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Residential subdivision, autism center planned for River Place

Residential subdivision, autism center planned for River Place

An unusual project is in the works for the River Place area in Northwest Austin, a proposed development that would involve an 82-home subdivision on 42 undeveloped acres and a center for autistic adults on a neighboring 40-acre tract. The Autism Center Austin would be managed by Jonathan and Polly Tommey, a couple who established an autism trust in their native England in 2007 before moving to River...
Bill would crack down on bad nursing homes

Bill would crack down on bad nursing homes

State lawmakers are trying to crack down on bad nursing homes after data has shown that the state government gives many troubled facilities a free pass each year. In fiscal 2015, state officials cited nursing homes for 17,466 state violations, but officials took just 40 enforcement actions, according to a report released by AARP Texas last month. Most of the serious violations occurred in 328 of the...
Texas Senate launches latest round in abortion wars

Texas Senate launches latest round in abortion wars

The Legislature kicked off the latest round in the abortion wars Wednesday as state senators and the public took advantage of their first chance to address bills that seek to limit certain procedures and regulate the treatment of fetal tissue. Much of the Democratic firepower was supplied by state Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, who repeatedly pressed the Republican authors of the three bills to justify...
Number of flu cases high in Central Texas; shots still option for defense

Number of flu cases high in Central Texas; shots still option for defense

Central Texas doctors continue seeing higher-than-usual numbers of flu patients. The uptick, reported last month by the American-Statesman, is also happening across the state, with at least nine schools closed because of flu concerns, according to the San Antonio Express-News. None was in the Austin area. Dell Children’s Medical Center officials say the facility is experiencing an unusually...
Abbott’s hiring freeze threatens safety of disabled patients, feds say

Abbott’s hiring freeze threatens safety of disabled patients, feds say

The U.S. Department of Justice has raised red flags over how Gov. Greg Abbott’s hiring freeze will affect Texas institutions for people with intellectual disabilities, saying that potential staffing shortages could cause the state to violate its federal agreement to improve the facilities. In a Feb. 7 letter to the Texas attorney general’s office, the Justice Department says that the state...
Parents claim children who took MiraLAX developed 'neuropsychiatric problems'

Parents claim children who took MiraLAX developed 'neuropsychiatric problems'

Some parents said their children became angry, aggressive and paranoid after taking the medication, WPVI reported Tuesday.
4 of 5 Texas school districts teach abstinence or no sex ed at all

4 of 5 Texas school districts teach abstinence or no sex ed at all

Students in more than 80 percent of public school districts in the state are being taught only about abstinence in sex education programs, or aren’t being taught sex education at all, according to a study released Tuesday by the left-leaning Texas Freedom Network. The numbers represent a small improvement over results seen eight years ago, when 96 percent of districts taught abstinence as the...
Now you can go to the ob/gyn and get a facial, too

Now you can go to the ob/gyn and get a facial, too

Imagine going to the gynecologist’s office and actually wanting to go there — and not because you can’t wait to talk about the baby you’re carrying.
Austin-based My Fit Foods closes all its stores

Austin-based My Fit Foods closes all its stores

Austin-based My Fit Foods has closed all of its stores, according to a statement posted to its website. The company, which was founded in 2006, sold healthy, ready-made meals out of 80 storefronts in five states. “We know that you have depended upon us to support your healthy habits, and we are deeply sorry for any inconvenience our closure may have caused you,” the statement read. Anyone...
Hey, Facebook, is 20 days of bereavement enough?

Hey, Facebook, is 20 days of bereavement enough?

This week Facebook made news when it offered its employees more time to grieve the loss of a loved one.
Away from hospital, models at Children’s Blood & Cancer Center fashion show embrace the spotlight Sunday

Away from hospital, models at Children’s Blood & Cancer Center fashion show embrace the spotlight Sunday

The Fashion Show grew out of the prom that the Children’s Blood & Cancer Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center holds every year.
Pregnant moms, could that girl baby you’re carrying be making you sicker?

Pregnant moms, could that girl baby you’re carrying be making you sicker?

