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San Antonio’s University Health System has been awarded more than a million dollars to fight hepatitis C. The target of the new funding is liver cancer.

Hepatitis C is a stealthy killer. Researchers at University Health System have gathered information about the liver disease that shows Bexar County residents born between 1945 and 1965 have more than twice the rate of hepatitis C infection than the nation as a whole.

Peterson Regional Medical Center

Two South Texas Hospitals have made a list of the top 100 rural and community hospitals this year.

Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville and Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg are being recognized by the National Rural Health Association.

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The U.S. Army 's Burn Center at Fort Sam Houston is dedicated to healing injured soldiers. But for years civilians have also been healed through the world-class care provided at this unique facility. 

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A San Antonio physician has written a book that includes the notion that forgiveness can be good medicine. He believes it’s healthy to just let go of anger and resentment.

Venkat Srinivasan, MD, has a way with people. He believes in caring for his patients as a whole: body, mind and spirit. Four years ago, Dr. Srini as he’s called at Southwest General Hospital, started studying integrative medicine.


The University of Texas at San Antonio is adding a new chemical engineering program. The idea is to turn out graduates to work in the biomedical and energy sectors.

UTSA has a robust engineering department training students in areas like civil, computer, electrical, mechanical and biomedical engineering. Now, add chemical engineering to the list. The Klesse Foundation is giving a million dollars to help start  the program, money that will be used for scholarships and facilities.