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AUSTIN — The Texas House has preliminarily approved requiring high school athletes to undergo electrocardiogram testing for possible degenerative heart problems before participating in campus sports.

Representatives voted 86-57 Monday to make EKG testing mandatory as part of physicals taken to participate in all University Interscholastic League activities.

They did so while Scott Stephens — whose son Cody was a high school football player but died in 2012 of sudden cardiac arrest just before graduating — watched from the gallery.

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That diet soda you thought was helping you lose weight might be doing the opposite, according to a new study from the University of Texas Health Science Center.

After examining 749 adults across the city, the San Antonio Longitudinal Study on Aging, a study that has spanned multiple decades, found that consumption of diet soda was linked with increases in waistlines in senior citizens.

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It wasn't too long ago when Dallas became the epicenter for what many feared could have been the beginning of a nationwide ebola epidemic. Since then, the U.S. government has fought to figure out when and where the next viral epidemic may come from.

A promising technique for making brain tumors glow so they'll be easier for surgeons to remove is now being tested in cancer patients.

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Last week, the Texas House of Representatives voted to approve its budget and with it a couple of controversial amendments that change how sex education information gets to students.

$3 million originally budgeted for AIDS and HIV prevention programs was shifted into abstinence education in an amendment filed by Rep.  Stuart Spitzer R-Kaufman.

Another amendment that passed Tuesday night banned sex education materials in public schools if they were made by an organization that provided abortions. 

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