PhD alumna joins Texas Tech Health Sciences' OB-GYN department

Tue, Nov 17, 2015 - 4:24pm

By Ruth Campbell

The placenta — the organ that connects a mother and her baby — has long been known to be important, but some aspects of it are a mystery. Doctors and researchers at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin are working to unlock that mystery with a placental perfusion system.

It is similar to research being done through the National Institutes of Health Placental Initiative, said Dr. Natalia Schlabritz-Lutsevich, associate regional dean for research and associate professor (research) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at TTUHSC.

Mothers who deliver at...

Home-based educational intervention improves asthma among Hispanic children

Tue, Nov 10, 2015 - 12:00pm

New Rochelle, NY, November 10, 2015--Significant improvements in frequency of asthma attacks and symptoms, hospitalization rates and acute care visits, quality of life, and asthma knowledge were reported among a largely Hispanic population with a high asthma hospitalization following a home-based approach to educating families that have children with asthma. The design, results, and implications of this study are published in Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology, a peer-reviewed journal fromMary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers . The article is...

A couple of new studies question the quality of North Texas air

Tue, Oct 20, 2015 - 12:00pm

A couple of new studies questions the quality of North Texas air. KERA’s BJ Austin reports: “The environmental group, Downwinders at Risk, released two studies on the air North Texans breathe. One, by Dr. Robert Haley, predicted potential savings of more than $500 million in medical care and lost productivity each year if smog levels were decreased by five parts per billion in the 10-county North Texas region.

The other, using University of North Texas super-computers to analyze the state’s own air quality model, found most of the DFW pollution is due to aging coal plants in East and Southeast Texas. ...

Can a bankruptcy court cut coal pollution in Texas? Green groups say yes

Wed, Oct 21, 2015 - 10:00am

by Mike Lee and Edward Klump

DALLAS -- Environmentalists started a long-shot campaign yesterday to steer a Texas power company's massive bankruptcy away from coal-fired generation.

The Dallas County Commissioners voted 5-0 on a resolution, backed by the Texas chapter of Public Citizen and the Dallas County Medical Society, calling on the bankruptcy judge handling Energy Future Holdings Corp.'s (EFH) case to clean up three outdated coal plants as part of the company's reorganization.

Neither the county commissioners nor the environmentalists has standing in the bankruptcy case, which is being...

Dallas County commissioners jumping into debate over coal-fired power plants

Mon, Oct 19, 2015 - 9:27am

by Jeffrey Weiss

Cleaning up pollution from coal-burning power plants a hundred miles from the Dallas area could save dozens of lives and million of dollars every year. Or not.

The debate is over a new study, commissioned by the environmental group Downwinders at Risk, that  says that ozone — a dangerous component of smog — can be reduced significantly in the Dallas area.

Texas officials and the owners of the power plants dismiss the study’s results as overblown or agenda-driven, although researchers say their study is based on state data and uses an EPA-designed computer model.

The power plant...