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Link Between Lead Exposure and Heart Disease

Since the 1970s, lead has been banned for use in paints, gasoline, and many other products because of its effects on the brain. However, its connection to heart disease has only recently been revealed. A recent observational study from The Lancet Public Health Journal revealed that 256,000 cases of premature death caused by cardiovascular disease in the US may be linked to lead exposure. This new study defies the notion that low levels of lead exposure had little to no effect on premature ... Read more

The Importance of Lead Exposure & Removal

While lead exposure rates in the US have dropped considerably since the mid-1970s, recent events demonstrate that residents are not totally removed from the issue. Since the 2016 lead contamination and water crisis in Flint, Michigan, it has been discovered that thousands of other communities in the US suffer from lead exposure rates even greater than those documented in Flint. This new awareness of the presence of lead has caught some off-guard, considering that the substance was banned from products for decades. However, many ... Read more

New Bill Addresses Mold Removal in Public Buildings

In South Carolina, a bill was introduced into the State House, which if approved, will change the way mold removal is performed in the state. The bill seeks to employ greater oversight into how mold is removed in public buildings. A committee will be formed to examine the scope of the issue and how best to remove any mold that is in place. The co-sponsors of the bill are responding to recent issues in the Cherokee County schools, Spartanburg County courthouse, and public ... Read more

Detecting the Presence of Lead in Food

Lead is a toxic element that is naturally present in the water, air, and soil. Even small amounts of lead can be dangerous, especially to children. Lead inhibits the proper development of the brain, which in turn can affect speech, emotion, and cognitive ability. In addition, recent studies have demonstrated a link between lead and premature death due to heart disease. New concerns about lead in food have surfaced in India where instant noodles, a popular food consumed by tens of millions of ... Read more

The Effects of Black Mold Exposure

Just like standard mold, black mold can infest residences, commercial buildings, and facilities. This is especially true in damp areas where the mold can attach and grow. Black mold is especially dangerous and identifying it in the early stages may mean the difference in affecting the health of those who live or work inside. What is Black Mold? Black mold is a type of mold that appears quite dark, if not fully black in appearance. It gives off a musty, damp odor and ... Read more

E-Waste: Always A Problem

There are many different types of waste, but electronic waste, or e-waste, is generally harder to get rid of for a number of reasons. What is E-Waste? E-waste is a term applied to the waste created by discarded computers, mobile devices, servers, cameras, storage devices, and more. Once the electronic device is no longer needed, it tends to be difficult to get rid of because of the investment placed in such a device and the different disposal options that must be followed. In other words, just ... Read more

The Damages of Floodwaters and Mold

The damage from floodwater caused by massive rainstorms and hurricanes can be substantial. However, once the storms have abated and the damage has been assessed, mold can appear and cause even more destruction. How Mold Affects Homes Damaged by Floodwater Mold is present even in the driest of climates, but it does not cause any damage until it is exposed to moist or wet surfaces and allowed to grow. The aftermath of hurricanes and massive rainstorms, which generate floodwater, represents the greatest danger ... Read more

Black Mold vs. Asbestos

Black mold and asbestos are two of the biggest dangers that may be present in your residence, building, or facility. If left unchecked, they may cause considerable damage to the health of those who live or work inside. However, despite the fact that both substances may be deadly, there are considerable differences between black mold and asbestos. What is Black Mold? Mold is a common fungus that is found in practically every structure. However, it does not present a threat until it attaches ... Read more

Toxic Mold Syndrome and Its Effects on the Brain

The effect of mold on residences, buildings, and facilities is well-known. When uninhibited, mold can spread quickly, consume organic materials, weaken structures, and in some cases, cause buildings to become so fragile that they are condemned. However, a lesser known effect of mold is the health of those who live or work inside structures that have been invaded by mold. The condition known as toxic mold syndrome is relatively rare, but real. Every year, it affects thousands of people, and the results ... Read more

Asbestos Deaths Remain a Public Health Concern

Decades after asbestos was banned from being used in the construction of residences, commercial buildings, and facilities, people are still dying from exposure today. Mesothelioma, a cancer which is caused by long-term exposure to asbestos, is still claiming lives despite the fact that the substance has been banned from new construction and removed from thousands of buildings starting in the late 1970s. While most people who succumb to mesothelioma were exposed decades ago, there are still younger people who are dying from ... Read more