Monthly Archives: August 2013

“Help Is On The Way”: Health Insurance Options For Youth

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 PSA is part of a larger effort to get young people to sign up for health insurance when the state marketplaces open on Oct. 1st.

Planned Parenthood Gets Windfall From Perot Foundation

The H. Ross Perot family foundation announced a major gift to Planned Parenthood of Texas this week.

Perot Foundation announces $1 million gift to Planned Parenthood of Greater TexasThe Perot Foundation announced a $1 million donation to Planned Parenthood this week, at a time when lawmakers and some charities are distancing themselves from the major provider of women’s health services. “For nearly 100 years Planned Parenthood has helped to educate men and women regarding family planning and general

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Keep Acid Reflux In Check, And Out Of Your Esophagus

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.

Fiftysomething Diet: The Anti-Reflux DietIf heartburn has become a regular problem, it’s time to make some changes By Maureen Callahan | August 28, 2013 Maureen Callahan is a registered dietitian, recipe developer and lead author of the diet book review series. Most of us will suffer from heartburn at some point.

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Measles is characterized by a red rash, fever and cough.

21 Texas Measles Cases Now Tied To Megachurch

UPDATE 8/27/13:

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.

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Name Tag

The Texas Health Exchange Is Coming, We Need A Name

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.


Work At A Bowling Alley? You Should Know How To Jump Start A Heart

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.

Bowling alley employees more likely to deal with cardiac arrest than gym staffNEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Machines to restart a heart in cardiac arrest are often required by law in fitness clubs, but a new study found that people’s hearts more commonly stop in places that are home to alternative forms of exercise.

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Vaccine Injection

Vital Signs: A Shot In The Arm Against Measles

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.

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