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Trip to pumpkin patch leaves woman with painful infection from tick bite

Trip to pumpkin patch leaves woman with painful infection from tick bite

A California woman is recovering after she got a bad bacterial infection when she was bitten by a tick during a trip to a pumpkin patch. Jennifer Velasquez said she was wearing flip-flops and shorts to a pumpkin patch when she was bitten by a tick two years ago, The Sacramento Bee reported. The tick was infected by Rocky Mountain spotted fever. >> Read more trending news  She posted...
Residents sue Central Health over funding of UT Dell Medical School

Residents sue Central Health over funding of UT Dell Medical School

After five years of arguing that the Travis County health district’s voter-approved contributions of taxpayer money to the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School are unlawful, activists have finally put the issue into the hands of a Travis County state judge. Travis County voters agreed in 2012 to raise Central Health’s property taxes to contribute $35 million a year to create...
No cure, yet, but scientists may have found the cause of dyslexia

No cure, yet, but scientists may have found the cause of dyslexia

While there is no known cure for dyslexia, scientists say they may have found the cause. Researchers from universities in France recently conducted an experiment, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, to determine how the cells in the eyes may affect the brain. To do so, they examined the eyes of 30 people with the learning disability and 30 without it. They discovered differences...
Plaintiff says Central Health needs to focus on ‘us poor people’

Plaintiff says Central Health needs to focus on ‘us poor people’

After five years of arguing that the Travis County health district’s voter-approved contributions of taxpayer money to the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School are unlawful, activists have finally put the issue into the hands of a Travis County state judge. Travis County voters agreed in 2012 to raise Central Health’s property taxes to contribute $35 million a year to create...
One in nine American men infected with oral HPV, study finds

One in nine American men infected with oral HPV, study finds

Oral human papillomavirus, or HPV, is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. However, men are more at risk than women, with one in nine American males infected, according to a new report published in Annals of Internal of Medicine.  Researchers from Harvard University and other institutions across the country recently conducted a study to determine the difference in prevalence...
Would taxpayers profit if Dell Medical School creates something new?

Would taxpayers profit if Dell Medical School creates something new?

One of the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School’s main goals — to transform healthcare delivery in the Austin area by innovating new models of care — has raised questions similar to those that might be overheard in a company conference room. If these models or any other innovations some day become intellectual property, will the investors — in this case, Travis County...
Round Rock hotel reopens after fighting Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

Round Rock hotel reopens after fighting Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

A Round Rock hotel reopened Tuesday afternoon after being closed for almost two weeks to fight an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. SpringHill Suites by Marriott received approval from local health authorities Monday to reopen most of its building. The swimming pool area will remain closed because test results showed there was still bacteria from the disease in the pool’s chlorine mixing...
Nearly 30% of Travis County students overweight, study finds

Nearly 30% of Travis County students overweight, study finds

Nearly 30 percent of Travis County students would be considered overweight or obese, according to an analysis of recent school district data by the city of Austin. Health experts say childhood obesity puts children at risk for a variety of physical challenges, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, menstruation issues and respiratory and orthopedic problems. Austin Public Health, which analyzed data...
Actor Gerard Butler rushed to hospital after motorcycle accident 

Actor Gerard Butler rushed to hospital after motorcycle accident 

Actor Gerard Butler is recovering from injuries he received in a recent motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. Butler, 47, crashed his bike after he was run off the road by a car, he told Entertainment Tonight Monday. “I was going along the road doing my thing and this lady decided to go from parked on the other side of the road to an illegal U-Turn and went right in front of me,&rdquo...
Need something to do with all that Halloween candy? Send it to a soldier

Need something to do with all that Halloween candy? Send it to a soldier

The Halloween candy is coming. Soon your house will be filled with it. Do your kids really need it all? Many dentists and orthodontists offices “buy” back their patient’s candy, but you also can donate candy to be sent to people serving in our armed forces. Soldiers’ Angels, a nonprofit organization based in San Antonio, has a program for businesses to collect leftover Halloween...

