An Expert Calls Texas “Ground Zero” For the Anti-Vaxxer Movement

The Texas Observer dives into the political influence wielded by anti-vaxxers in a story out today. The piece touches on the recent upswing in measles and mumps here in Texas and its apparent culprit: the skyrocketing number of parents choosing to forego vaccinations for their children. Non-medical exemptions, which the state refers to as “conscientious exemptions,” are up from 2,300 in 2003 to 53,000 in 2017. Among the varying opinions from legislators and others, one physician and vaccination expert calls Texas “ground zero” for the anti-vaccination movement. “We’re getting all the messages that Texas is on the verge of a… Full Story

MedExpress Bringing Urgent Care Facilities to Dallas and Little Elm

Neighborhood healthcare provider MedExpress Urgent Care, based in West Virginia, is on its way to Texas. In October, Dallas and Little Elm will be the first two Texas cities to join a list of more than 200 neighborhoods in the U.S. with MedExpress medical centers. The new centers will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with no appointment necessary. They will be part of Walgreens locations in Dallas, at 10152 Lake June Road, and in Little Elm at 2774 E. Eldorado Parkway. “Being connected to Walgreens will enable our patients to receive quality care and purchase any… Full Story

SMU Professor Warns About Potential Environmental, Water Problems After Harvey

Southern Methodist University professor John Easton, a lecturer at the university’s department of civil and environmental engineering specializing in environmental engineering and water-infrastructure security, is warning about the water-born pathogens and environmental effects of Hurricane Harvey that can arise post-flood. Full Story