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Wellness Center Dedicated to Obesity Help

Posted on · Two Houston-area women, who each have lost more than 100 pounds, have joined Twelve Oaks Medical Center to help other morbidly obese people. Twelbe Oaks Medical Center is the city’s first comprehensive wellness center dedicated to helping morbidly obese people lose weight. Erika before Erika Vaughan started dieting when she was 11 years old. When […]

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Medicine for the Performing Arts

Posted on · Performing artists maintain a high level of physical fitness. It’s a must for the amount of physical and mental stress their jobs often times demand. The Methodist Hospital is establishing The Center for Performing Arts Medicine to, in a sense, give performing arts groups a team doctor. Watch just about any professional sports game and […]

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Discovery Shuttle Launch Scrubbed

Posted on · The space shuttle Discovery will not launch today. A faulty fuel-tank sensor caused NASA officials to scrub the first shuttle launch since the Columbia tragedy. Stay tuned to National Public Radio and KUHF for updates as NASA explores the problem and decides to set a new launch date. Developing story, stay tunned for further news.

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BP Plans Repairs for Gulf Drill Hit by Hurricane

Posted on · BP officials are working on one of their semi-submersible drilling rigs that was left listing in the Gulf of Mexico following Hurricane Dennis. A crew has established power to the rig and will use pumps to try to right the structure. BP’s Thunder Horse rig is located 150 miles south east of New Orleans. It’s […]

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Storm Tracker Waits for Hurricane Dennis

Posted on · With Hurricane Dennis past Cuba now and headed for the United States Gulf Coast, many residents are preparing by gathering emergency supplies, bording up homes and thinking of their evacuation routes. But one person is collecting cameras and equipment and headed for the coast line. Hurricane Tracker Mark Sudduth is founder of the Hurricane Intercept […]

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Metro Steps Up Security in Wake of London Bombings

Posted on · The bombings in London have Metro authorities here stepping up surveillance efforts. While additional metro police officers were brought in on duty, the trains and buses continued their usual routes. Metro’s 1,600 buses on 12,000 bus routes and 18 rail cars on seven and a half miles of track, along with Metro’s 15 transit centers […]

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SEARCH Provides Summer Relief to Homeless

Posted on · With summer in full swing, SEARCH is collecting water and insect repellent as part of their outreach to the homeless. Officials are hoping these simple items are a first step to establishing a lasting relationship. The homeless population in the greater Houston area has grown and now SEARCH estimates the number as high as 14,000. […]

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Houston Emergency Center Performance Review

Posted on · A performance audit of the Houston Emergency Center has found a fragmented system, staffing shortages and low employee morale. The city controller finds it surprising how effectively the center runs despite the problems. The performance review, conducted through the city controllers office, found the Houston Emergency Center has a 99.8 percent reliability rating. Still, the […]

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New Organ Donation Registry Program in Texas

Posted on · Texas is setting up a new organ donor registry program. Organ procurement groups hope the new system will encourage people to make their wishes known. LifeGift Organ Donation Center is one of three in the state that will design the new Donor Education, Awareness and Registry Program for Texas during the next couple of months. […]

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Date Set for NASA’s Return to Space

Posted on · It’s a go for launch of the space shuttle Discovery two and a half years after Columbia fell apart on re-entry. The date set for the afternoon of Wednesday, July 13th. The Space Shuttle Discovery will carry a crew of seven astronauts. The primary objective will be to test new safety procedures. The crew will […]

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Prescription Drug Abuse in Children

Posted on · Educators, medical professionals and law enforcement gathered today in Houston to figure out a way to fight prescription drug abuse in children. The officals are hoping to come up with strategies for the upcoming school year. The drugs of choice include pain killers, steriods, sleep enhancers and cough drops. Availability is one problem with prescription […]

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Supreme Court Rules Private Land Can be Seized for Private Use

Posted on · A U.S. Supreme Court ruling today gives local governments more authority to seize homes and businesses for economic development. The ruling expands the definition of public use, that is, the reasons why private property can be seized. Fulbright and Jarworski Partner Steve Carroll says the ruling makes it okay for the first time in this […]

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Firefighters Increase Safety Awareness

Posted on · Nationwide, 50 firefighters have died in the line of duty in the first four months of this year. That’s ten more than had died in the same time in the previous year. Professional fire groups are concerned about this higher rate of deaths. They are calling for all fire fighters to pause and reflect on […]

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Volunteer Search Dogs

Posted on · Dogs serve many functions in our society. They help the blind and the disabled, they help police in a variety of functions. Dogs can also be man’s best friend in searches. While many police agencies train canine units, some dog owners volunteer time and money to train their own pooches to help the community. Click […]

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Experts Collaborating on Mental Healthcare Reforms

Posted on · Behavioral health experts in the greater Harris County area are trying to draw up a new blue print for the mental health system. The group is identifying about a dozen topics to work on going forward. Mental Health Association Executive Director Betsy Schwartz says one idea is to develop a uniform medical record. This way […]