is completing her practicum with the Texas Tribune for her Masters in Public Health program at UT, where she is studying health promotion, health communication, and health disparities. She works on the Trib+Health newsletter, and is enjoying the opportunity to further explore health journalism.
Physicians want many patients to get flu shots but often face dilemmas about whether to urge patients to take them as soon as possible, or wait until later in the season when they’ll do the most good. Full Story
Proposed health care plans from the leading presidential candidates found Donald Trump’s proposal would leave almost 20 million people without coverage while Hillary Clinton’s plan would widen the deficit by more than $90 billion. Full Story
Congressional negotiators will try again to approve a $1.1 billion plan to battle the Zika virus, but the measure has been stalled for months over partisan disputes about side issues relating to Planned Parenthood and healthcare reform. Full Story
Despite persistent worries about the side effects and risks of statins, a new medical review found that the benefits of lowering cholesterol and reducing risk of heart attacks far outweigh the concerns for most patients. Full Story
The White House plan to mobilize anti-cancer efforts calls for more immunotherapy treatment, better coordination among researchers and a harder push for existing cancer prevention strategies. Full Story
Although it may seem counter-intuitive, new research appears to show that electric fans may not be effective at cooling senior citizens and people with severe health problems because they do not sweat as much. Full Story
In this week's Q&A, we interview Mark Benden, head of the Environmental and Occupational Health Department of Public Health, and the director of the Ergonomics Center at Texas A&M University. Full Story