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Fitness, well-being, disease, medical research and issues related to Seton and St. David's Healthcare, Austin Regional Clinic and other health care providers in Austin and Central Texas

Bernie Sanders speaks to the audience at the She the People Presidential Forum at Texas Southern University last year.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Health care remains a top concern for voters in Texas, but they are split on whether to completely upend the country’s current health care system, a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll finds.

A cart of gauze pads and other items used to treat a patient who is hemorrhaging.
Julia Reihs / KUT

An effort to make hospitals safer for women giving birth in Texas has been underway for more than a year now. Doctors and hospital administrators say Texas AIM, which was launched in the summer of 2018, has led to big shifts in how medical staff treat women facing medical complications while having a baby.

The coronavius, or COVID-19, under the microscope.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Austin health officials say the threat of coronavirus has not gotten any bigger now that the first case has been confirmed in Texas.

Dr. Mark Escott, the interim medical director of Austin Public Health, said there is “virtually a 0% chance” of contracting the virus, now known as COVID-19, in Austin.

Information about the Livestrong Foundation painted on Little Woodrow's on Sixth Street.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT

The cancer charity whose yellow wristbands became a global brand under founder Lance Armstrong is seeking to reinvent itself, years after donations and revenues crashed along with the disgraced cyclist's career.

An EMS truck in front of a hospital.
Spencer Selvidge for KUT

Emergency medical providers in Austin are working with state health officials to expand treatment services for people who overdose on opioids.

Texas Capitol
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Texas health officials are evaluating whether to accept a block grant from the Trump administration to expand the state's Medicaid program to more low-income adults.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Several Texas airports will soon begin screening certain travelers for a novel form of coronavirus, as public health officials rush to contain a deadly outbreak that so far has been mostly limited to China. 

Baylor University
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A Baylor University student who was tested for coronavirus after returning to Texas from China does not have the same deadly virus that has killed dozens of people and shutdown a city in China, health officials said Monday.

A water tower says Welcome to Aggieland.
Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune

A resident of Brazos County who was tested for coronavirus after returning to Texas from China is not afflicted with the same deadly strain that has killed dozens of people, health officials said Sunday.

Pat Neff Hall at Baylor University
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Health officials are investigating whether a Baylor University student has the second suspected case in Texas of a deadly coronavirus that killed at least 25 people overseas and caused the lockdown of a city in China.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A student at Texas A&M University is being tested for possible infection with the new coronavirus, officials at the Brazos County Health District said Thursday.

Planned Parenthood
Martin do Nascimento / KUT

The Trump administration has agreed to give roughly $350 million over five years to Healthy Texas Women, a state family-planning program that excludes Planned Parenthood.

An examination table at a clinic.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The percentage of minors unable to get a judge's approval for an abortion in Texas has fluctuated in the past two decades, according to a study published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Public health officials confirmed Thursday morning the first case of rubella in Travis County since 1999. The confirmation comes roughly a month after the first diagnosis of measles, which was last seen in the Austin area in 1999, too.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Nationwide, 32 children have died of flu this season, including eight in Texas. The figure is up from 16 last year – a jump that may be partially due to the strain of virus.

A billboard on Interstate 20 outside of Waskom displays an anti-abortion message.
Ben Fenton / The Texas Tribune

Three Texas towns recently voted in favor of anti-abortion ordinances, extending the reach of a campaign to create “sanctuary cities for the unborn” across the state.

A Planned Parenthood sign.
Martin do Nascimento / KUT

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas have been told they can no longer receive charitable donations directly from state employee paychecks.

Tinslee Lewis in the hospital
Courtesy of Texas Right to Life

A judge ruled in favor of allowing a Fort Worth hospital to remove an infant from life support on Thursday, according to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The move is at odds with the wishes of the 11-month-old baby's family, which has spent recent months fighting Cook Children's Medical Center over ending care for Tinslee Lewis.

Damien Temperley instructs students lying on mats on how to do ab exercises.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Texans are below the national average when it comes to how often they exercise, according to a new study by FitRated.

The study found only 68% of people in the state exercised regularly in the last month, which is 5 percentage points lower than the national average. Texas also has just 5.5 gyms per 100,000 people, the third-lowest in the nation. This goes along with a 33% obesity rate. 

Thomas Williams-Platt in the backyard of his aunt's home in Georgetown.
Angela Piazza for The Texas Tribune

Before entering the halls of Channing School high atop the Texas Panhandle last year, students were required to roll up their shirt sleeves to show they weren’t sneaking in e-cigarettes.

Commentary: To Solve The Hidden Epidemic Of Teen Hunger, Listen To Those Who Experience It

Dec 26, 2019
Photos of food, including Cheerios, fried chicken, barbecue and water bottles.
Courtesy Stephanie Clintonia Boddie

For many young people, the toughest choice they will ever have to make about food is what to eat at home or what to choose from a menu.

But for Texas high schoolers Tamiya, Juliana, Trisha, Cara and Kristen, the choices they have to make about food are more difficult. For them, the conversation is less about food and more about how to put food on the table.

An examing room
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Public health officials say the first case of measles in Austin in more than 20 years was contracted by a person who is now in Virginia.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin Public Health says a person in Travis County has been diagnosed with measles for the first time since 1999.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring people to have health insurance is unconstitutional.

An examining room at The Source clinic in Austin
Julia Reihs / KUT

A chain of crisis pregnancy centers is shifting its strategy to focus on preventing unwanted pregnancies in the first place by offering contraception services in cities across Texas.

Ambulances
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The Texas Medical Board will no longer be writing the rules for a new law outlawing surprise medical bills for some Texans. The law goes into effect Jan. 1.

During a meeting Friday morning, the board decided to relinquish its rulemaking authority after consumer advocates accused it of undermining the law.

Texas Capitol
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Texas’ bipartisan effort to shield patients from surprise medical bills could be weaker than lawmakers intended when it takes effect Jan. 1.

A woman gets a flu shot
Mary Mathis / KUT

The Austin area has been seeing an increase in the number of flu cases in recent weeks.

"Between the first week of October and the first week of November, we've seen about a 500% increase in positive tests for flu," Dr. Mark Escott, medical director for Austin Public Health, said.

Jan Lance and Rene Lara walk down a street in Southeast Austin
Julia Reihs / KUT

A group of about 20 people gathered in Southeast Austin on a chilly Saturday morning to knock on doors in nearby neighborhoods. The #SickOfItTX event was one of seven across the state aimed at organizing Texans around the state's uninsured rate, which is the highest in the country.  

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Texas saw a significant increase in the number of uninsured children in a two-year period, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

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