state health services http://kut.org en Health Officials Warn to Reduce Consumption of These Gulf Fish http://kut.org/post/health-officials-warn-reduce-consumption-these-gulf-fish <p>Texas health authorities are <a href="http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/20130507.aspx">expanding their warning</a> that some people should not eat certain fish from the Gulf of Mexico.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.dshs.state.tx.us">Texas Department of State Health Services</a> says high levels of mercury mean women of childbearing age and children 12 and younger should eat no amount of species, including Blackfin tuna, blue marlin, king mackerel, wahoo, shark or swordfish.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 23:52:00 +0000 Trey Shaar 7656 at http://kut.org Health Officials Warn to Reduce Consumption of These Gulf Fish Senators’ Diagnosis: State Health Head Janek Fit to Lead http://kut.org/post/senators-diagnosis-state-health-head-janek-fit-lead <p></p><p>The Texas Senate's Nominations committee confirmed Gov. Rick Perry’s appointment of Dr. Kyle&nbsp;Janek&nbsp;as the head of the state’s largest healthcare service provider for low-income and aging Texans – the <a href="http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/">Texas Health and Human Services Commission</a>.</p><p>Janek&nbsp;spoke to Sen. Jane Nelson about the future of funding and providing Medicaid services for Texans, asserting that the state should take a more streamlined approach to providing and funding healthcare.</p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:02:25 +0000 Andrew Weber 6811 at http://kut.org Senators’ Diagnosis: State Health Head Janek Fit to Lead Report: Texas Needs to Catch Up in Quality of Health Care http://kut.org/post/report-texas-needs-catch-quality-health-care <p>A new report says Texas is dead last compared to other states when it comes to the overall quality of health care.</p><p>The report was conducted by the <a href="http://www.ahrq.gov/">Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality</a>, which is run by the <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/">U.S. Department of Health and Human Services</a>. Home health care was the worst performing category in Texas, earning the lowest possible rating in terms of quality. The report also showed declines in diabetes care, nursing homes and treating chronic diseases.</p><p>&ldquo;Because we&rsquo;re comparing to other states and not some fantasy world, we know it is possible, we know other states are achieving higher performance levels,&quot; says Ernest&nbsp;Moy&nbsp;with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. &quot;And so I don&rsquo;t think there&rsquo;s necessarily a reason to think that Texas can&rsquo;t also achieve that higher level of performance.&rdquo;</p><p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 19:18:34 +0000 Nathan Bernier 4629 at http://kut.org Report: Texas Needs to Catch Up in Quality of Health Care AM Update: APD Officer Killed, More Abuse Allegations at State Hospitals, First TV Fest Comes to ATX http://kut.org/post/am-update-apd-officer-killed-more-abuse-allegations-state-hospitals-first-tv-fest-comes-atx-0 <p><strong>APD&nbsp;Officer Killed</strong></p><p>An Austin Police Officer&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/2012/04/two-apd-officers-caught-in-line-of-fire/" target="_blank">is dead</a>&nbsp;after being shot while trying to arrest a suspect early this morning.</p><p>The officer was called to&nbsp;<a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=12900+N+Ih+35+Austin,+TX+78753&amp;aq=&amp;sll=30.414557,-97.678757&amp;sspn=0.042709,0.084801&amp;t=h&amp;gl=us&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=12900+N+Ih+35,+Austin,+Texas+78753&amp;z=14&amp;ll=30.413642,-97.675888" target="_blank">the Wal-Mart on&nbsp;Parmer&nbsp;and I-35</a>&nbsp;at around 2:20 a.m. When the officer arrived, police say he made contact with the suspect and the man immediately began to fight with the officer. Police say the suspect then pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and shot the officer at point-blank range in the neck area.</p><p>In a press conference, Austin Police Chief Art&nbsp;Acevedo&nbsp;said that two Wal-Mart employees tackled the suspect after he shot the police officer.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 13:59:06 +0000 Carlos Morales & Tolly Moseley 3988 at http://kut.org AM Update: APD Officer Killed, More Abuse Allegations at State Hospitals, First TV Fest Comes to ATX New Lawsuit Accuses State Of Selling Infant Blood Samples http://kut.org/post/new-lawsuit-accuses-state-selling-infant-blood-samples Wed, 08 Dec 2010 21:28:49 +0000 Nathan Bernier, Ian Crawford, KUT News & Mose Buchele 425 at http://kut.org New Lawsuit Accuses State Of Selling Infant Blood Samples