Jim Atkinson


My Grief, and Ours

When I lost my father to cancer this summer, the greatest comfort I found was in understanding how to grieve. That came in handy on September 11.

Death and Texas

Why does Potter County have the state’s highest mortality rate? Poverty is only one answer.


If you think your flulike symptoms could be anthrax, don’t call your HMO—call your doctor. And other advice the television “experts” should have told you.

Perilously Plump

Texans love to say that everything’s bigger here, but when it comes to the waistlines in one in four of our largest cities, that’s nothing to brag about.

Burning Questions

What is the safest way to dispose of a diseased cow carcass—and what does it have to do with the Ames strain of anthrax?

Miracle Workers

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is put under the microscope.

Wrongful Life?

A Houston couple says a hospital is responsible for their daughter’s severe disabilities. Should Texas’ highest court agree, the case will change health care as we know it.

Who's Next?

San Antonio’s Marshevet Hooker is not just any old high school sprinter; she’s an Olympic gold medalist in the making. Meet her and nine other women we’re betting will lead the new Texas—and the world.

Mold Age

Are the toxic fungi that launched a thousand lawsuits really as dangerous as everyone says? Don’t believe the hype.

Bad Air Days

Historically, Southeast Texas and cancer have gone together like, well, pollution and disease. I wish I could say things were different today.

Brave New 'Burbs

Why Collin County is the new Dallas.

The Infirmation Age

Many Texans are woefully unprepared for what has become our fastest-growing health care problem: taking care of Mom and Dad.

The Pedophile Next Door

How do you know when a child molester is cured? Are you willing to take his word for it? David Wayne Jones hopes so. Thirteen years ago he was convicted of preying on little boys at the East Dallas YMCA, but he could soon be out of jail and back on the street. Your street.

State of Emergency

As more and more children fall off the health-insurance
rolls, chaos reigns at Children’s Medical Center Dallas,
which used to have the best pediatric ER in Texas, and
the quality of care for everyone suffers.

Funny, You Don’t Look Fluish

Minister of Health Jim Atkinson cures what ails us.