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Is Total Eradication of Mosquitoes Possible?

Posted on · On a recent program, we discussed funding — or the lack thereof — to combat the Zika virus at the city and county levels. A lot of that discussion surrounded preventing the proliferation of Aedes aegypti — the type of mosquito that carries the virus. Of course, it’s unrealistic to think we could just completely wipe out […]

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Gun Control Debate and Eradicating Mosquitoes: Wednesday’s Show (June 22, 2016)

Posted on · Four different gun-control measures failed to pass the U.S. Senate Monday (June 20, 2016). The measures, in response to the deadly Orlando nightclub mass shooting, came from both sides of the aisle. They included proposed changes to background checks for gun purchases, expanding background checks to include private sales of firearms at gun shows and […]

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Why Are Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions on the Rise in Harris County?

Posted on · According to the Houston-based Immunization Partnership, which advocates for parents to vaccinate their children, the number of non-medical vaccine exemptions filed in Harris County has increased 79 percent over the past five years. Nearly one-third of Texans between the ages of 19 to 35 months did not complete the vaccination series to protect them from […]

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Local Scientist Named As U.S. Science Envoy

Posted on · Dr. Peter Hotez is one of four scientists who’ll serve as U.S. Science Envoys beginning this month. The program was created in 2009 as a way to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to science, technology and innovation as tools of diplomacy and economic growth. Science Envoys advise the White House, the Department of State, and […]