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An RX For Hospitals: Communications Overhaul


Can a new telephone system save lives?

If you’re a hospital, the answer is yes. For years, John Peter Smith Health Network struggled with its outdated phone system and communications network. Now, it’s hoping to save money, and lives, through an upgraded communications system created by Irving-based NEC Corporation of America.

The KERA radio story.

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Using Telemedicine To Speed Up Stroke Diagnosis — Google Hangout


On average, every four minutes someone dies of a stroke.

Strokes are also the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. But technological and medical advances can help diagnose a stroke early. And early diagnosis and treatment for strokes can mean the difference between life and death.

On Monday’s Google Hangout we spoke with experts from Baylor Scott & White Health about how telemedicine is helping with stroke diagnosis.

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Testosterone Therapy May Damage Caucasian Men’s Brains, But Not Mexican American’s


Testosterone replacement therapy does not affect Caucasian men and Mexican-American men the same. In fact, a new study published in the  Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, shows Caucasian men may be at risk of brain damage from the treatment.

The KERA radio story.

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Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Cause Crime, New Study Shows


In Texas, the association between marijuana and crime goes back more than a century. One hundred years ago, the state made marijuana use illegal, and it remains that way both for recreational and medical purposes today.

Some have argued legalization poses a threat to public health and safety. But new research led by UT Dallas published this month in the journal PLoS One shows no rise in crime rates following medical marijuana legalization and in fact, a possible reduction in homicide and assault rates.

The KERA radio story.

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Texas Telemedicine Taking Off


A shortage of medical specialists, combined with a glut of newly insured patients has put some rural Texas hospitals in a bind.

One solution is telemedicine. Think of it as a kind of video conferencing on steroids that links doctors to patients hundreds of miles away.

The KERA radio story.

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International Entrepreneurs Make Dallas Connections


A group of female entrepreneurs from two dozen countries across the world visited Dallas this week. As part of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership program, the women got a chance to meet with North Texas entrepreneurs.

The KERA radio story.

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Testing A New Device To Diagnose Concussions


The concussion crisis has sent shock waves through the football world from the NFL all the way down to pee-wee leagues. A researcher at UT Dallas has developed a device to measure the force of hits and determine whether there’s been a brain injury. As part of KERA’s Breakthroughs series, Lauren Silverman talks with the director of the Texas Biomedical Device Center at the University of Texas Dallas, who is testing a new device to better detect concussions, and hopefully prevent brain injuries on the field.

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