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Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

Osteoporosis, or brittle bone disease, is a common problem of aging. Specialists say the health condition is under-diagnosed and under-treated. That means some painful, life-changing fractures that could be prevented are not. 

Cassandra Barnes is not your typical osteoporosis patient. When she was only 50, she fell, an accident that caused multiple fractures.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Over the past five months, 54 children in Texas lost their lives while they were sleeping with adults or older children. Now, one Texas agency is starting a campaign to educate families on how to alleviate the risk of these preventable deaths.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is launching a statewide campaign to inform people of the dangers of co-sleeping. Babies who sleep with others are at greater risk of smothering , falling off the bed, having someone roll on top of them, or dying of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Texas Biomedical Research Institute

One of San Antonio’s premiere research facilities is getting a new leader.

Texas Biomedical Research Institute has chosen Larry Schlesinger, MD, of Ohio State University to head up the non-profit.

Schlesinger is a world-reknown tuberculosis researcher and a lung biology expert.

University Health System

University Health System is kicking off its 100th birthday celebration this evening.

The public health system started in 1917 with the opening of the Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital which was on the western edge of downtown.

City and county leaders had realized the need and built the hospital for 250-thousand dollars.

Now, University Health System includes University Hospital, 20 health centers and and two mobile units.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

If Obamacare is repealed and replaced with some other healthcare plan, it could have a big impact on local programs designed to help the uninsured.

In Bexar County, the people who run University Health System’s CareLink program are keeping a close eye on the debate in Washington.

Terry Abel is a 58-year-old San Antonian who works as an independent contractor translating Spanish and English. Since 2006, though, she hasn’t been able to afford health insurance.