Health/Science

Health/Science
8:00 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Introducing A New KERA Series: A North Texas Boy Grows Up After Cancer

After chemotherapy failed to get rid of Jude Cobler's leukemia, he needed a bone marrow transplant.
The Cobler family.

For all the breakthroughs in cancer care over the last few decades, sometimes the best treatment just doesn’t work. That’s what happened to 6-year-old Jude Cobler of Plano. 

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Vital Signs
6:45 am
Mon March 16, 2015

The Pros And Cons Of Coconut Oil

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Google "coconut oil" and you’ll see this popular product touted for a range of uses: from cooking to its use as a health food to treat a variety of illnesses. But does coconut oil live up to those claims? 

Sharon Cox, a dietitian with Parkland Hospital System, talks about this in our consumer health series, Vital Signs.

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Vital Signs
6:45 am
Mon March 9, 2015

For Women, Stress Can Slow Recovery From Heart Attack, Study Says

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A study released in the journal Circulation found young and middle-aged women can have a harder time in various ways recovering from a heart attack than men. The study also found the poorer recovery was due in part to greater stress among women.

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Health/Science
10:05 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Physical Therapy Goes Mobile, Thanks To App Created In North Texas

A patient at Village Physical Therapy in Plano practices stretches in the office he will also be doing at home using the app PT PAL.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

After a bone marrow biopsy left her with back pain a few years ago, Naveen Khan was given a set of physical therapy exercises to follow. And like many patients, she forgot how to do most of them by the time she got home.

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Health/Science
8:25 am
Wed March 4, 2015

A Dallas Dining Critic's Battle With Food

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Nancy Nichols surprised the North Texas restaurant world last week by stepping down as dining critic at D Magazine. The pasta, the pancakes, the artisan bread she loved for 18 years in the job were conspiring to kill her. She recently sat down for lunch to talk about the decision:

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Vital Signs
6:45 am
Mon March 2, 2015

UT Southwestern Scientists Link Gene To Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

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In this edition of our consumer health series, Vital Signs - the most aggressive form of breast cancer.

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Friday Conversation
7:54 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Why One Of Baby's First Foods Might Soon Be Peanut Butter

Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla, head of allergy and immunology at UT Southwestern in Dallas, turned heads internationally with her journal article about peanut allergies.
Eric Aasen KERA News

A North Texas doctor helped spark an international discussion this week -- about peanut allergies. 

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Vital Signs
6:45 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Dietary Guidelines: Cholesterol Is No Longer A Nutrient Of Concern

Revised Dietary Guidelines are expected to let us enjoy eggs again without guilt.
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Our consumer health series, Vital Signs, recently identified six foods to help maintain good cholesterol levels. The suggestions are good for anyone to follow, but  a new report from the advisory committee behind the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines says healthy adults no longer have to worry so much about cholesterol.

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Health/Science
2:42 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

About 1.2 Million Texans Signed Up Through Health Exchange

Sandra Luz is the lead health care navigator at the Community Council of Greater Dallas.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

FORT WORTH-- Nearly 1.2 million Texans have signed up or were re-enrolled for health insurance through the federal marketplace by a February 15 deadline.

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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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