Monthly Archives: December 2013

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Mixed Drinks In Texas Could Cost More Jan. 1


That margarita could cost you more in 2014.

This year, state lawmakers created a new beverage sales tax that affects mixed drinks. The Star Telegram reports  that starting Jan. 1, “it’s up to each bar and restaurant in Texas to decide how to handle the new “mixed beverage sales tax” — and whether to raise the cost of drinks or absorb it themselves.

New round of Texas laws may raise cost of mixed drinksHave more to add? News tip? Tell us Buying mixed drinks in Texas may soon become more expensive. This year, state lawmakers cut the taxes that businesses pay on mixed drinks but created a new sales tax for those who buy them.

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Vital Signs: Even In Winter, Thirst is Serious Business


Dehydration happens when your body doesn’t have enough water to replace what’s lost during the day. You might associate that more with activity and heat. But Dr. Alexander Eastman, Interim Trauma Medical Director at Parkland Hospital, explains in this week’s installment of Vital Signs how dehydration can be a serious problem in winter.

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Faith-Based Alternatives To Obamacare Taking Off In Texas


Under Obamacare, nearly every American has to have health insurance or pay a penalty. One of the few exceptions is for people who are members of what’s called “health care sharing ministries.” The two largest sharing ministries – Samaritan and Medi-Share – have both nearly doubled their membership in Texas since the Affordable Care Act.

The KERA radio story.

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Vital Signs: Why Pain Relievers Can Be A Pain If You’re Not Careful


‘Tis the season for using those over-the counter medications for colds, cough and flu. They’re safe for most people. But in this installment of KERAs Vital Signs, Dr. Glenn Hardesty, an emergency physician at Texas Health Arlington Hospital, explains why and how acetaminophen in the medicine can be cause for concern.

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Texas Obamacare Health Care Navigators Still At Center Of Debate


“Who are the navigators?” That’s the title of a House oversight committee hearing in Dallas Monday looking at the people who help Texans sign up for health insurance through the federal exchange.

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Vital Signs: “This Ain’t Your Mother’s Marijuana,” Synthetic Drugs In Texas


Twenty states across the country have legalized marijuana in one form or another, and last week an entire country declared it legal — Uruguay in South America. Meanwhile, 45 states and the U.S. government are moving in the opposite direction when it comes to what’s known as “synthetic marijuana,” or “Spice” or “K2.” It’s a chemical mixture applied to harmless plants, dried and smoked.

Toxicologist Dr. Kurt Kleinschmidt of UT Southwestern explains what the chemical concoction is and the health risks associated with it.

The KERA radio story.

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