Health

The Source - April 21, 2014
1:21 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

The Source: Cure For Hep-C Gains In Popularity

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  The scourge of Hepatitis C may be on its way out, or that is what doctors behind a new treatment are saying. Researchers are making the prediction that the pernicious disease could be eradicated in 15 years with the right outreach. 

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The Source - April 15, 2014
2:51 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

The Source: Missing Microbes May Be Affecting People Negatively

  The overuse of modern antibiotics may be the root cause behind the rise in obesity, diabetes (type 1), asthma, allergies, celiac disease, and many more.

The developed world's obsession with hygiene has rid our bodies of what Dr. Martin Blaser argues are good microflora that thrive in the human gut. In turn, bacteria that would have helped with some of these major health issues are absent, leaving us vulnerable.

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The Source - April 8, 2014
11:02 am
Tue April 8, 2014

The Source: Syphilis Spike Has Public Health Officials Worried

Syphilis rates in Bexar County jumped 15 percent, crossing the thousand person mark in 2013, according to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. District officials are calling it an "epidemic" and have been edging up continuously for nine years. San Antonio has the highest rate in Texas and exceeds the national average.

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Health Studies
12:07 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Changes In Prescription Labels Could Cut Down On Confusion, Save Lives

A new label concept introduced at the conference uses explicit text in the instructions window to make sure patients are clear on the dosage.
Dr. Sunil Kripalani

Medical practitioners came together with educators and community leaders last week to discuss ways to communicate more effectively with patients. The 7th Annual Community Service Learning Conference at the UT Health Science Center offered new tools practitioners can use on a daily basis.

An evolving global health care environment has challenged doctors, nurses and pharmacists to work differently to make sure patients understand even the most basic instructions.

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Community
11:40 am
Mon April 7, 2014

New Signs Help San Antonio B-Cyclists Get Around Town

Way-showing signage has gone up around downtown directing B-cyclists to the nearest station and pointing the way to area attractions
Eileen Pace

Downtowners have been noticing some new signage pointing out major attractions in the Center City. Dozens of new signs have gone up that also help cyclists locate the nearest B-cycle station.

A lot has been going on in the first half of the "Decade of Downtown": There is Center City Development, a new Travis Park, River North, and all of the development efforts together creating a fresh crop of restaurants, bars and coffee shops and a need to get around.

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Community Health
4:59 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

50,000 People Take To The Street On Siclovia's Southtown Route

A cyclist pauses during the sixth semi-annual Síclovía on St Mary's Street.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Tens of thousands of people flooded Southtown on Sunday for the city’s semi-annual Síclovía, where the roads are closed to cars and open to other people-powered means of transportation.

Attendees couldn’t have asked for better weather on Sunday to ride in the open streets and Southtown was filled with bikes, runners, dog walkers and rollerbladers. In it’s sixth installment, 50,000 people attended, a slight drop from last year’s 70,000.

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The Source - March 26, 2014
1:10 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

The Source: This Weekend's Siclovia Southtown Ride

Siclovia moves from Broadway to Southtown this weekend
David Martin Davies TPR News

Popular fitness event Síclovía will be rolling through Southtown on its way to Mission Concepción this Sunday, March 30.

The preceding two Síclovías have seen Broadway Street closed off to traffic so that cyclists and pedestrians could get out and move. The first event attracted 15,000 people, but last year's event saw growth to four times that number with over 65,000. 

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Síclovía
5:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Get Ready For Siclovia This Sunday In Southtown

Cyclists approach Alamo Plaza during Síclovía in September 2013.
Joey Palacios TPR News

 

The sixth semi-annual Síclovía will turn roadways into bike lanes this weekend as thousands of San Antonians are expected to flock to the streets.

San Antonio’s Síclovía started in October 2011 and is based off a similar event in the country of Colombia. The streets are shut down to give cyclists and runners a clear path to exercise.

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The Source - March 24, 2014
1:00 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

The Source: Tuberculosis, The Second Largest Disease Killer In World

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

Tuberculosis (TB) is not commonly thought of in Texas or the US., but it killed 1.3 million people in the world last year and ranks second only to HIV/AIDS in death by a single infectious disease.

The TB death rate declined 45 percent from 1990 to 2012, according to the World Health Organization, but in later years that decline has slowed. A single cough can infect and drug-resistant strains have been found in every country on the planet.

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Arts & Culture
11:58 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Siclovia Takes Social Approach To Promoting March 30th Southside Event

Colorful Síclovía bikes.
esd & Associates

It’s the event that closes down streets and invites San Antonians to come out and play, but there's change in the air. Previous Síclovía events have been held on Broadway, but this year they are moving to the Southside.

"The new route will be starting along St. Mary’s near Cesar Chavez, and then stretching down to Mission Concepción," said YMCA’s Director of Marketing Laura Waldrum. "The event is going to take place on Sunday, March 30.”

If you’re new to San Antonio, Waldrum described Síclovía this way:

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