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Lyssa Ochoa, MD

Vascular surgeons say Peripheral Artery Disease – or P.A.D. – is one of the most underdiagnosed medical conditions in America. If left untreated, it can cause major mobility problems, or it can even be fatal. In today’s TPR Lifeline, Bioscience-Medicine reporter Wendy Rigby talks to Lyssa Ochoa, MD, a vascular surgeon with Peripheral Vascular Associates in San Antonio.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

The public is invited to a free public forum on Latino Health in San Antonio Tuesday night.

The UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing is hosting the event.

Topics range from access to health care, issues for Latinos within the health care system, and the stigmas some Latinos face when they seek help.

Anyone is welcome to attend the free forum  at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Menger Hotel.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

A new case study published in a national journal predicts that the implementation of a sweeping diabetes prevention program in San Antonio could save more than $400 million dollars in healthcare related costs over 20 years.

Diabetes is a huge problem in the Alamo City, impacting an estimated 14 percent of the population.


Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

Some San Antonio scientists are developing a new drug that could help save the lives of women whose breast cancer comes back. Recurrent tumors are common and often deadly. This new agent is showing great promise.

A noisy centrifuge, a carefully controlled incubator, a bench full of busy scientists working on cancer cell lines -- all can be found in a lab is where basic science and medical need intersect.

Cristian Sandoval / Earn A Bike

An innovative program to inspire healthy living involves kids and bicycles. Earn A Bike is a San Antonio non-profit that’s tacking the childhood obesity problem in a unique way, providing a fun piece of fitness equipment to people who might never be able to buy a bike on their own. Bioscience-Medicine reporter Wendy Rigby talked to Cristian Sandoval, the founder and executive director of Earn A Bike.