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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Health/Science
11:40 am
Wed February 18, 2015

The Secret To A Fast Heart Rescue? Calling 911

Ed Woyewodzic had a heart attack in 2011, and only 43 minutes later a baloon was inflated in his blocked artery, restoring blood flow to his heart and saving his life.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

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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Government
10:28 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Dallas County DA Susan Hawk Holds Town Hall

Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk held a public meeting Monday night at Concord Baptist Church in South Dallas.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

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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Texas News
6:04 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Ebola Survivor Nancy Writebol, Visiting Dallas, Plans To Return To Liberia

Nancy Writebol and her husband David at the Dallas Theological Seminary.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

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

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Texas News
10:39 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Billions In Play In North Texas Hospital Building Boom

The $800 million UT Southwestern Clements Hospital is just one of many new health care construction projects in North Texas.
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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Health/Science
9:35 am
Thu January 29, 2015

EPA Holding Public Hearing On Smog In Arlington

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public hearing in Arlington Thursday.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public hearing in Arlington on proposed updates to the national air quality standards for smog.

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Shots - Health News
2:59 am
Mon January 26, 2015

High Schools Seek A Safer Path Back From Concussion

High school athlete Graham Hill, number 50, suffered a concussion in 2013 while playing football at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas.
Courtesy of Jeffrey McWhorter

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 9:53 am

Nearly half of all reported sports concussions occur during a high school football game or practice. And even when injured bodies are ready to get back on the field, injured brains might not be ready to return to class.

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Health/Science
9:38 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Poetry As A Tool In Dementia Care

Lauren Silverman KERA News

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. But there are people trying to make a difference for the millions of Americans who have the disease. Molly Meyer helps people living with Alzheimer’s rediscover lost memories, and create new ones through poetry.

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Texas News
7:01 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Federal Court To Hear Arguments On Same-Sex Marriage In Texas

Victor Holmes, left, with his partner, Mark Phariss. The Plano couple challenged the constitutionality of the Texas ban on same-sex marriage as plaintiffs in a 2014 case.
Courtesy of Mark Phariss

On Friday, a federal court in New Orleans will hear arguments about Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage. 

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Business
10:17 am
Wed January 7, 2015

A Dallas Startup Banks On The Blood Business

A hospital pays anywhere from $170 to $300 dollars for a pint of blood.

The U.S. is a bloodthirsty place. More than 12 million pints of blood products are used every year. With high demand and limited availability comes challenges, and business opportunities. 

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Health/Science
6:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Ebola-Fighting Robots And Fishing-Line Muscles: Top Breakthroughs Stories Of 2014

UT Dallas researchers showed how ordinary sewing thread can have superhuman power.
UT Dallas

This year in Breakthroughs, we’ve reported on everything from Ebola-fighting robots and high-tech fall prevention to an academic rehab program for concussions. Here's a best of 2014 stocking stuffer for the New Year.

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