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Public News Service - TX: Health

Experts say brain-building can decrease the chances of a child developing serious illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression later in life. (antonioguillem/AdobeStock)

HOUSTON -- Research shows that early brain development gives young Texans a better chance in life. But the programs addressing that are not reaching enough children. The Episcopal Health Foundation has awarded $3.5 million in grants to implement timely, science-based practices for brain building

In a 2018 survey, nearly one in five high school students, and 6% of middle-school students, said they used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas - Several fatal incidents linked to e-cigarette use made headlines in 2019, and health advocates are hoping young people in Texas and across the United States will consider making a New Year's resolution to kick the habit. Marina Hench, senior government relations director for the Tex

Young children are more likely to be uninsured in states that, like Texas, have not expanded Medicaid to parents and other adults under the Affordable Care Act. (JCarter/Pexels)

AUSTIN, Texas - Children up to age 6 in Texas and across the nation continue to lose health coverage, according to a new Georgetown University report. Among 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured kids. Anne Dunkelberg, associ

Physical symptoms of stress due to long commutes range from headaches and backaches to digestive problems and high blood pressure. Mental ills include sleep disturbances, fatigue and concentration problems. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas — More workers are stressed out before they even get to the office, according to a new survey of 2,800 workers conducted by the staffing firm Robert Half. Half of the workers said driving to and from work is stressful. Stress has been linked to numerous negative long-term healt

Caregiving is a highly stressful and sometimes emotional experience, and a new report details just how complex caregiving duties can be. (Adobe Stock)

AUSTIN, Texas – In Texas, 3.4 million people are caregivers, a role they are thrust into whether they choose it or not. And new data quantifies the value of their efforts. According to AARP, Texas caregivers provided $35 billion worth of unpaid care in 2017. Rose Puente of San Antonio has

The Dell Medical Center at UT-Austin will study an initiative to prove the value of non-medical care outside of traditional settings. (Flickr)

AUSTIN, Texas – A new initiative seeks to improve a patient's health without a visit to a doctor or a hospital. The Factor Health program at the University of Texas at Austin's Dell Medical School, funded by a $2.6 million grant from the Episcopal Health Foundation, aligns unconventional par

Before Medicare, nearly half of Americans age 65-plus had no insurance to cover hospitalization. (AdobeStock)

AUSTIN, Texas — It’s shopping time for the 2.5 million Texans who have Medicare coverage. Open enrollment for the program starts today and runs through December 7. It’s the one time of year beneficiaries can review their plan, and switch coverage if needed. State Director of AARP

A new study shows such factors as race, housing, transportation and food availability all can have profound effects on the life expectancy in a neighborhood. (Soryn/Adobe Stock)

HOUSTON – Where you live in Texas can be a determining factor in how long you live, according to new research. The map, developed by the Episcopal Health Foundation, analyzed census tracts to reveal significant differences in life expectancy in neighborhoods sometimes only a few miles apart.

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