Nicole Villalpando, Austin American-Statesman

Nicole Villalpando

Austin American-Statesman

Austin, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Nicole:

Ice storms leave 171,000 Austin Energy customers without power; thaw coming Thursday

The National Weather Service's winter storm warning for the Austin metro area and the Hill Country was set to expire at 6 a.m. Thursday. → Read More

Stuck inside with kids? Here are 12 fun things to keep them busy during ice days

With school out, parents might be looking for activities for the kids. Here are 12 fun things to do during winter storms. → Read More

How to protect your heart during cold winter weather snaps

Cold weather could have a lot to do with why more heart attacks happen during the winter. Here are 6 ways to protect your heart. → Read More

Why Texas gets failing grade when it comes to smoking prevention

Texas has double the number of teens smoking, and for every 1 teen smoker, there are almost 4 teen e-cigarette users, according to an advocacy group. → Read More

Deal reached to keep Ascension hospitals in Blue Cross and Blue Shield network

Contract agreement means people who have Blue Cross insurance plans will continue to receive in-network rates at Ascension hospitals. → Read More

Destigmatizing dementia: Austin high school students train to be Alzheimer's caregivers

Students at Akins and Graduation Preparatory Academy at Travis will receive dementia care certification. → Read More

Winter is best time to check for skin cancer, Central Texas expert says. Here's why

It's January — the perfect time for a skin check at your dermatologist, but don't forget to do your own monthly checks at home. → Read More

COVID-19 levels fall in Austin, even with 'Kraken' variant here. What we know.

Hays and Caldwell counties are still experiencing high levels of COVID-19 cases. → Read More

False alarm: Error causes 40,000 Texans to think they lost Medicare premium assistance

In fact, the state's assistance program has not ended, and the letter was a mistake, according to Texas Health and Human Services. → Read More

'Patients fly all over the world for him': Dell Medical School appoints leader for new heart surgery program

Dr. George Arnaoutakis plans to lead creaton of a regional center for heart surgery and train next generation of cardiac surgeons. → Read More

Medications & surgery: What do new children's obesity guidelines mean for Austin families?

American Academy of Pediatrics tells doctors to intervene early and often, including medication and surgery. → Read More

'Kraken' variant of COVID-19 arrives in Austin as cases rise. What you need to know.

Know what you need to do to prevent the spread of this variant. → Read More

Blue Cross and Blue Shield could drop Ascension hospitals from network

Change could limit options, add to costs for Austin-area patients if hospital system, insurance company don't reach a contract agreement. → Read More

Season for Caring raises $1.3 million, but Austin families, nonprofits still have needs

The 2022 program has helped families get new homes, many of the things on their wish lists. Home repairs, cars top the list of needs. → Read More

Season for Caring family's apartment floods in winter freeze, so more help needed

Christmas Eve should have been a joyous time for Leslie Romero and her five children. Then, the winter freeze caused flooding in her apartment. → Read More

Fellow Round Rock teacher, her husband help Season for Caring mom with home repairs

Season for Caring families need home improvements as part of their wish lists. Here's how you can help. → Read More

Pflugerville family completes Season for Caring wish list of once-homeless mom

Two weeks ago, Naquisha Taylor's apartment was empty. By Christmas, it was filled with furniture from her wish list thanks to donors in the community. → Read More

Chance heart screening finds deadly problem for Vandegrift High School freshman Hudson Moore

Hudson Moore almost didn't go to the Championship Hearts Foundation screening in October. Then, he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. → Read More

For kids difficult to diagnose, Dell Children's autism team finds answers

The Dell Children's team in Austin helps give kids a full picture of their diagnosis, then helps parents with Autism 101 program. → Read More

Season for Caring meets $500,000 match; more help needed

Sheth family has now given $1.7 million to trusted Statesman program that meets community's basic needs. → Read More