Health

Texas Matters
12:32 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

The Battle Over Expanding Medicaid In Texas

Texas Republicans are now trying to find a way to get federal money without going "all in" with Obamacare.
Chris Eudaily TPR

There’s a mounting effort at the Capitol in Austin to try to find a way to do something about Medicaid, the joint state and federal health program for children, the disabled and the very low income.

Early in the week there were rumors that the House GOP caucus was going to vote in favor of expanding Medicaid in line with the Affordable Care Act.

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Community Health
5:20 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

B-Cycle Bike Share Expands East, North Up To The Witte

Patrons checkout B-Cycles at the Witte Museum during a special touring ride of the new stations.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As B-cycle nears its two year anniversary in San Antonio, five new stations north and east of downtown have been installed.

The new B-cycle stations are at the Zoo, the Witte Museum, Tri-point YMCA, the South St. Mary’s Acemart and Sunset Station. The station at the Witte is now the farthest northern location.  

There are now 35 stations and B-Cycle executive director Cindy Snell said they hope to have 50 stations by the end of this year.

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Science & Technology
3:22 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Expo Offers Low-Vision Patients A Look At Emerging Technology

Dr. Sandra Fox said cataract patients often do better with amber or pink-colored sunglasses.
Flickr user Nina'H cc

An estimated 3.5 million Americans suffer from low vision, but Saturday’s Low Vision Expo offers new information and technologies that can help people who have given up their favorite hobbies or activities.

Dr. Sandra Fox, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the UT Health Science Center, said a low-vision therapist can help patients find the right tools, lighting and working distance to see better for the hobbies or tasks they want to perform.

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Childhood Nutrition
3:41 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Study Shows Breakfast Cereal Helps Lower BMI In Children

Common breakfast cereals - if eaten frequently - with milk have greater dietary benefits over foods with high refined flours like biscuits and breakfast tacos.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

A new study using San Antonio children shows that eating cereal with whole milk provides them with more nutrients and smaller waistlines as opposed to other breakfast foods.

The study used about 600 boys and girls from family incomes of less than $24,000 and followed them as they progressed from the fourth through the sixth grades. Every year it took 72 hours of a child’s diet to determine the effects of the different types of breakfast.

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Community Health
12:31 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Thanks To Stimulus Money, SAISD Schools/Communities Get Health Renovations

The sound of a Bobcat can be heard around the clock in the near southwest side neighborhood where construction is underway at Harris Middle School.
Ryan Loyd

Five schools in the San Antonio ISD are being outfitted with opportunities for the community to exercise and get healthy. The latest project, at Harris Middle School, has a three week deadline.

The outdoor community basketball court at Harris must be finished by March 18, which is the end date for federal stimulus money designated to promote health in neighborhoods.

The total cost of the basketball court project is just over $93,000.

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City Health
3:16 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Employee Health Screenings Help Trim City Budget

City of San Antonio

On Tuesday, city employees rolled up their sleeves to take blood pressure and other tests as part of a biometrics wellness screening.

"It's just good to know where you stand as far as your health," said K Rahman, who has worked in the city’s public works department for six years. Rahman also said he has seen an increase in the city’s focus on healthy initiatives for its employees.

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Health Science
3:35 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

A Few Simple Questions Could Help Doctors Identify Alcohol-Related Problems

UT Health Science Center

A new study released by the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio found primary care clinicians may be missing three-fourths of the alcohol problems in their patients. 

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Texas Legislature
8:54 am
Mon February 4, 2013

New Bill Seeks To Raise Legal Smoking Age To 21

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Flickr user TN Drum Guy cc

State Senator Carlos Uresti’s proposed SB313 would change the legal smoking age in Texas from 18 to 21. Uresti said his bill is about saving lives and saving money.

"On average, over 24,500 Texas die every year from smoking related illnesses," the senator said, referring to a fact sheet provided by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

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Fitness
2:58 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Rock & Roll Marathon Moved Back to November... (subject to change)

The Rock and Roll marathon shuts down major roadways when the over 21,000 runners take over San Antonio
David Martin Davies TPR

The organizers of the San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon had thought they fixed their hot weather issues when they moved the race date from November to December.

Now they are racing to return date back to November after a contract dispute with the Dallas Marathon which would have been run on the same date. This is the second time the footrace organizers have moved the date of the popular running event.

The Rock and Roll Marathon has been running the streets of San Antonio for the last five years and has been transformational for the city’s get-fit efforts.

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7:07 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Van de Putte Leads Charge On Veteran Issues In 83rd Legislative Session

Lead in text: 
While most of the focus on the legislature thus far has been on issues like education funding, gun control and women's rights, Texas is also faced with the growing needs of veterans who return home; the two most vital being employment and medical care.
State legislators intend to lay out their bills for the 83rd legislative session over the coming months. Veteran's organizations will be waiting to see if they are part of lawmaker's plans. Most notably they'll look for legislation that works on reducing the disability claims backlogs that are continuing to rise in Texas.

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