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More New Mothers in Texas are Dying; Experts Can't Say Why

Sep 6, 2016
Philippe Put / The Texas Tribune

No matter which way you count, the number of Texas women dying after they have babies or unsuccessful pregnancies is on the rise.


Results from a recently published study show men twice as likely as women to die from sudden cardiac death. It’s the largest cause of natural death in the U.S., causing about 325,000 adult deaths each year.


Forget ghosts and goblins. Nothing strikes fear quite like death, which is why there are a lot of superstitions about it. Those superstitions are the focus of a book called "Death Lore: Texas Rituals, Superstitions, and Legends of the Hereafter."

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One of the Texas patients sickened in a multistate listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples may have bought a caramel apple in Dallas County, health officials say.

Editors' Note: An earlier version of this post, as well as an accompanying breaking news alert, incorrectly stated that Ruby Dee had won an Oscar for her role in American Gangster. Dee was nominated for the award but did not win.

Ruby Dee, an actress and civil rights activist who built a career on stage and screen at a time when African-Americans had few such opportunities, has died at age 91.

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Grief counselors will be on campus at Guzick Elementary in Pleasant Grove on Monday after a child was found left in a car in the school parking lot Friday afternoon.

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Van Cliburn’s funeral is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. in Fort Worth’s Broadway Baptist Church. Cliburn’s impact runs deep in his adopted town.

A recent study found even light to moderate smoking (one to 12 cigarettes a day) can increase the risk in women of sudden cardiac death. SCD causes about 325,000 adult deaths in the U.S., and is  responsible for half of all heart disease deaths. In this segment of Vital Signs, Dr. Amir Choudhry, a cardiologist with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, explains sudden cardiac death.