RSS

Blog posts of '2010' 'October'

New Study Shows Proof How Mold Targets Asthma Sufferers

According to an article in Indoor Environment Connections, vol. 11, issue 10 dated August 2010, a new scientific study shows a greater link between black mold and asthma. The study, which was conducted by Harvard researchers, says “There is a more definitive link then previously thought between mold in homes and the risk of severe asthma”. The study, which was originally published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care examined homes that contained high amounts of black mold and found children living in these environments, had “severe exacerbations of asthma that often included emergency room visits and hospitalization…” When studies such as these use words like “exacerbations” you can be sure the findings are not going to be good. The EPA places in-home mold threats on the same level as second hand smoke. The new study out of Harvard is now able to show that there is a more precise connection to mold and asthma then had been previously known. It is precisely for this reason that researchers at AdVnt Biotechnologies have worked to develop an in-home black mold detection test called ‘The Informant”. Inexpensive and easy to use, this remarkable test can determine the presence of black mold in 15-minutes or less with out the hassle of sending the results to a lab for further analysis. With this information, occupants of suspected mold infested homes will be armed with positive proof that action in mold remediation needs to be taken to prevent future long-term damage to their health and well-being.

Ann Wu of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute in Boston who conducted this new mold study explains that enzymes called chitinases that breakdown chitin found in cell walls of mold, causes asthma inflammation. “Our results support increasing evidence that CHIT1, which is primarily released in the lung, plays an important role in the patho-physiology of asthma in the proper environmental context of exposure to chitin, which was approximated by mold levels.” say Wu.

Homes that were used for this study were measured as having greater or less then 25,000 mold colonies per gram of household dust. Though this level is high for most homes, buildings that have problems with dampness, or water saturation in construction materials could have levels that easily reach these numbers. Often times homes that had sustained water damage in the past but had failed to completely remove all damaged materials, such as drywall, carpeting, vinyl floor coverings or wood could give rise to colonies that go undetected years before health problems occur. Click on the following link to see an article and video about one families horrific ordeal near Denver Colorado. http://www.9news.com/seenon9news/article.aspx?storyid=156994&catid=509. Testing for black mold in these environments becomes crucial and could mean the difference between better living or constant high cost visits to a hospital or emergency room. The ‘Informant 15-Minute Black-Mold Detection Test is highly accurate and can detect below 105 or 100,000 spores per ml of three of the most dangerous species of black mold listed by the Center for Disease Control.

As a result of this new study, people who have been pushing for tougher laws and regulations control and clean up of unsafe indoor environments now have documented, scientific evidence to back them up. One citizen, also in Denver CO. decided not to wait for the law to come a knocking chose to do the right thing. His heroic story can be found here… http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_16281174.

Low-income neighborhoods are at a greater risk for mold problems and asthma is a huge public health concern in these disadvantaged areas that are the hardest hit. Since many buildings at these locations are usually older and have long-standing repair issues in terms of wear and drainage damage, the probability of long-standing plumbing and moisture problems is much greater. Add to that the easily controlled, but seldom dealt with issues of slumlords who are able to slip through the cracks of a legal system that is often to overwhelm to adequately pursue such matters until the problem of black mold demands that they take action, the issues challenging low-income neighborhoods increase. Now with the help of the ‘Informant’ 15-Minute Black Mold Detection Test, occupants have a simple and easy to use instrument ready to help them make their case and take the steps that will be needed to reclaim their homes. See the article in the Phoenx Business Journal on AdVnt’s new “Infomant 15-Minute Black Mold Detection Test.

To opt in for AdVnt Biotechnologies product updates & notifications follow this link… http://eepurl.com/gYvBv

History of Biowarfare Part III - Now For Something Completely Horrific

From a historical perspective, anthrax is probably the most widely used bio-threat known to humans. Some scholars now believe it to be the nasty soot “morain”, spoken of in the book of Exodus and may also be considered a likely candidate for the “burning wind of plague” that begins Homer’s Illad. Anthropologists have recently determined that Yersina Pestis is without a doubt the plague virus behind the Black Death. If these accusations are correct then its’ safe to say anthrax might be the most well recorded bio-threat to date.

