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Lauren Silverman

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Lauren Silverman is the Health, Science & Technology reporter/blogger at KERA News. She is also the primary backup host for KERA’s Think and the statewide newsmagazine Texas Standard. In 2016, Lauren was recognized as Texas Health Journalist of the Year by the Texas Medical Association. She was part of the Peabody Award-winning team that covered Ebola for NPR in 2014. She also hosted "Surviving Ebola," a special that won Best Long Documentary honors from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). And she's won a number of regional awards, including an honorable mention for Edward R. Murrow award (for her project “The Broken Hip”), as well as the Texas Veterans Commission’s Excellence in Media Awards in the radio category.

Before joining KERA, Lauren worked at NPR’s weekend All Things Considered in Washington, D.C. There, she produced national stories on everything from the politics of climate change to the future of online education. While at All Things Considered, Lauren also produced a piece on neighborhood farms in Compton, Calif., 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 NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Here & Now; American Public Media’s Marketplace; Sound Medicine and Latino USA.

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This is the second installment in the KERA News series "Inside the Bush Center."

It’s one of the most mysterious rooms in the White House: The Situation Room. And the public has almost never seen it, save for a couple of snapshots from the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden. Now, that iconic room has been rebuilt in Dallas -- inside the new George W. Bush Presidential Center, which will be dedicated Thursday.

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Just four days after a fertilizer plant explosion took 14 of their loved ones, the people of West, Texas, found some solace Sunday.  The churchgoers flocked to two very different sanctuaries -- one untouched by the explosion, the other in a hay field.

The job hunt is complicated enough for most high school and college graduates — and even tougher for the growing number of young people on the autism spectrum. Despite the obstacles that people with autism face trying to find work, there's a natural landing place: the tech industry.

Amelia Schabel graduated from high school five years ago. She had good grades and enrolled in community college. But it was too stressful. After less than a month she was back at home, doing nothing.

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A new development in the tragedy in the town of West, Texas. Dallas Fire-Rescue Captain Kenny Harris was killed in yesterday's explosion.

Captain Harris lived in West, and was off duty at the time of the incident. According to Joel Lavender of the Dallas Fire Rescue, Harris was not a volunteer firefighter in West, but offered to help when he became aware of the incident. 

City Manager Mary K. Suhm said, “The City of Dallas and the citizens of Dallas have lost a real role model.” 

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The marathon bombing in Boston and the explosion in the town of West, Texas may seem completely unrelated. But the injuries they cause are remarkably similar. 

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Update, 3:40 p.m.: 

The North Texas Poison Center at Parkland Memorial Hospital released a statement saying it has received phone calls from concerned Texans who may have been exposed to chemicals in the air around the town of West, Texas.

Parkland says no long-term effects from the fire and subsequent explosion at the facility are expected; however, mild irritation to the eyes, nose and throat may occur. 

Trained toxicologists, nurses and pharmacists are available to provide free, confidential medical advice at 1.800.222.1222

Update, 12:00 p.m.: Providence Healthcare Network in Waco has treated 65 people from the explosion. Spokesperson Heather Beck says 15 have been admitted.

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Emylee Herring, of Denton, is one of 12 young people whose songs are being aired on Kiss FM (106.1) from now until May 4th. She’s competing in a music competition highlighting young artists in North Texas. Emylee is also in the final stages of recovery from a major surgery for scoliosis.

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Hispanics make up nearly half of the population in Farmers Branch - and for the first time the city may have a shot at electing a Hispanic city council member. This comes after a lawsuit filed against the city’s at-large election system resulted in newly drawn single member districts, one of which has a majority of Hispanic citizens. 

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Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus have arrived earlier than ever before in North Texas. Last week, several traps in Richardson had mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus – last year West Nile didn’t appear until May. 

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It isn’t only NFL superstars who get concussions. It’s high school basketball players, cheerleaders, soccer players, even softball players. More than 300,000 high school students were diagnosed with concussions last year.Still, there’s no gold standard for evaluating or treating concussions in young athletes. This weekend, a group of coaches, parents, patients and doctors are getting together at UT Arlington for a conference on concussions and youth safety.

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For years, sheriffs and disability rights groups have complained about the lack of treatment for the growing number of mentally ill inmates in Texas. Now, state legislators are considering a bill that would allow private companies to offer mental health services to inmates.

