Health

Science & Technology
4:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UTHSC Scientists Seeking Patent For Method Of Killing Mouth Tumors

Credit UT Health Science Center

Scientists at the UT Health Science Center have discovered a way to kill malignant tumors in the mouth efficiently and without harming the nearby healthy tissue.

The discovery has led to a patent application for the method of directly injecting cancerous tumors with the drug capsazepine.

Oral cancer is the eighth most common cancer in the U.S. and 40,000 new cases are reported every year. Studies have shown it’s more painful than any other cancer.

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Community Health
4:31 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Chikungunya Virus Reported In Five Texas Counties, Including Bexar County

Credit Bexar County

Although a handful of Texas residents have been identified as being infected with the chikungunya virus, officials are working to get ahead of any possible panic situations in Bexar County.

The Bexar County Emergency Management Office and the Metro Helath Department briefed county commissioners on the situation with the chikungunya virus in the local area. So far, cases have been confirmed in Gonzales, Harris, Travis, Williamson and Bexar Counties.

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Science & Technology
1:16 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

University Hospital Taking NICU Ophthalmology To Rural Areas

Ophthalmologist Dr. Clio Harper, M.D., examines the eyes of a premature infant at the University Hospital NICU. Dr. Harper comes to San Antonio from Austin each week to examine and treat infants with Retinopathy of Prematurity, or ROP
Credit Elizabeth Allen / UTHSC

University Hospital is participating in a study that doctors hope will save the eyesight of premature babies born in areas where ophthalmologists are in short supply.

The study looked at telemedicine exams used to diagnose retina problems associated with premature birth, or retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a disease that in the past caused blindness among most premature victims.

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Shots - Health News
6:07 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Stressed Out: Americans Tell Us About Stress In Their Lives

Aly Hurt/NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:57 am

Everyone seems to talk about feeling stressed out. But what's the reality of stress in America these days?

NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a nationwide poll in March and early April to find out.

Our questions zeroed in on the effect of stress in Americans' lives. We asked about people's personal experiences with stress in the preceding month and year. We also asked about how they perceived the effects of stress, how they cope with stress and their attitudes about it.

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Shots - Health News
2:18 am
Mon July 7, 2014

For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family

Leif Parsons for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:14 pm

Stress is part of the human condition, unavoidable and even necessary to a degree. But too much stress can be toxic — even disabling.

And there's a lot of toxic stress out there.

A national poll done by NPR with our partners at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health finds that more than 1 in every 4 Americans say they had a great deal of stress in the previous month.

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

H-E-B Body Adventure Not Just An Exhibit, An Interactive Experience With Health

Toddler at food display.
Julie Ledet, Witte Museum

Just in time for summer exploring, there’s a new exhibit at the Witte Museum called the H-E-B Body Adventure powered by University Health System.

Curator of Archeology and Health Bryan Bayles calls it a “brand new, four-story, indoor-outdoor interactive experience that’s all about health IQ, empowerment and wellness.”

While that sounds a bit nerdy and wonkish, the actuality is anything but. During my visit I saw dozens of children going from exhibit to exhibit, interacting as they were supposed to, and very likely, learning all the while.

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Border & Immigration
1:24 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State Health Officials Concerned With Conditions Inside Living Facilities For Unaccompanied Minors

Thousands of children from Central America are flooding to the U.S-Mexico border and into the custody of U.S. officials.
Michel Marizco Fronteras

Last week the Texas Department of State Health Services toured U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facilities where thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America are living.

While the department has no jurisdiction over the Fort Brown Detention Center in Brownsville and the McAllen Station Detention Center, DSHS Media Relations Director Carrie Williams said they have been able to provide technical assistance and vaccines.

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The Source - June 19, 2014
11:25 am
Thu June 19, 2014

The Source: Sexually Active And HIV Positive

HIV-infected H9 T cell.
NIAID / http://bit.ly/1oL0JnZ

An Iowa man who was sentenced to 25 years for not disclosing to a sexual partner his HIV-positive status had his sentence vacated last week.  

Nick Rhoades, who was 26 years old at the time, used a condom, was actively taking anti-viral drugs, and didn't transmit the disease to anyone, but the crime of criminal transmission of HIV in Iowa and many other states doesn't require you actually transmit.

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Project Cool
2:33 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

SAFD, Catholic Charities Kick Off The Summer With Project Cool

Cervisa Semano and Rachel Ayala pick up their fans from the Project Cool kickoff.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Senior citizens and families who need some cool air this summer are receiving help from Project Cool, an effort to distribute box fans throughout San Antonio.

As the summer months begin, San Antonians are looking for ways to beat the heat. Project Cool began 19 years ago between Catholic Charities, the San Antonio Fire Department, St. Vincent de Paul and other organizations. Catholic Charities President Antonio Fernandez said as the program kicks off, 20-inch box fans are needed.

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Community Health
1:38 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Children's Hospital Announces Innovative Culinary Health & Education Program

A rendering of the Children's Hospital of San Antonio's teaching kitchen.
CHRISTUS Health

Children's Hospital of San Antonio is developing unique friendships that leaders there hope will help lead the way in the reduction of obesity and get people on a healthy eating path.

On Wednesday, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System President and CEO Pat Carrier announced the creation of the culinary health and education program that will do three things: 

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