Karen Brooks Harper, Texas Tribune

Karen Brooks Harper

Texas Tribune

Austin, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Karen:

Monkeypox is spreading in Texas. Here’s what you need to know about causes, symptoms and treatment.

The virus isn’t airborne, so it isn’t as easy to contract as COVID-19. But experts say it shouldn’t be ignored. → Read More

Wealth will now largely determine which Texans can access abortion

The U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade will not fall equally. Texans most likely to seek out abortion care in the past are now the least likely to be able to afford it. People of color will be most disproportionately affected. → Read More

Uvalde was a mental health desert before a school shooting prompted Texas to respond with resources

After the May 24 school shooting, mental health help is now pouring into Uvalde, where a fourth of residents are uninsured and counseling options are few and far between. → Read More

Texas was building a program to find troubled students and prevent school shootings. It hadn’t reached Uvalde yet.

Created in 2019, the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium identifies distressed students and refers them to mental health services. → Read More

Abortion restrictions threaten care for pregnant patients, providers say

Women’s health care providers are holding back when counseling pregnant patients about treatment options, doctors report pharmacists are hesitant to distribute some prescriptions, and OB-GYN training is diminishing for Texas medical school students. → Read More

How Texas’ powerful but fractured abortion opposition helped bring down Roe v. Wade

Texas’ anti-abortion movement is on the cusp of achieving a goal 50 years in the making. Now, it’ll be up to the old guard and new torchbearers to decide what’s next. → Read More

If Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, Texas will completely ban abortion

Politico said it obtained a draft Supreme Court majority opinion indicating the landmark abortion ruling will be overturned. → Read More

Texas hospitals prepare to pick up the tab for uninsured COVID-19 patients as federal funds dry up

Hospitals and other health care providers in Texas, which has the lowest rate of insurance coverage in the nation, have gotten some $1.8 billion in federal help for uninsured COVID-19 patients. → Read More

“Light at the end of the tunnel”: Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations down as omicron wave appears to crest

Texas falls short, again, of the pandemic record for COVID-19 hospitalizations, while daily deaths are expected to continue rising for several more days. → Read More

Omicron pushes Texas ICUs to the brink

A staffing crisis and the surge from the omicron variant have pushed the number of Texas ICU beds to a new record low. The shortage affects not just patients with the coronavirus, but every Texan seeking serious medical care. → Read More

For Texas children, COVID-19 hospitalizations are outpacing vaccinations

Last fall, just as younger Texans received the green light to get vaccinated, omicron came rushing in, sending more of them to the hospital. → Read More

Omicron on track to shatter Texas' COVID-19 hospitalization record

“The situation in Texas is that it probably won’t reach the peak [for cases] until the second half of January,” a top researcher said. → Read More

COVID-19 hospitalizations double in Texas as omicron strains staffing

The number is surging, though it is still much lower than the peak one year ago. → Read More

Fewer patients, smaller staff, an uncertain future: abortion providers await court decision on Texas law

For two months, providers have had to work in a sort of limbo as they wait to see if the new law passes the Supreme Court's review. → Read More

Unvaccinated Texans make up vast majority of COVID-19 cases and deaths this year, new state data shows

The new state survey is the first time Texas health officials have been able to statistically measure the vaccine's true impact on the pandemic. → Read More

Major Texas abortion providers wary about next move as judge’s ruling offers no protection from lawsuits — yet

The ruling late Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman doesn’t protect providers who perform those services during the legal pause on enforcement while the law makes its way through the higher courts. → Read More

Texas nursing homes turn to state for help with staffing woes as vaccine mandate looms

About 40% of Texas nursing home workers are unvaccinated and could face dismissal or quit their jobs under a federal vaccination requirement for the industry. → Read More

Amid a sharp rise in COVID-19 deaths this summer, more Texans under 60 are dying

Health officials say that the state’s high rate of unvaccinated people contributed to a summer surge in hospitalizations, which preceded the spike in deaths. → Read More

The delta variant is wreaking havoc on most of Texas — but not El Paso. Here’s why.

High vaccination rates, geography and a sense of community in the wake of 2019’s Walmart shootings help keep El Paso’s delta numbers low, experts and locals say. → Read More

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Texas level off just below the pandemic’s winter peak

The numbers have stayed within a few hundred of a grim milestone as the state battles the pandemic’s latest surge. → Read More