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It looks like the tide is turning when it comes to regulation of telemedicine in Texas. A bill passed by the Senate and the House is one step closer to the Governor’s desk. The legislation would make it easier for physicians to practice their trade remotely using technology.


With the help of two-and-a-half million dollars from the federal government, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System is embarking on a program to help low income patients.

The money will be used to target 75-thousand people on Medicaid and Medicare and assess their needs in areas like housing, transportation, food, utilities and family violence prevention.

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The Partnership for a Healthier America started in 2010 as part of then First Lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to curb childhood obesity.  The San Antonio Food Bank’s local initiatives were highlighted at that group’s Washington, DC, meeting last week. 

The San Antonio Food Bank has to use forklifts to manage its tons of donated food that feeds 58,000 people a week. It might seem counterintuitive that a food pantry is in the anti-obesity business.

Yolanda Leija

Colon cancer claims 50,000 American lives each year, second only to lung cancer.

The screening test called the colonoscopy is more invasive and time-consuming than some other cancer checks that only use x-ray or blood draws. Many people simply don’t get checked.

Bioscience-Medicine reporter Wendy Rigby talked to UT Health San Antonio gastroenterologist Randy Wright, MD, about ways to prevent this killer disease. 

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Mosquito season is upon us, made more concerning this year by the spread of the Zika virus to the Rio Grande Valley. The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is fighting the battle against mosquitoes on many fronts.

Trucks that send out fogs of insecticides at night. Backpack sprayers where chemicals are placed precisely where mosquitoes breed. These are some of the tactics employed by vector control.