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Pet Talk: Activity-Health Monitors for Dogs

Fitness and activity monitors have become a useful way for humans to meet their daily health goals. At the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), veterinarians are using activity trackers in the form of a collar, to help keep dogs healthy. The activity monitors the CVM uses contain technology that can accurately monitor canine patients’ key vital signs and health indicators, such as resting heart rate, resting respiratory rate, quality of rest, amount and level of activity, and expended calories. The trackers can also help identify early indicators of some diseases, such as heart failure and osteoarthritis by alerting the dog’s owner and veterinarian when vital signs and health indicators are abnormal. They can also be used to help monitor disease progression and evaluate the efficacy of therapy in a variety of conditions, such as pain management and weight loss management in obese patients. “The monitors can provide objective data while the dog is at home, meaning the veterinarian can review data from the dog’s status in its normal habitat, where they are less stressed than when they visit the veterinarian’s office,” said Caitlin Conner, DVM student who is involved in a work-study project with activity monitors. “The monitors are incorporated into a comfortable collar that collect data and display it online via a Wi-Fi connection. Based on the dog’s previous monitor data and the...

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New Healthy Texas Women Program Offers Expanded Healthcare Coverage and Services

  Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith joined state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, recently to announce an extensive outreach campaign to focus awareness on the state’s new Healthy Texas Women program which will deliver more care to more Texas women statewide. “State funding for women’s health services has reached an all-time high,” said Sen. Nelson. “We have expanded our provider network to the largest it has ever been and will continue working to make sure women all over the state can access family planning and other preventative health services.” Recognizing the importance and need for women to have access to comprehensive healthcare services at little or no cost, the Healthy Texas Women program offers enhanced health services and expanded eligibility for women who qualify. The program combines and streamlines two of the state’s previous women’s health programs to provide a full-range of women’s health services, including: –Pregnancy testing and counseling; –Family planning; –Immunizations; –Breast and cervical cancer screenings; and, –Screenings and treatment for diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol; and more. “We place a high priority on helping all Texas women access the comprehensive healthcare services they need, and we’re committed to helping ensure more women know what benefits are available to help them take charge of their health,” Commissioner Smith said. To access services, Texans can visit Through a concerted recruitment effort, the Health and...

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Preservationists to Meet in East Texas August 11

  Registration is now open for Preservation Texas’s East Texas Regional Meeting.  The day-long gathering on August 11, 2016 in downtown Marshall will include discussions and networking opportunities organized around the theme of “On the Right Track: Preserving Historic Railroad Depots and Related Resources.” Lunch, tours of the historic Harrison County Courthouse and Ginocchio Hotel (currently under restoration) and a closing reception are included in the day’s events. “Marshall is a city with a very significant railroading heritage,” said Preservation Texas board member and Marshall resident Tony Crosby.  “This is the ideal city in which to bring together preservationists to discuss initiatives to ensure that the railroad heritage of Texas is protected.” Registration is $50 for current members of Preservation Texas and $75 for non-members (a complimentary one-year membership is included).  Founded in 1985 and based in Austin, Preservation Texas is the only statewide, full-service nonprofit historic preservation organization in the state.  It is best known for its annual Most Endangered Places lists, which has included Harrison County’s historic airport terminal and the depression-era Sabine Farms. “We are gathering preservationists and seeking new ideas and input to expand our Most Endangered Places program around endangered building typologies,” said executive director Evan R. Thompson.  “Railroad depots have been imperiled nationwide since the 1960s, and yet too many depots remain at-risk from neglect.  A comprehensive strategy to protect these threatened resources...

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One More Weekend to See “The Addams Family” in Palestine

With glowing reviews from patrons, you don’t want to miss your chance to see Palestine Community Theatre’s (PCT) production of “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy” at the historic Texas Theatre in downtown Palestine, 213 W. Crawford. The show will run for only one more four-day weekend this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with curtain Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM and on Sunday at 2:00 PM. The production is sponsored by Nucor-Vulcraft and is a continuation of the story of the Addams family from years past. Wednesday has grown up and fallen in love with a “normal” boy, and the family and ghosts of Addams ancestors must find a way to get along with the boyfriend’s “normal” family. After seeing the show, patrons, who’ve come from not only Palestine and surrounding communities, but also the Dallas and Houston areas and even as far away as Arkansas, have said things such as, “very entertaining,” “amazing talent,” “wonderful production,” and “this is one of my favorites.” Tickets are still available for all performances and can be purchased locally at Palestine Chamber of Commerce, Palestine Visitor Center, Blake Furniture, and Discount Pools, and online at Tickets can also be reserved by visiting the PCT website,, and completing the Will Call form. Please remember PCT is an all-volunteer organization. You will receive a confirmation for your Will Call submission, but it...

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2016 Texas Superstar brochures are being distributed throughout Texas

   The new Texas Superstar guide to strong and stunning plants for Texans created by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Department of Agriculture is now being distributed throughout the state. To be designated a Texas Superstar, a plant must not only be beautiful but must also perform well for consumers and growers throughout the state. Superstars must be easy to propagate, which should ensure the plants are not only widely available throughout Texas but also reasonably priced. A seven-person board decides which plants are chosen for the Texas Superstar marketing campaigns. The Texas Superstar Executive Board is made up of a variety of AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension experts specializing in fields of horticulture, plant physiology and other disciplines and include Dr. Brent Pemberton, Overton; Dr. Tim Davis, College Station; Dr. Mike Arnold and Dr. Dan Lineberger, College Station; Dr. Larry Stein, Uvalde; David Rodriguez, San Antonio and Dr. Cynthia McKenney, Texas Tech University department of plant and soil science,  Lubbock. Input from board members, county horticulturists, arboretum and botanical garden personnel, horticultural writers, and landscape designers is considered during the selection process. Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas A&M AgriLife Research horticulturist in Overton, holds the 2016 Texas Superstar guide for ornamental plants tested around the state and chosen for their beauty and hardiness in all regions of Texas. (Texas A&M AgriLife...

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