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Some Test Positive

Posted on · Harris County Mosquito Control has been busy fielding calls about the pesky critters after the recent rains. Officials say they're keeping an eye out for mosquitoes that carry disease. Pat Hernandez has more.

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Texas Too Fat To Fight? New Report Says Yes

Posted on · A new report says almost half of Texas's young adults are too obese to qualify for military service. The study by a group of retired military officials warned members of Congress that the nationwide trend is a threat to national security. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.

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Doctors Predict Third Wave of H1N1

Posted on · The flu season has not been as severe as public health officials feared. However — the natural progression of the flu indicates a new wave of outbreaks could take place over the next few weeks. As Laurie Johnson reports — there is still a strong chance that H1N1 will spread again.

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Flu Season Peaks Soon

Posted on · The biggest push to get flu vaccines usually comes in the fall — but the biggest surge of flu outbreaks comes over the next few weeks. As Laurie Johnson reports — flu season is just now reaching its peak.

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Health Reform Must Include Children

Posted on · The debate in health reform includes some of the heaviest hitters: senior members of Congress, insurance company giants and Washington's top lobbyists. Now, add children to that mix, including one who received a lung transplant at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. She recently went to Washington to urge lawmakers to include children's health needs in health reform legislation. Pat Hernandez has more.

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Lawmakers Want Governor to Add CHIP to Special Session

Posted on · Texas leads the nation when it comes to children without health insurance. Houston State Representative Garnet Coleman would like to see that change. He's sent a letter to Governor Rick Perry, urging him to include legislation regarding the children's health insurance program in the upcoming special session. Pat Hernandez has more.

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CHIP Expansion Dies in Committee

Posted on · Childrens' advocates are decrying the legislature's failure to pass a bill that would have expanded the Children's Health Insurance Program. They say thousands of Texas children may have to go without health insurance, as Jim Bell reports.

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Healthy at Every Size

Posted on · Scientists estimate that about 1 in 3 children in the Houston area are medically overweight or obese. Doctors urge us to lose weight, and fashion magazines tempt us to look thin. But a University of Houston sociology professor has just published an article asking us to take another look at what it means to be fat. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has the story.

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Future Docs Have Their Say

Posted on · Future physicians are gathered in Houston this week to discuss the challenges of entering the medical profession. They'll also be discussing how they can influence the future of health policy. Houston Public Radio's Capella Tucker reports.

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Challenges of Focusing on Prevention

Posted on · Studies are looking at more than treatments for cancer. Prevention is becoming more of a focus especially among people with higher risk factors for cancer. Houston Public Radio's Capella Tucker reports sharing study information with the public can cause confusion.

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Meningitis Vaccine

Posted on · Teenagers are at high risk for contracting bacterial meningitis. And parents may not realize there's a newer stronger vaccine for the disease. Houston Public Radio's Laurie Johnson reports.