Health

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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Texas Legislature
2:33 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Funding Mental Health Care In Texas: State Is Last In The Nation

justicetalking.org

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 6:36 pm

Mental health care has become a topic of discussion after last week’s school shootings. Two North Texans working in the field are calling for a new attitude and more money.

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Community Health
4:05 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Demographic Study Shows Latinos Live Longer, In Poor Health Sooner

Dr. Rogelio Saenz, dean of UTSA College of Public Policy, presents a demographic study at The Future of Latino Health Conference
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Latinos may have unique hurdles in getting affordable health care without the Obamacare plan in their future.

Dr. Rogelio Saenz, UTSA’s Dean of Public Policy, said Latinos have the highest levels of non-insurance in the country, and in Texas; they also have the biggest hurdles to climb.

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Business Law
10:11 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Pfizer Investigation Ends In $43 Million Settlement; $3.9 Million To Texas

The state attorney general’s office has announced a settlement in a 5-year, 33-state fraud investigation of the Pfizer drug company. The pharmaceutical company will pay almost $43 million to the 33 states for its unlawful marketing of two antibiotic drugs and claiming that its brand name drug was superior to a generic equivalent.

Texas will receive $3.9 million in the settlement.

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Howard Peak Greenway System
10:23 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Connecting San Antonio: South Leon Creek Greenway Opens

Two cyclists enter the South Leon Creek Greenway.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Residents near Rodriguez County Park and Wolff Stadium can now jump on their bikes or hike along a new two-mile trail called the South Leon Creek Greenway.

District 6 City Councilman Ray Lopez said the $2.6 million addition the city’s greenway system is another way for San Antonians to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

"It’s going to give our folks an opportunity to come out here and exercise," Lopez said. "As you know, San Antonio has been notorious for making a very bad list about being unhealthy."

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Cancer Treatment
3:46 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Researchers Question Use Of MRIs For Breast Cancer Surgery

Dr. Ismail Jatoi, Professor and Chief, Surgical Oncology and the Dale H. Dorn Chair in Surgery at the UT Health Science Center.
UT Health Science Center

Researchers from around the world gathered in San Antonio this week for the 2012 Breast Cancer Symposium.

One of the hot topics under discussion this year is the use of MRIs before surgery to decide who might be a candidate for a partial mastectomy versus a total mastectomy.

Dr. Ismail Jatoi of the UT Health Science Center said that historically, those decisions have been based on mammograms, ultra-sound and clinical examination.

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Fronteras Desk
1:56 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Big Bend Crossing: Will The Border Reopen at Boquillas?

Mexican nationals on the south side of the Rio Grande at Boquillas, Mexico
Lorne Matalon Marfa Public Radio

The Fronteras Desk: Some border residents are waiting for the opening of a formal border crossing linking Rio Grande Village inside Big Bend National Park and the Mexican riverside village of Boquillas; authorities in Tijuana have located two mass graves containing potentially hundreds of dissolved human remains; how one health provider is using telenovelas to educate Latinos about HIV; and finally, the holiday season has many families preparing for tamaladas.

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Community Giving
5:31 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Making Life A Little Easier For Children With A Chronic Condition

Six-year-old Daniel Adair is a little overwhelmed by all Avengers action figures stacked in front of him.
Chris Eudaily Texas Public Radio

Children who are born with chronic illnesses like heart disease go through life visiting doctors and other specialists, and for these children and their families, day to day life can be draining.

Six-year-old Daniel Adair was born with congenital heart disease, a condition he will live with for the rest of his life. With the help of cardiologists and additional surgeries, Daniel will live a long fulfilling life, but this isn't the case for everyone.

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Texas Medicaid
2:42 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Texas Democrats See Path to Medicaid Expansion

Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 9:55 am

Despite Gov. Rick Perry’s firm opposition to a key tenet of federal health reform — expanding the state’s Medicaid program for those with low incomes — Texas Democrats remain optimistic that the 2013 legislative session can yield a deal that brings in billions in additional federal dollars.

It will be a tough sell: No Republican lawmakers have gone on record supporting the Medicaid expansion, which would add an estimated 1.8 million Texans onto the joint state-federal health plan by 2022.

But state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, said fiscal conservatives have an incentive to reach an agreement “because the alternative is going to cost us much more economically and dig a much deeper hole in our budget.”

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Baby Boomer Health
5:47 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

The CDC Recommend Baby Boomers Get Tested for Hepatitis C

UT Health Science Center

UT Medicine San Antonio and the University Health System are kicking off a screening program for Hepatitis C among baby boomer patients at University Hospital. The CDC now recommends everyone born in the years from 1945 to 1965 be tested. 

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