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Imagine a place in downtown Dallas where young people come together to do everything from experiment with 3D printers to design rooftop gardens. That idea is about to become a reality. Stephanie Hunt and her husband Hunter, along with the Institute for Engineering & Humanity at Southern Methodist University, are planning to build an innovation lab for youth by next spring. 

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It’s not every day you see thousands of plastic bottles floating in Fair Park’s fountain. But that’s exactly what you’ll find this weekend – in the form of a boat. It’s the main attraction at Southern Methodist University’s Engineering & Humanity Week -- a program that brings together students engineers, architects and academics from around the world at Fair Park and on SMU’s campus.

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That burrito on the kids menu? Not as healthy as you might have thought. According to a new study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, every single children's meal offered at chains such as Chipotle, Panda Express, Dairy Queen, and Hardee's fell short of standards adopted by the center from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's nutritional recommendations. 

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The big question after last weekend’s rally against domestic violence is what happens next? You can see one answer to that question on billboards around Dallas County. For the first time, the District Attorney’s office is putting up the equivalent of electronic wanted posters to catch the most wanted domestic violence suspects. 

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Ten-minute physicals and health insurance paperwork aren't just frustrating for patients – they're a pain for doctors, too. One of every 10 Texas doctors say they are moving away from accepting insurance and toward a flat fee for coverage. They call it "concierge care," or direct medicine.

More than 4,000 U.S. doctors offer concierge services. That’s 30 percent more than last year. And Texas is a hot zone: at least a dozen doctors have gone concierge in Dallas-Fort Worth alone. Here’s a basic overview.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings called for 10,000 men and boys to join him this weekend in a rally to end violence against women.  He arranged an all-star lineup of speakers and invited politicians and advocates to speak out about domestic violence. 

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Hundreds of battles were fought and thousands of lives lost in the war in Iraq. But the clash many remember is the Battle of An Nasiriyah. This weekend marks its 10th anniversary, and an Arlington veteran who fought in that battle is organizing a major reunion.

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Although far fewer young people smoke today than in years past, nearly 1,000 kids become smokers each day across the US. In Texas, 17.4% of high school students smoke. And when they buy cigarettes, the three most heavily advertised brands are most popular: Marlboro, Newport and Camel, according to the government's National Survey on Drug Use and Health. To raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco, kids in Texas are rallying, holding flash mobs and hosting health fairs. 

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Police are investigating a third sexual assault in Northeast Dallas. The most recent took place only a few blocks away from the previous two other rapes in the Lake Highlands neighborhood. 

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 The city of Arlington has a new police chief. Will Johnson is being sworn in this afternoon at the Arlington Convention Center. Johnson is already familiar with the job –nearly a year ago he began serving as acting police chief when Theron Bowman was tapped to become a deputy city manager.

DFW Could Experience Growing Pains

Mar 14, 2013
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Just about every four minutes there’s someone new coming to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. That’s according to a new analysis of Census Bureau Data which shows DFW is the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the Nation. The new numbers are a cause for celebration; they’re also a call for preparation.

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Ron White is spending the day writing the  names and rank of 2,200 soliders in Afghanistan who died on the same tour he served. He’s doing this all from memory -- more than 6,600 words in sequence.

Breast Cancer In Young Women Rising

Feb 27, 2013
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Young women are much less likely than older women to be diagnosed with breast cancer -- but research showing a tripling of advanced breast cancer cases in women under forty is for some doctors, a disturbing trend. 

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The job hunt is complicated enough for most high school and college graduates. But for the growing number of young people on the autism spectrum, it is a daunting challenge. Nationwide 90 percent of adults with autism are either unemployed or underemployed. Despite the obstacles these people face trying to find work, there's a natural landing place: the tech industry.

Amelia Schabel graduated from high school five years ago. She had good grades and enrolled in community college. But it was too stressful. After less than a month she was back at home, doing nothing.

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Cowboys Stadium in Arlington filled with thousands of people Monday to honor former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was gunned down with a friend at a Glen Rose gun range. Kyle was known as the most prolific sniper in the U.S. military. As friends, family, teammates and war veterans walked into the stadium, the big screen – which stretches 60 yards – flashed photos of Kyle and his family. 

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