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Texas Healthcare
11:32 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Does Texas Rank Last In Mental Health Spending?

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Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 9:55 am

Politifact: Does Texas Rank Last in Mental Health Spending?

Today President Obama is expected to release details of proposals from a gun violence task force convened in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.

In the days following Sandy Hook, many experts and pundits spoke of the need for better mental health care and screening.

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Community Health
4:12 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Slimming Down More Than A Resolution For Showdown Participants

Nancy Martinez said she wants to embrace a healthy lifestyle to pass on to her family.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As the second edition of HEB’s 16-week Slimdown Showdown begins, the 25 competitors participating this year are taking physicals through the Methodist Health System.

This week is Fit Camp where the contestants attend classes on healthy living and do tests to see where they are physically. On the first day, 34-year-old Juan Ramirez of San Antonio is taking a stress test on a treadmill.

Ramirez said the $10,000 grand prize is not the main goal, instead he wants to lose about 60 lbs. and get a better handle on his lifestyle.

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Texas Healthcare
9:23 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Checking Numbers On Texas Medicaid Orthodontics Spending

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Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 5:50 am

A new study by the Pew Center on the States gave Texas a D for its pediatric dental health, as a leading state legislator says the state of Texas spent more Medicaid money on orthodontia for children than all the other states combined.

The Austin American-Statesman’s PolitiFact unit wondered about that.

And KUT’s Emily Donahue spoke with Gardner Selby of the Statesman’s PolitiFact Texas to get the scoop.

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1:50 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Texas Goes It Alone With Women's Health Program

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Texas' Women's Health Program began on January 1st with no federal money. KUT's Ben Philpott spoke to John Hockenberry on PRI's "The Takeaway" this week about how the program is in the "middle of a strident political debate" over health services for low-income women.
In 2011, the Texas legislature voted to ban medical providers affiliated with organizations that perform abortions from participating in the state-run Women's Health Program, even if the providers did not perform abortions themselves.
Fronteras Desk
12:35 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Questioning Criminal Charges Against Undocumented Immigrant Workers

Maricopa County Sheriff's Officers raid the On Your Way Car Wash in Peoria, Ariz. in October 2009. (Photo courtesy www.PhotosByJoseMunoz.com)
Jose Munoz

On Fronteras: Drug enforcement off the coast of Central America, illegal immigration missing from Gov. Rick Perry's introductory speech to the Texas legislature, refugees demanding more competent health care services, mixed-immigration families and the Affordable Care Act, immigration reform and criminal charges against undocumented workers.
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San Antonio Medical Research
11:42 am
Thu January 10, 2013

SA Researchers Find More Effective Way To Treat Hepatitis C

UT Health Science Center

A San Antonio research team has uncovered a way to cure the deadly Hepatitis C – promising shorter treatments and fewer side effects than today’s standard treatment.

Hepatitis C can be treated today with a battery of interferon interventions treatments -- which takes 48 weeks and the side effects are debilitating -- but a new treatment using a combination of drugs needs only 12 weeks to kill the virus with much fewer side effects.

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Healthy Living
11:05 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Nutrition Labels Hope to Encourage Healthy Choices

New nutrition labels depicting "Heart Healthy" and "Organic" are displayed near the price of tomato sauce in one of the store's aisles.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

HEB is the first grocery chain in Texas to roll out a new nutrition labeling system on items in its stores to assist people in making healthy food choices.

Following guidelines from the USDA, color coded icons appear next to the prices of many items on HEB shelves, to indicate the health factors of a particular food. HEB has piloted this program for about a year, and it’s now being rolled out company wide.

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State Health Options
12:35 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

State Of Texas Takes Over Women's Health Program

image courtesy The Texas Tribune

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 5:17 am

Texas Women's Healthcare Explainer

The state of Texas launched its Women’s Health Program this week. Texas is funding the program on its own because the federal government pulled money after the state blocked Planned Parenthood from participating.

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4:53 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Visually Impaired Girl Gets Early Christmas Gift: The Ability To Read

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Seven-year-old Kaitlyn Brown has a very limited field of vision, but thanks to a new machine that magnifies images, she will be able to see things she never could before -- like the color of her favorite toy's eyes.
Christmas came early for one local visually impaired 7-year old. Kaitlyn Brown is the lucky recipient of a machine from nonprofit sight savers and The University of Texas Health Science Center. The machine can magnify objects up to 79 times which allows her to read and learn like other kids her age.
Texas Giving
11:21 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Dollhouse Maker Builds Happiness For The Holidays

Courtney Collins KERA News

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 11:43 am

Ken and Cecilia Christopherson are channeling Saint Nick in a very real way.  Part treasure hunter, part master craftsman, Ken builds dollhouses from scratch. Each one takes 100 hours to construct, and each one goes to a very sick child stuck in the hospital for the holidays.

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