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There's some encouraging news about San Antonio’s teen pregnancy rate. Fewer girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are having babies.

The vast majority of teen pregnancies are unplanned. The consequences last a lifetime. But the public health concern is about more than just children having children says Interim Director of the San Antonio Metropolitan  Health District Dr. Vincent Nathan.

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A professor with the University of Texas at San Antonio is trying to come up with a new way to treat a deadly health problem: abdominal aortic aneurysms. His work involves an investigational method to stop the aneurysm from growing so that it doesn’t burst.

Abdominal aortic aneurysms or “triple As” as they’re called affect 1 in 250 people over the age of 55. If the ballooned artery ruptures, 8 out of 10 patients die.

Texas Biomedical Research Institute

San Antonio scientists are part of a push to develop laboratory animal models to study the Zika virus. Baboons and monkeys may be key to unlocking new treatments and vaccines.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

A growing career field is attracting many Texas Hispanics. The job of community health worker, known as promotoras in Spanish, is drawing many non-traditional students back to the classroom.

In a classroom on San Antonio’s West Side, women of all ages were learning the latest on the Zika virus, an emerging public health concern.

SA Obesity Genome Project Tackles A Weighty Problem

Aug 30, 2016
Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

Texas has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation. One in three Texas adults is considered obese. Now, San Antonio researchers are using South Texas volunteers to collect an obesity genome registry. This data bank will help tackle a weighty issue.

Stepping on the scale can be a frustrating routine for millions of people carrying around extra pounds. People like Judy Winkler of Hondo. At 5’2”, she weighed 185 pounds at her heaviest.