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Sleep Disorders, and an Exclusive with Gerald Hines: Thursday’s Show (January 5, 2017)

Posted on · Did you get enough sleep last night? One in three adults don’t get enough sleep. Why is sleep so important, anyway? The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society insist that sleeping less than seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood […]

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How What You’re Exposed To In Your Earliest Days Affects What Diseases You Might Get Later in Life

Posted on · Things you were exposed to as child in the womb – or even things your parents were exposed to before you were even conceived – could play a role in your likelihood to develop certain diseases later in life. Studying those causes is the focus of a new center just opened last week (Aug. 29, […]

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What Can Zebrafish Teach Us About Human Obesity?

Posted on · What can tiny zebrafish teach us about human obesity? University of Houston researchers recently observed how zebrafish exposed to obesogens (compounds believed to have links to obesity) became heavier and longer than their siblings when given the same diet. Such obesogens are common in flame retardants used in all manner of everyday appliances and furniture, from […]

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UH Summit Focuses on Latino Health Issues

Posted on · Health professionals are meeting Friday (2/27/15) at the University of Houston for the second Latino Health Summit. The day-long conference brings together educators and health professionals to discuss and strategize on addressing the key health issues affecting Greater Houston’s Latino population – from obesity, to cancer, to encouraging more Latinos to go into health careers. […]

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Initiative Encourages Houstonians to Lose a Million Pounds

Posted on · We learn about the Million Pound Challenge, an initiative by Shape Up Houston to encourage Greater Houston to collectively lose a million pounds. The hope is to encourage a healthier Houston and to lessen the public health and economic burdens it could create in the future.

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Why Are Texas Diabetes Numbers Higher Than Nationally?

Posted on · It’s hard to know for sure just how many Americans are diabetic – that’s because millions of us don’t know that we are. Various sources suggest anywhere from 22 to 26 million Americans have diabetes. The National Diabetes Education Program pegs the number at just shy of 26 million diabetics; 15.8 million who have been […]

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Eating What Your Ancestors Ate: Combating Obesity Through Heritage

Posted on · Many people make New Year’s resolutions to eat better and/or lose weight. In 2009, a Department of Health and Human Services report found that 71 percent of African Americans in Houston were obese. To combat that, a non-profit organization called Oldways has created an African Heritage Diet Pyramid, a healthy eating model designed specifically for African Americans. […]