Health http://kut.org en U.S. Teens Still Lag In Getting Vaccinated Against HPV http://kut.org/post/us-teens-still-lag-getting-vaccinated-against-hpv Though the vaccine against human papilloma virus is highly effective in preventing certain forms of cancer, the number of preteens getting the vaccine is still dismally low, doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.<p>"One of the top five reasons parents listed is that it hadn't been recommended to them by a doctor or nurse," the CDC's <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/about/leadership/leaders/schuchat.htm">Dr. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:35:19 +0000 Nicholas St. Fleur 10860 at http://kut.org U.S. Teens Still Lag In Getting Vaccinated Against HPV Report: New Law Led to Statewide Drop in Abortions http://kut.org/post/report-new-law-led-statewide-drop-abortions <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">The number&nbsp;of abortions in Texas decreased by about&nbsp;13 percent statewide and 21 percent in the Lower Rio Grande Valley following the passage of strict abortion regulations that went into effect last November, according to a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001078241400568X" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">report</a>&nbsp;that academic researchers released Wednesday.& Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:38:41 +0000 Gilad Edelman, Texas Tribune 10847 at http://kut.org Report: New Law Led to Statewide Drop in Abortions Fruit Recall Hits Trader Joe's, Costco, Wal-Mart Stores http://kut.org/post/fruit-recall-hits-trader-joes-costco-wal-mart-stores Fears of possible listeria contamination have led to a national recall of whole peaches, nectarines and other fruits packed by a California company. No illnesses have been reported, but the Wawona Packing Co. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:08:44 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10839 at http://kut.org Most Employers See A Benefit In Covering Contraceptives http://kut.org/post/most-employers-see-benefit-covering-contraceptives Despite questions raised by the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, women in most health plans will still be able to get their birth control covered with no out-of-pocket expenses.<p>The court ruling did not change the health law's requirement that preventive care services, including <a href="http://www.hrsa.gov/womensguidelines/">all Food and Drug Administration-approved forms of contraception</a> for women, be provided by most health plans to customers without cost. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:45:49 +0000 10789 at http://kut.org Donation Brings Huston-Tillotson University Closer to Building Mental Health Clinic http://kut.org/post/donation-brings-huston-tillotson-university-closer-building-mental-health-clinic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's the largest gift </span>Huston-Tillotson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has ever received. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Thursday, the historic black university announced that Ada Anderson, a 92-year-old graduate, had donated $3 million to pay for the initial&nbsp;construction phase of the school's mental health clinic. It will be called the Sandra Joy Anderson Community Health and Wellness Center in honor of the donor's daughter.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:14:14 +0000 Joy Diaz 10669 at http://kut.org Donation Brings Huston-Tillotson University Closer to Building Mental Health Clinic How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care http://kut.org/post/how-your-state-rates-terms-long-term-care In just 12 years, the oldest members of the huge baby-boom generation will turn 80. Many will need some kind of long-term care. A new study from <a href="http://www.aarp.org/">AARP</a> says that care could vary dramatically in cost and quality depending on where they live.<p>The <a href="http://www.longtermscorecard.org/2014-scorecard#.U6I7qHamU1I">study </a>was motivated by a simple fact: The number of available <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/08/168890934/workshops-help-families-grappling-with-alzheimers-home-care">family caregivers</a> is declining. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:17:33 +0000 Ina Jaffe, NPR & Ina Jaffe, NPR 10634 at http://kut.org How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care How Central Texas Cities Regulate (or Don't Regulate) E-Cigarettes http://kut.org/post/how-central-texas-cities-regulate-or-dont-regulate-e-cigarettes <p><strong>Update: </strong>The City of Kyle has banned the possession of e-cigarettes by minors.</p><p>The Kyle City Council voted unanimously to pass the ordinance – making it illegal for minors to use e-cigarettes and for businesses or individuals to sell or distribute them to anyone under 18.</p><p>The ordinance was researched and development by the Kyle Youth Advisory Council – made up of local high schoolers – who say they were concerned about the trend.</p><p>Those who break the rule could face a fine of up to $500 and be required to perform community service or attend a tobacco-awareness program. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:29:36 +0000 Maria Roque & Laura Rice 10207 at http://kut.org How Central Texas Cities Regulate (or Don't Regulate) E-Cigarettes Senate Confirms Burwell To Top Post At Health And Human Services http://kut.org/post/senate-confirms-burwell-top-post-health-and-human-services The Senate has voted to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell to the post of secretary of health and human services, where she will replace Kathleen Sebelius, who presided over the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.<p>In a 78-17 vote, Burwell, who served most recently as White House budget director, was approved Thursday.<p>In a statement released by the White House press office, President Obama said he applauded the confirmation of Burwell.