Photos.com New research out of Ohio State seems to prove the old wives’ tale that pregnant women carrying girls feel worse than pregnant women carrying boys.
Critics accuse UT medical school of misspending local tax dollars

Critics accuse UT medical school of misspending local tax dollars

The University of Texas Dell Medical School has spent millions of dollars on administrative and educational expenses using local tax dollars that are supposed to go only for indigent care, two activists and a former state senator charged Wednesday in remarks before UT’s governing board. The allegations echo previous complaints, but were delivered Wednesday with a stronger assertion of misspending...
Toddler gets kidney from ailing dad's former classmate after Facebook plea

Toddler gets kidney from ailing dad's former classmate after Facebook plea

A father with cancer is thanking a former classmate for saving his toddler from a rare disease by donating a kidney.
Buda voters to decide in November whether to add fluoride to water

Buda voters to decide in November whether to add fluoride to water

Bearing signs and cornflower blue T-shirts reading “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting for,” members of the anti-fluoride group Buda Citizens for Safe Water came ready for a fight Tuesday evening. But minutes before the public hearing began, the City Council surprised the crowd and passed a motion allowing voters to decide in November whether to fluoridate the city’s...
Whip In to host watch party for Sanders-Cruz health care debate tonight

Whip In to host watch party for Sanders-Cruz health care debate tonight

The Whip In, the bar/grocery store/Indian restaurant along Interstate 35 in South Austin, will host a watch party Tuesday night for the CNN health care debate between U.S. senators Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders at 8 p.m. The two senators will square off to debate the merits and pitfalls of the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare – as well as whether it should be repealed...
Evanger's dog food recalled after euthanasia drug found in one batch

Evanger's dog food recalled after euthanasia drug found in one batch

Evanger's has recalled some of its dog food after a euthanasia drug was found in one batch. The company voluntarily recalled five lots of 12-ounce Hunk of Beef cans because of pentobarbital exposure in one batch of food. The drug can cause possible side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea or, in extreme cases, death. Five dogs reportedly got sick and...
Even the youngest babies wear red this month for heart conditions

Even the youngest babies wear red this month for heart conditions

Babies at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas wear read hats on Thursday. St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas.
UT to lead $29 million series of studies on alcoholism and the brain

UT to lead $29 million series of studies on alcoholism and the brain

The University of Texas will lead a consortium of research institutions in a five-year, $29 million series of studies seeking innovative uses of drugs to treat alcoholism and a deeper understanding of the brain changes wrought by the disease. The administrative headquarters and three of the 12 studies will be at UT-Austin, which will receive $8.5 million of the total. The research, funded by the National...
Tell us your Affordable Care Act story

Tell us your Affordable Care Act story

Dozens of Affordable Care Act supporters gather for a rally held Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in downtown St.
Austin couple donating $25 million to San Antonio medical school

Austin couple donating $25 million to San Antonio medical school

Austin philanthropists Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long are donating $25 million to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, whose medical school is being named for them in recognition of a long history of donations. The new gift — of which $15 million has already been paid, with the balance pledged by the end of the year — brings the Longs’ giving to the health...
Health care leaders launch council to promote industry, region’s health

Health care leaders launch council to promote industry, region’s health

A coalition of Austin health care leaders have created an organization designed to promote the industry and improve community health. Modeled off a similar coalition in Nashville, the Austin Healthcare Council will provide a new forum for interaction and collaboration among the area’s hospital systems and clinics, the Dell Medical School and the region’s startup and investment ecosystem...
Dell Medical School officials give progress report on programs, plans

Dell Medical School officials give progress report on programs, plans

Since its opening in the summer, the Dell Medical School has launched or made plans to start about two dozen programs to improve health in the area, school leaders said at a meeting Monday that gave the public an overview of the school’s progress, plans and use of public funds. “We take investment from the community very seriously,” Clay Johnston, dean of the University of Texas...
Dell Children’s to add 24 bed mental health unit with $3 million matching grant

Dell Children’s to add 24 bed mental health unit with $3 million matching grant

Kate Peoples, Nyle Maxwell and Dr. Sonia Krishna announced the new The Grace Grego Maxwell Mental Health Unit at Dell Children s.
Is it a cold, the flu, allergies or an infection? How can you tell what your child’s cough or sneeze means

Is it a cold, the flu, allergies or an infection? How can you tell what your child’s cough or sneeze means

