Lauren Silverman


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.


Ebola In Dallas
9:17 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Ebola Blog: Nina Pham Ebola-Free And Returns Home To Texas

Nina Pham arrived at Fort Worth's Meacham International Airport late Friday night.
Texas Health Resources

Nina Pham, the first infected nurse with Ebola in Dallas, is back home in North Texas. She arrived late Friday night at  Fort Worth's Meacham International Airport. Her family was there to greet her.

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Shots - Health News
3:31 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

FDA Cracks Down On Fake Ebola Cures Sold Online

The problem isn't just that fake cures are worthless, doctors say. Fraudulent claims also give some people the false sense that the product can protect them from getting sick.

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 10:59 am

Snake venom, vitamin C, Nano Silver and herbs have all been pitched online as a treatment or cure for Ebola. None has the backing of the FDA.

"Unfortunately during public health threats such as Ebola, fraudulent products that claim to prevent, treat, cure disease often appear on the market almost overnight," says Gary Coody, the FDA's national health fraud coordinator. In particular, the FDA wants consumers to beware Ebola "cures" peddled online.

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9:38 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Race For Dallas County District Attorney Heats Up

Former Judge Susan Hawk and current Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins will face off in the Nov. election.

On the campaign trail for Dallas County district attorney, the candidates have spent as much time attacking each other as they have debating policy.

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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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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.

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.

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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