<p>"Sylvia is a proven manager who knows how to deliver results, and over her career she has built deep relationships with Democrats and Republicans Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:18:58 +0000 Scott Neuman 10548 at http://kut.org Senate Confirms Burwell To Top Post At Health And Human Services Cost of Hepatitis Drug Raises Questions About Access http://kut.org/post/cost-hepatitis-drug-raises-questions-about-access <p class="body" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">A new treatment for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/hepatitis-c/overview.html?action=click&amp;module=Search&amp;region=searchResults&amp;mabReward=relbias&amp;%2337;3Ar&amp;url=http&amp;%2337;3A&amp;%2337;2F&amp;%2337;2Fquery.nytimes.com&amp;%2337;2Fsearch&amp;%2337;2Fsitesearch&amp;%2337;2F&amp;%2337;3Faction&amp;%2337;3Dclick&amp;%2337;26region&amp;%2337;3DMasthead&amp;%2337;26pgtype&amp;%2337;3DHomepage&amp;%2337;26module&amp;%2337;3DSearchSubmit&amp;%2337;26contentCollection&amp;%2337;3DHomepage&amp;%2337;26t&amp;%2337;3Dqry126&amp;%2337;23&amp;%2337;2Fhepatitis&amp;%2337;2520C" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="Times Health Guide page.">hepatitis C</a>&nbsp;is considered a breakthrough for people with the liver disease. But the high cost of the drug — about $1,000 a pill — has complicated efforts to get the medication to Texans who receive government-subsidized health care.</p><p class="body" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">The state’s prison system and the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program, which covers poor children and people with disabilities, are trying to determine who qualifies for the drug, which is 80 to 90 percent effective but&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/business/treatment-cost-could-influence-doctors-advice.html?hpw&amp;rref=health" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="Times analysis.">can cost $84,000</a>&nbsp;for a 12-week regimen.</p><p class="body" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">In Texas, where roughly 300,000 people have chronic hepatitis C and many more may carry the virus, the treatment has raised ethical questions about who gets the drug.</p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 18:42:38 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 10495 at http://kut.org Cost of Hepatitis Drug Raises Questions About Access Mexico City's Campaign To Encourage Breast-Feeding Backfires http://kut.org/post/mexico-citys-campaign-encourage-breast-feeding-backfires Mexico City health official launched a new campaign this month to boost the image of nursing mothers. But posters of topless toned actresses weren't exactly the message women's groups and health advocates had hoped for.<p>"We were very surprised once the campaign was launched," says Regina Tames, of the reproductive rights group GIRE.<p>She was taken aback by pictures of topless actresses and one of the female boxer known as "La Barbie." She was shirtless, too — although she did have on her boxing gloves.<p>The stars aren't totally bare: a strategically placed banner crosses their chests. Mon, 26 May 2014 14:36:56 +0000 Carrie Kahn, NPR 10493 at http://kut.org Mexico City's Campaign To Encourage Breast-Feeding Backfires MERS 101: What We Do (And Don't) Know About The Virus http://kut.org/post/mers-101-what-we-do-and-dont-know-about-virus The virus with the mysterious name has been making headlines this spring, with a mysterious increase in cases. Here's an update on what we know about MERS.<p><strong>What is it? </strong>Middle East respiratory syndrome, a new and potentially fatally virus from the same family as the common cold and severe acute respiratory syndrome virus (SARS).<p><strong>Symptoms:</strong> Affects the lower and upper respiratory tracts, leading to coughing, shortness of breath, fever and pneumonia. Wed, 14 May 2014 17:22:40 +0000 10416 at http://kut.org MERS 101: What We Do (And Don't) Know About The Virus FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes http://kut.org/post/fda-moves-regulate-increasingly-popular-e-cigarettes The Food and Drug Administration Thursday proposed regulating e-cigarettes for the first time.<p>The agency unveiled a long-awaited <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/04/25/2014-09491/sale-and-distribution-of-tobacco-products-and-required-warning-statements-for-tobacco-products">rule</a> that would give it power to oversee the increasingly popular devices, much in the way that it regulates traditional cigarettes.<p>"It's a huge change," FDA Commissioner <a href="http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/commissionerspage/default.htm">Margaret Hamburg</a> told reporters in a briefing Wedn Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:46:23 +0000 Rob Stein 10291 at http://kut.org FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning http://kut.org/post/health-secretary-kathleen-sebelius-resigning Health Secrerary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after a five-year term that will no doubt be remembered for the calamitous implementation of President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.<p>If you remember, when the federal government unveiled HealthCare.gov, where Americans could buy health insurance mandated by Obamacare, the site was essentially useless for weeks after it launched in October.<p>Republicans <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/26/240839038/loyal-soldier-sebelius-vows-to-stay-put-fix-healthcare-gov">openly called for Sebelius' resignation</a>, but she vowed Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:07:54 +0000 Eyder Peralta 10199 at http://kut.org Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning This Musician Has a Unique (and Maybe Lifesaving) Message for Kids With Food Allergies http://kut.org/post/musician-has-unique-and-maybe-lifesaving-message-kids-food-allergies <p>It’s becoming more common for kids at school to share a classroom – or a lunchroom&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">–&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">with a student with food allergies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says as many as one in 15 kids in the U.S. have food allergies – and those numbers appear to be on the rise.