Infant origins of childhood asthma associated with specific molds

A recent study establishes that exposure to mold during infancy to 3 mold species common to water-damaged buildings was associated with childhood asthma at age 7 years.

Three mold species, Aspergillus ochraceus, Aspergillus unguis, and Penicillium variabile, were significantly associated with asthma.

If those molds are present in the homes, the children were twice as likely to develop asthma.

The study was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Authored by Tiina Reponen, PhD, James Lockey, MD, MS, David I. Bernstein, MD, Stephen J. Vesper, PhD, Linda Levin, PhD, Gurjit K. Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD, Shu Zheng, PhD, Patrick Ryan, PhD, Sergey A. Grinshpun, PhD, Manuel Villareal, MD, Grace LeMasters, PhD

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