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Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

In Fredericksburg over the weekend, opponents of the latest proposed healthcare bill in the U.S. Senate rallied publicly. In the middle of Cruz and Cornyn country, opponents found creative ways to make their voices heard.

Fredericksburg is is one of the least likely places you’d expect to see a political rally. It's an upscale touristy retirement town of 10,000 people in the Texas Hill Country, well known for its  fresh peaches.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

When Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died suddenly last year after suffering a cardiac arrest on an airplane at the age of 60, many women wondered: would they know if they were in the midst of a heart problem?

In today’s TPR Lifeline, Bioscience-Medicine reporter Wendy Rigby talks to Dr. James Watts, Chief of Cardiology at Brooke Army Medical Center about what women and men need to know when it comes to symptoms of a life-threatening problem. Here's a transcript of the interview.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

UT Health San Antonio has entered into a licensing agreement with a Chinese pharmaceutical company that translates into millions of dollars. It’s the most financially significant deal of its kind in the university’s history.

Virginia Kaklamani, MD / UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center

Being overweight puts women at greater risk for breast cancer. It also increases the chance the cancer will come back. New research shows shedding extra pounds can help protect women under 60 from a cancer recurrence.

"I had never had a mammogram. And I found a lump," said San Antonian Gina Capparelli. At age 50, she was stunned by a breast cancer diagnosis that led to surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

Insomnia is the number one complaint of service members returning from a deployment.  Now, a new published study shows a form of talk therapy may be a highly effective alternative to sleep medications. 

Active duty soldiers often suffer from a lack of sleep. But the military doesn’t want people on duty to suffer side effects of sleep medication.