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South Texas Poison Center earns national honor

January 2006

Members of the South Texas Poison Center (STPC) were recognized for their scientific abstract at the 2005 meeting of the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology.

Miguel C. Fernández, M.D., medical and managing director of the STPC; Leslie DeHart, R.N., B.S.N., poison information specialist; and Cynthia Teter, Pharm.D., poison information specialist, were presented with the $1,000 "Thompson Micromedex Award for Best Scientific Abstract" by the president of the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

"Blindness by Inhalation of Carburetor Cleaners Containing Methanol Among Latinos on the Texas U.S.-Mexico Border" is the name of their award-winning scientific abstract poster. Their findings were published in 2004 in the journal Clinical Toxicology.

"The poster is significant for bringing out new information on the problem of inhalant abuse," Dr. Fernández said. "The Spanish-speaking Latino population is historically less likely to utilize poison control services. Our study points to a specific toxicological cause of morbidity and mortality in these medically underserved communities that is entirely preventable."

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