When it comes to medical advice, most people turn to their doctor. But in some places, it’s the religious leader whose words resonate. In one North Texas community, parishioners followed guidance from pastors who said to turn to faith before medicine. And this month, more than twenty of them became sick with the measles.
Monthly Archives: August 2013
It’s not the edgiest way to reach out to young people, but the public service announcement (PSA) — which has been informing the American people since WWII — does get right to the point.
“If you don’t have insurance, help is on the way,” Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius tells young people in a new public service announcement.
“Without insurance, we’re all just an accident or an illness away fro a devastating medical bill,” she says.
The H. Ross Perot family foundation announced a major gift to Planned Parenthood of Texas this week.
If you’ve been feeling the burn, and I’m not talking exercise, here are some good tips to keep acid reflux from interfering with your daily life. Some of the advice might be easier said than done (lose weight, don’t overeat at meals, etc.) but there are a few new treatments listed at the bottom of the article that might be up your alley.
There are now 21 measles cases in North Texas linked to the Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas. Sixteen of the people who came down with the highly contagious virus are in Tarrant County, the others in Denton.
The outbreak, which has affected both children (one 4-month-old) and adults, has so far led to two hospitalizations, according to Russell Jones, Tarrant County epidemiologist.
The State Fair of Texas has named the eight finalists for the 2013 Big Tex Choice Awards. Each year, eight concessionaires are chosen to compete for the top prizes of Best Taste and Most Creative. Past winners include Fried Coke, Fried Beer, Fried Cinnamon Roll with Bacon and Deep Fried Jambalaya. Read More
The state of Kentucky’s got ‘Kynect,’ Idaho’s got ‘Your Health Idaho’, what’s the Lone Star State going to call its health care exchange? True, the exchange will be set up by the federal government, but Texas still gets to brand it.
Here’s a few ideas:
- Lone Star Health Coverage
- Big Tex Health Insurance
- Steel-Toe Health Care
- TalkToTheFeds Care
- Cactus Care
- The Whole InsChillada
What do you think it should be called?
Tweet #KERAbreakthroughs with your ideas.
This year, Dallas bowlers got 27 new lanes to practice making that perfect strike. The two new alleys, Bowlounge and Bowl & Barrell, feature fancy food and live music. Of course, new employees will handle bowling basics, like setting up bumpers and disinfecting shoes, but it looks like they also might have to handle more serious, life threatening situations. A new report published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows employees of bowling alleys and other alternative exercise sites were more likely to have to respond to someone in cardiac arrest than employees at health clubs and fitness centers.
State Health officials are warning about handling ‘live’ chickens in light of an ongoing, national Salmonella outbreak. Thirty-two Texans have become ill in what health officials say is the largest ever Salmonella outbreak linked to live birds. Read More
Texas students had to get up to date on vaccinations to return to school today – especially the measles shot. An outbreak of the viral disease in North Texas has hit Tarrant County hardest. Many of the 15 cases traced back to a person who traveled out of the country where measles is more common. In this installment of KERA’s Vital Signs, Tarrant County epidemiologist Dr. Russell Jones talks about the importance of getting vaccinated.