Bioscience-Medicine

Bioscience-Medicine news from Texas Public Radio reporters.

Texas Public Radio is supported by contributors to the Bioscience-Medicine News Desk including  Xenex Disinfection Services, the John and Rita Feik Foundation, the John and Susan Kerr Charitable Foundation, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Jean Cheever and San Antonio Technology Center.  Additional support comes from Cappy and Suzy Lawton and InCube Labs.

Southwest Research Institute

Finding new drug treatments is a time-consuming, costly process. Researchers in San Antonio have developed new software to make the process faster and cheaper.

Sifting through chemical compounds to find out what might work as a new drug treatment is a huge challenge. That’s why it takes, on average, 15 years and billions of dollars to get a new treatment on the market.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

A San Antonio physician is determined to change the way the medical community thinks about and treats cancer. He’s an oncologist with a vision. And his newest endeavor is the San Antonio 1000 Cancer Genome Project.

In a lab on San Antonio’s Northwest side, hundreds of tumor samples are kept frozen in liquid nitrogen tanks.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s University Health System has been awarded more than a million dollars to fight hepatitis C. The target of the new funding is liver cancer.

Hepatitis C is a stealthy killer. Researchers at University Health System have gathered information about the liver disease that shows Bexar County residents born between 1945 and 1965 have more than twice the rate of hepatitis C infection than the nation as a whole.

Peterson Regional Medical Center

Two South Texas Hospitals have made a list of the top 100 rural and community hospitals this year.

Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville and Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg are being recognized by the National Rural Health Association.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

The U.S. Army 's Burn Center at Fort Sam Houston is dedicated to healing injured soldiers. But for years civilians have also been healed through the world-class care provided at this unique facility. 

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