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
6:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

From Mules To Model Ts To Highways: A 99-Year-Old's Award-Winning Journey

AARP Texas State President Ollie Besteiro presents Frank Kormos with an award for more than two decades of volunteer work.
AARP

For 25 years, 99-year-old Frank Kormos volunteered his time teaching older Americans how to drive safely. Over the weekend, he received the AARP’s most prestigious volunteer tribute for community service -- the Texas Andrus Award.

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Health/Science
9:04 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Dr. Ron Anderson, Parkland Hospital's Longtime Leader, Dies At Age 68

Dr. Ron Anderson was the former CEO of Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He died overnight. He was 68.
Credit KERA

Ron Anderson, the doctor who ran Dallas County’s largest medical center for nearly 30 years, died Thursday night. The 68-year-old health-care pioneer left the Parkland Hospital job two years ago, and had been suffering from advanced liver cancer. 

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Health/Science
12:49 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Parkinson's Patients Get Loud In Texas

Samantha Elandary is the founder of the Parkinson Voice Project.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Hundreds of people with Parkinson’s have brought their voices back to life through a unique program in North Texas.

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Business/Economy
10:57 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Southwest Airlines Unveils New Look For Its Planes

Southwest Airlines will put a new paint job on its planes, adding a splash of bright color as it enters middle age and faces many changes.
Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines will put a new paint job on its planes, adding a splash of bright color as it enters middle age and faces many changes. It's also adding a social media "Listening Center."

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The Broken Hip
8:27 am
Wed September 3, 2014

The Broken Hip: This North Texas Hospital Helps Patients From Falling

Christy Johnson manages the clinical pharmacy at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, which is working to reduce falls among patients.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

A North Texas hospital is working to reduce falls among patients, thanks to technology and teamwork.

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Science
10:54 am
Fri August 29, 2014

SMU Football Players Will Hit The Field With Kevlar-Lined Helmets

The green liner in this helmet created by Unequal Technologies features military-grade Kevlar.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

The football players at SMU will be wearing something new under their helmet this season. At the first game of the season, SMU’s Mustangs will all be wearing helmets outfitted with ballistics-grade kevlar.

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Education
12:47 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Nurses Practice With High Tech, Tiny Manikins

Nurses practice medical procedures on a high-fidelity baby manikin.
Laerdal Medical

Maybe you’ve seen a baby doll that cries or hiccups, but how about one with a pulse? At UT Arlington’s College of Nursing, teachers put students through the paces of emergency scenarios remotely, using computer-programmed baby manikins.

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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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