Report: Texas water supplies in farm country pose cancer risks

Researchers with a nonprofit environmental advocacy group warn that high levels of contaminants in drinking water supplies in rural areas of Texas — including Central Texas — and across the country increase risks of cancer and birth defects, according to a report released Tuesday. The Environmental Working Group says drinking water in farm country is threatened by nitrates, chemicals found...
UT Health Austin opens first clinics in $99 million project

UT Health Austin opens first clinics in $99 million project

University of Texas Health Austin will open the Dell Medical School’s Health Transformation Building on Tuesday with four specialty clinics. Patients now will be able to receive care for gynecological disorders in the Women’s Health Institute, arm and leg pain in the Musculoskeletal Institute, multiple sclerosis and back pain in the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences, and work-related...
Skip these medical tests the next time you’re at the doctor’s

Skip these medical tests the next time you’re at the doctor’s

The Choosing Wisely campaign has folks thinking about which medical tests are necessary. Today the American Academy of Pediatrics talks about a few tests that have to do with kids who are short. Choosing Wisely has a list of tests you should question for different ages and specialities. photos.com  Here’s the list of five tests you should think twice about from the Academy and Choosing...
Why you should get a flu shot now and why it’s less painful than ever

Why you should get a flu shot now and why it’s less painful than ever

Vanika Idnani lived across the globe in Australia, but the 3-year-old’s death could be a harbinger for the coming flu season in the U.S. The little girl is the most recent victim of a virulent strain of flu well-known to doctors everywhere. And that strain is already showing up this flu season in the U.S. How the U.S. responds depends on how influenza experts engineered this year&rsquo...
PolitiFact: 1 of 10 babies is born in Texas

PolitiFact: 1 of 10 babies is born in Texas

A Fort Worth pediatrician who supports continued federal backing of health insurance for children of the working poor suggested it’s an important issue in these parts because 10 percent of Americans start as Texans. Joyce Mauk, president of the Texas Pediatric Society, was quoted by the American-Statesman as saying: “One in 10 babies born in this country is born in Texas, and so it affects...
Cancer-fighting power couple tackles mysteries of the immune system

Cancer-fighting power couple tackles mysteries of the immune system

CHICAGO — Cancer researcher Jim Allison stands at the edge of a small stage, fiddling with his harmonica, his unruly gray hair hanging almost to his shoulders. Soon, surrounded by eight other cancer experts who also happen to be musicians, he’ll be growling out the classic “Big Boss Man” before a boisterous crowd at the House of Blues. It’s a fitting number, says Patrick...
Drug aimed at inflammation may lower risk of heart disease and cancer

Drug aimed at inflammation may lower risk of heart disease and cancer

A drug that fights inflammation can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and possibly lung cancer, in people who have already had one heart attack and are at high risk for another, a new study finds. Researchers outside the study say the findings represent a major milestone — proof of a biologic concept that opens the door to new ways of treating and preventing cardiovascular disease...
This trendy ingredient turns foods black and promises to purify you

This trendy ingredient turns foods black and promises to purify you

If all of 2017’s trendy foods could be likened to a high school stereotype, the Unicorn Frappuccino would be the sequined prom queen, and the millennial pink smoothie bowl would be her bubbly, popular best friend. Meet the goth: activated charcoal, a processed ingredient often made from heated coconut shells that turns food black as night. It has been a popular component in fresh-pressed juice...
Protect your hearing while hunting

Protect your hearing while hunting

For many people, autumn colors and cool mornings signal the beginning of the long-awaited hunting season. Gun safety is important to most hunters, but some other lesser-known precautions are overlooked. “I’m an avid sportsman, and I’m amazed by how many people don’t wear hearing protection when they shoot guns,” says Thomas Lowry, M.D., an otolaryngologist at Mayo Clinic...
Symptoms, solutions for carpal tunnel syndrome

Symptoms, solutions for carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that creates numbness and tingling in your palm from the thumb to ring fingers. It occurs when a nerve on the palm side of the hand is compressed or irritated in some way. Often, a combination of risk factors contributes to the development of the condition, which tends to create initial symptoms at night. Several treatment options are available to relieve tingling...

