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CDC | Robert Denty

This flu season has turned out to be a tough one for children. There have been twice as many pediatric flu deaths so far this season than at the same time last year. Eight of those have been in Texas

An advocate for survivors of family violence praised a partnership between the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the San Antonio Police Department to give high tech doorbells to people at risk of being attacked.

Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

A choir concert at a San Antonio senior living community brings holiday cheer to the audience, but for the singers, performing is a comfort and a joy.

A San Antonio researcher says a study he worked on may change the way one type of tuberculosis is treated, and that may lead to a decrease in drug resistance.

Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

A clinic that offers mental health care and treatment for substance use disorders on San Antonio’s West Side — for free — marks a year of serving the community with an official grand opening.

Frederick Murphy / CDC | Erskine. L. Palmer, Ph.D.; M. L. Martin

Bexar County has reported the first death of a child from influenza this flu season. Metro Health has confirmed the child died during the last week of November.


A San Antonio researcher wants to know if two medicines many people already take could improve people's quality of life as they age. 

San Antonio Metro Health has confirmed someone at John Jay High School has tested positive for tuberculosis. The school sent a warning letter home with students on Wednesday letting them know about the illness and reassuring them that the infected person was no longer on campus. The individual is being treated and is in stable condition.

A mix of genes and toxic childhood stress often lead to depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, according to a University of Texas at Austin researcher. With that knowledge, doctors may someday be able to predict who is at risk for mood disorders and offer a plan for prevention.

Dominic Freeman

A medicine best known as a club drug has a record of relieving suicidal depression in hours. National Institutes of Health researcher Dr. Carlos Zarate has been studying ketamine for years, and he told those gathered at the UT Health San Antonio Brain Health Symposium on Mood Disorders it's a potential game changer for people who struggle with treatment resistant depression.