Browse Stories in Health & Environment

Written by jj on Oct 26, 2010
Plants were used in the healing practices of ancient civilizations all over the world.The communities of Mesoamerica and the Southern United States were no exception. Medicinal plants were cultivated in gardens and studied by community doctors. Basic knowledge of herbal medicine was common, as nearly every family grew its own herbs and vegetables.Massage therapists, chiropractors and midwives also had their place in these ancient communities and administered medicinal plants for numerous ailments. However, this vast knowledge is not as well known today.
Written by Felicia.Galindo on Oct 25, 2010
Abandoned lots, cracked sidewalks and stray dogs are some of the obstacles that make walking or strolling in parts of the West Side a hazard for school children and seniorsMany residents and families with children stay shuttered inside their homes rather than venture into dangerous streets, foresaking not only exercise but also communal living.Watch and listen to the video to see the challenges:  
Written by MarisaCG on Oct 22, 2010
Mom and pop stores used to dot neighborhoods on the West Side, but many have been forced to close because they can’t compete with large corporate chains.When small stores close, the whole neighborhood suffers. Streets are not as safe, sidewalks and parks deteriorate, children and residents stay inside, missing out on exercise, socializing and eating healthier foods.Places that have thriving family businesses, on the other hand, have fun and are healthier. It’s an economic benefit and a rich cultural experience as well.
Written by saul on Oct 11, 2010
These photos of syringes were taken near the intersection of South Zarzamora and A streets on the West Side of San Antonio.I see these all the time.Syringes on the ground affect children, or any person walking by, because they can pick it up, and the needles can be very dangerous for them. Saul Esparza is a junior at Burbank High School. 
Written by sandra.guzman on Oct 07, 2010
Here on the West Side, some of our community recreation areas do not have covered or shaded areas to block the sun.The importance of this matter should be heard now since our children are exposed to these rays of sun that can trigger heat stroke and lead to skin cancer.