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Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

New information released by the Centers for Disease Control shows Zika is already having an impact on the health of newborns in the U.S., with a measurable increase in birth defects.

The March of Dimes wants Americans to take the threat of this emerging virus seriously.

Since 2013 when the Zika virus first showed up in the Western Hemisphere, the risk of having a baby with brain deformities and related birth defects has gone up in the U.S.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

Each year, 1 in 10 babies born in the U.S. spends time in the NICU, the neonatal intensive care unit. Years later, many of these children have developmental, learning or behavioral problems, including autism.

A new study is designed to determine if different kinds of nurturing in the first few months of life could improve outcomes. San Antonio mothers and babies are taking part in the research.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

Hospital-acquired infections kill about 100,000 Americans every year, more than car wrecks, breast cancer and AIDS combines. A San Antonio company produces a device that’s an effective weapon in the fight against these microscopic threats.

Viral, bacterial and fungal infections can leave hospital patients sicker than when they came in.

UT Health San Antonio

UT Health San Antonio is expanding its reach by opening a new clinic in Boerne.

The multidisciplinary center will offer primary care, orthopedics, radiology, physical therapy, urology and behavioral health.

UT Health Hill Country will begin seeing patients on Monday, March 6, 2017.

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.