Friday Conversation
7:47 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Ex-Astronaut Ed Lu On Deflecting Asteroids And Building The Private Space Business

Ed Lu spent over 200 days in space and now owns a company that identifies and re-directs asteroids.
Adelina Sun KERA News

The private space business is booming, and Texas is a primary launch pad. For this week’s Friday Conversation, KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, sits down with Ed Lu – a longtime astronaut who now has his own space company.

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3:03 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

For A Strong Heart In Old Age, The Amount You Exercise Matters


The general consensus is the more you exercise, the better off your heart is. But do the benefits change depending on how often you exercise a week? Researchers with Fort Worth’s John Peter Smith hospital wanted to find out.

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4:47 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Ebola Is ‘Humiliating Disease,’ Says Fort Worth-Trained Doctor Sickened By Virus

Dr. Kent Brantly, a Fort Worth-trained doctor, served as medical director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Liberia.
Samaritan's Purse

Kent Brantly, the Fort Worth-trained doctor who contracted Ebola in Africa, tells NPR that having the virus made him realize the “emotional and psychological toll” of the disease.

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4:32 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Dr. Kent Brantly: Ebola Survivor Gives Testimony On The Hill

Dr. Kent Brantly was medical director at Monrovia's only Ebola treatment center when he fell ill with the disease in July. He survived after being evacuated and treated in the United States.
Courtesy of Samaritan's Purse

Dr. Kent Brantly, a U.S. medical missionary who contracted Ebola in July while working as a doctor in Liberia and survived the deadly disease after treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, appeared at a joint Senate hearing today examining the Ebola outbreak.

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Vital Signs
6:28 am
Mon September 15, 2014

COPD: One More Reason To Quit Smoking

X-ray of cardiac obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

You’re short of breath after a flight of stairs or other daily activities. It might be fatigue, lack of exercise – or maybe COPD.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a group name for lung diseases like chronic bronchitis and emphysema that block airflow and make breathing difficult. It’s also a condition the Affordable Care Act’s keeping closer tabs on beginning next month. 

In this edition of Vital Signs, Tom Kallstrom, CEO of the American Association for Respiratory Care, explains more about COPD.

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9:04 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Dr. Ron Anderson, Parkland Hospital's Longtime Leader, Dies At Age 68

Dr. Ron Anderson was the former CEO of Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He died overnight. He was 68.
Credit KERA

Ron Anderson, the doctor who ran Dallas County’s largest medical center for nearly 30 years, died Thursday night. The 68-year-old health-care pioneer left the Parkland Hospital job two years ago, and had been suffering from advanced liver cancer. 

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12:01 am
Fri September 12, 2014

On This Day In 1958, A TI Engineer Invented A Chip That Changed The World

Jack Kilby's chip changed the world. It led to cellphones, modems and computers. Kilby is pictured with products that use integrated circuits.
Credit Texas Instruments

On Friday, Texas Instruments is celebrating the North Texas man who made the integrated circuit – the microchip -- possible. On Sept. 12, 1958, Jack Kilby, a TI engineer, invented the integrated circuit.

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3:46 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Vietnam Veteran Helps Tarrant County Adults And Children With Mental Illness

Michael Killam is program manager in Veterans Services at MHMR of Tarrant County.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

More than half a million Texas adults suffer from a serious and persistent mental illness. That’s why the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is traveling across Texas -- and stopped in Fort Worth this week to hear some powerful stories.

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12:49 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Parkinson's Patients Get Loud In Texas

Samantha Elandary is the founder of the Parkinson Voice Project.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Hundreds of people with Parkinson’s have brought their voices back to life through a unique program in North Texas.

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6:12 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Video Recap: Learn How A Broken Hip Can Change Your Life

Older people participate in a fall prevention class at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Dane Walters KERA News

Join KERA at Baylor’s Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center for a panel discussion on The Broken Hip.

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