Pages: 177

Fungi, commonly known as mold, are ubiquitious microorganisms that are found in all parts of the world. When airborne, these microorganisms can be inhaled and can contribute to adverse health effects in humans, particularly in susceptible individuals. One of the major factors promoting the growth of fungi is dampness, which is defined as the presence of sufficient moisture to support the growth of fungal microorganisms. Common classes of fungi that are associated with indoor water damage or decay include Penicillium, Aspergillus, Stachybotrys, and Chaetomium.

In recent years, public attention has become increasingly focused on human health concerns linked to mold inside homes and workplaces. In a review of the literature published in 2004, the U.S. Institute of Medicine concluded that there is sufficient evidence of an association between indoor dampness-related exposures and upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, wheeze and asthma exacerbation. In addition, sufficient evidence was found between mold exposure and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Indoor, airborne mold exposure has also been associated with adverse health effects in other organ systems including nervous, immune, hematological, and dermatological systems.

In general, mold can cause adverse health effects through three specific mechanisms: 1) generation of a harmful immune response; 2) direct infection by the organisms; and 3) the toxic-irritant effects from mold byproducts. For each of these 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 indoor mold-related diseases, as documented in the peer-reviewed literature through extensive case reports, cohort studies, and major topical reviews. The Guide includes over 180 hand-selected journal article references with links to the Abstracts and also includes online access to the free full-text of 59 articles.

The Guide promises to be a valuable addition to the library of any personal injury attorney 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 214 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 59 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:

  • Damp mouldy housing and early childhood hospital admissions for acute respiratory infection: a case control study.
  • Dampness, mould, onset and remission of adult respiratory symptoms, asthma and rhinitis.
  • Microbial growth in building material samples and occupants’ health in severely moisture damaged homes.
  • Indoor visible mold and mold odor are associated with new-onset childhood wheeze in a dose dependent manner.
  • Medical diagnostics for indoor mold exposure.
  • 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.
  • Exposure to visible mould or dampness at home and sleep problems in children: Results from the LISAplus study.
  • Asthma related to workplace dampness and impaired work ability.
  • Quality of life of patients with asthma related to damp and moldy work environments.
  • Respiratory and allergic health effects of dampness, mold, and dampness-related agents: a review of the epidemiologic evidence.
  • Spectrum of noninfectious health effects from molds.
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