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Mold exposure in the home raises the risk of asthma symptoms in middle age, according to a new study from Australia.  The more mold participants reported having seen in their homes, the greater their asthma symptoms, researchers found. Men were especially vulnerable with a four-fold increase in the odds of having non-allergic asthma after recent exposure to visible mold.
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According to lab results from the Myanmar Ministry of Cooperatives, samples of coliform and mould have been found in DeeDo juice. 

If consumed, the inedible fungus in the food can cause massive intestinal and stomach cancers, said Ba Oak Khine, chairman of that country's Consumer Protection Association.
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SPRINGTIME MOLD--As part of any spring cleaning routine a homeowner should pay attention for signs of mold. Mold is a fungus that usually forms in areas where moisture becomes trapped.

After a winter of heavy snow and ice, mold can be a particular problem. Rapidly melting snow and ice can saturate the ground and make flooding more likely. If water floods your home, not only does it damage possessions, it can form the conditions for rapid mold growth.

How do you know if you have a mold problem? According to the New York Department of Health, you can usually detect it with you eyes or your nose. Mold growth might appear as slightly furry, discolored, or slimy patches that increase in size as they grow. They also produce a musty odor that may be the first indication of a problem.

To find mold examine areas for visible signs of mold growth or water staining. If that fails, follow your nose to the source of the odor. If you can see or smell mold, you can assume you have a mold problem.  Other clues may include excess moisture and water damage. It may be necessary to look behind and underneath surfaces, such as carpets, wallpaper, cabinets, and walls.

Some areas of your home seem to be mold magnets. For example, you can often find mold on the seal of the refrigerator door, on shower curtains or on window moldings. Surfaces on and around air conditioners are also favorite mold locations.
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CHICKEN WINGS--HSUS reports that the lawsuit, initiated by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, targets a California law requiring that shell eggs sold in the state come from hens that have enough space to turn around and spread their wings. But the legal challenge could have implications for a raft of state laws duly adopted by legislatures and departments of agriculture that protect agriculture and food safety and reflect the values of the states’ citizens. It puts at risk all state laws on agricultural imports, including on the labeling of seeds and weeds, the sale of adulterated commercial feed, the health of hogs and milk products entering the state, and the testing of cattle for brucellosis, tuberculosis, and other diseases.
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FASTEST SLIME MOLD--Daniel Irimia is organizing a steeplechase for slime molds.  The bespectacled bioengineer has persuaded scientists from London to San Diego to race these curious creatures in his laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital this spring, to vie for the title of the world's fastest.
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LYSTERIA IN THE KITCHEN--The director of Tropical Public Health Services, Dr Richard Gair, says the bacteria was detected during testing this week of cold meats that were served from the hospital kitchen the previous week.

He says anyone who ate hospital sandwiches or salads containing cold meat between March 10 and 18, and develops symptoms including fever, muscle aches or diarrhoea, should see their GP.
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LEGIONELLA--In January 2013, CBS News reported that a Veterans Affairs hospital in Pittsburgh knew for more than a year it had an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, but failed to warn patients. 

VA officials testified before Congress on February 5, 2013, blaming the facilities' old water system for the outbreak.
CBS News obtained new emails and internal memos regarding outbreak at Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs hospital
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LEGIONELLA OUTBREAK--After finding samples of Legionella bacteria in the hot water heating system, the Dartmouth Police Headquarters is temporarily closed.
When a Dartmouth police officer became ill and was diagnosed with a form of Legionnaires Disease, police officials decided to have an independent contractor test the water in the police station at 249 Russells Mills Road.
After testing confirmed Legionella bacteria in the hot water heating system, officials decided the police station will be closed until it is deemed safe to reenter.
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MILLION DOLLAR MOLD JOB--The bill to fix mold and water issues at Hinsdale Middle School has grown to nearly $2.4 million.

The Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 Board Feb. 24 approved spending nearly $385,000 for duct work cleaning and baseboard removal measures recommended by Integrity Environmental Services and Servpro, the two companies working to fix problems.

However, additional work was needed as the job continued, resulting in a bill of $2.39 million as of March 10, said Gary Frisch, assistant superintendent of business and operations.
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Over the years, a leaky roof and leaks from an old boiler system have created potential health hazards in Huntington's Fire Station #1 on 7th Avenue.  "This station here is just about at the point that if something isn't done, we're going to have to shut it down, because it's becoming unsafe for the occupants of the building," says Fire Chief Carl Eastham. Chief Eastham says over the last 25 years, budget cuts to the department usually came out of building maintenance. Now, the city may have to spend more than it saved.

"Well, it comes down to this black mold issue," says Eastham.

Toxic black mold spores can cause fevers, headaches and allergic reactions.

Chief Eastham showed 13 News' Ben Nandy three areas where he suspects the mold is growing.
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