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airmid healthgroup is pleased to welcome Lillian Hsueh on a 2 month internship as part of the business team.

For Life and BreathThe Asthma Society of Canada held the inaugural “For Life and Breath” summit in Toronto on the 30th April and 1st May. The event focused on the impact the environment is having on asthma and respiratory allergies in Canada and brought together leaders from government, industry, academia and the not for profit sector to discuss the issue.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are often described as the "lungs" of a building1. They can range in size from small stand-alone units serving a single room to large centrally controlled systems that serve multiple rooms in a building. HVAC systems in modern public and commercial buildings can provide heating, cooling, filtered outdoor air and humidity control to maintain comfort conditions in the building2. However, not all HVAC systems are designed to accomplish all of these functions. Some buildings rely only on natural ventilation while others lack mechanical cooling equipment (air conditioning, AC), and many function with little or no humidity control. Thermal comfort is commonly maintained with heated or cooled air that is mechanically distributed throughout the building.

Damp materials or high humidity environments contribute to preferential conditions for mould growth. Moulds are capable of colonising and persisting on a vast array of surfaces due to their role in nature in the decomposition and nutrient recycling process in the environment. After flooding or water damage has occurred, insufficient remediation of the affected buildings can lead to favourable conditions for mould/fungal growth, both visible and hidden. Floor coverings such as vinyl, laminate and carpets as well as underlying insulation should be replaced where necessary. Where not replaced or left untreated, flooring can act as a favourable substrate for microbial growth. Additionally, any underflooring materials such as chipboard or joists should be replaced without hesitation if damaged, while any modifications such as cracks, heaves or discolouration may be indicative of damage that needs to remediated.

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airmid healthgroup ltd has been shortlisted for the Testing Laboratory of the Year Award 2013. The Irish Laboratory Awards promote and celebrate the success and achievements of Ireland's leading companies in the world of science.

inab-ilac-logoIn May 2011 airmid healthgroup ltd became the world’s first ISO/IEC 17025:2005 INAB accredited testing laboratory for Der p 1 (house dust mite allergen) & Fel d 1 (cat allergen) analysis.

iosh-logoThe Health Friendly Air division of airmid healthgroup are delighted to have been invited to host a seminar entitled “Indoor Air Exposure in the Workplace and Legal Compliance” on Thursday 19th September at our facilities in the Trinity Enterprise Campus in Dublin.  The event is being organised by the Ireland branch of IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety & Health), the largest health and safety membership organisation in the world.

Last week, we discussed the most effective bed bug feeding method—the live host method using human and animal blood—as well as its shortcomings. In this week's installment of our three-part series on bed bug research, we will cover the first of the two main artificial feeding methods in use today: the water bath method.

Bed Bug Feeding

Goddard. Feeding by the Common Bedbug. 2009.

In the first part of our three-part series on bed bug research, we will cover the most effective method of feeding laboratory reared bed bug colonies in terms of cost and reliability—the live host method. Humans or animals can be used and while both methods are effective, each presents its own challenges.