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Tips for Mitigating Holiday Depression and Stress

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – While many people look forward to holiday festivities with friends and family, for others this time of year can intensify stress, sadness and depression. Some people have increased anxiety due to travel obligations, or the expenses of gift giving. Others neglect self-care, trying to make the holidays special for family […]

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Stem Cell-derived Neurons Stop Seizures and Improve Cognitive Function

About 3.4 million Americans, or 1.2 percent of the population, have active epilepsy. Although the majority respond to medication, between 20 and 40 percent of patients with epilepsy continue to have seizures even after trying multiple anti-seizure drugs. Even when the drugs do work, people may develop cognitive and memory problems and depression, likely from […]

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Report: Most Uninsured Texans are Employed U.S. Citizens

by Eric Galatas HOUSTON – Unless Texas lawmakers make significant changes to health policies, the number of Texans without health insurance is projected to rise, according to a new report released by the Episcopal Health Foundation. Foundation spokesman Brian Sasser says the report paints a clearer picture of just who lacks health coverage in the Lone Star […]

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Biologists Warn of Border Wall’s Ecological Impacts

by Eric Galatas EL PASO, Texas – As Congress pushes back a funding deadline to avoid a government shutdown, conservation groups are urging representatives to reject any spending bill that includes funding for a border wall. Sergio Avila, a wildlife biologist with The Sierra Club, said he believes the $22 billion project would do little to […]

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Groups Rally to Help Texans Get Health Coverage Before Saturday Deadline

AUSTIN, Texas – To enroll for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Texans must sign up at Healthcare.gov by no later than this Saturday. Stacey Pogue, senior policy analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities, said community organizations across the state have experts standing by to help people understand their options. She added that if you […]

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Texas Leads Nation in Number of Uninsured Kids

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – For the first time in a decade, the number of uninsured children in the United States has gone up. According to a new Georgetown University report, the number of uninsured kids rose by more than 275,000 in 2017, and nearly 4 million children in the U.S. now lack coverage. Texas has […]

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Report Reveals Racial Disparities at Elite Texas Colleges

by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – Public college students in Texas are being split into two separate and unequal tracks, according to new research released today. The report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce showed that white students were disproportionately represented at selective public colleges, comprising 64 percent of freshman enrollment, even though they […]

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Armistice Day Remembered on 100-Year Anniversary

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – President Donald Trump is set to be in Paris this weekend to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I. Adam Hochschild wrote an award-winning book on what was then called ‘the War to End All Wars,’ a conflict that killed more […]

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Texas Caregivers Need Some Care, Too

by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – There are nearly 3.5 million caregivers in Texas whose invaluable contributions allow older relatives to age in place in their homes. And there’s a call to better support these folks, during National Family Caregivers Month in November. Unpaid caregivers often put their own needs on the back burner in order […]

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Experts Warn ACA Waivers Could Hike Rates on Pre-Existing Conditions

by Suzanne Potter AUSTIN, Texas – Some health experts are warning that insurance rates could rise significantly for people in the individual market who are between 50 and 64, or have a pre-existing condition – once states start taking advantage of new flexibility granted this week by the Trump administration. States can now redirect federal subsidies to […]

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