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Stories by Ashley Lopez, KUT

Researchers at Dell Med are studying psychedelics as treatment for severe depression, anxiety and PTSD

The Dell Medical School at UT Austin is launching a research center focused on studying the therapeutic effects of psychedelics, which are drugs that affect an individual’s state of consciousness, including psilocybin, MDMA, ibogaine and ayahuasca. Researchers say the center’s…

Here's what's in Texas Republicans' new voting law

Editor’s Note: Senate Bill 1, Texas’ restrictive new voting bill, was the law of the Lone Star State for barely an hour when civil rights groups launched a slew of lawsuits aimed at striking down the law. A federal lawsuit…

EMS Association president says medics are 'exhausted' and 'hopeless' as Covid cases surge

Emergency medical services in Austin are facing a huge crunch as Covid-19 cases surge. Selena Xie, the president of the Austin EMS Association, said EMS workers are significantly understaffed at a time when their call volume is skyrocketing. “Medics are just…

Austin congressman wants to give local governments the ability to expand Medicaid

Democratic U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Austin is introducing legislation that would allow local governments in Texas to expand Medicaid to more of their low-income residents. During this year’s legislative session, Texas lawmakers again refused to expand the program statewide.…

Both of Austin's Covid-19 vaccine 'hub' providers are struggling to fill appointments

UT’s Dell Medical School (along with UT Health) and Austin Public Health are reporting issues getting people signed up to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Both organizations were designated by the state as “hub” providers. The state created the hub model…

Here's what you should know as more people in Austin get vaccinated against Covid-19

As vaccinations ramp up a year into the coronavirus pandemic, there finally seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. But we’re not in the clear yet. Morning Edition host Jennifer Stayton talked with KUT’s health care…

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Austin Public Health to start opening Covid-19 vaccine appointments every Monday evening

Starting yesterday, Austin Public Health will be releasing appointments every Monday evening for first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Prior to this, officials were opening appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays, somewhat sporadically. The specific days and the number of these appointments…

Central Texas counties vaccinate 3,000 people in test run for mega site at Circuit of the Americas

Lee esta historia en español. More than 3,000 people were vaccinated against Covid-19 this past weekend at Circuit of the Americas. Officials from Travis, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties are working to open a drive-thru mass vaccination site there that…

Texas won't be getting its Covid-19 vaccine shipments until weather conditions improve, state officials say

Snowstorms across the state are expected to affect Texas’ effort to vaccinate people this week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “has put vaccine shipments on hold” due to dangerous conditions created by the storm, the Texas Department of…

Travis County officials say infusion center for Covid-19 antibodies is struggling to keep up with demand

The demand for monoclonal antibodies to treat Covid-19 is “far outstripping supply,” officials said at a news conference Wednesday. “We are working hard to expand the capabilities at the infusion site to performing 75 infusions a day,” Dr. Jason Pickett,…

'Stay home and don't travel,' public health officials advise Austinites

Lee esta historia en español. People should take the rising number of Covid-19 cases into consideration as they weigh their holiday plans this week, the interim health authority for Austin-Travis County said. “Our best advice is stay home and don’t…

Early voting has begun in Texas. Here's when and how your vote will be counted.

First things first: Most votes don’t get counted until Election Day. To be even more clear, those votes aren’t counted until the polls close that evening. That includes all types of ballots cast during the election – mail-in ballots, in-person…

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