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People still buy milk from cows, but far less than before. Here's an expert's look at why and whether milk’s still essential to our diets.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

Dallas County has ordered residents to stay home – shelter in place – in an effort to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. It's one of the most aggressive measures taken by a county in Texas to date.


Kim Jermany is a full-time doctoral student and works as a part-time teaching assistant. She also has two kids, a five and 11-year-old. Now that all of them are under one roof 24-7, it’s been a juggling act.

patient in medical office
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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Saturday banned elective medical procedures through April 3 so health care resources can be steered toward patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Hypertension disproportionately affects African Americans at a higher rate, and hypertension is a risk factor for left ventricular hypertrophy.

Left ventricular hypertrophy, a thickening in the main pump chamber of the heart, strikes African Americans at a higher rate.

An electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
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Officials in Dallas and Tarrant counties have reported their first "presumptive positive" cases of coronavirus.

Super Tuesday voters in line in Dallas County
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A week out from Super Tuesday, a recount is moving forward in Dallas County.

State district Judge Emily Tobowlowsky on Tuesday approved the county’s request to redo the tally of votes cast in the March 3 primary after it discovered that an unknown number of ballots from 44 tabulating machines were missed in the initial count. 


As city, county and state agencies make preparations for a possible spread of coronavirus throughout Texas, there are steps the public can take to help keep the virus at bay.

Office Of The Governor

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday that six of the state's 10 public health labs can now test for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

scientist demonstrating test for new coronavirus
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Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) now has the capability to test locally for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. It is the first lab in Texas to have local testing capability, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Genevieve Collins For Congress

Genevieve Collins has won the Republican primary for the 32nd Congressional District, one of the most closely-watched races in North Texas. 

Five candidates were vying for the seat in the district, which includes much of Dallas County and part of Collin County.

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Doctors at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have developed a new approach for single breast reconstruction using a patient's own body tissue.

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On a rainy Tuesday night, voters from across North Texas filed into the Irving Arts Center to hear from Democratic candidates in the race for Texas' 24th Congressional District.


Certain physical symptoms may signal heart disease, but its not always clear. An intervention cardiologist talked with KERA Vital Signs host Sam Baker about clues that may indicate you have heart disease when you don’t have symptoms.


Many get their daily morning jolt of caffeine from coffee, but others prefer the more soothing approach of hot tea — which has several health benefits.

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Royce West was not on the ballot in 2006, the year Democrats swept Dallas County and wrested a GOP stronghold into Democrats’ firm grip. But the longtime state senator still earned a spot onstage at the Adam’s Mark Hotel for the victory party, memorably mimicking a Johnny Carson golf swing and serving as hype man for the members of his party who joined him that night in elected office.


An important step in maintaining good vision that you may not know about is eyelid hygiene. A North Texas ophthalmologist explains why eyelid hygiene matters, and how to keep your eyelids clean and healthy.


Local officials released a plan to help address health disparities across Dallas County after a report published in October identified five ZIP codes in southern part of the county as the most unhealthy.

Jim Lehrer around 2016.

Editor's note: An outpouring of tributes has followed the death of journalist and longtime PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer last week. Remembrances continued Friday at a memorial service in Washington, D.C.


Most diets center on what and how much you eat. The current popular trend of intermittent fasting takes a different approach by creating cycles or patterns of when you eat and when you fast.

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Homeless counts across Texas and the rest of the country are happening this week. Thursday night, volunteers in DentonDallas, Collin and Tarrant counties will tally what's known as unsheletered homeless.

UT Southwestern Medical Center

A new study found a protein linked to Alzheimer’s Disease also contributes to problems with diabetes and obesity.

Advancing Breast Cancer Care Video / UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) is using a new device in its efforts to improve breast cancer treatment: the GammaPod.  

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. for a large portion of North and Central Texas early Friday afternoon. Eastern Wise County is under a tornado warning until 3:30 p.m.

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot
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A contempt of court charge has been dropped against the Dallas County district attorney over a television interview he gave on the eve of a high-profile murder trial involving a police officer.

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A new study suggests there is a tie between brain differences and obesity. Brain scans on nearly 3,200 children found those who were overweight had slightly less volume in a part of the brain that controls “executive functions.”


Ear infections are very common in young children. Most go away on their own, but some infections require antibiotics and other cases require further help from ear tubes.

chocolate chip cookie dough

Forget about licking the batter on the spoon or sampling raw cookie dough. Both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say you risk the chance of illness if you do.

Dallas's Paul Quinn College Aims To Be A National Model For Overcoming Poverty

Dec 19, 2019
Paul Quinn College in Dallas is attempting to ease its students out of poverty by becoming the nation's first urban work college. Nov. 11, 2019.
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On a recent Sunday night, Paul Quinn College president Michael Sorrell kicked off an hourlong, unstructured group discussion during his problem-solving course with a question.

“What’s on your mind?” he asked the class composed of the school’s top 18 students.

Lakesha Bunch and her children Baylor, 3, and Josiah, 10 months.
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What happens when a parent gets sick — and doesn't have child care lined up during treatment? When researchers study women’s health, they often overlook that critical need. But Dallas's Parkland Hospital is trying to change that.