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Obamacare is on the chopping block in Washington. What happens next will affect millions of people across the country. South Texans have signed up for the Affordable Care Act by the thousands. Wendy Rigby talked to Dana Forgione, Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio professor, who is a specialist in healthcare business and legal policy for some perspective on this important issue.

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San Antonio’s Cancer Therapy and Research Center is joining 68 other National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer centers to push for wider use of the HPV vaccine.

Human papilloma virus, or HPV, is a sexually transmitted disease linked to cervical cancer.

Texans Competing in Slim Down Showdown

Jan 11, 2017
Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

One third of all Texas adults are obese. The state’s largest grocery chain is working to inspire state residents to drop some of those pounds and get healthy in a program called the H-E-B Slim Down Showdown.

Twenty-eight people from all over Texas are in San Antonio this week for Fit Camp. They're from all over the state, from Grapevine, Seguin, Laredo, Dallas.


The head of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa in San Antonio is leaving the healthcare system for another job.

Ken Haynes, president/CEO of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, is leaving Jan. 20, 2017, to take an executive leadership position with Carolinas HealthCare System.

Haynes has served as CEO since 2013 and was named president/CEO in 2015.

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What do silk and saliva have in common? They are both part of a unique experiment going on in San Antonio, a study that could change the lives of millions of people who suffer from dry mouth.  Stem cells may help solve a common, painful problem.