Thousands in Central Texas may feel impact of Trump health care move

A total of 68,199 Travis County residents have health insurance in 2017 that they accessed through the federal marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. About half — or 33,740 of them – qualify for cost-sharing reductions to help lower out-of-pocket expenses, which the Trump administration has announced it will...
Trump health order gets mixed Texas review; business group studying it

Trump health order gets mixed Texas review; business group studying it

A top business group in Texas greeted President Donald Trump’s executive order aimed at reshaping U.S. health care policy with a lukewarm statement on Thursday, while local health care advocates raised concerns that the attacks on the Affordable Care Act would dissuade people from signing up for medical insurance for 2018. Chris Wallace, president of the Texas Association of Business, said his...
Commentary: Let’s stop blaming mental illness for mass shootings

Commentary: Let’s stop blaming mental illness for mass shootings

In the aftermath of the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, words like “demented,” “insane,” “sick” and “madman” peppered official responses, media coverage and public speculation. How else could we explain the tragedy in Las Vegas? But such loaded language obscures a simple fact: The majority of mass shooters do not have a diagnosed mental...
‘Quit being ashamed’ of addiction, parents plead after son’s overdose death 

‘Quit being ashamed’ of addiction, parents plead after son’s overdose death 

Washington State resident Kyle Brinton is one of the latest victims of the the nation’s growing heroin problem. Brinton, 31, died Saturday from a heroin overdose, after years of addiction. Just three days later, his loved ones gathered in Olympia, Wash., to remember him and to ask for help in ending the shame that surrounds addiction. “He didn’t want to die. He was so excited...
Nearly 30% of Travis County students overweight, study of school district data finds

Nearly 30% of Travis County students overweight, study of school district data finds

Nearly 30 percent of Travis County students would be considered overweight or obese, according to an analysis of recent school district data by the city of Austin. Health experts say childhood obesity puts children at risk for a variety of physical challenges, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, respiratory and orthopedic problems, and menstruation issues. Austin Public Health, which analyzed...
Travis County unveils larger, high-tech medical examiner’s office

Travis County unveils larger, high-tech medical examiner’s office

Forensic investigator Jennifer Giesecke said space is so tight in the old Travis County medical examiner’s office that she must share the room she uses to review skeletal remains with forensic pathologists doing autopsies. That means that if they’re occupying the space, her work has to wait. The new facility at 7723 Springdale Road in Northeast Austin, which Travis County officials unveiled...
Pregnant immigrant in Texas will test abortion access under Trump

Pregnant immigrant in Texas will test abortion access under Trump

A pregnant 17-year-old, in federal custody in Texas after being apprehended while crossing the Mexican border illegally, is seeking an emergency court order to allow her to have an abortion that has been thwarted by Trump administration officials. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, representing the teenager identified only as Jane Doe, will appear Wednesday before a federal judge in...
Spirit Air pilot used drugs 2-3 years before overdose death, relative reveals

Spirit Air pilot used drugs 2-3 years before overdose death, relative reveals

The mother-in-law of Spirit Airlines Captain Brian Halye said he liked to “speedball” mixtures of cocaine and heroin and “had been using drugs for two or three years” prior to his overdose death in March alongside his wife, according to a Centerville Police Department report. A former co-worker and roommate of Halye’s additionally told Centerville police he had &ldquo...
World Mental Health Day: What is anxiety and how to overcome it

