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Researchers Face Uncertain Times for Government-Funded Programs

Posted on · With a new administration headed to the White House, it’s an uncertain time for researchers in medicine, genetics, disease and many other disciplines that rely on government grants for funding. For instance, President-elect Trump’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, suggested in a since-deleted Sept. 9, 2016 Facebook post […]

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What Bills Will the Texas Legislature Prioritize in the 85th Legislative Session?

Posted on · The Texas Legislature is back in session tomorrow (Jan. 10, 2017). Back on the first day bills could be filed for the session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released his list of top ten priorities for the session. But what are the legislative priorities for the rest of the state’s lawmakers this session? We get a […]

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Texas Legislature Preview, and Impact of Government Grants on Research: Monday’s Show (January 9, 2017)

Posted on · The Texas Legislature is back in session tomorrow (Jan. 10, 2017). Back on the first day bills could be filed for the session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released his list of top ten priorities for the session. But what are the legislative priorities for the rest of the state’s lawmakers this session? On this edition […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Renaming Dowling Street, and Houston’s Murder Rate: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of The News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on […]

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Local Researcher Making Breakthroughs on Neurological Disorders

Posted on · Dr. Huda  Zoghbi, professor in the departments of pediatrics, molecular and human genetics, neurology and neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, has had a roller-coaster life. While in medical school in Beirut, civil war forced her to the U.S. Once arriving here, she received her medical degree as a pediatric neurologist from Meharry Medical College […]

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Will Texas Healthcare Providers Be Required to Cremate or Bury Fetal Remains?

Posted on · Judge Sam Sparks of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas announced this week he is again delaying his ruling on a new Texas Department of State Health Services edict requiring health care providers to cremate or bury fetal remains. The state argues the rule is in the interest of women’s health and safety. […]

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Fetal Burial Case, and Breakthrough Prize Winner: Friday’s Show (January 6, 2017)

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the latest ruling on new laws concerning the handling of fetal remains, and we interview Dr. Huda Zoghbi about her award-winning work at the Baylor College of Medicine. Also, we cover the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the week's news, and indie rock group Islands performs in our studio.

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Houston Professor Hosting Symposium with Five Siblings

Posted on · Dr. Anne Sereno is a cognitive neuroscientist with the McGovern Medical School who will be hosting a symposium with her five siblings — who are also scientists — for the 42nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in January. It’s called the Sereno Symposium: The Lanscape of Human Cognition. Maggie Martin sat down with Dr. Sereno, professor of neurobiology and anatomy […]

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Answers to Your Questions About Sleep and Sleep Disorders

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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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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Responding to Hate on the Web

Posted on · Reading about a shadowy group harassing someone online seems very removed from the real world – until it happens to you or someone you love. A new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) offers new, clearer insight into what “cyberhate” actually is — from seeds in terrorism, to hacking, to anti-semetic targeting to online bullying. They aimed […]

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Designs That Will Make Streets Safe for Pedestrians

Posted on · It seems a week doesn’t go by that we don’t hear about another pedestrian fatality somewhere in Greater Houston. In fact, according to an article in the Insurance Journal as of Nov. 2016, Houston pedestrians who have been struck and killed by cars has risen over 31 percent. HPD admits that’s higher than the total for all of […]