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University Health System

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. 

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

This Saturday, you can get rid of old prescription medicines and household hazardous waste without hurting the environment.

MedDropSA is hosting the disposal effort at Alamo City Church, 6500 Interstate 35 North, San Antonio, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday, September 24th.

You can get rid of unused or out-of-date medicines safely and at no cost.

Just dump your pills in a plastic Ziploc bag. Liquids and aerosols can stay in their original containers.

BioMed SA

A San Antonio physician is being honored for his breakthrough work in cancer research and military medicine. Dr. George Peoples is being singled out as an innovator.

A crowd of more than 500 people gathered at the BioMed SA Innovator Award presentation. Peoples is a former military doctor who’s currently working in the emerging field of cancer immunotherapy.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

There's some encouraging news about San Antonio’s teen pregnancy rate. Fewer girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are having babies.

The vast majority of teen pregnancies are unplanned. The consequences last a lifetime. But the public health concern is about more than just children having children says Interim Director of the San Antonio Metropolitan  Health District Dr. Vincent Nathan.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

A professor with the University of Texas at San Antonio is trying to come up with a new way to treat a deadly health problem: abdominal aortic aneurysms. His work involves an investigational method to stop the aneurysm from growing so that it doesn’t burst.

Abdominal aortic aneurysms or “triple As” as they’re called affect 1 in 250 people over the age of 55. If the ballooned artery ruptures, 8 out of 10 patients die.