Study by Meyer et al in Indoor Air about mold and SBS among adolescent schoolchildren by gender

Meyer HW, Wurtz H, Suadicani P, Valbjorn O, Sigsgaard T, Gyntelberg F. Molds in floor dust and building-related symptoms among adolescent school children: a problem for boys only? Indoor Air, 15 (s10): 17-24. [NOTE: This publication is the final, expanded version of the peer-reviewed conference paper (extended abstract, six pages) in the Proceedings of the Indoor Air 2002 international conference, Monterey, CA, July 2002.] This was a stratified cross-sectional study of 1, 024 teenage school children from eight visibly water-damaged schools and seven school with no visible damage in Denmark (NOTE: could have been hidden damage, but not known). Measurements of dust (on floors, in ventilation system air supply ducts, in air, and settling in cardboard boxes on surfaces), air temperature and relative humidity, and carbon dioxide (an indicator of ventilation) were conducted. Reported building-related symptoms were statistically significantly associated with molds measured in floor dust, overall and among just the boys and just the girls who were not yet having their periods (menstruating). These results suggested hormone (estrogen) levels may have had a role. To read the official abstract to this article, please go to: //