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Guess Which Woman Is Having A Heart Attack (Hint: You Can’t)

Three months ago I had a heart attack. And since the symptoms of a heart attack are different for women, and since the kind I had can strike young people with no markers of heart disease, I've decided to tell my story. And because I love to name drop, I'll do some of that along the way because I was with authors I love that night. Read More

Families Isolated By Rare Genetic Conditions Find New Ways To Reach Out

Shortly after Milo Lorentzen was born, nurses whisked him away to the neonatal intensive care unit for low blood sugar and jaundice. An exam then found a cluster of irregularities, including a cleft palate and a hole in his heart. The staff called in a geneticist, who issued a misdiagnosis — the first frustrating episode in what would become years of testing, as Karen Park and Peter Lorentzen searched for a way to help their son. Read More

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Meet the Team


Lauren Silverman

Lauren Silverman


Lauren Silverman is the Health, Science & Technology reporter/blogger at KERA News. She is also the primary backup host for KERA’s Think and the statewide news show Texas Standard. While at KERA Lauren has received a variety of awards; an honorable mention for Texas Health Journalist of the Year from the Texas Medical Association, several regional Edward R. Murrow awards, as well as the Texas Veterans Commission’s Excellence in Media Awards in the radio category.

Before joining KERA Lauren worked at NPR’s weekend All Things Considered in Washington D.C. There, she produced national stories on everything from the politics of climate change to the future of online education. While at All Things Considered, Lauren also produced a piece on neighborhood farms in Compton, California that won a National Association of Black Journalism’s “Salute to Excellence Award.”

Sam Baker

Sam Baker

Senior Editor/Morning Edition Host

Sam Baker, KERA’s host of Morning Edition since 1991, also produces and hosts Vital Signs, a weekly series focusing on practical issues about health. He also edits radio commentaries, has produced station versions of the NPR series This I Believe and StoryCorps, and hosted KERA-TV’s Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On the Record.

A native of Beaumont, Texas, Sam spent six years in commercial television news and three years as Morning Edition host and News Director at KWGS-FM in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He won a 2008 regional Emmy for KERA’s Sharing the Power: A Voter’s Voice Special, and has earned honors from the Texas Associated Press, Oklahoma Associated Press, Dallas Press Club and Public Radio News Directors, Inc (PRNDI). Sam has served on the boards of PRNDI and Southwest Transplant Alliance, and was host/producer of Jazz in Words and Music for Reading and Radio Resources, an audio service for the visually-impaired.

Dallas stock photography provided by Justin Terveen

General stock photography provided by Shutterstock


“Breakthroughs” is a KERA News project devoted to the latest innovations in health, science and technology — with a North Texas accent. We’ll focus on medical breakthroughs rooted in hospitals, clinics and labs throughout North Texas. We’ll explore the science labs and tech centers that anchor the region. And we’ll have some fun. You’ll find stories on everything from doctors using proton beams to treat cancer to patients using iPhone apps to monitor eye disease to a boat made of recycled water bottles that crossed the Pacific and landed for good in downtown Dallas. You have a key role in this blog: Share your stories, suggestions and questions – tweet #KERAbreakthroughs.


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