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9:09 am
Tue September 3, 2013

New UTHSC Leadership Hopes To Move Aging Studies Into Clinical Trials

Dr. Nicolas Musi.
Barshop Institute

The UT Health Science Center has a new leader for its studies on aging. Dr. Nicolas Musi was recently named as director for the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies and said he plans to encourage research to move into clinical studies.

Musi said he wants to create a comprehensive program that moves the research from the lab to the bedside. One area he’s eager to study on human subjects is exercise interventions.

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Health News
7:17 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Texas Megachurch At Center Of Measles Outbreak

The Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, is linked to at least 21 cases of measles.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 2:58 pm

Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. more than a decade ago. But in recent years, the highly infectious disease has cropped up in communities with low vaccination rates, most recently in North Texas.

There, 21 people — the majority of whom have not been immunized — have gotten the disease, which began at a vaccine-skeptical megachurch.

The outbreak began when a man who contracted the virus on a recent trip to Indonesia visited the Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, about an hour and a half northwest of Dallas.

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Texas Matters
1:27 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

The American Maternity Crisis Hits Home In Texas

2012 Rally to Improve Birth at the capitol building in Austin.
www.improvingbirth.org

Texas Matters: The United States is ranked next to Iran and Hungary in maternal death rate worldwide, a surprising position for a country proud of its modern medicine. So what is causing this and what can be done to make birth safer for women and babies? Also on this show: Fast-food workers protest for increased wages and an Austin couple is appealing the ruling in their "satanic ritual" case.

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Community Health
9:29 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Risk Of Death From Overheated Cars Will Continue

The West Texas sun in June.
Flickr user jetsandzeppelins cc

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are teaming up in an effort to reduce the number of child deaths in hot cars.

Even with slightly lower temperatures as fall approaches, the dangers remain high for children being seriously injured or dying from being left alone inside a hot car.

The two agencies are starting a campaign to remind parents and caregivers that kids can easily suffer heatstroke if left in a vehicle.

Metro Health is urging parents to:

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Science & Technology
11:55 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Link Between Food Restriction And Drug Abuse In Brain's Pleasure Center

UT Health Science Center

San Antonio scientists say dopamine, a type of neurotransmitter that acts as the brain's pleasure center, is likely the reason that some people turn to the use of cocaine and other illicit stimulants.

Dr. Michael Beckstead, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine at San Antonio’s UT Health Science Center, is the senior author of a study targeting the dopamine neurons in the brain that are involved in reward.

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Community Health
9:28 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Media Exposure & Spending Power Make Latino Children Top Target In Junk Food Ads

Health experts say food and beverage marketers are aiming their advertising at Latino children, and too much of that advertising is trying to get kids to buy junk food.

Advertisers are doing little to dispute the fact that they are marketing to Latino kids. They justify the strategy with numbers that show the market segment is growing in population size, media exposure and spending power.

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Community Health
10:55 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Congenital Syphilis Cases On The Rise In San Antonio

City of San Antonio

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.

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The Source - August 13, 2013
5:49 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

The Source: The Gangs of San Antonio Past | Autism In The Classroom

"The Bounds" San Antonio's Red Light District

In the first segment:

"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.  

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The Source - Aug. 12, 2013
12:42 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

The Source: The City's Waist | City Council On The New Budget

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

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?

What role can the city play in promoting health?

In the second segment:

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Health News
1:31 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Cyclospora Parasite Contractions Double In Texas

Centers for Disease Control

The number of people in Texas infected with the Cyclospora parasite from a recent outbreak has nearly doubled in the last week. The state is trying to locate a common source, as other states believe they have pinpointed the cause to lettuce.

122 people have contracted cyclospora since the outbreak began two weeks ago. Cyclospora is a parasite that can cause symptoms similar to gastrointestinal illness like diarrhea and cramps that can last for weeks.

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