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San Antonio may raise the age for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21, pending the results of an ongoing survey by Metro Health. 

People are still dying of cancer linked to asbestos, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says, despite decades of regulations meant to limit dangerous exposure.

Starting in 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has regulated how much asbestos workers can be exposed to, because it contains tiny fibers that can cause lung disease or cancer if they are swallowed or inhaled.

The Texas Tribune

Local health officials meeting in Austin Wednesday want state lawmakers to attract more federal dollars to combat mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika.

Eddie Olivarez is the chief administrative officer for the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department. He says the Rio Grande Valley is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and more education about avoiding mosquito bites is needed.

There are no confirmed cases of Zika virus originating in the United States, but local healthcare professionals are preparing for potential cases originating from travel to affected areas. Mosquitoes, which carry the virus, are most common in Central and South America and in the Caribbean.

San Antonio resident Candace Stark had never heard of Chagas Disease until she was told she had it.

“About July 2013, I went to donate blood. About six months later I got a letter with the lab report showing I had the antibodies,” she said.

The next problem for Candace was finding a doctor who knew how to deal with Chagas.

“The first one didn’t know much about it himself and sent me to a second one, and he was having to read up on it out of the books,” she said.

Doctors are now playing catch up.

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