Posts written by Lauren Silverman

A photo of Renee Baker after facial feminization surgery.

Caitlyn Jenner Puts Facial Feminization Surgery In The Spotlight

When Caitlyn Jenner shared her story of transition from male to female she put the transgender community in the spotlight. She also focused attention on a specific surgery, known as facial feminization.

Have you ever thought about what makes a face feminine? I’m not talking lipstick here, but something deeper.

According to one of the surgeons who pioneered facial feminization surgery, what makes a face feminine isn’t easy to define.

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Surviving Ebola – Lessons Learned One Year Later

It might seem like Ebola has vanished from the U.S., but a year later, the effects of the virus are just taking shape.

In 2014, Americans watched from afar as Ebola raged through West Africa, killing thousands and threatening millions. Until Sept. 30, when a Liberian man named Thomas Eric Duncan tested positive in a Dallas emergency room. Two nurses were infected before he died. Fear traveled faster, and far wider, than the virus. Explore what happened in Dallas – and the lessons hospitals and governments learned.

Surviving Ebola, a KERA News special, airs Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

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Smart Medical Devices Call For Smarter Cyber Security

As our devices get smarter, they also are at risk of more sophisticated cyber security attacks.

Yes, that car connected to the internet makes tracking trips and monitoring teen drivers easier, but it also means killing the motor with a few keystrokes is no longer science fiction.

Cars aren’t the only machines to showcase the opportunities and risks of wireless. Medical devices are increasingly connected as well. Which means they’re also increasingly vulnerable.

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A photo taken from the hospital in Hereford where medical student Karen Duong did one of her rotations. You can see Walmart, one of the few places to shop in the town.

Can Cash Incentives Improve Rural Mental Health Access?

There are dozens of counties in Texas without even one physician. There are even more without a psychiatrist. In total, more than 3 million Texans don’t have a psychiatrist. So how do you convince students to become psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists? And to move to places that have more cows than people?

One state lawmaker says a bill to award dollar bills would be a good place to start. Read More


An Estrogen Boost Without Traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy?

There used to be a standard treatment for hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause: hormone replacement therapy. But in 2002, studies showed a possible link to cancer and what was once standard practice became a rare prescription. Since then, scientists have been searching for alternative therapies. Recently, a biochemist at UNT Health Science Center found a drug that looks promising.

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