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Starting in August, an ordinance requiring businesses to offer paid sick leave will be enforced. But some employers in San Antonio are worried about the feasibility of offering this benefit. 


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MONDAY at noon on "The Source" — More than 19 million adults in the U.S. and over 6 million children suffer from asthma-related symptoms, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

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After more than 3 months and thousands of responses to community surveys, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is reassessing the city's strategy for wellness. How could the new strategy impact residents' quality of life in coming years?

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The flu is particularly nasty this year, with reported cases in all 49 contiguous U.S. states and at least 2,300 flu-related deaths in Texas alone. 

The virus is spread from person to person and can live up to 48 hours after being left on a surface. 

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Two zip codes on San Antonio's East side have higher rates of death for babies before the age of one, according to the University of Texas System

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People between the ages of 18 and 20 will not be able to buy tobacco in San Antonio, starting Oct. 1 after a 9 to 2 vote by City Council Thursday. District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse and District 10 Clayton Perry were the two dissenting votes.


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The San Antonio City Council will vote Thursday on whether or not to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.

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Texas has the fifth highest teen birth rate in the country and ranks first for repeat teen pregnancies. 

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If San Antonio’s air quality continues to decline, it could lead to more annual deaths due to respiratory illnesses, according to a study commissioned by San Antonio, which looks at what impact both lower and higher ozone levels have on the health of residents in Bexar County.

A county-wide assessment has found that zip code can make a difference in an individual's overall health and life span.