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Study of Interest: Mast Cell-Neural Interactions Contribute to Pain and Itch

May 30, 2023

Our team at the Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external study: “Mast Cell-Neural Interactions Contribute to Pain and Itch” from researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Eastern Finland. Mast cells are best recognized for their role in allergy and anaphylaxis, but […]



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Study of Interest: Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Disinfectant Usage in the Home and Office

May 10, 2023

Our team at the Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external resource on indoor air quality: “Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Disinfectant Usage in the Home and Office” from researchers led by Nancy A.C. Johnston from the Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho. Of the disinfectants […]



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Resource of Interest: EPA’s Interactive Tour of the Indoor Air Quality Demo House

May 1, 2023

Our team at the Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external resource on indoor air quality: The “Interactive Tour of the Indoor Air Quality Demo House” from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Get a quick glimpse of some of the most important ways to […]



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Article of Interest: Wood-Burning Stoves ‘A Serious Threat’

April 25, 2023

Our team at the Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article: “‘A serious threat’: calls grow for urgent review of England’s wood-burning stoves” from The Guardian. Politicians and campaigners have called for an urgent review of wood-burning stoves, which cause large amounts of pollution […]



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Article of Interest: Autism Rates Jump

April 7, 2023

Our team at the Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article: “Autism rates jump, especially among children without co-occurring intellectual disability” from Healio. The estimated prevalence of autism among 8-year-olds in a New Jersey study more than tripled during a 6-year period, including a […]



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Article of Interest: If You Can Smell Your Air Freshener, You Might Have a Problem

March 20, 2023

Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article: “If you can smell your air freshener, you might have a problem” from The Washington Post. Air fresheners mask unpleasant odors with vibrant scents, but they come with foul risks for human […]



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5 Types of Household Items to Avoid if You Have a Chemical Intolerance

March 14, 2023

Is it possible that one or more common household chemicals are making you ill? If so, how and why would they cause such a reaction? There is a two-stage process called toxicant-induced loss of tolerance, or TILT, which may explain this cause-and-effect relationship. First, there is a major or chronic exposure to environmental agents such […]



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Article of Interest: Safest Seat on an Airplane to Avoid COVID-19

February 23, 2023

Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article: “Safest seat on an airplane to avoid corona” from euclaim.com. What is the safest place to sit if you decide to fly during the corona pandemic? Several studies show that a window […]



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Commentary: The Ohio Train Derailment and Chemical Intolerance

February 21, 2023

Just think. If vinyl chloride could have been gradually vented from the rail cars (in the Ohio train derailment that occurred Feb. 3, 2023), there might not have been any problem. However, “burning off“ the tons of organic (petro) chemicals aboard the train generated enormous clouds of ultrafine combustion particles (smoke). Buoyed by air currents […]



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Article of Interest: As Workers Battle Cancer, The Government Admits Its Limit for a Deadly Chemical Is Too High

January 25, 2023

Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article: “As Workers Battle Cancer, The Government Admits Its Limit for a Deadly Chemical Is Too High” from Pro Publica. It’s no secret that the plant’s workers are being exposed to poison. Government […]