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Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

The Zika virus has reared its ugly head in Florida, and experts say Texas could be one of the next states with local transmission from biting mosquitoes. South Texas doctors are busy counseling their pregnant patients on how to protect their babies from the horrible birth defects that Zika can cause.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

A change in policy should make it easier for low-income Texas women to protect themselves against mosquitoes and the threat of the Zika virus.


Normally they are just pests. This summer, mosquitoes seem more sinister with the looming threat of the Zika virus that could creep into Texas soon.



Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

Now that locally-transmitted cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in Florida, disease specialists say South Texas and other parts of the country should get ready to deal with Zika-carrying mosquitoes here.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

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.