World Mental Health Day: What is anxiety and how to overcome it

All around the world on Tuesday, Oct. 10, people are getting real about mental health. Tuesday marks World Mental Health Day 2017, a day meant to bring awareness to mental health education, encourage conversation and advocate against social stigma associated with mental health diagnoses. One such emotion related to mental health is anxiety. Anxiety, according to the American Psychological...
Sixth case of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed from Round Rock hotel

Sixth case of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed from Round Rock hotel

Health officials have confirmed a sixth case of Legionnaires’ disease contracted at a Round Rock hotel. The sixth case is a guest at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott who is in the hospital, said John Teel, the executive director of the Williamson County and Cities Health District. The guest became ill within the past six to 10 days, he said. Investigators also are studying reports from 20 people...
Wheelchair-bound vet no longer crawling in and out of house, how he got a ramp

Wheelchair-bound vet no longer crawling in and out of house, how he got a ramp

A Georgia veteran no longer has to crawl in and out of his home, thanks to a group of big-hearted guys who built a ramp for him. Veteran Leroy Cason lives on Little River Trail in Blackshear, Georgia. He uses a wheelchair and had to crawl in and out of his house to enter or leave. Not anymore. Thanks to six members of  Haywood Church Men’s Ministry, Cason can now leave his home with a little...
New moms get one-on-one support with Nurse-Family Partnership program

New moms get one-on-one support with Nurse-Family Partnership program

Seraiah Johnson-Joiner is so close to walking her mother Serenah Johnson can’t stand it. In their home in Northwest Austin, Johnson watches Seraiah closely, just weeks before her first birthday. Nurse Renee Damron also watches after measuring Seraiah’s vitals including her height and head size and listening to her heartbeat. On this day...
Amid conflict, Doggett fears Obamacare signups will slip

Amid conflict, Doggett fears Obamacare signups will slip

Some local health care proponents — including U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett — say they fear fewer people may sign up for insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act this year when open enrollment begins Nov. 1, even though the law remains standing despite high-profile Republican efforts to repeal it. Open enrollment for medical coverage that begins Jan. 1 will last six weeks through Dec. 15...
World Mental Health Day: What is stress and how to overcome it

World Mental Health Day: What is stress and how to overcome it

World Mental Health Day is observed on Oct. 10 every year to help raise awareness of the importance of mental health issues and to get people talking about those issues. People with mental health disorders can often feel alone and stigmatized. The World Health Organization said on its website that the observance is a chance to “make mental health care a reality for people worldwide...
Keep those energy drinks away from children

Keep those energy drinks away from children

A study that analyzed calls to the National Poison Data System  (that’s the database for poison control) tracked the number of calls of a toxic exposure from dietary supplements. From 2000-2012, the study found almost 275,000 exposure to these supplements; the most common and some of the most toxic came from energy products. About half of those dietary supplement...
Gentrification, rising rents put squeeze on more Austin households

Gentrification, rising rents put squeeze on more Austin households

The pressures of gentrification and rising rents grew faster and spread farther in Austin than in comparable metro areas around the country, setting off ripple effects that could raise health care costs and undermine the quality of education for residents throughout the region, according to the authors of a report due out Tuesday. Researchers at the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research organization...
A warning for overnight workers: You could be at higher risk for obesity, study finds

A warning for overnight workers: You could be at higher risk for obesity, study finds

New research published in the journal “Obesity Reviews” suggests night shift workers have a higher risk of obesity or of being overweight. The research includes an analysis of 28 observational studies that reported on an association between shift work and obesity, body mass index (BMI) or weight change. Studies also had to meet a variety of criteria, including reliable assessment of shift...
Trump’s rhetoric drawing full field of Democrats to congressional race

Trump’s rhetoric drawing full field of Democrats to congressional race

It’s not unusual for the election of a Republican president to bring a surge of Democrats seeking seats in the midterm elections. But Texas Democratic Party leaders say the latest outpouring of enthusiasm and often anger-fueled passion spurred by President Donald Trump’s election is unmatched. “I’ve been recruiting candidates in Texas for years, and I’ve never seen an...
Scorpions cancel U.S. tour, singer diagnosed with serious case of laryngitis

