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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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Chikungunya: What Is It and What Are the Risks?

Posted on · A man near Austin was recently diagnosed with the state’s first case of a mosquito-borne illness called chikungunya. We learn more about the illness, as Houston Public Media health and science reporter Carrie Feibel talks with Scott Weaver, Director of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He’s been studying chikungunya for the […]

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Helping Houstonians with HIV/AIDS

Posted on · National HIV Testing Day is this Friday, and the Texas Department of State Health Services is hosting an HIV/STD Conference later this summer in Austin. The city of Houston is partnering with AIDS Foundation Houston to test 15,000 Houstonians for HIV this summer. About 27,000 Houstonians are HIV positive, and thousands more are believed to be positive but unaware. We examine the […]

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Houston: We Have Dengue Fever. Why Are New Diseases Showing Up in H-Town?

Posted on · Houston’s diversity and sheer size mean more people are coming in and out of the city from many different places. That means the city is seeing cases of diseases not typically seen here in the past — even tropical diseases once thought to be exclusive to urban areas of the poorest countries in Africa, Asia and […]

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Dealing with Alzheimer’s Around the Holidays

Posted on · The holidays can be a trying time for those with Alzheimer’s and for those taking care of them. We find out about some research being conducted here in Houston designed to help decelerate memory loss from Rebecca Axline, supervisory clinical social worker at Houston Methodist’s Nantz National Alzheimer Center and Jokubas Ziburkus, Neuroscientist at the University of Houston.

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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 – […]

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Getting You Prepared for Flu Season in Houston

Posted on · Flu season is underway. Each year, around this time, we’re all encouraged to get our flu shots, and we learn about whatever strains of the influenza virus may be affecting Houston and the rest of the nation. But some in the medical community are concerned that events in Washington might be shaking up this year’s flu […]

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Houston Matters for Tues., Oct. 15, 2013

Posted on · Flu season is underway. Each year, around this time, we’re all encouraged to get our flu shots, and we learn about whatever strains of the influenza virus may be affecting Houston and the rest of the nation. But some in the medical community are concerned that events in Washington might be shaking up this year’s flu […]

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Houston Matters for Mon., Oct. 7, 2013

Posted on · Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the nation, and Houston is no exception. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 28 percent of deaths in the Houston area are related to cardiovascular disease. We talk with some area cardiologists about new research on heart disease and what you can do to better […]