TRUST INDEX: COVID-19 reinfection happening sooner in many cases with new subvariants, doctor says
The primary COVID-19 strain right now is BA.5, an Omicron subvariant present in 88% of current cases -- the most infectious strain yet. KSAT viewers sent in questions asking about how soon you can be reinfected with COVID-19.
TRUST INDEX: Which expiration date should you use on the COVID-19 home tests?
When you open an at home COVID-19 test kit, there are several components inside: the swab, the solution, and the test strip. A KSAT viewer brought it to our attention that there are different expiration dates on each piece.
Healthcare for Alamo Students
By: Julian Trejo On Sept 22, 2021, the Alamo Colleges held a press conference to announce their partnership with UT Health San Antonio to provide healthcare for Alamo students. This new program, Wellness 360, will give students over the age of 18 the opportunity to receive care over the phone through TeleHelp services, as well…pacpulse.com
SA surgeon performs new robotic surgery on testicular cancer patients, allowing faster recovery
Testicular cancer is most common in younger men, ages 15-30 years old. In more complicated cases where the disease has spread, the only option used to be a serious open surgery, but a robot is now changing that, getting these young patients back on their feet faster.
UT Teen Health offering free, anonymous mental health help for teenagers
A novel coronavirus pandemic, remote learning, and social unrest in 2021 is creating a high suicide rate that is being considered a national emergency. Now, free mental health help is a click away, tailored for teenagers who are still stinging from the series of blows they were dealt.
Struggling rural healthcare providers nationwide getting virtual help from San Antonio-based program
Healthcare worker shortages and lack of resources were already issues for rural communities before the pandemic and when it hit, those barriers were exacerbated. That's why national funding has created a virtual program aimed to help those providers.
UT Health San Antonio doctor says data shows Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids is safe, effective
With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizing the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, in Texas, that could mean up to 2.9 million children are eligible for the vaccine.
Alamo Colleges District opens on-campus health clinics to offer low-cost services to students
Alamo Colleges District has opened two new on-campus health clinics in partnership with UT Health San Antonio’s School of Nursing to offer low-cost physical and mental health services to students, officials announced Wednesday.
‘Unrivaled’ cancer proton therapy facility headed to UT Health San Antonio, one of 40 in U.S.
Proton therapy is an advanced cancer radiation technique that better targets tumors, without harming the tissue around them. The facilities are expensive and complex but within two years, South Texas will have one at a brand new UT Health San Antonio facility.
Ditch the fries, pass the spinach for pain relief, UT Health San Antonio study says
A UT Health San Antonio research team says it’s found the connection between the high-fat Western diet and chronic pain. It’s a groundbreaking study that is 10 years in the making, and it could affect many illnesses and even impact the opioid epidemic.
KSAT Q&A: Dr. Berggren discusses teen vaccinations, when you should still keep your mask handy
Dr. Ruth Berggren, of the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio, joins KSAT Q&A to discuss teens receiving their COVID-19 vaccine and when you should still keep your mask handy despite new CDC guidelines.
San Antonio doctor reminds residents that 'COVID is still out there'
As the snow melts and people venture out, a local doctor reminds San Antonio residents that COVID-19 is still out there, and social distancing measures still apply. READ ALSO: San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is back on after weather-related postponements"It's a little tricky on how this weather will affect COVID in the community," Bowling said. On Thursday, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff resumed their meetings to update the community on the coronavirus and the weather. "Most of the snow is going to melt, and we will have somewhat of some normalcy from a weather standpoint," Bowling said. "But, COVID is still out there, so it's important people don't forget to do the same basic measures that everyone is tired of doing, but that are still effective and important," Bowling said.mysanantonio.com
Here's what local doctors are saying about a possible coronavirus spike in San Antonio
"Our possible spike is fully dependent on how individuals behave," said Dr. Ruth Berggren, an infectious disease specialist with the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio. In a tweet last week, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg warned of an uptick in cases, but the risk level for the city remains at moderate. On Sunday, San Antonio Metro Health announced 191 new cases. San Antonio began to see a surge after Gov. Berggren said San Antonio should take pride in the fact that the community has kept the city's positivity rate at around a moderate 6.9 percent.mysanantonio.com