Nicole Villalpando, Austin American-Statesman

Nicole Villalpando

Austin American-Statesman

Austin, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Nicole:

Should I get a COVID-19 booster? Here's who qualifies under new FDA guidelines

More people can now get boosters, and you can choose a different vaccine than you previously received. → Read More

Treat not trick: Halloween is back with some simple COVID-19 precautions

For Halloween 2021 during COVID pandemic, think masking, social distancing and hand sanitizing along with the usual trick-or-treating safety tips. → Read More

Jack's fort: 13-year-old with Down syndrome designs fort at Wildflower Center's Fortlandia

For the first time, someone other than an adult has designed a Fortlandia fort. "Connect" is about building connections between people and spaces. → Read More

'A sport that gets overlooked': Cheerleaders risk concussion, broken bones, joint injuries

Good training, conditioning, safety, time off and nutrition can be key to avoiding injury for cheerleaders, and all athletes. → Read More

Is it autism? Mental illness? Both? How to navigate double diagnosis

Studies find that kids with autism are more likely also to have a mental health condition than their neurotypical peers. → Read More

San Marcos mom's pregnancy becomes fight to survive COVID-19, 3 strokes

Weeks after being on a ventilator, mom meets her baby for first time → Read More

Burnet school district closes all schools for two days because of COVID-19

Other districts have closed classrooms, but the Burnet school district has closed schools on Tuesday and Wednesday because of a rise in COVID cases. → Read More

Rescuers searching for 10th person missing from Lake Travis this year

Rescue operation has turned into body recovery mission as a person "went under and has not resurfaced" on Lake Travis, → Read More

Central Texas runs out of ICU beds for first time since COVID-19 pandemic began

During the Labor Day weekend: There were no ICU beds available for adults Sunday, and none for children Saturday. → Read More

Austin SAFE volunteer Frankie Fowler has been a constant for 40 years

Frankie Fowler found a family in answering hotline calls and educating people in Austin about domestic violence. → Read More

What is it like to travel to Europe right now? COVID-19 documents, masking and a fluid situation

Know what COVID travel restrictions you need to follow, be prepared and be flexible when planning a trip outside the U.S. right now. → Read More

Should you get the COVID-19 booster shot? Who the third vaccine is for and why it's recommended

An Austin doctor helps sort through which patients need it right now and when a booster for the rest of us might happen. → Read More

Museums increase COVID-19 safety measures as Austin enters stage 5

Decreased capacity, mask requirements and more social distancing are some of the changes. Check before you go as policies continue to evolve. → Read More

What should parents do to protect their kids from COVID-19 delta variant?

Dell Children's doctor talks about what she's seeing in the hospital right now during surge and what parents can do to help protect their kids. → Read More

What parents need to know about back to school in 2021

Start routines now, manage worries and keep checking for policy updates as most kids return to Central Texas classrooms during COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Nerve graft helps Central Texas woman race horses again

"I had never experienced that kind of pain": An Avance nerve graft from a cadaver helps heal Austin woman and ends pain in foot. → Read More

First baby born at Austin's Dell Children's hospital as labor and delivery unit opens

Dell Children's labor and delivery unit begins with scheduled births, will grow in coming months and is modeled after Philadelphia program. → Read More

Andy Roddick Foundation expands virtual offerings for afterschool learning with new kits

The Andy Roddick Foundation offers a social emotional toolbox called Whatchamafeelit Kits with social emotional learning activities. → Read More

How to avoid mosquito, ant bites, bee stings and how to treat them when they happen

We gathered tips on how to create an anti-mosquito space, what to look for in repellents, how to treat bites and stings, and how to spot an infection. → Read More

Dean of Dell Medical School to step down

Dr. Clay Johnston served 7 years as the first leader of the school that opened to students in 2016. → Read More