Lauren Silverman

Reporter/Blogger

Lauren Silverman is the Health, Science and Technology reporter/blogger for KERA News. Before joining KERA, she worked at NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered in Washington D.C. Lauren produced national stories on everything from the politics of climate change to the future of online education, including a piece on neighborhood farms in Compton, Cal., that won a National Association of Black Journalism’s ‘Salute to Excellence Award.’

As a freelance reporter, Lauren has written and recorded stories in English and Spanish for a variety of news outlets, including American Public Media’s Marketplace, NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Latino USA.

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After nearly five years of construction, the new Parkland Hospital had its official dedication Monday.

Cobler family

Cancer can take a toll on a kid’s physical health, but there are psychological effects, too. Many survivors experience anxiety, while some suffer from post-traumatic stress.

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For all the breakthroughs in cancer care over the last few decades, sometimes the best treatment just doesn’t work. That’s what happened to 6-year-old Jude Cobler of Plano. 

Justin Brands Inc.

The Western footwear icon Justin Brands is closing an entire distribution facility in Fort Worth. Sixty-eight workers will be laid off, starting in May.

Cobler family

For all the breakthroughs in cancer care over the last few decades, sometimes the best treatment just doesn’t work. That’s what happened to 6-year-old Jude Cobler of Plano. 

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After a bone marrow biopsy left her with back pain a few years ago, Naveen Khan was given a set of physical therapy exercises to follow. And like many patients, she forgot how to do most of them by the time she got home.

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Even though dozens of people in Dallas have heart attacks every day, most of them do not call 911. Instead, they wait, ignore the symptoms or drive themselves to the hospital.

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Dallas County’s new district attorney, Susan Hawk, held her first town hall meeting Monday night. And it was in southern Dallas, the political stronghold of the man she replaced, Craig Watkins. 

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In September of last year, two missionaries became the first Americans diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia. Kent Brantly, a doctor who was trained in Fort Worth, and health care worker Nancy Writebol. This week, Writebol and her husband David are in town talking to students at Dallas Theological Seminary

UT Southwestern Medical Center

The Dallas medical district now has a multi-billion-dollar skyline of its own.

UT Southwestern just opened its high-tech, $800 million William P. Clements Jr. University Hostpital. The new $1.3 billion Parkland hospital is coming this summer, And these are just the tip of a building boom reshaping the hospital landscape in North Texas. A  growing population, aging baby boomers, and new policies are spurring a construction frenzy.

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