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Full Show: Controversy At Furr H.S., And Reauthorizing CHIP (Oct. 12, 2017)

Posted on · On Thursday's edition of Houston Matters: We learn the latest on Furr High School's reassigned principal, Dr. Bertie Simmons, who's under scrutiny for her administrative practices. We learn about the fate of the Children's Health Insurance Program. And we meet Brazilian artist Tony Paraná.

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What’s Are Chicken Pox Parties? Answers to Your Children’s Health Questions

Posted on · A listener wanted to if chicken pox parties are safe. What exactly is a chicken pox party in the first place? Pediatrician Dr. Mfon Ekong answers that question and others about children’s health. She’s assistant professor of pediatrics at UT Health and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Texas Democratic Convention & Ask the Pediatrician: Tuesday’s Show (June 21, 2016)

Posted on · Texas Democrats haven’t elected a candidate to statewide office since 1994. The last Democratic presidential candidate to carry Texas was Jimmy Carter in 1976. But at last week’s state convention, the party’s leadership seemed optimistic that Texas Democrats are nearing the end of their years in the wilderness. News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew […]

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Are Children in Harris County In Better or Worse Health Than the Rest of Texas?

Posted on · The Episcopal Health Foundation compiled a county-level Children’s Health Snapshot to attempt to tell the story of some of our youngest residents in the 57 counties of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, including Harris County. Where possible, they re­ported each county’s child health indicators in comparison to rates for the state of Texas as a […]

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State Versus Local Authority: Wednesday’s show (February 25, 2015)

Posted on · Here in Texas, we’re familiar with disputes between our state and the federal government over a variety of issues, from voting laws to environmental regulation to same sex marriage and beyond. Article VI of the U.S. Constitution makes it clear that federal law “shall be the supreme Law of the Land.” In other words, this […]

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Ask the Pediatrician: Your Children’s Health Questions Answered

Posted on · We welcome your questions for pediatrician Dr. Mfon Ekong, assistant professor of pediatrics at The UT Health Science Center at Houston, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Any question you might ask your own family doctor about the health and well-being of your children will be welcome.

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Austin Tice and Talk to the Family Doctor: Houston Matters for Thurs., Aug. 14, 2014

Posted on · Two years ago today, Houston native and freelance journalist Austin Tice disappeared while covering the conflict in Syria. Tice grew up dreaming of becoming an international correspondent for NPR. That dream became his parents’ nightmare when Tice vanished. While many believe he was kidnapped, there has been no indication of what happened to him since a video […]

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Our Pediatrician Answers Your Questions

Posted on · We welcome your general children’s health questions for pediatrician Dr. Mfon Ekong. She’s an assistant professor of pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. We welcome just about any question you may have about your child’s health and well-being. Think of it as […]

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Midwifery and Births, Children’s Health, and Rita Moreno: Houston Matters for Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Posted on · While the vast majority of Houston women give birth in hospitals, some choose to have their child in a birthing center, or even at home. According to the CDC, the number of home births is rising, though still just over one in a hundred choose to have their children outside of a hospital. When a […]

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LGBT in Houston, Children’s Health, and Houston Sports: Houston Matters for Monday, January 27, 2014

Posted on · Later this week, Houston will host the Creating Change 2014 Conference. It’s the largest national gathering of activists, organizers and leaders in the LGBT movement. In advance of the conference, on this edition of Houston Matters, we will explore developments in city and statewide policies impacting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community, including non-discrimination, same sex marriage, and […]