The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has initiated a campaign to re-educate the population about syphilis as the city has seen an increase in the number of congenital syphilis cases over the past couple of years.
Metro Health said San Antonio is number two in the state in the number of syphilis cases per capita. Last year in Bexar County 18 babies were born with syphilis and the department said that number should be zero.
Last year in the U.S. military there were more deaths from suicide than there were combat deaths. The sobering statistic came out despite the influx of money and coverage of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder amongst veterans for the past few years.
Over the weekend the White House and the Department of Defense announced a significant investment in research for PTSD and the University of Texas Health Science Center will be leading a large part of the effort.
"I've not heard you mention the turf because that is what it was about, the Turf," said our caller named Joe who described himself as of the era of the Ghost Town Gang and others that were the topic of our discussion. From the Olmos pharmacy to the far southside there were small-time gangs all across the San Antonio of the 50s and 60s. Now in their 70s these old men recount, some with bravado, the histories of their neighborhoods and gangs to Mike Tapia, associate professor of Criminology at UTSA. Tapia is conducting interviews, compiling for future generations the history of the barrios.
We look at the city's fitness goals with P.E. teacher and chief, Mayor Julián Castro. With the recent announcements that both San Antonio and the nation as a whole are seeing a drop in obesity rates among different segments of the population, are we more conscious of our health?
The city has lost weight according to a new poll. We talk with Dr. Thomas Schlenker from Bexar County Metropolitan Health District about the city's efforts and how they are paying off.
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"Augie Meyers and The San Antonio Sound Known Round The World" is an exhibit opening tomorrow at the South Texas Popular Culture Center. The legendary keyboardist has played for 50 years and is known far and wide. He joined us on the source to talk about his life and work on the stage.
The U.S. Census Bureau released a study this week titled Language Use In The United States: 2011 that shows how diverse our population's language preferences are at home. We talk with Camille Smith, a statistician from the U.S. Census Bureau, about their findings.
Payday lenders and their legislative allies managed to defeat a bill in the Texas Legislature this past session, and they have a whole host of tricks to get around laws in other states.
We talk with ProPublica writer Paul Kiel, who has written extensively on the subject in his Debt Inc. series, about the arsenal of financial products and loopholes that payday lenders exploit in order to get around laws in states all across the country.
It’s been more than two months since the flood, and the process of recovery in the Espada area is moving forward slowly. The San Antonio River Authority has offered residents a few options, but so far no action has been taken.
SARA is offering Espada residents three options: A direct buyout, an option to remain on the property and rebuild their homes to flood standards, or Bexar County will buy a flood easement where owners would retain their property for agricultural purposes but live elsewhere.
CSCOPE, an online curriculum provider for 877 school districts in Texas, became a rallying cry for conservative talk-radio hosts and legislators and the one legislator who is both, Sen Dan Patrick, R-Houston, led the charge.
Now that the state's contract with the curriculum management tool has been canceled, what happens?