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With all of the talk about Obamacare being repealed, some people don’t realize it’s still the law. And there’s an important deadline coming up. Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for 2017 ends in eight days, the last day of January.

ACA navigators who helped people sign up for coverage are trying to dispel rumors. In San Antonio, more people are signing up for the ACA than ever before.


If you need to get rid of unused or out-of-date medications safely, there’s a free event in San Antonio this Saturday to make that easy.

It’s at the city’s waste collection center at 2755 Rigsby Avenue from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Jan. 21, 2017.


Instead of flushing medications or dumping them in the trash, safe disposal days like this curb abuse or accidental poisoning.

Since 2009, the MedDropSA events have collected more than 17 tons of medicine for disposal.

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As San Antonio’s population continues to grow, the number of injuries treated at area hospitals is also on the rise. University Hospital, the city’s civilian level one trauma center, released its annual trauma report on Jan. 19, 2017.

Falls were the number one cause of injury for people of all ages in 2015, the latest year for trauma records released by University Hospital.

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Hospitals in San Antonio were flooded with patients from accidents and violence last night, leading to an urgent call today for blood donations.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center says all six donor rooms are open today.

Without more blood available cancer and surgery patients may have to push back their scheduled procedures.

Blood donations across the country are at a 30-year low. January is National Blood Donor Month.

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There is a growing understanding among medical researchers that it’s not just fat putting people at risk for health problems. It’s where the body stores that fat. Some San Antonio scientists have pinpointed seven genes that influence the storage of fat. What they’re learning may lead to new therapies for targeted weight loss.