Vol 2, Issue 25

New regulations require burial or cremation of fetal remains from abortions or miscarriages at all health care facilities. Spencer Selvidge

Funeral directors anxious over fetal remains rules

New Texas regulations requiring cremation or burial of fetal remains will probably be more expensive than state health officials predict, funeral directors say.

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus was interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith at The Texas Tribune Festival on Oct. 17, 2015. Casey Chapman Ross

House Speaker Joe Straus vows to reverse cuts to disabled children's therapy services

In a wide-ranging interview with the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith, House Speaker Joe Straus shed light on his priorities for state lawmakers.

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Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, to humans. Officials say there have been no cases of mosquito-to-human transmission in Texas. Erik F. Brandsborg / Flickr

Texas sees first locally transmitted case of the Zika virus

A woman in Cameron County who tested positive for the virus apparently contracted it from a mosquito bite. 

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Melissa Peskin is an associate professor of health promotion and behavioral sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston. UTHealth

The Q&A: Melissa Peskin

In this week's Q&A, we interview Melissa Peskin, an associate professor at UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston, about her research on cyber dating abuse among middle schoolers.

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The Bookshelf: Dec. 6, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Attending.

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Event: Health Care and the 85th Legislature

The Tribune presents the third installment of its conversation series on where the state is headed on health care: a discussion on the biggest health care issues facing the upcoming 85th Legislature.

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House approves 21st century cure measure

A long-anticipated bill designed to increase funding for medical research, new drugs and mental health treatment was approved by the U.S. House and is expected to pass the U.S. Senate and be signed into law by the end of the month.

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Afshin Darian

Researchers find gene linked to alcohol consumption

Scientists believe they have pinpointed a specific gene that determines why some people drink alcohol to excess, while others are content with one or two drinks, according to a new study.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Dallas grand jury indicts 21 people in Forest Park case

Forest Park Medical Center’s luxury hospitals operated a $40 million kickback scheme involving more than half a billion dollars in fraudulent claims, according to a grand jury that indicted 21 people, including several physicians.

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Eighth-grader Montanique DeShay waits as Ashlyn Brooks, medical assistant at MedSpring Urgent Care in Austin, comes to check on her on Wednesday. Martin do Nascimento

Some hospitals open urgent care centers for cancer patients

Some large academic hospitals have opened separate urgent care centers for people with cancer after finding that many patients were calling after hours and being sent to emergency rooms.

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U.S. President elect Donald Trump speaks at election night rally in Manhattan, New York on Nov. 9, 2016. Mike Segar/REUTERS

Hospitals outline preferences in letter to Trump

The American Hospital Association wrote a letter to President-elect Donald Trump asking him not to abruptly repeal or change the Affordable Care Act, and requesting other reforms.

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Todd Wiseman

Dementia rates might be decreasing

Another study found that dementia is less prevalent than in the past, mirroring smaller studies which showed the same thing. But none have determined what caused the shift or whether it will continue.

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