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Article of Interest: Car Sick? Hundreds of Toxic Chemicals Inside Cars

April 27, 2022

Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article: “Car Sick? Hundreds of Toxic Chemicals Inside Cars,” from the Defender. Americans spend an average of 6% of their time inside cars, creating a significant route of exposure to a host of […]



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Article of Interest: Fragrances and Work-Related Asthma

April 13, 2022

Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article: “Fragrances & Work-Related Asthma,” from the California Department of Public Health. Fragrance ingredients used in perfume, personal care products, cleaning products, and air fresheners can trigger asthma. Fragranced products are used in […]



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Article of Interest: Cleaning Up After Pesticide Misuse

March 24, 2022

Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article: “Cleaning Up After Indoor Pesticide Misuse,” from Pesticide Information Center. It is very difficult to tell how much pesticide residue is too much in order to protect the health of residents. It […]



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Articles of Interest: Insecticides and Herbicides

March 14, 2022

Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share these important external articles on insecticides and herbicides. “Johnson v. Monsanto Co.” from Wikipedia about a herbicide that contains glyphosate, which is used to kill certain weeds and grasses: Johnson v. Monsanto Co. was the first […]



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Article of Interest: Military Burn Pit Exposures and the ‘Mystery Illness’ the VA Still Ignores

February 28, 2022

Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article: “Military burn pit exposures and the ‘mystery illness’ the VA still ignores,” from The Hill. According to a national survey of Gulf War-era veterans conducted by the VA, about 30 percent of […]



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Article of Interest: Decades After Congress’ Orders, Toxics Still Contaminate Millions of Schools

February 8, 2022

Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article: “Article of Interest: Decades After Congress’ Orders, Toxics Still Contaminate Millions of Schools,” from the Environmenal Working Group. More than 40 years ago, Congress banned harmful polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, from schools. […]



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Study of Interest: The Unfavorable Clinical Outcome of COVID-19 in Smokers is Mediated by H3K4me3, H3K9me3 and H3K27me3 Histone Marks

January 14, 2022

Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article: “The unfavorable clinical outcome of COVID-19 in smokers is mediated by H3K4me3, H3K9me3 and H3K27me3 histone marks” in the journal Epigenomics, published on Jan. 13, 2022, according to Future Medicine. The role […]



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Article of Interest: Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Essential Oils

January 10, 2022

Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article: “Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Essential Oils,” from DermNet NZ. Allergic contact dermatitis to essential oils is a form of dermatitis (eczema) that develops as a result of a delayed hypersensitivity reaction when […]



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Triple Threat: COVID, Smoking, and Mountain Cedar Pollen

December 22, 2021

Mary Lucas lives on San Antonio’s Northeast Side with her 8-year-old son, Mychael Gordon. Both have asthma, requiring them to have ready access to an inhaler and nebulizer. Making matters worse, the neighbors in their apartment complex smoke. “We have it coming in from all sides,” Mary said. “If somebody starts smoking in one of […]



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Overlooked for Decades, Mast Cells May Explain Chemical Intolerance

December 2, 2021

A newly published paper provides a long-sought link between environmental exposures and conditions like Gulf War syndrome, breast implant illness, chemical intolerance and possibly even long-haul COVID-19. This discovery represents a major step toward improved diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The new study by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, […]