Health/Science http://keranews.org en One Mom’s Wild Ride To Delivering Her Baby Boy http://keranews.org/post/one-mom-s-wild-ride-delivering-her-baby-boy <p>In the days leading up to the birth of my son, I had a gut feeling it would be a breeze. My mom, after all, was only in labor for seven hours total with three children. And four of those hours were with me, the most stubborn of the Collins kids.</p><p>My pregnancy had been easy: I was a week overdue, but worked my normal schedule until the day before my doctor wanted to induce. A lot of first-time moms need drugs to get labor started; induction is downright commonplace. The birth part was going to follow suit; I just knew it.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:15:05 +0000 Courtney Collins 48085 at http://keranews.org One Mom’s Wild Ride To Delivering Her Baby Boy Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning http://keranews.org/post/health-secretary-kathleen-sebelius-resigning Health Secrerary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after a five-year term that will no doubt be remembered for the calamitous implementation of President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.<p>If you remember, when the federal government unveiled HealthCare.gov, where Americans could buy health insurance mandated by Obamacare, the site was essentially useless for weeks after it launched in October.<p>Republicans <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/26/240839038/loyal-soldier-sebelius-vows-to-stay-put-fix-healthcare-gov">openly called for Sebelius' resignation</a>, but she vowed Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:13:49 +0000 Eyder Peralta 47827 at http://keranews.org Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning As Health Insurance Deadline Approaches, Hundreds Flood Local Hospitals For Help http://keranews.org/post/health-insurance-deadline-approaches-hundreds-flood-local-hospitals-help <p><strong>Update, 6 p.m. Monday:</strong> KERA's Lauren Silverman has the latest on the looming healthcare deadline:</p><p>Interest in the federal health insurance marketplace might have started slowly, but things were racing Monday. The deadline to sign up for 2014 insurance at <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">healthcare.gov</a> is 11:59 p.m.</p><p>“We have quite a few people here today,” said Bob Reed, vice president of patient access at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. “Too busy to bean count. … We’ve just been trying to survive a little bit.”</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:17:43 +0000 Lyndsay Knecht & Lauren Silverman 47180 at http://keranews.org As Health Insurance Deadline Approaches, Hundreds Flood Local Hospitals For Help Parkland's New CEO Meets The Public http://keranews.org/post/parklands-new-ceo-meets-public <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;">Parkland introduced its new CEO on Monday – the first new CEO in thirty years.&nbsp;<a data-mce-="" href="http://keranews.org/post/parkland-names-lsu-hospital-official-its-ceo-finalist" target="_blank">Dr. Fred Cerise previously headed Louisiana State University’s charity hospital system</a>. This week, Parkland is inviting the public to meet the new CEO at a series of events hosted by Dallas County commissioners.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;"> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:07:32 +0000 Lauren Silverman 46606 at http://keranews.org Parkland's New CEO Meets The Public Dallas Paleontologists Discover New Dinosaur- A Pygmy Tyrannosaur http://keranews.org/post/dallas-paleontologists-discover-new-dinosaur-pygmy-tyrannosaur <p>Paleontologists at <a href="http://www.perotmuseum.org/about-the-perot/index.html">Dallas’ Perot Musuem</a> have discovered another new dinosaur species.</p><p>They found this pint-sized cousin to the <em>Tyrannosaurus rex</em> at the same site on Alaska’s North Slope where they unearthed another new dinosaur several years ago. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:00:58 +0000 Shelley Kofler 46387 at http://keranews.org Dallas Paleontologists Discover New Dinosaur- A Pygmy Tyrannosaur Reaching The Young And Uninsured On A Texas Campus http://keranews.org/post/reaching-young-and-uninsured-texas-campus At lunchtime on the North Harris campus of Houston's <a href="http://www.lonestar.edu/index.htm" target="_blank">Lone Star</a> Community College, students stream through the lobby of the student services center, plugged into their headphones or rushing to class.<p>Many walk right past a small information table about the Affordable Care Act.<p>The table is the brainchild of <a href="http://www.lonestar.edu/kinesiology-dept-nharris.htm" target="_blank">Megan Franks</a>, a health and fitness professor at Lone Star. She knows that young people may be key to the success of Obamacare. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:53:00 +0000 editor 46190 at http://keranews.org Reaching The Young And Uninsured On A Texas Campus As Deadline Nears, Advocates Try To Get Young North Texans, Minorities To Get Healthcare http://keranews.org/post/deadline-nears-advocates-try-get-young-north-texans-minorities-get-healthcare <p>The deadline to get insured this year under the Affordable Care Act is the last day of March. The main challenge for advocates is getting young people and minorities to buy in. But an effort is underway to encourage them.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:02:52 +0000 Doualy Xaykaothao 46105 at http://keranews.org As Deadline Nears, Advocates Try To Get Young North Texans, Minorities To Get Healthcare 'Promotoras' Help Texas Border's Poorest Seniors Make Healthy Choices http://keranews.org/post/promotoras-help-texas-borders-poorest-seniors-make-healthy-choices Some of the poorest seniors in Texas live in Hidalgo County in the Rio Grande Valley.<p>Many only speak Spanish and don’t have access to the basics, like food or medical care. But a&#160;Texas A&M professor and his team of&#160;community health workers – or "promotoras&#160;de&#160;salud”&#160;– are trying to find ways to help seniors along the border improve those conditions.&#160;<p>They're working in places like the colonia&#160;border town of&#160;Progreso, near the Mexican border. Progreso is &#160;one of the poorest places in the one of the poorest counties in the United States. The unemployment rate is more than 10 percent.<p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138125551&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia, KUT News 46113 at http://keranews.org 'Promotoras' Help Texas Border's Poorest Seniors Make Healthy Choices 2013 Was A Bad Year For Whooping Cough Across Texas http://keranews.org/post/2013-was-bad-year-whooping-cough-across-texas <p>Throughout last year, we reported on the spike in cases of whooping cough across North Texas and the rest of the state. (Last September<a href="http://breakthroughs.kera.org/state-issues-whooping-cough-alert/">, the state issued a whooping cough alert.</a>)</p><p>The numbers are in for last year – and they don’t look good.</p><p><a href="https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/pertussis/statistics/">Statewide, 3,908 cases were counted -- the highest since the 1950s.</a> About 11 percent of patients were hospitalized. Five deaths were reported.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:42:33 +0000 Eric Aasen 45514 at http://keranews.org 2013 Was A Bad Year For Whooping Cough Across Texas Dallas County Receives A Donation Of 1 Million Condoms http://keranews.org/post/dallas-county-receives-donation-1-million-condoms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just in time for the unofficial International Condom Day, and one day ahead of Valentines,&nbsp; Dallas County got a gift today: ONE MILLION condoms.</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:31:30 +0000 Bill Zeeble 45256 at http://keranews.org Dallas County Receives A Donation Of 1 Million Condoms