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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Texas News
10:48 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Private Practice Doctors Help North Texas VA Meet Demand

When Ralph Taylor, 70, started having trouble seeing because of cataracts, he had to stop driving, and doing the things he loved, like boating, welding and camping, became more difficult.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

In Texas, four medical centers serving veterans have some of the nation’s worst wait times for new patients. To speed up access to health care, the North Texas VA is ramping up partnerships with local providers.

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Health/Science
6:39 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Family Belongings Of Doctor With Ebola Destroyed; Here's How To Help

Dr. Kent Brantly has been serving as medical director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Liberia.
Samaritan's Purse

The family belongings of Dr. Kent Brantly, the Fort Worth-trained doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia, are considered contaminated and will be destroyed, according to a statement Friday from the hospital where he studied.

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Texas News
9:44 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Texas Drones Built To Save Lives

UNT researchers created a drone that disperses a Wi-Fi signal up to three kilometers.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Drones have gotten international notoriety because of their ability to take out bad guys (and, at times, bystanders). Sometimes, they’re described as killing machines. But drones can also save lives.

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Business/Economy
10:44 am
Tue August 12, 2014

The Smartphone Will See You Now: The Wild West Of Medical Apps

Out of some 100,000 mHealth apps on the market, only about 100 have been cleared by the FDA.

If you take a virtual stroll through the iTunes store or Google Play you will find nearly a hundred thousand health apps. Everything from fitness trackers to blood glucose monitors. Out of all these apps, only about 100 have been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. Some lawyers are calling for more regulation.

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Politics
8:52 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Perry And Cruz Test The Presidential Waters At RedState Gathering

Lauren Silverman KERA News

It’s the presidential race no one is talking about: Two Texas political stars, both testing the waters for a run in 2016 –without mentioning it, of course. Ted Cruz and Rick Perry took their not-so-stealth campaigns to the annual RedState gathering today -- in the heart of America's biggest red state.

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Texas News
9:55 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Planned Parenthood Opening New Clinic To Meet Texas' Abortion Laws

The main waiting room in the new Planned Parenthood facility in South Dallas.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Next month, a dozen abortion clinics in Texas will close because they don't meet tough new standards outlined in the controversial abortion law that passed last summer. Planned Parenthood in Dallas will open its new facility -- which will be one of just seven clinics in the state that meet the new requirements. 

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Business/Economy
1:06 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Can Technology Help With End Of Life Decisions? This Texas Company Thinks So

Outlining end of life wishes is not exactly a popular task. But one North Texas company is making it easier.

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Education
9:45 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Medical Education, Gamified

"Mimycx," the first game to be released by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy's new educational gaming company, Professions Quest.
AACP

Gaming moved from the video arcade to military bases and flight schools years ago. The next set of gamers could reshape health care.

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Health/Science
11:39 am
Sat August 2, 2014

UPDATE: Kent Brantly, Doctor With Ebola, Is Back In U.S. After Evacuation From Liberia

Dr. Kent Brantly has been serving as medical director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Liberia.
Samaritan's Purse

Dr. Kent Brantly, the Fort Worth doctor who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, has reportedly arrived in Atlanta for treatment. 

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Health/Science
3:21 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Fort Worth Doctor With Ebola In Africa Has Improved Slightly, Relief Group Says

Earlier this year, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treated a patient with the Ebola virus at the agency's Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Liberia.
Samaritan's Purse

The Fort Worth doctor who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia has improved slightly. The relief group Samaritan’s Purse said today that Dr. Kent Brantly is in serious condition.

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