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Texas Legislature and Mental Health for Prisoners: Monday’s show (February 2, 2015)

The 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature enters its fourth week today. Over the last week, Houston Public Media News 88.7 reporters have been examining some of the key issues lawmakers may consider this session. On this edition of Houston Matters, we present reports from a few of them, examining proposed bills involving education, health […]

The 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature enters its fourth week today. Over the last week, Houston Public Media News 88.7 reporters have been examining some of the key issues lawmakers may consider this session. On this edition of Houston Matters, we present reports from a few of them, examining proposed bills involving education, health care, transportation, and the environment.

Also this hour: A recent study finds not enough prisoners receive adequate mental health treatment while incarcerated. We talk with the study’s author, Dr. Jennifer Reingle from the Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at the UTHealth School of Public Health. We also hear from Harris County Jail Medical Director Dr. Michael Seale about protocols for treatment inside the jail, sometimes referred to as the “largest mental hospital in Texas.”

Then: Thirty years ago, articles and advertisements related to the treatment of heart disease focused primarily on men. It was once a generally accepted belief that heart disease is a “man’s disease.” Not anymore. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, coronary heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. And more and more, specialists are turning their attention to women and heart disease. Among them: Dr. Karla Kurrelmeyer, a cardiologist with Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center. We talk with her about her work, and about research, trends, factors and warning signs specific to women.

Plus: CultureMap Houston sports columnist MK Bower joins us, as he does most Mondays, to discuss the latest developments in Houston sports. We also review Sunday’s Super Bowl and focus on the performances of participants with Houston ties.

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