public health

Health
1:47 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Does the Portland Loo Have a Future in Austin?

The Portland Loo is revered as a sturdy, functional public restroom.
Image courtesy portlandonline.com

You can add another entry to the list of big city amenities Austin is missing: a professional sports team, a subway system, and now – ubiquitous public toilets.

The Atlantic Cities blog has a paean to the Portland Loo, a standalone toilet free to the public, as the Rose City prepares to launch their fifth public restroom with – what else? – an inaugural flush.

To what does Atlantic Cities attribute the Loos’ success? A minimal, “defense-first design” that puts a spigot for washing up outside; sturdy, reinforced doors; and bars at the top and bottom of the structure.

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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
11:15 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Texas Warned Against Cutting Bioterror And Pandemic Response Capacity

A CDC demonstration showing how to administer the smallpox vaccine. A new study says Texas and most other states should not cut funding for public health emergency preparedness.
Image courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Texas scored 7 out of 10 in public health emergency readiness, according to a new report issued today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust For America's Health. The study lauds Texas for improving health spending over the past couple years, but warns that the state's looming budget shortfall could reduce our ability to deal with epidemics and bioterrorism.

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