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2:20 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Cyclospora Illness Increasing In Texas Alongside Nationwide Outbreak

Cyclospora affects the small intestine, and causes cramps and/or diarrhea.
Centers for Disease Control

Texas is seeing an increase in the number of people who have come in contact with the cyclospora parasite this year, as the FDA and CDC investigate a multi-state outbreak.

Within the past two weeks, 66 people in Texas have the cyclospora parasite. It’s literally a stomach bug that has symptoms similar to to gastrointestinal illness like cramps associated with diarrhea. Christine Mann, a spokesperson for the Department of State Health Services, said the number of infections is greater than most years.

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Military
1:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Military Families Get Health Boost From Greater San Antonio YMCA

YMCA

The Greater San Antonio YMCA is offering complimentary memberships to military families living in the metro area as part of their Military Outreach Initiative.

The YMCA has gyms and programs for all ages, and is offering the free memberships at locations in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Boerne.

The complimentary memberships are available to:

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The Source - July 11, 2013
1:27 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

The Source: Interest Rate Hikes And Housing | Caring For Caregivers

Flickr user Ian Mutto cc

In the first segment:

Recent spikes in interest rates have affected loans for everything from corporate expansion to buying a home. We look at the affect it has had on San Antonio and what the housing market has looked like throughout the economic downturn.  

Joining us is San Antonio Board of Realtors President Angela Shields.

In the second segment:

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The Source - July 4, 2013
10:31 am
Fri July 5, 2013

The Source: Domingo Martinez | Childhood Obesity

In the first segment:

In Domingo Martinez's memoir "The Boy Kings of Texas," readers are transported into his Brownsville childhood, warts and all. This segment originally aired on April 15, 2013.

In the second segment:

Science & Technology
5:05 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Pubs Serving Up Pints And Prostate Cancer Awareness

All 16 of the Flying Saucer pubs across the country, including San Antonio, have begun a month-long fundraising for prostate cancer awareness and early detection. The money raised will go to Pints for Prostates, a nonprofit that began in 2008 by a prostate cancer survivor.

"Anytime you're dealing with something cancer-oriented, awareness and early detection is very key," said Sam Wynne, Flying Saucer’s beer director and certified cicerone -- a beer and food pairing expert.

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Science & Technology
4:57 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Careful While Grilling This Summer: Wire Brush Bristles Ending Up Stuck In Intestines

Images of a wire grill-cleaning brush bristle in a patient's omentum, surrounded by soft tissue stranding inflammation. The third image is a specimen radiograph from omental resection that confirms foreign object removal.
Centers for Disease Control

Local doctors are concerned about cases of metal bristles getting stuck in people’s intestines. The University Health System and the Methodist Hospital have teamed up to study the strange but growing problem.

The bristles come from those wire brushes used to clean the barbecue grill, and people sometimes ingest the tiny wires without knowing it.

Johnny Littrell of Floresville said it happened to him and the pain felt like an ice pick sticking into his abdomen.

"They did a CAT scan and said I had a piece of bone in my intestines," he said.

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The Source - June 24, 2013
1:44 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

The Source: Summertime Heat Safety | 'The Takeaway' Comes To KSTX

Centers For Disease Control

In the first segment:

Every year 658 people die across the country from overheating and as the summer heats up we are all at risk of feeling the effects. Texas, California and Arizona make up 40 percent of all heat-related deaths. What can we do about it?  Who is at risk?  

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Community
5:45 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Study Finds Less Access To Supermarkets In Latin And Low-Income Neighborhoods

UT Health Science Center

According to an aggregated study by the UT Health Science Center, people have a better chance of finding a fast food establishment than a supermarket in many Latin neighborhoods across the country.

Dr. Amelie Rivera is the director for health promotion research at the UT Health Science Center and said Latin and low income neighborhoods have about one third the number of supermarkets or grocery stores than others, but the more common bodegas, which are like a small market, are usually lacking in healthier options.

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Special Session
10:11 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Uresti Pushes Gov. Perry To Sign Ban On Sugary Drinks At Schools

Sen. Carlos Uresti at the capitol in March 2013.
carlosuresti.com

A lawmaker from the San Antonio area is pushing the Gov. Rick Perry to sign into a law a bill that prohibits public schools from selling sugary drinks.

Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, said he fought to get his own version of the bill approved for the past two sessions, hoping that a ban on sugary drinks at the state’s elementary and middle schools will help the Hispanic population turn the corner in the fight against obesity and diabetes.

What did pass was a companion bill, House Bill 217, which excluded high schools from the ban.

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Food!
9:28 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Food Conference Has Something For Everyone Who Eats

Food Policy Council of San Antonio

San Antonio is hosting a major food conference starting Wednesday, June 12, for everyone from growers to chefs to consumers. The target audience for the event: Anyone who eats food.

The conference will offer a broad base of information and activities including info for schools and other institutions, local chefs, the local grower and people who cook for their kids.

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