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TPR Lifeline: Why Medical Histories Matter

May 28, 2017
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A medical history alone isn’t enough for a doctor to make a diagnosis. But those facts about family diseases and medications are keys to helping healthcare professionals unlock what may be going on. In today’s TPR Lifeline, Bioscience-Medicine reporter Wendy Rigby finds out from UT Health San Antonio Family and Community Medicine professor Nehman Andry, MD, what we need to know about our medical histories. Here's a transcript of the interview:

TPR Lifeline: Alzheimer's Versus Dementia

May 21, 2017
Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

The memory robbing disease Alzheimer’s can be a frightening diagnosis. But how do you know if your parent or loved one is just getting older or is actually battling Alzheimer’s? In today’s TPR Lifeline, Wendy Rigby talks to Ginny Funk, program and advocacy director of the San Antonio chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Here's a transcript of the interview.

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The healthcare company that runs San Antonio’s Southwest General Hospital is entering into a merger agreement to merge with another company.

Iasis Healthcare owns the the San Antonio hospital and 17 others.

The merger with Steward Health Care will create one of the largest private for-profit hospital operators in the U.S.


Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

One of the newest medical schools in the country is opening in San Antonio this summer. It’s a school of osteopathic medicine which plans to train its doctors a little differently.

Crews at Brooks City Base are turning four old aerospace medicine buildings of the former Air Force Base into the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Breast and prostate cancer are the targets of a new 9 million dollar grant from the National Cancer Institute to the UT Health Cancer Center in San Antonio.

UT Health is one of nine members of the Cancer Systems Biology Consortium.