</span></p><p>The issue is a serious one because kids can become very sick or die from exposure to certain foods. But kids also may feel isolated or be bullied because of the precautions they have to take.</p><p>Some local schools and parents are taking a unique route towards promoting awareness and acceptance.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143559325&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:24:04 +0000 Laura Rice 10141 at http://kut.org This Musician Has a Unique (and Maybe Lifesaving) Message for Kids With Food Allergies How Public Health Advocates Are Trying To Reach Nonvaccinators http://kut.org/post/how-public-health-advocates-are-trying-reach-nonvaccinators Whooping cough made a comeback in California last year, which researchers <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/09/25/226147147/vaccine-refusals-fueled-californias-whooping-cough-epidemic">have linked</a> to vaccine refusals. And with new measles outbreaks in Southern California, New York and British Columbia, the debate over vaccination is also spreading.<p>Forty-eight states allow parents to sign a vaccine exemption form — only West Virginia and Mississippi don't. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:00:50 +0000 NPR Staff 10139 at http://kut.org How Public Health Advocates Are Trying To Reach Nonvaccinators Illegal Silicone Butt Injections Are Happening in South Texas http://kut.org/post/illegal-silicone-butt-injections-are-happening-south-texas <p><strong>Update: </strong>South Texas spa owner Elva Navarro pleaded guilty at her trial on June 9, 2014 in a federal court in McAllen to injecting a liquid silicone substance into her clients. This allegedly took place at the Bella Face and Body Spa, also in McAllen.</p><p>Navarro could face up to three years in prison at her sentencing, expected to take place in August.</p><p><strong>Original Story (April 7, 2014): </strong>A few weeks ago officials arrested a spa owner in the Rio Grande Valley for allegedly giving clients injections of liquid silicone <span style="line-height: 1.5;">– a procedure which is not</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> approved by the FDA.</span></p><p>The injections were allegedly sold as sort of quick plastic surgery: buttocks enhancements.&nbsp;<br /><br />No one knows yet how many women in the Rio Grande Valley have gotten the illegal silicone injections. Investigators say the procedures have led to lengthy hospitalizations.<br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143515435&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe><br /> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:34:03 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10125 at http://kut.org Illegal Silicone Butt Injections Are Happening in South Texas Dallas Cowboy Teaches Pflugerville Kids About Healthy Breakfast http://kut.org/post/dallas-cowboy-teaches-pflugerville-kids-about-healthy-breakfast <p>Some kids in Pflugerville got a special, guest visitor today. George Selvie, Dallas Cowboys Defensive End, was at Ruth Barron Elementary Thursday morning encouraging kids to eat a healthy breakfast.</p><p>"It's important for us because, as in recent years, they're saying now kids are obese so having the opportunity with Fuel Up to Play 60 to come out here and talk to the kids, letting them know that eating healthy is great, you know their gonna try to go out there and do it," said Selvie.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:09:11 +0000 Lynn Romero 10048 at http://kut.org Dallas Cowboy Teaches Pflugerville Kids About Healthy Breakfast 'Promotoras' Help Texas Border's Poorest Seniors Make Healthy Choices http://kut.org/post/promotoras-help-texas-borders-poorest-seniors-make-healthy-choices <p>Some of the poorest seniors in Texas live in Hidalgo County in the Rio Grande Valley.</p><p>Many only speak Spanish and don’t have access to the basics, like food or medical care. But a&nbsp;Texas A&amp;M professor and his team of&nbsp;community health workers – or "promotoras&nbsp;de&nbsp;salud”&nbsp;– are trying to find ways to help seniors along the border improve those conditions.&nbsp;</p><p>They're working in places like the colonia&nbsp;border town of&nbsp;Progreso, near the Mexican border. Progreso is &nbsp;one of the poorest places in the one of the poorest counties in the United States. The unemployment rate is more than 10 percent.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138125551&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:39:34 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9899 at http://kut.org 'Promotoras' Help Texas Border's Poorest Seniors Make Healthy Choices New Rules Would Curb How Kids Are Sold Junk Food At School http://kut.org/post/new-rules-would-curb-how-kids-are-sold-junk-food-school If you want to teach kids to adopt healthier eating habits, it's probably unwise to give them coupons for fast food chains at school.<p>And those advertisements for sugary sodas on the gymnasium scoreboard? Seems like another mixed message schools are sending kids.<p>That's why the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed new <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-04100.pdf">school wellness guidelines</a> Tuesday aimed at cracking down on the widespread marketing of less-than-nutritious foods to kids on campus during the school day. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:56:45 +0000 Maria Godoy 9845 at http://kut.org New Rules Would Curb How Kids Are Sold Junk Food At School Online Doctor Ratings About As Useful As Those For Restaurants http://kut.org/post/online-doctor-ratings-about-useful-those-restaurants If you're looking to go out for dinner, see a movie or plunk down big bucks on a new TV, chances are you'll look online for help with the decision.<p>Lots of people are now checking out potential doctors that way, too. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:06:01 +0000 9815 at http://kut.org Online Doctor Ratings About As Useful As Those For Restaurants