Scorpions cancel U.S. tour, singer diagnosed with serious case of laryngitis

  The German heavy metal band the Scorpions have announced the cancellation of the rest of their U.S tour with Megadeth over an illness in the band. Lead singer Klaus Meine was diagnosed with a serious case of laryngitis, according to a statement on the group’s website, which reads:  "The Scorpions regret to announce that due to severe laryngitis, the remainder of the...
Weight loss surgery could help reduce the risk of cancer, researchers find

Weight loss surgery could help reduce the risk of cancer, researchers find

Weight loss surgery doesn’t just help extremely obese people drop pounds. It also might help them lower their chances of getting cancer, according to a new report.  Researchers from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine recently conducted an experiment, published in Annals of Surgery, to determine how weight loss surgery impacts the risk of developing cancer. ...
Commentary: Let’s both reduce gun violence and protect gun rights

Commentary: Let’s both reduce gun violence and protect gun rights

I am an NRA member, and I don’t want my children or grandchildren to be shot and killed. Neither do millions of both gun advocates and gun-control proponents. As a nation, we’ve been conditioned to feel we must overwhelm, out-vote, or out-scream those we see as opponents. Our real enemy is neither the right nor the left; neither advocates of gun rights or gun control. The real enemy in...
STD rates hit another record high

STD rates hit another record high

The number of Americans diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis reached a record high in 2016 for the second year in a row, with more than 2 million cases reported, according to recently released federal data. Cases of these three sexually transmitted diseases have been increasing since 2014, reversing a downward trend that began in 2006. Health officials say the rates reflect decreasing condom...
Who deserves a liver? Officials try to make organ transplants fairer

Who deserves a liver? Officials try to make organ transplants fairer

His belly swollen, his energy flagging, 45-year-old Jorge Perez Remache waits in his Queens, New York, apartment for word that his turn has come to receive a lifesaving liver transplant. Though he has suffered from cirrhosis for 10 years, the chance of that happening is virtually zero. A thousand miles south in tiny Morven, Georgia, Katryna Grisson— equally sick, just three years older and,...
Once harmless, Zika virus became lethal after single genetic mutation

Once harmless, Zika virus became lethal after single genetic mutation

When the Zika virus was first isolated from a Ugandan forest monkey in 1947 and found in mildly ill humans a few years later, it was hardly worth a mention in the annals of human disease. What a difference a mutation can make. In a new round of genetic sleuthing, Chinese researchers have pinpointed the single genetic change that has made the Zika virus a fearsome plague to pregnant women and their...

Being empathetic is good, but it can hurt your health

Your husband was just passed over for a promotion, and he’s depressed. Your friend’s breast cancer has returned. As a supportive spouse and friend, you feel their pain. Growing research suggests there’s a cost to all that caring. Empathy - the ability to tune into and share another person’s emotion from their perspective - plays a crucial role in bringing people together. It&rsquo...
Hawaii is number 1 in healthcare; West Virginia ranks last

Hawaii is number 1 in healthcare; West Virginia ranks last

When it comes to living a long life, Hawaii is the place to be. Beyond the beaches, idyllic balmy weather and laid-back vibe, the state also has, it turns out, the most efficient health-care system in the U.S., according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Hawaiians lived two years longer than the national average of 79 years, benefiting from four decades of employer-paid insurance, generous Medicaid benefits...
PolitiFact: Analysis backs claim of jump in Obamacare premiums

PolitiFact: Analysis backs claim of jump in Obamacare premiums

Sen. John Cornyn accurately told a Texas constituent that residents of a third of U.S. counties are down to a single choice of insurance plans under the Obamacare law that Republicans have vowed to repeal. PolitiFact this year rated True a similar claim. According to a 2016 analysis, people trying to purchase insurance on a government exchange only had one provider to choose from in 32 percent of...
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