How the cough sounds and whether there’s a fever is important signs when determining whether it’s a cold or an upper respiratory infection or something more.
Expecting moms take the load off with aerial yoga

Expecting moms take the load off with aerial yoga

I feel like something out of a space alien movie. I’m dangling from the ceiling, alongside two other humans also entwined in stretchy loops of fabric. Just enough light filters into my private cocoon to keep me conscious as I stretch my legs and move my hips. I peer through the flap like a camper peeking outside her tent: All is calm. Next to me, a very pregnant Eve Tarlo, 35, sways gently....
Sen. John Cornyn vows GOP will replace Obamacare, but doesn’t say how

Sen. John Cornyn vows GOP will replace Obamacare, but doesn’t say how

Speaking at a Texas Hospital Association conference in Austin, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn on Friday sought to allay concerns that Republicans were unprepared to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a new system that will offer affordable insurance to the millions of people who gained coverage under the 2010 law. “Some have said that the Republicans, my party, are sort of like the dog...
Pregnant women and children, FDA, EPA want you to eat more fish, but the right kinds

Pregnant women and children, FDA, EPA want you to eat more fish, but the right kinds

This month the U.S.  Food & Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encouraged pregnant women, breast-feeding women and children to eat more fish, with the caveat that it be the right kind of fish.
Commentary: Texans lose millions in prevention funds without Obamacare

Commentary: Texans lose millions in prevention funds without Obamacare

Despite tremendous improvements in the 20th century, the U.S. is still far from being the healthiest nation. According to a recent Commonwealth Fund report, we spend far more on health care than any other high-income country, but our lives are shorter and less healthy. We must treat those who are sick and injured. But to become a healthier nation, we must also invest in prevention and wellness to...
Commentary: Mixed messages about drugs makes the problem worse

Commentary: Mixed messages about drugs makes the problem worse

When it comes to drug abuse, we live in a state of mixed messages. Teens are often warned of the dangers of drug abuse, while at the same time barraged unceasingly by music and media that glorify drug use. Overdose deaths have skyrocketed in Texas, yet opiates are easily found in most medicine cabinets. These realities make preventing drug use an overwhelming challenge. The contradictory messages...
Commentary: Lawmakers: Put patients first

Commentary: Lawmakers: Put patients first

With the 2017 Texas legislative session underway, lawmakers will make thousands of choices. Some of those decisions will directly shape the future of Texas health care, how and who offers that health care to patients, and how various parties play a role within the health care system. Decisions — in Austin or in Washington — that affect the lives of Texans cannot be made in a vacuum. Medical...
Senate committee to tackle Texas school funding system

Senate committee to tackle Texas school funding system

In the first hearing of the state Senate Finance Committee, Chairwoman Jane Nelson laid out an ambitious agenda for the budget-writing panel, appointing working groups to propose ways to rewrite the state’s public education funding system and reduce health care costs. In appointing state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, to lead the education group, Nelson encouraged him to forget existing school...
5 things to know about the increase in Central Texas flu cases

5 things to know about the increase in Central Texas flu cases

Central Texas is experiencing a sharp increase in cases of influenza A, a type of flu, according to Baylor Scott & White Health officials. Here are five things to know: 1. For the week ending Jan. 21, Baylor Scott & White saw 150 cases. The hospital system saw 119 cases the week before and 65 the week before that. “We don’t know if this is the peak yet,” said Goddy Corpuz, a Baylor...
5 things to know about uptick in Central Texas flu cases

5 things to know about uptick in Central Texas flu cases

Central Texas is experiencing a sharp uptick in cases of influenza A, a type of flu, according to Baylor Scott & White Health officials. Here are five things to know about the uptick: 1. For the week ending Jan. 21, Baylor Scott & White saw 150 cases of influenza A. The previous week the hospital system saw 119 cases and the week previous to that, 65 cases. "We don't know if this is the peak...
Commentary: Affordable Care Act provided options beyond health care

Commentary: Affordable Care Act provided options beyond health care

In the McCombs School of Business where I teach, we often talk to our students about the impact of “the weakest link” on processes, productivity, and plans. We teach that a good manager focuses on improving the strength and performance of the weakest link to improve overall throughput and productivity. The Affordable Care Act was the first major legislation since Medicare/Medicaid in 1965...
When is a kid too sick to go to school? It’s a tough call

