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How is Houston Engaging the Community on HIV Education?

Posted on · On Tuesday (Jan. 31, 2017), the Houston Health Department is co-hosting an HIV symposium with Baylor College of Medicine. Officials say the goal is to present the newest scientific findings in a way that's more accessible and easier to understand. We talk with Dr. Jessica Davila from Baylor College of Medicine. She's presenting research looking […]

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Houston Reactions to President Trump’s Immigration Freeze: Monday’s Show (January 30, 2017)

Posted on · Public outcry against President Trump's immigration freeze stretched across the country and Texas — including in Houston — this weekend. The City of Houston has played a large role in the country's refugee resettlement program and is one of America's most diverse cities. On Sunday (Jan. 29, 2017), some local officials spoke out against closing […]

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Playwright Anna Deveare Smith Helps Houstonians Cope With Aging and Declining Health

Posted on · Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy wants to engage Houstonians in learning how to "face disease and frailty before you get there." Let's face it: while we know we're all mortal, and that as we age, we decline physically and sometimes mentally. It's an inevitability we don't really want to […]

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End of Life Preparation, and Texans’ Financial Literacy: Thursday’s Show (January 12, 2017)

Posted on · Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy wants to engage Houstonians in learning how to "face disease and frailty before you get there." Let's face it: while we know we're all mortal, and that as we age, we decline physically and sometimes mentally. It's an inevitability we don't really want to […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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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Update: Strategies to Reduce Misdiagnosis in Hospitalized Patients 

Posted on · Last year (Sept. 23, 2015), we discussed a report that said most people will experience at least one diagnostic error (an inaccurate or delayed diagnosis) sometime in their lifetime. The report warned that — without some changes — our healthcare system could see more such errors in diagnoses, which could be bad news for all […]

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How Over-Prescribed Antibiotics Impact Your Life

Posted on · Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital are using a five-year, $7.5 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to try to develop ways to combat Clostridium difficile or C. diff, the most common and potentially deadly bacterial infection impacting children and adults. It's a hospital-acquired infection, and it is […]