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A San Antonio hospital has a new device to help grieving parents of stillborn babies. It’s called the Cuddle Cot.

Imagine going from planning a future to planning a funeral. That’s what happened to Mark Lucas and his wife, when their son Grayson was stillborn. Full-term and otherwise healthy, he was a victim of placental abruption, a rare complication that claimed his life.

"That was the only time I was ever going to get to hold him," Lucas said. "To have more time to hold him would have been awesome."

Kim Stewart

We’ve all heard stories about healthy young athletes who trot onto the football field and die from an undetected heart problem. A San Antonio foundation wants to keep those sudden deaths from claiming young lives. Thousands of teens are lining up for tests that could change their lives, or even save their lives.

Jake Stewart of San Antonio has already had a lot of success on the football field playing for Clark High School. This year, the 17-year-old is heading into his senior year serving as the Cougars quarterback.

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More than half a million Americans are getting trained through a course teaching them how to cope with people in a mental health crisis. Instructors are tackling a prevalent problem with an oversized stigma.

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San Antonio scientists are on the front line of the battle to create a vaccine to prevent AIDS infections. No vaccine exists now.  The enemy is well-known, but this approach to winning the battle is new.

Ruth Ruprecht, M.D., Ph.D., is a woman on a mission to stop AIDS. The Texas Biomedical Research Institute scientist is part of a collaboration just granted $23 million by the National Institutes of Health.

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There are thousands of U.S. military medics, corpsmen and technicians deployed around the world, from war zones like Afghanistan to battalion aid stations, hospitals and clinics. In the last five years, almost all of them were trained in San Antonio, where updated technology is helping save lives.

A bomb goes off. It’s noisy. It’s smoky. Lights are flashing, people are shouting. The bloody wounded are dying. This isn’t a war zone. It’s a simulator re-creating the real-life chaos and pressure. The trainees can feel what it’s like when seconds matter and lives are saved and lost.