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airmid healthgroup at 2013 AAAAI annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas

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AAAAI floor sign overhead smaller file sizeThe American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) is a professional organization, with nearly 7000 members in over 60 countries, that represents those focused on the research and treatment of allergic disease. 

The 2013 AAAAI annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas (February 22nd-26th) provided a world-class educational and scientific program. Researchers from around the world presented more than 800 abstracts covering a wide range of asthma/immunology topics.

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airmid healthgroup attended the meeting to present the results of our latest study: “Reduction of Domestic Allergen Levels in Carpets and Soft Furnishings in US Homes Using a Proprietary Hot Water Extraction Cleaning Process” (1). This research measured the impact of a professional steam cleaning process on allergens and microorganisms in the home. To do this, airmid healthgroup researchers monitored air and surfaces in 20 Ohio homes before and after steam cleaning was carried out on carpets and soft furnishings. After the field study was complete, cleaned and uncleaned carpet samples were transported to airmid healthgroup’s environmental test chambers for further analysis. The results of the study showed that hot water extraction cleaning removed up to 97% of surface allergens, and reduced airborne cat allergen by 67%. In addition there was a 90% reduction of bacteria on carpet surfaces and airborne mold levels were reduced by 55%.

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In addition to presenting our own research, the AAAAI meeting was a fantastic opportunity to keep up to date with the latest developments in the fields of asthma and allergy. Interesting work presented at the conference included an investigation of personal airborne house dust mite aeroallergen exposure during 24 hour periods (2), a study of table and desktop dust in schools as a source of potential aeroallergen exposure (3), and an investigation of the use of Twitter to disseminate information during the 2012 AAAAI meeting (4). The latter study concluded that 2,650 tweets about the meeting reached 250,000 people, almost 50 times the number of attendees at the meeting.


Convention Centre 2 smaller file sizeThe meeting took place in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, a state-of-the-art facility along the banks of San Antonio’s River Walk. The convention center is located inside HemisFair Park, which was the location of the First Annual Race for Allergy & Asthma Research. Both conference attendees and members of the public participated in this 5K run/walk to raise awareness and funds to support the ARTrust (Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Education and Research Trust) mission-to find treatments and cures for the millions of people suffering from allergies, asthma and other immunologic diseases by supporting education and research.


Texas Alamo day smaller file sizeFollowing on from participation in the AAAAI and ACAAI 2012 annual meetings, the AAAAI 2013 meeting in San Antonio, home of the Alamo, is the latest in a series of conferences at which airmid healthgroup has presented our research on the impacts of carpets and cleaning on indoor air.


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  1. Mitchell, B., M. Fox, C. Mernagh, J. Fallon, and V. Mahon. 2013. Reduction of Domestic Allergen Levels in Carpets and Soft Furnishings in US Homes Using a Proprietary Hot Water Extraction Cleaning Process. The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology 131:AB77.
  2. Tovey, E., C. Willenborg, D. Crisafulli, J. Rimmer, J. Sercombe, and G. Marks. 2013. Most House Dust Mite Aeroallergen Exposure Occurs During the Day, Not in Bed. The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology 131:AB141.
  3. Kanchongkittiphon, W. 2013. Allergen Exposure of Table and Desk Surfaces in Preschools and Elementary Schools of Urban Children with Asthma. The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology 131:AB140.
  4. Mehrotra, N., and V. Dimov. 2013. Tweeting the Meeting: Investigating Twitter Activity At the 2012 AAAAI Conference. The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology 131:AB34.