Health/Science

The Two-Way
6:13 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from her post after serving for five years.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 6:35 pm

Health Secrerary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after a five-year term that will no doubt be remembered for the calamitous implementation of President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

If you remember, when the federal government unveiled HealthCare.gov, where Americans could buy health insurance mandated by Obamacare, the site was essentially useless for weeks after it launched in October.

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Health/Science
6:17 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

As Health Insurance Deadline Approaches, Hundreds Flood Local Hospitals For Help

Organizing for Action volunteer Dee Fox stands with Lorisse Hampton, a contract worker from Fort Worth, who successfully purchased a plan at Healthcare.gov at a Fort Worth Public Library's E-skills branch session.
Lyndsay Knecht KERA News

Update, 6 p.m. Monday: KERA's Lauren Silverman has the latest on the looming healthcare deadline:

Interest in the federal health insurance marketplace might have started slowly, but things were racing Monday. The deadline to sign up for 2014 insurance at healthcare.gov is 11:59 p.m.

“We have quite a few people here today,” said Bob Reed, vice president of patient access at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. “Too busy to bean count. … We’ve just been trying to survive a little bit.”

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Health/Science
2:07 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Parkland's New CEO Meets The Public

Louisiana State University

Parkland introduced its new CEO on Monday – the first new CEO in thirty years. Dr. Fred Cerise previously headed Louisiana State University’s charity hospital system. This week, Parkland is inviting the public to meet the new CEO at a series of events hosted by Dallas County commissioners.

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Health/Science
4:00 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Dallas Paleontologists Discover New Dinosaur- A Pygmy Tyrannosaur

Paleontologist Tony Fiorillo on Alaska's North Slope where Nanuqsaurus hoglundi was discovered
Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Paleontologists at Dallas’ Perot Musuem have discovered another new dinosaur species.

They found this pint-sized cousin to the Tyrannosaurus rex at the same site on Alaska’s North Slope where they unearthed another new dinosaur several years ago.  

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Health/Science
6:53 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Reaching The Young And Uninsured On A Texas Campus

Nobody plans to wind up in the emergency room, but costly accidents happen — even to healthy young people.
Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 9:55 am

At lunchtime on the North Harris campus of Houston's Lone Star Community College, students stream through the lobby of the student services center, plugged into their headphones or rushing to class.

Many walk right past a small information table about the Affordable Care Act.

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Health/Science
12:02 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

As Deadline Nears, Advocates Try To Get Young North Texans, Minorities To Get Healthcare

Keilah Jacques of the non-profit CitySquare explains to an East Dallas resident how to get insured under the Affordable Care Act.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

The deadline to get insured this year under the Affordable Care Act is the last day of March. The main challenge for advocates is getting young people and minorities to buy in. But an effort is underway to encourage them. 

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Health/Science
11:05 am
Thu March 6, 2014

'Promotoras' Help Texas Border's Poorest Seniors Make Healthy Choices

Maria Luisa Aranda lives in a colonia in Progreso, a town near the Texas border.
Veronica Zaragovia, KUT News

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 11:54 am

Some of the poorest seniors in Texas live in Hidalgo County in the Rio Grande Valley.

Many only speak Spanish and don’t have access to the basics, like food or medical care. But a Texas A&M professor and his team of community health workers – or "promotoras de salud” – are trying to find ways to help seniors along the border improve those conditions. 

They're working in places like the colonia border town of Progreso, near the Mexican border. Progreso is  one of the poorest places in the one of the poorest counties in the United States. The unemployment rate is more than 10 percent.

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Health/Science
11:42 am
Thu February 20, 2014

2013 Was A Bad Year For Whooping Cough Across Texas

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Throughout last year, we reported on the spike in cases of whooping cough across North Texas and the rest of the state. (Last September, the state issued a whooping cough alert.)

The numbers are in for last year – and they don’t look good.

Statewide, 3,908 cases were counted -- the highest since the 1950s. About 11 percent of patients were hospitalized. Five deaths were reported.

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Health/Science
5:31 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Dallas County Receives A Donation Of 1 Million Condoms

l-r, Ed Jones, with AHF, Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway, Dallas County HHS Director Zachary Thompson, as they all urged condom use to help prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Just in time for the unofficial International Condom Day, and one day ahead of Valentines,  Dallas County got a gift today: ONE MILLION condoms.

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Health
11:10 am
Wed February 12, 2014

For Health Reasons, Fort Worth Is Going Blue

Carl Roberts II, Taylor Rosier and Sean Chambers enjoy food at Fireside Pies. They have a lot of questions about how the Blue Zones project will help Fort Worth.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA

Fort Worth wants to reduce medical bills and invest in healthier living, so the city is going blue in a five-year project, called the Blue Zones Project. But it doesn’t have anything to do with water or the ocean. 

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