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5:09 pm
Sat July 30, 2011

"Biggest Loser" Casting Call In Austin

The line forms at the Long Center where eager Austin residents audition for a contestant spot on the weight-loss reality show.
Photo by Hannah Jones for KUT News.

The reality weight loss TV show “The Biggest Loser” came to Austin Saturday in search of new contestants for its thirteenth season. The casting call drew a good crowd to the Long Center where the try-outs were held. Michael Goana waited in line with hundreds of others.

“Life's a game itself,” he said.

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12:07 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Texas Distributor Recalls Papayas Over Salmonella Risk

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Originally published on Tue July 26, 2011 3:26 pm

Even papayas can spread salmonellla, it turns out.

There's a recall of papayas from Mexico after testing by the Food and Drug Administration found samples from Agromod Produce had the same strain of bacteria seen in outbreaks of salmonella affecting 97 people in 23 states.

McAllen, Texas-based Agromod Produce distributes four papaya brands: Blondie, Mananita, Tastylicious and Yaya.

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4:09 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Drought Could Be Causing Uptick In Rabies Cases

Skunks and bats are the most common animal to have rabies in Texas according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
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The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting a high number of rabies cases, especially in Central and North Texas. The extreme heat and drought is causing wild animals to search for food and water for longer periods of time and closer to human habitat, causing clashes with people and their pets.

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1:07 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Violent News? Turn It Off

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Mass killings dominated the media this weekend with a string of shootings in the United States following just hours after a murderous rampage in Oslo. Some of the violence since Friday included:

A local psychotherapist says the deluge of grim news can be a trigger for people already trying to cope with grief. For those with a history of trauma, mental illness or personal losses, it can actually be harmful, according to two local experts.

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4:50 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

1 in 4 Gay and Lesbian Teens are Homeless According to Study

Homelessness is a major problem for sexual minority teens according to a new study. Austin's non-profit organization, LifeWorks, deal with many cases like this.
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One in four gay, lesbian or transgender teens and 15 percent of bisexual teens are homeless, according to a study issued by the American Journal of Public Health. This is in contrast to three percent of heterosexual teens who are homeless. The study was made up of 6,300 Boston, Mass. public high school students.

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2:46 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

All Texas College Students Need Meningitis Vaccine

Meningococcal disease is an infection caused by a bacterium called neisseria. meningitidis or the meningococcus, pictured here under 1150x magnification.
Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Protection

A new state law passed by the 2011 Legislature requires any college student under 30 who attends classes on a Texas campus must be vaccinated against meningitis. Previously only students who lived on campus needed one.

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12:13 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Anti-Abortion Measure Targets Travis County

Photo by Jacob Villanueva, Texas Tribune

An amendment that conservative state lawmakers hoped would wipe out the only taxpayer-funded elective abortions in Texas ultimately might not do much at all.

One of many tacked onto an omnibus health care bill during the Legislature's special session in June, the amendment by Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, aims to remove state funding from any hospital district — a health care system financed by city or county tax dollars – that provides elective abortions.

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3:50 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

UT Study Recommends More Sex Ed To Prevent Teen Births

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A University of Texas study funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services says expanding sexual health education in public schools could help reduce teen births in Texas, a state with one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country.  Texas dropped a health education requirement for high school students in 2009, making it one of the only states in the country not to require it.

Traditionally, it was thought that the best way to prevent teen pregnancy was to encourage kids to wait until they finish school and get a job before having kids. The report found that teens and parents of all ethnic groups tend to agree. Yet teenage girls are still getting pregnant and having babies.

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3:55 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

UT Researchers: Drink Chocolate Milk After Working Out

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Time to reconsider your post-workout sports drink. When it comes to exercise recovery, chocolate milk may be your new best friend.

According to researchers at the University of Texas in Austin, the sweet dairy beverage many of us remember as an elementary school essential is now considered the ideal drink to consume after a workout.

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12:19 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Texas Doctors Hand Out 100,000 Free Bike Helmets to Kids

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When family doctor Bruce Malone was in the intensive care unit at Austin’s Brackenridge Hospital about ten years ago, he saw something that disturbed him to his core: an 11-year-old child who was brain dead after he crashed his bicycle into a culvert. The boy was unharmed from the neck down.

“I know that he would have been okay had he worn his helmet,” Malone told KUT News. “It just makes you angry.”

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11:42 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Should San Marcos Ban Indoor Smoking?

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San Marcos could hold a referendum this November on whether to ban indoor smoking in public places. The City Council moved a step closer to putting the question on the ballot at its last meeting on Tuesday. But not everyone is sold on the idea.

San Marcos deputy mayor Chris Jones says he’s concerned the measure could harm local business at a time when the city is still recovering from an economic downturn.

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2:49 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Allergies Running High This Summer

Pollen, whipped around by windy conditions, has some Central Texas residents sneezing, wheezing and sniffling their way through summer.
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Have you been sneezing more this summer? A victim to itchy, watery eyes? Well, you’re not alone. Dr. Dana Sprute, the Program Director at the UT Southwestern Austin Family Medicine Residency Program, notes allergies in Austin are running higher than usual.

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3:32 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Health Reform Bill Alters Family Planning Funding

Photo by Nathan Bernier/KUT News

The health reform bill House lawmakers will consider today has drawn an unexpected band of supporters: abortion opponents. The measure — designed to improve health care delivery and cut waste in a system where costs are spiraling — contains a single provision aimed at doing what GOP lawmakers have fought to do all year: restrict funding to Planned Parenthood.

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1:17 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Texas Schools Eat Up MyPlate

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new nutrition icon, MyPlate, replaces the food pyramid after 19 years.
Graphic courtesy USDA

Texas school districts are responding to the newest innovation in nutrition guidelines from the The U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA today unveiled MyPlate. It's a graphic rendition of suggested proportional portion sizes for fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy.

Melanie Konarik, director of child nutrition services for Spring Independent School District, called the design "excellent," saying that teachers and parents can use it to educate young people about the importance of balanced meals.

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11:14 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Palestinian PM To Be Released From Austin Hospital

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
Photo courtesy of US Senator Christopher Coons on Flickr

Doctors at Seton Medical Center in Austin say they expect to discharge Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad today.

Fayyad was hospitalized Sunday, after complaining of chest pains. He was in Austin to attend his son’s graduation at UT-Austin.

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