When is a kid too sick to go to school? It’s a tough call

Not sure if your child should go to school? Consult a doctor.photos.com 2007 A University of Michigan poll of parents found that there are many differing views about when a child should stay home from school because of illness.
Lesser-known yoga style focused on internal health gaining popularity

Lesser-known yoga style focused on internal health gaining popularity

During a 75-minute kundalini yoga and meditation class at Lighthouse Yoga Center in Washington, D.C., one Saturday morning, eight women stood and bent at the waist, letting their arms hang loosely as they swung them side to side in gradually larger swoops for about seven minutes. This twist through the thoracic spine opens the shoulders and chest, instructor Julie Eisenberg told the group —...
Judge blocks Planned Parenthood Medicaid ouster, for now

Judge blocks Planned Parenthood Medicaid ouster, for now

A federal judge issued a temporary order Thursday blocking Texas officials from ousting Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid health care provider, as planned, on Saturday. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks didn’t rule on the merits of the case, which focused on whether a 2015 undercover video offered sufficient evidence of medical and ethical violations at a Planned Parenthood facility in Houston to...
Inglis: Ann Richards warned us; now we march to protect women’s rights

Inglis: Ann Richards warned us; now we march to protect women’s rights

I’ll be marching in the Texas version of the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21. Why? Because women’s reproductive rights are being taken away, just as the late Gov. Ann Richards predicted. On a brisk night in October 1990, many of us had gathered for a hastily called rally for gubernatorial candidate Ann Richards. She was standing on a makeshift stage in the parking lot of the...
When it comes to guns, will be boys be boys or should we do something about that?

When it comes to guns, will be boys be boys or should we do something about that?

State Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, holds a copy of the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States at an Open Carry Texas rally at the Capitol on Friday.
Want to eat better in 2017? Try ‘The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet’

Want to eat better in 2017? Try ‘The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet’

Back in 2009, when “The Engine 2 Diet” first came out, I jumped on the fire truck, trying an eating plan that focuses on plants, eliminates meat, fish, dairy and added oils, and limits sugar, salt and fat. For 28 days, I became a bean-, tofu- and vegetable-eating machine, and blood tests showed that my cholesterol dropped 40 milligrams. I felt great but struggled when it came to sticking...
UMC Brackenridge campus redevelopment raises affordability worries 

UMC Brackenridge campus redevelopment raises affordability worries 

Affordability was high on the minds of community members who went to a meeting Thursday night about one of the last big developments to come to downtown Austin: the University Medical Center Brackenridge hospital campus. The 14.3-acre site at 15th and Red River streets is owned by the board of Central Health, the Travis County agency charged with providing health care to low-income and uninsured residents...
Know how to keep loved ones with Alzheimer’s active

Know how to keep loved ones with Alzheimer’s active

We know that parents are often sandwiched and talking care of their parents as well as their children.
Is social media causing your kids to be depressed? New study says yes, another says maybe

Is social media causing your kids to be depressed? New study says yes, another says maybe

Too much screen time can take its toll. A study out of Hungary, of all places, looked at about 6,000 16-year-olds and found that 4.
Commentary: Texas nursing homes at tipping point

Commentary: Texas nursing homes at tipping point

Every day, caregivers in Texas nursing homes carry out the state’s duty to watch over the most vulnerable, frail and elderly of us. How well they accomplish that duty is largely up to decisions made in Austin. Those caregivers are struggling. That’s not news for many who work in long-term care or who have family in a facility. The results of understaffing and high turnover are often obvious...
Competitive diving behind her, Tanya Streeter fights plastic pollution

Competitive diving behind her, Tanya Streeter fights plastic pollution

We use a lot of plastic here on planet Earth. We sip from disposable plastic water bottles, carry purchases in throw-away plastic bags and eat with tossable plastic dishes and cutlery. Ever wonder where it all goes? Retired world champion free diver Tanya Streeter did. The 43-year-old Austin athlete appears in a new documentary called “A Plastic Ocean,” set for release later this month...
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