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Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

Hospitals in San Antonio were flooded with patients from accidents and violence last night, leading to an urgent call today for blood donations.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center says all six donor rooms are open today.

Without more blood available cancer and surgery patients may have to push back their scheduled procedures.

Blood donations across the country are at a 30-year low. January is National Blood Donor Month.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

There is a growing understanding among medical researchers that it’s not just fat putting people at risk for health problems. It’s where the body stores that fat. Some San Antonio scientists have pinpointed seven genes that influence the storage of fat. What they’re learning may lead to new therapies for targeted weight loss.

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Obamacare is on the chopping block in Washington. What happens next will affect millions of people across the country. South Texans have signed up for the Affordable Care Act by the thousands. Wendy Rigby talked to Dana Forgione, Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio professor, who is a specialist in healthcare business and legal policy for some perspective on this important issue.

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San Antonio’s Cancer Therapy and Research Center is joining 68 other National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer centers to push for wider use of the HPV vaccine.

Human papilloma virus, or HPV, is a sexually transmitted disease linked to cervical cancer.

Texans Competing in Slim Down Showdown

Jan 11, 2017
Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

One third of all Texas adults are obese. The state’s largest grocery chain is working to inspire state residents to drop some of those pounds and get healthy in a program called the H-E-B Slim Down Showdown.

Twenty-eight people from all over Texas are in San Antonio this week for Fit Camp. They're from all over the state, from Grapevine, Seguin, Laredo, Dallas.