As a weapon, anthrax lives up to its reputation. Those infected with the substance will develop ulcerative puss filled lesions; severe respiratory infections and death within two to three days in most cases. The victims also become infectious to those close to them allowing this nasty toxin to spread like wildfire. Anthrax is a bacterium and can become dormant in the ground in a spore type state for long periods of time before springing back to life and re-infecting all over again. In this regard it is not much different then a mold or fungus.

The use of anthrax bacteria in ancient military campaigns as been recorded going back to biblical times. Some barbarians stooped so low as to use the diseased bodies of its’ victims to poison wells and food supplies, and even to catapult them over the walls of fortified cities under siege. In this century combatants on all sides of conflict carried out the military use of anthrax during World War I. By the time we get to World War II, biowarfare becomes actively financed by government officials who, taking a lesson from history, begin to seek out more advanced ways to exploit deadly toxin and other forms of bio-threats inert potency. Reports are said to prove that allied efforts in Canada, the United States, and Britain sought to develop anthrax-based weapons against Germany, but apparently this was never fully realized.

The growing concern for a substance like anthrax being used on heavily populated areas today is nothing to be taken with a grain of salt. When United Nations inspector’s toured Iraq’s bio-weapons facilities after the Gulf War, they discovered, according to some sources, that the Iraqi’s reportedly had produced up to 10,000 liters of bio-weapons grade anthrax, though some dispute this claim. But a sobering reality of the potential of an attack surfaced when the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo, the same peace-loving group who was responsible for releasing Sarin gas in the Tokyo Subway system, was later discovered to have been close to developing anthrax-based weapons. This group was seeking nothing less then total world domination. Yes, you read that correctly … “Total World Domination“.

After the anthrax attack that followed five days after 9/11, killing five people and infecting 17 others, it became apparent that the best way for a nation to defend itself from such threats was to create a level of preparedness that would limit the impact of this type of terrorist tactic or eliminate the threat completely. It was then determined that one of the most important factors in limiting this kind of damage by such a heinous act would be in the timing that it would take to identify the what type of biological threats were involved. This information would allow first responders to make rapid and reliable decisions that could mean the difference between saving millions of lives vs. the unthinkable horror of a wide spread plague that could devastate vast numbers of a population. The solution to this dilemma of rapid detection and response would be found in the science of biotechnology.

.

In order for first responders to know what bio-threat was being presented to them upon receiving that first call to quickly contain the situation, they would require some sort of device that could identify the biological threat as close to the moment of it’s first outbreak as possible. Up until 9/11 no such device existed that could adequately be labeled as rapid detection. The answer to this problem would come in the form of a device known as a chromatographic immunoassay, also known as a hand held assay (HHA). One of the first and best of this kind of test to hit the market was called the BADD single detection test, this test would then later evolve into a multi-threat detection test called the Pro-Strip, allowing for the first time, one test that would give a first responder the ability to read up to 5 threats (Anthrax, Botulinum, Plague, Ricin and SEB toxins) with just one revolutionary device. Created by researches at AdVnt Biotechnologies in Phoenix AZ. these two devices are still being used by military, first response teams and CBRNE teams worldwide due in large part to the consistent reliability, ease of use and cost effective dependability.

As horrific as it must have been to be on the receiving end of bio-terrorism in times past, new, current technologies now exist today that was not available during the times past. With the threat of biological attacks growing more realistic, the likelihood that a highly trained and prepared first response team will have the capabilities to move in quickly, ascertain the situation with rapid, reliable knowledge of the threat involved, downgrade the event from the potential wide spread catastrophe to a much limited and highly contained incident is far more plausible now then at any time in the history of the world.

To opt in for AdVnt Biotechnologies product updates & notifications follow this link… http://eepurl.com/gYvBv