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The first documented locally-acquired case of Zika in the continental U.S this year has been detected in Hidalgo County, at the southern tip of Texas. There's no indication this is the start of a large scale outbreak.

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Surgeons have several options when it comes to rebuilding breasts after surgery related to breast cancer. But for replacing nipples, women have fewer choices.

A startup biotechnology company in San Antonio is working to develop a better way to rebuild nipples after cancer surgery. Two young scientists saw a niche and decided to try and fill it.

Methodist Healthcare Ministries

Diabetes affects one in seven adults in Bexar County. Of the 1400 diabetic patients Methodist Healthcare Ministries helped in the last two years, more than half required care from the dental department.

In today’s TPR Lifeline, Bioscience-Medicine reporter Wendy Rigby talks to the Dental Director of Methodist Healthcare Ministries, Dr. Philip Brown, about the connection between diabetes and oral health.

UT Health San Antonio

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has been diagnosed with a brain tumor called glioblastoma. A renowned expert in this type of cancer treats patients and researches new therapies at UT Health San Antonio.

McCain, 80, has been a prominent figure in Washington for years, waging political battles. His latest fight is against a deadly form of brain cancer called glioblastoma.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of children taking part in this year’s Parks and Recreation Summer Youth Program in San Antonio are doing more than just arts, crafts and games. They’re learning some life lessons designed to combat our city’s major health issues.