Texas Rates Poorly In New Child Well-being Study

Texas rated eighth-worst among the 50 states when it came to overall child well-being in a new study by the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation, which focuses on improving well-being for kids. This might feel like a repeat to the readers of this site—I covered a WalletHub report in April that had the Lone Star State third-to-last. That study put a greater focus on health-specific factors, all the way down to things like sugar-sweetened beverage consumption. For this one, the Annie E. Casey Foundation took a broader approach, looking at 16 measures across economic well-being, education, health, and family and… Full Story

Dallas County Logs A First Positive West Nile Virus Test In Mosquito Samples

Dallas County Health and Human Services says a mosquito trap in the 75062 zip code in Irving has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The trap was collected on May 29. Texas doesn’t have any confirmed human cases of West Nile yet this season, but as DCHHS points out, those often hit in the weeks after the first infected mosquitoes are identified. “DCHHS is reminding medical providers to be alert for cases of WNV disease, and to send laboratory testing in all patients with clinically compatible symptoms,” reads an advisory about the discovery.

Texas Joins Five Other States In Suing OxyContin-Maker Purdue Pharma

Texas is one of six states to say Wednesday that it’s suing drug-making giant Purdue Pharma over its role in fueling the opioid crisis. Attorney General Ken Paxton announced his office is joining five other AGs, who also announced intentions Wednesday to go after the OxyContin-maker with similar lawsuits. Paxton’s office alleges that the Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act for using deceptive marketing tactics while it knew the dangers of opioid addiction. “As Purdue got rich from sales of its opioids, Texans and others across the nation were swept up in a public health crisis… Full Story

When it Comes to Mortality and Health Insurance Rates, A Racial and Ethnic Divide Remains Prominent in Dallas County

In Dallas County, racial and ethnic disparities remain prominent in areas like maternal mortality and the ability to withstand chronic diseases, even as the disparities among those without health insurance have tightened in recent years. Those are a few takeaways from the Dallas Economic Opportunity Assessment, a new report commissioned by the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) and conducted by the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP). The groups convened Tuesday morning at CFT to go through the findings at an event featuring comments by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. The day revolved around… Full Story

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