Posts written by Lauren Silverman

The living room of the SmartCare apartment in Arlington.

A Live In Lab To Test Aging In Place Technology


Instead of having to go to the doctors, how about a physical, every day, without having to do anything at all?

A 3-d mockup of the apartment shows the position of people walking on the sensor-packed floor.

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A 3-d mockup of the apartment shows the position of people walking on the sensor-packed floor.

Starting this fall, a senior citizen will move in to a live-in laboratory in Fort Worth.

And from the moment they step foot onto the ceramic tiles, they’ll be monitored — helping researchers and nurses at UT Arlington determine the best ways to prevent falls, monitor bedsores, even changes in pulse.

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Kaitlyn Moore, 17, chats with her doctor at Children's in Dallas from  home.

After Transplant, Kids Connect From Home With Doctors


Long hospital stays and frequent checkups are a drag. And they’re especially hard on kids who often fall behind in school and miss spending time with friends. To help these patients stay home, Children’s Medical Center in Dallas is trying to connect with kids using video and Bluetooth after organ transplants.

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UNT Ph.D. candidate Jessica Beckham has spent years researching Texas bumblebee populations and observing how urban green spaces and community gardens are preserving different species.

Bumblebee Toes Help UNT Researcher Track Bee Population


If you like chili peppers, tomatoes or blueberries, you like bumble bees. The larger, hairier cousin of the honey bee is a social insect, and  especially good at pollinating the tasty crops mentioned above. What’s concerning is that bumblebees are on the decline, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has designated the American bumblebee as a “species of greatest conservation need.”

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Jiya Bavishi, 6, is one of only a few kids in the U.S. to have an auditory brain implant (ABI).

New Technology Brings Sound To Little Girl


Nearly half of kids who are born deaf today use cochlear implants. Unlike hearing aids, these surgically implanted devices send signals directly to the nerves you use to hear. And while the electronic components have made it possible for many kids to hear, the surgery doesn’t work for everyone. Which is why some families are so excited about a new hearing technology, the auditory brainstem implant.

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New Parkland Caters To Babies And Moms


Before any healthy baby can be born, you’ve got to take care of mom. Tens of thousands of moms in Dallas rely on Parkland Hospital for checkups and prenatal care. In the new $1 billion dollar Parkland, women are getting their own building, outfitted with high tech check-in kiosks and more privacy.

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Jude Cobler, left, has been in remission for five years after chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Now 10 years old, he lives in Plano, Texas.

Growing Up After Cancer – On Call Podcast #2


Cancer can take a toll on a kid’s physical health – but there are psychological effects as well. KERA’s new Breakthroughs series, Growing Up After Cancer, recently discussed some of the challenges, fears and differences kids who have battled cancer face with Shannon Poppito, PhD, a psycho-oncologist on the medical staff at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas.

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Physical Therapy Goes Mobile: A Dallas-Created App Connects Patients To Providers


After a bone marrow biopsy left her with back pain a few years ago, Naveen Khan was given a set of physical therapy exercises to follow. And like many patients, she forgot how to do most of them by the time she got home. Unlike most patients, she decided to create an app to help her remember.

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