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Houston Matters for Thursday, August 8, 2013

Major League Baseball this week suspended New York Yankees third baseman – and former Texas Ranger – Alex Rodriguez 211 games for his alleged repeated use of performance-enhancing drugs, and for obstructing baseball’s probe into the Biogenesis of America Anti-Aging Clinic. “A-Rod” continues to play and is appealing the suspension, while thirteen other players, including […]

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Major League Baseball this week suspended New York Yankees third baseman – and former Texas Ranger – Alex Rodriguez 211 games for his alleged repeated use of performance-enhancing drugs, and for obstructing baseball’s probe into the Biogenesis of America Anti-Aging Clinic. “A-Rod” continues to play and is appealing the suspension, while thirteen other players, including a Houston Astros minor league pitcher, and Texas Rangers All-Star Nelson Cruz, are serving 50 game suspensions for their connection to the performance-enhancing drug case.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider the impact of PEDs on young athletes in Texas – from middle school through college – as we talk with Don Hooton from the Taylor Hooton Foundation, which is dedicated to encouraging young athletes to avoid such drugs. We also contemplate whether professional athletes’ use of performance enhancers influences young athletes. And we talk with a Houston-area physician about the impact of PEDs on a developing body.

Also – KUHF’s Carrie Feibel joins us to discuss the rise of “free-standing” ERs in Houston. They’re popping up all over town, and may be convenient. They may also be unexpectedly expensive.

Plus: Thursday marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting observed by Muslims. We’ll find out how it’s celebrated here in Houston, and discuss what Ramadan signifies for Muslims.

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