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One Month Later, Harvey-Related Health Concerns Still Remain

Posted on · Harris County officials have confirmed the death of a 77-year-old Kingwood woman was caused by flesh-eating bacteria she contracted after Tropical Storm Harvey. We learn what health hazards related to the storm still remain in Greater Houston, one month after the floods.

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Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbug’ Prevalent in Houston

Posted on · (Above: The bacteria K. pneumoniae shown under a microscope. Photo: Public Domain/Wikipedia Commons) A strain of bacteria resistant to antibiotics is more common in Houston than anyone previously realized. That’s according to researchers at Houston Methodist who reported the findings May 16. The strain is called Klebsiella pneumoniae and is what is often referred to as […]

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Gerrymandering Ruling, Superbugs, and Sgt. Pepper: Thursday’s Show (June 1, 2017)

Posted on · Gerrymandering is the process by which congressional districts are drawn in a way that heavily favors one party over the other. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina had violated the Constitution by doing this very thing — drawing district lines according to race. After similar rulings in Alabama and Virginia, could Texas […]

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Blue Bell Recall: What Will it Mean for the Beloved Texas Brand?

Posted on · Brenham-based Blue Bell Creameries is voluntarily pulling all of its products off store shelves after more samples tested positive for listeria, bacteria that can cause foodborne illness. The recall includes all ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks made at Blue Bell facilities. In a statement from company CEO and President Paul Kruse, he […]

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Germophobia: How Afraid Should You Really Be of Germs in Everyday Life?

Posted on · Germophobes of the world unite! Now, technically, “germophobia” is not a real word. The actual word is mysophobia. It’s an abnormal fear of or distaste for uncleanliness or contamination. If germs give you the creepy-crawlies, well, then, either this is the absolute best or worst conversation for you. We talk about why some of us are so […]

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Fight Against Antibiotic-Resistant Diseases

Posted on · A report issued by the CDC says more and more infectious diseases are becoming resistant to antibiotics. The agency says every year, at least two million people become infected with bacteria that don’t respond to antibiotics. Of those two million, at least 23-thousand die. A day may come – and some doctors argue it already has – […]