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For the fourth year in a row, San Antonio is home to the Valor Games Southwest. Disabled veterans and wounded active duty servicemen and women are competing in adaptive sports.

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More than 108 million American do not have dental insurance, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

If you are one of them, and your teeth and gums desperately need some attention, there’s a free clinic this Saturday.


As part of Free Dentistry Day, Dr. Yo, Dr. Schwartz and the team at Schertz Family Dental will be providing care at no cost.



Patients will have the choice of either one free cleaning or one extraction. The hours are 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 2184 FM 3009 in Schertz. It’s first come, first served.

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Starting today, September 23, 2016, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center in San Antonio will screen all of its donated blood for the Zika virus.

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Today is the first day of fall. That’s why a group called the Bipartisan Policy Center has chosen this day to launch a campaign preventing falls by the elderly. It’s an effort former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros is supporting.

An injury-causing fall can be the beginning of the end for senior citizens, who face the risk of hip or leg fractures, hospitalizations and a slow decline. Cisneros had first-hand experience when his elderly mother fell.

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Addiction to prescription drugs and heroin is a national epidemic. In San Antonio it's creating dependency for some of our youngest Americans:  newborns.  One local mother who got hooked on drugs got help through a research project aimed at easing the suffering of these babies and their mothers.