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STRONG START PTSD Consortium based at UT Health San Antonio

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a common problem among military veterans. Now, UT Health San Antonio is launching a statewide program to train more mental health providers how to treat PTSD.

The chaos of battle can leave soldiers scarred physically and often mentally. In an effort to help more veterans suffering with PTSD, UT Health is launching the STRONG STAR Training Initiative.

University of Texas at San Antonio

The brain remains one of the last frontiers of modern medicine. What some San Antonio scientists are learning about how the two halves of the brain communicate could lead to a new understanding of conditions like autism, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

In Fredericksburg over the weekend, opponents of the latest proposed healthcare bill in the U.S. Senate rallied publicly. In the middle of Cruz and Cornyn country, opponents found creative ways to make their voices heard.

Fredericksburg is is one of the least likely places you’d expect to see a political rally. It's an upscale touristy retirement town of 10,000 people in the Texas Hill Country, well known for its  fresh peaches.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

When Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died suddenly last year after suffering a cardiac arrest on an airplane at the age of 60, many women wondered: would they know if they were in the midst of a heart problem?

In today’s TPR Lifeline, Bioscience-Medicine reporter Wendy Rigby talks to Dr. James Watts, Chief of Cardiology at Brooke Army Medical Center about what women and men need to know when it comes to symptoms of a life-threatening problem. Here's a transcript of the interview.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

UT Health San Antonio has entered into a licensing agreement with a Chinese pharmaceutical company that translates into millions of dollars. It’s the most financially significant deal of its kind in the university’s history.