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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Ebola in Dallas
3:57 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Watch Out: Fake Ebola Treatments Are Spreading

There is no drug to treat Ebola that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But there are companies selling products claiming to do just that.

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Health/Science
8:45 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Haunted Houses: The Science Behind The Scream

More than one in five Americans plans to visit a spooky attraction this year. And they’re looking for that adrenaline rush.
Dark Hour Haunted House

Every Halloween, millions of people pay to be scared. Did you know professional haunted houses use high-tech scare methods to make you scream? We visited Plano’s year-round haunted house with a neuroscientist to find out what makes a good scare. 

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Ebola in Dallas
12:44 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Jenkins: Ebola Nurses Moved So Presbyterian Can Be Ready If There Are New Patients

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins records a long-distance interview with NPR’s Melissa Block for today’s All Things Considered in the KERA studios.
Christina Ulsh KERA News

The first nurse to contract Ebola is being moved to Maryland to make room at Texas Health Presbyterian in case there are other Ebola patients in Dallas, County Judge Clay Jenkins told KERA.

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Ebola in Dallas
5:53 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Texas Nurses Have Concerns And Confidence About Ebola

After two of the nurses who treated Thomas Eric Duncan became sick with Ebola, their colleagues across the state are expressing concerns about preparation for handling Ebola. 

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Five Days In October
1:26 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Where Do Greg Abbott And Wendy Davis Stand On Medicaid In Texas?

Wendy Davis, a Democrat, and Greg Abbott, a Republican, have very different stances on how to handle Medicaid.
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This week, KERA, The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5) are producing a series of coordinated reports we’re calling Five Days in October. Each day, we’re looking at where the leading candidates for governor stand on a specific issue.

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Ebola in Dallas
3:57 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

2nd Patient Who Tested Positive For Ebola Is A 26-Year-Old Nurse

Nina Pham, a 26-year-old who grew up in Fort Worth, was identified Monday as the nurse who's being treated for Ebola. Her dog is also in isolation; a Dallas city spokeswoman said the city would make sure the dog will be cared for.
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KERA has confirmed that the nurse who’s tested positive for Ebola is Nina Pham, a 26-year-old graduate of Texas Christian University who also attended Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth.

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Ebola in Dallas
3:43 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

In East Dallas Neighborhood Where Ebola Patient Lives, Residents Remain Calm

The scene in East Dallas Monday morning at the apartment complex where the second Ebola patient lives. She's being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

It was business as usual Monday morning in the East Dallas neighborhood where the first patient to contract Ebola in the U.S. lives.

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Ebola in Dallas
10:18 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Dallas Hospital Worker Tests Positive For Ebola, CDC Confirms

Dallas police monitored the apartment complex in East Dallas where the healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola lives. She is now in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

[We will update this post throughout the day.]  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Sunday afternoon that the health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has tested positive for the Ebola virus. It is the first known case of Ebola being contracted in the U.S.

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Ebola in Dallas
4:44 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Who Was Thomas Eric Duncan? A Man Who Was Loved And In Love

On Tuesday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. prayed wth Thomas Eric Duncan's mother, sister and nephews.
Twitter/Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. @RevJJackson

Shortly after 10 this morning, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas made the announcement that Thomas Eric Duncan had died. 

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Health/Science
7:30 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Forensic Investigators Go Nano

This nanomanipulator detects and analyzes chemicals on the nanoscale.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

New technology out of Texas is making it harder for criminals to cover their tracks. A University of North Texas chemistry professor has created a device for the U.S. Department of Justice to analyze the tiny particles of inks, paints, and other materials criminals use to create counterfeit documents. It's called a nanomanipulator.

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