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A report released by the Bexar County Health Collaborative Tuesday notes a 20-year gap in life expectancy for people living in San Antonio area neighborhoods.

The Community Health Needs Assessment is released every three years. The 2016 report shows that near east side and near west side populations have a life expectancy of 70 to 74 years. Meanwhile, the life expectancy in far northwest and southeast Bexar County is 90 to 94 years.


Struggling with long wait times, the Veterans Affairs Health Care System is trying something new: a partnership with the CVS Pharmacy chain to offer urgent care services to more than 65,000 veterans.

The experiment began Tuesday at the VA's operations in Palo Alto, Calif.

A single question asked at an annual checkup — whether parents have trouble making ends meet — could help pediatricians identify children at risk for serious health problems associated with poverty and the chronic levels of stress that often accompany it.

The American Academy of Pediatrics urges members to ask if their patients' families are struggling financially and then commit to helping them get the resources they need to thrive. And some communities are trying to make that happen.

Encouraging doctors and nurses to wash their hands frequently has always been considered an effective way to curb the spread of infection in hospitals and other health facilities.

But a research letter published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine points to another key group of people who aren't always keeping their hands so clean and probably should: patients.

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