Tribpedia: Health

We're livestreaming our conversation on the future of health care in Texas at the Texas A&M Health Science Center in Round Rock. 

Livestream: Health Care, the Next Five Years

We're livestreaming our conversation on the future of health care in Texas at the Texas A&M Health Science Center in Round Rock. Panelists include state Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, chairwoman of the House Public Health Committee; state Rep. Elliott NaishtatD-Austin, vice chairman of the House Public Health Committee; and Paul Ogden, interim executive vice president and interim vice president for clinical affairs for the Texas A&M Health Science Center and interim dean for the Texas A&M College of Medicine.

An Acadian Flycatcher with larval neotropical ticks around its eyes.
An Acadian Flycatcher with larval neotropical ticks around its eyes.

Songbirds Bring Exotic Strain of Ticks to Texas

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In her disease ecology lab in College Station, Sarah Hamer, peering through a microscope, examines an exotic tick the size of a poppy seed that's typically only found in Central and South America. How it made its way to Texas and whether it has the potential to transport tick-borne diseases that would affect human and animal health in the United States, are questions Hamer and a team of researchers are determined to answer.

Video: Transforming Texas Hospitals

Here's full video of our conversation Tuesday on "Transforming Texas Hospitals," a discussion of how the new economics of health care, the politics of reform, the technology revolution and other modern-world realities are transforming Texas hospitals. The event was held at the Texas Medical Center's Innovation Institute in Houston. Our panelists included John Warner, vice president and CEO of UT Southwestern University Hospitals; Israel Rocha, CEO of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance; Debbie Sukin, regional senior vice president of Houston Methodist and CEO of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital and George Masi, president and CEO for the Harris Health System.

New Law to Provide Protections for Breast-Feeding Moms

As of Sept. 1, public employees — including state and county workers and public school teachers — will be guaranteed “reasonable accommodations” to pump breast milk in the workplace. Those include sufficient break times and a private room, such as a single-person bathroom, where employees can pump. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services regarding an ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices on July 29, 2015
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services regarding an ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices on July 29, 2015

Paxton Wants High Court to Block Birth Control Coverage

Backing up two Texas religious universities, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday asking it to take up a lawsuit against the federal government over contraceptive coverage required under the Affordable Care Act.

Information packets for those seeking help with substance abuse treatment at The Council on Recovery, formerly Austin Recovery, on July 24, 2015.
Information packets for those seeking help with substance abuse treatment at The Council on Recovery, formerly Austin Recovery, on July 24, 2015.

More Texans Seeking Treatment for Meth Abuse

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A growing number of Texans are seeking treatment for methamphetamine addiction, reversing a downward trend in abuse in the state since a 2006 federal law banned over-the-counter sales of medicine containing the synthetic drug pseudoephedrine.