Mold may set off asthma in middle-aged men
By Annie Rahilly-Melbourne, http://www.futurity.org
Reducing the presence of mold in the home may reduce asthma in middle-aged adults, according to new research.
In a follow-up of a longitudinal health study conducted in Tasmania, over 5,700 participants completed respiratory and home environment questionnaires and had skin-prick tests for allergies.
The results revealed that recent presence of mold in the home was associated with “non-allergic” asthma in middle age, particularly in men whose risk was about four times that of women.
Lead author John Burgess of the University of Melbourne and University of Tasmania says most studies of mold and asthma had concentrated on children and adolescents.