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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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Health
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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Health
2:04 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Women's Health Program Circling the Drain?

Sen. Deuell still fighting to pass his bill.
Photo courtesy The Texas Tribune

 The Women’s Health Program could be on its way out.

Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, said this morning that he doesn’t have the votes in the Senate to bring up a bill to renew the family planning and preventative care program — a measure many Democrats oppose because it would formally ban Planned Parenthood from participating.

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Health
5:17 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

Texas AG, 25 Other States Urge Appeals Court To Strike Down Health Care Law

An ambulance pulls into St. David's Hospital
Photo by KUT News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a legal brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit today, urging it to strike down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It was part of a legal action taken by a coalition of 26 states.

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Health
1:25 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Armadillos Linked To Leprosy

Photo by BrittneyBush http://www.flickr.com/photos/tzofia/

Armadillos aren't known for being particularly cuddly. But a new study may offer a better reason never to pick up one of the armor-plated critters: they can spread leprosy.

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Health
11:07 am
Tue April 26, 2011

UT Researchers Invent Dollar Diagnosis

The biosensor, developed by a UT graduate student, is the size of a half-dollar.
Photo courtesy of Brian Zaccheo

Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a biosensor that costs as little as a  dollar to help test for acute pancreatitis. The materials include a 12-cent LED light, aluminum foil, gelatin, milk protein, and a few other inexpensive items. Brian Zaccheo, a graduate research assistant at UT’s chemistry department, says that the development saves time, money, and lives by using this low-tech approach.

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Health
1:58 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

State Issues Warning After Two Infants Drown In Bathtubs

Two bathtub drownings within a 12 hour period have prompted state officials to warn parents not to leave young children unattended by water.
Photo by lenifuzhead http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenifuzhead/

Two Texas infants died in bathtubs within a 12 hour period yesterday, prompting state officials to remind parents never to leave small children alone around any container of water.

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Health
2:29 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Report: Williamson County Is The Most Healthy In Texas

Williamson County may have ranked first in the health survey, but Travis County, with its large population of joggers, ranked sixth of all counties in Texas.
Photo by pixajen http://www.flickr.com/photos/atxjen/

Williamson County is the healthiest county in the state, according to a ranking released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.  Travis County ranked sixth in the survey. The least healthy county was Marion, an area about half-an-hour northeast of San Antonio.

Researchers say they used these criteria to rank counties:

1.  Overall Health Outcomes

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Health
12:13 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

1st Birthday for Federal Healthcare Bill

A birthday those opposed to the Federal Law aren't celebrating
Photo by KUT News

O.K.  We're actually a couple of days early, since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010.  But advocacy groups have been celebrating/commiserating the anniversary for the last week…so we thought we'd give you a sampling of what's already out there.

Political parties are saying pretty much what each has been saying over the last year.  Democtrats seem to be keeping quite so far... but those on the "Right" are vocal about their displeasure.

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SXSW 2011
3:12 pm
Sun March 13, 2011

Social Media Not A Cure-All For Racial Health Disparities

African-Americans in Texas are more likely than whites to die from a host of diseases including diabetes, cancer, and HIV. But efforts to educate minorities about health risks through social media have largely fallen flat. Broadband access is limited in minority communities, government red tape restricts state agencies, and public health groups often fail to engage effectively with their social media followers.

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Health
2:22 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Got Flu Shot?

Health clinics around the region continue to offer flu vaccine into the spring
Photo by KUT News

Warmer weather...bright sunshine...trees starting to blossom...it's beginning to look a lot like spring!  But that doesn't mean that flu season's over.

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Health
12:25 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Infant Deaths Lead to Sleep Warning

Travis County officials are warning parents about the ABC's of safe sleeping for infants and toddlers.
Image courtesy D. Clow-Maryland http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidclow/

The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating five infant deaths that have occurred in the past two weeks. Three of those deaths occurred while the child was sleeping with their parents in an adult bed. The other two deaths happened on what investigators call "unconventional sleep surfaces," like large pillow, couches or air mattresses.

Officials want to make sure parents know the ABC's of creating a safe sleeping environment for a child.

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Health
1:00 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Legislation Filed To Prevent Unplanned Pregnancies

Photo courtesy of Chris Martino http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrismar/

Two Democratic lawmakers from Austin have filed bills they say would reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies in Texas.  The legislation would extend the state’s Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which provides low-income women with  family planning exams , health screenings, and birth control. 

The program is set to expire this December, and in a press conference this morning, Senator Kirk Watson and Representative Mark Strama said it saves the state $21 million a year by preventing pregnancies.  

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snow day
12:36 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Austin's Snow Day 2011 Offers Rare Chance for Sledding

Dee Meador shows off his friend's Flexible Flyer at the hill behind Murchison Middle School on February 4, 2011.
Photo by Matt Largey/KUT.

Hundreds of people flocked to Murchison Middle School this morning for the chance to sled on fresh powder.  Cardboard boxes, Tupperware tops and even a Big Wheels tricycle with cardboard duct taped to the wheels passed for sleds.

Meantime, in Butler Park near the Palmer Events Center...

cold weather
12:01 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

Hospitals, Clinics Keep Appointments Despite Power Outages

The emergency department at Brackenridge Hospital is up and running.
Nathan Bernier, KUT

Power generators kicked on as they were supposed to at Seton Medical Center Williamson and the Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital, according to spokesperson Matilda Sanchez. Both hospitals are fully functioning.

Austin Regional Clinic, which operates eighteen clinics across Central Texas, has been affected by the rolling outages but is asking patients to keep their appointments. 

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