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The push to permanently expand telemedicine across Texas

The push to permanently expand telemedicine across Texas

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — When it dipped into the single digits during the winter freeze, David Patterson felt the pain. “When we have bad weather, like what we just had in February, you know the coldness, because I have severe arthritis in both my hips basically, so I can feel the pain or the high humidity,” Patterson explained.  His chronic pain is also due to a disc impingement, spinal cord damage in his lower back and cervical spine damage. He said just in the last two months his back has gone out twice. “I’m just kind of trying to stay away from surgeries, because I’ve had several...

March 28, 2021
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Nurse practitioners fight to have more authority in Texas. Why that worries doctors

Nurse practitioners fight to have more authority in Texas. Why that worries doctors

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — It’s Sunday afternoon, and David Bushnell is getting ready for work. He’s packed his bags, said his good-bye to his wife and hits the road.It will be a four-hour drive through the Hill Country as he heads west to Big Lake. “It was part of the start of the Permian oil field. The Santa Rita oil well is five miles from downtown,” Bushnell described. “Has a population of a little over 3,000 unless it’s an oil boom, then it hits double that easily with oil field workers.”Bushnell, a nurse practitioner at the only hospital in town, makes the commute once a...

November 11, 2020
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A concerning number of Hispanic children need ICU care after COVID-19 infection, doctors say

A concerning number of Hispanic children need ICU care after COVID-19 infection, doctors say

AUSTIN (KXAN) — It didn’t take long for Michelle Cohen to decide that her kids were going to stick with virtual learning for the rest of the year. “My daughter has some pre-existing conditions that I’m afraid for her. My son has asthma. So, I don’t want to expose them,” Cohen explained. The mom of three has been tracking COVID-19 numbers every day in Kyle and sharing them on social media. “As I was watching the data, I could see the impacts it was having on the Hispanic community,” Cohen explained.Cohen said she’s been working with city leaders and pushing for more outreach in neighborhoods...

October 11, 2020
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