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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.

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A San Antonio company is backing bipartisan legislation to loosen up federal regulation of developing stem cell therapies. The company says it would keep the U.S. from lagging behind other countries in the brave new world of regenerative medicine.

Studies show therapies using adult stem cells may provide novel new treatments for a litany of diseases, from Alzheimer’s to multiple sclerosis to diabetes. Despite that, there are currently no FDA-approved stem cell therapies in the United States.

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Blood donors are going to be asked a new question when they show up to donate at San Antonio’s South Texas Blood and Tissue Center. “Do you agree to be tested for the Zika virus?”