In 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine to review the scientific literature regarding the relationship between moisture and mold in the indoor environment and adverse health effects. The final report presents a number of significant conclusions about the health impacts of moisture in homes and other buildings and makes key recommendations on how to minimize those impacts. Among the findings: damp or moldy buildings are linked to episodes of sniffles, coughing, and wheezing in otherwise healthy people and pose a potential health threat to asthmatics already allergic to mold. The panel found insufficient evidence to blame indoor mold for many other health problems - from fatigue to cancer. The panel advises that where mold is found, it ought to be cleaned up to avoid the potential health problems, and cited the need to research the best ways of getting rid of mold while protecting the workers who do the job.
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