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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 of us. Now, one of the Texas Medical […]

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Should Pediatricians Teach Their Young Patients About Sex?

Posted on · The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a clinical report encouraging pediatricians to fill in a gap of sex education by discussing safe sex and healthy relationships with their patients. The report marks the first update by the AAP on the subject since 2001. It’s a push — if followed — that may be especially […]

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Will Texas Have Enough Doctors Who Can Perform Abortions?

Posted on · In Texas, clinics that provide abortion are struggling to comply with strict new laws. More than 20 clinics have already closed, and one of the Texas laws is now being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. But there’s another related issue unfolding  much more quietly: the number of doctors who provide abortions in Texas is declining. […]

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The State of Houston’s Healthcare in 2016

Posted on · On today’s program, we continue our 2nd annual “State of Houston” series – exploring the state of Greater Houston’s economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. Today, we look at what’s happening here in health and science with News 88.7’s reporter who covers those beats: Carrie Feibel. We learn about the continued expansion and building by hospitals […]

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Study: Electronic Health Records Create Information Overload for Doctors and Risks for Patients

Posted on · Do you spend way too much time at work responding to email? Well, it’s no different for doctors — but with possible greater consequences. In our digital world, many physicians spend more than an hour a day processing and responding to electronic notifications — things like test results, requests for prescription refills, referral requests and messages from […]

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The Benefits of Learning About Chemotherapy With Other Patients

Posted on · Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a scary road ahead. According to the CDC, it causes more deaths than any other female reproductive system cancer. In an effort to ease suffering and fear — and hopefully encourage positive results in treatment — MD Anderson Fellow Dr. Lauren Prescott spearheaded a pilot study examining the value of “shared […]

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Project ETHAN: Reducing Unnecessary Trips to the Emergency Room

Posted on · Back in December 2014, all firehouses in the city of Houston began implementing an intervention program called Project ETHAN, or Emergency Tele-Health and Navigation. The goal: to direct non-emergency patients who call 911 to primary care clinics, instead of automatically taking them to the ER. We talk with Dr. Michael Gonzalez, program director of Project […]

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Food Deserts Revisited and Importing Doctors: Tuesday’s show (July 28, 2015)

Posted on · Back in the summer of 2013, we examined food deserts in Houston – neighborhoods with a shortage of nearby access to fresh food. They tend to be in low income areas, where major grocery chains are sometimes unwilling or unable to open a store. The concern in 2013 was that 1 in 5 households in Harris […]

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What’s the Best Way to Hear Bad News About Your Health?

Posted on · When something abnormal comes up in a medical test, would you like to hear the news immediately from the lab or later from your doctor? Researchers at the Houston Veterans Affairs Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety recently conducted studies to determine whether patients and doctors agree on how abnormal test results should […]

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Election Poll and Paula Poundstone: Wednesday’s Show (June 24, 2015)

Posted on · Last night, Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM and KHOU 11 released an election poll conducted by the Survey Research Center, the University of Houston Center for Public Policy and Rice University. It covers a wide range of questions about the state of Houston — from what voters see as the major problems we’re facing, […]

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What’s Most Important to Texans When it Comes to Healthcare?

Posted on · Dr. Tim Garson, Director of the Texas Medical Center’s Health Policy Institute recently initiated a Nielsen survey of Texans to learn about their attitudes towards healthcare. From all of the responses, he identified the top 12 most interesting findings — from the importance of quality in healthcare, to what people would be willing to give […]

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The Family Business: Sons Becoming Doctors, Like Their Father

Posted on · From time to time, we talk with Houstonians who have followed in previous generations’ footsteps about the opportunities and challenges inherent in going into the family business. Today, Maggie Martin talks with a father, Dr. Yochai Birnbaum, a professor of medicine in cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine, and his two sons, Itamar and Gilad Birnbaum, both […]

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The Family Business: Son Follows His Dad into Medicine

Posted on · Some Houstonians may choose to go on a completely different career path than their parents. But others choose to follow in their family’s footsteps and pursue a career that mirrors that of their parent’s, or another relative. That’s the case with two doctors practicing in the Memorial Herman Health System. Dr. Francisco Maislos is a […]

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The State of Houston’s Environment and Integrating NASA: Thursday’s Show (April 16, 2015)

Posted on · On today’s Houston Matters, we continue our week-long series exploring “The State of Houston” with a conversation about the environment in Greater Houston. We talk with News 88.7 Energy and Environment Reporter Dave Fehling. We look at concerns about clean air and clean water, new efforts to monitor chemical releases, ongoing disputes over landfills and other encroachment of our urban […]