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Researchers Study How Your Favorite Song Affects Your Brain

Posted on · (Above: A researcher studies brain scans of a patient inside an MRI, in a video from Houston Methodist.)Houston Methodist recently conducted a study concerning music's effect on the brain. In the study, the subjects were placed in an MRI machine and exposed to various types of pre-selected music and plain speaking, and then a song […]

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Are We Any Closer to Solving Houston’s Nursing Shortage?

Posted on · Three years ago (June 30, 2014), we talked about the state of nursing in Greater Houston. In particular, we talked about how the industry is addressing the gap between supply and demand, especially as Baby Boomers age and the need for healthcare grows. Are we any closer to closing that gap? What's being done within […]

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Local Researcher Continues Work on HIV-Prevention Drug

Posted on · For the past decade, a local researcher has been working on a drug to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Dr. Alessandro Grattoni, is an associate professor of nanomedicine at Houston Methodist. His research involves using a refillable implant that administers drugs to subjects at risk of HIV exposure. He’s developed a prototype, and […]

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How To Train Your Surgeon: Medical Experts Working on National Model For Surgeon Credentialing

Posted on · Last month, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) brought together a number of medical experts to work on a national model for retraining, credentialing and privileging practicing surgeons in order to ensure all practicing surgeons are fit to deliver the highest quality care throughout their careers. We learn about that effort from one of the […]

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The Ethical and Legal Dilemmas of Keeping Someone on Life Support

Posted on · Back in October, 46 year old Chris Dunn fell ill. He was admitted to a hospital in Pasadena. When a scan revealed a mass on his pancreas, he was transferred to Houston Methodist. Dunn never left that hospital; he was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease and pancreatic cancer. By mid-November, his doctors determined there was […]

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Want to See a Doctor Over Skype? New Rules Govern Telemedicine in Texas

Posted on · The Texas Medical Board recently implemented new rules on the use of telemedicine, which is the use of communication technology such as Skype to provide a medical diagnosis from a distance. In a press release the board announced it would "expand opportunities for patients to interact with their physicians beyond the traditional office visit and […]

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Texas Legislature and Mental Health for Prisoners: Monday’s show (February 2, 2015)

Posted on · The 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature enters its fourth week today. Over the last week, Houston Public Media News 88.7 reporters have been examining some of the key issues lawmakers may consider this session. On this edition of Houston Matters, we present reports from a few of them, examining proposed bills involving education, […]

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Houston Methodist Studying Effects of Emerging Immunotherapy Drug

Posted on · A study underway at Methodist Hospital compares the effects of an immunotherapy drug to a chemotherapy drug on certain lung cancer development. Lung cancer is the second most common malignancy in the United States. We learn more about the study from its principal investigator, Dr. Eric Bernicker, Thoracic Medical Oncologist with the Houston Methodist Cancer […]

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Interacting with Police, Trade with China, and Spongebob: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Posted on · Among the lessons learned from the developments of recent months in Ferguson, Mo., is the need for law enforcement and the community it serves to engage with one another. It’s a topic we explored on Houston Matters back in August. We discussed how, here in Houston, the Teen and Police Service or TAPS Academy seeks […]