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Full Show: Measles in Houston, And Defining Hate Crimes (Aug. 29, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We learn more about measles and the effectiveness of vaccination. We break down the week's big political stories. We discuss what constitutes a hate crime. And writer Attica Locke talks about her work.

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Full Show: Zero Tolerance Policy’s Effect On Resources, And Developing A New Ebola Vaccine (June 19, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We discuss how the “zero tolerance” immigration policy is straining resources locally. We learn about a new experimental Ebola vaccine developed by a Galveston researcher. Horticulturalist Linda Gay answers your gardening questions. And, to commemorate Juneteenth, we revisit Emancipation Park's re-dedication celebration last year.

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Full Show: Transmitting Wind Energy, And Writer Junot Diaz (April 3, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We learn about a Houston-based project to transmit wind energy across the Midwest. Then, we learn about standards for sanitation at health clinics. Plus, we discuss the effectiveness of protesting. And Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz talks about his children's book, Islandborn.

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How Over-Prescribed Antibiotics Impact Your Life

Posted on · Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital are using a five-year, $7.5 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to try to develop ways to combat Clostridium difficile or C. diff, the most common and potentially deadly bacterial infection impacting children and adults. It’s a hospital-acquired infection, and it is often tied to […]

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First Zika-Linked Microcephaly Case Identified in Harris County Baby

Posted on · Harris County Public Health has confirmed the first Zika-related case of microcephaly in Harris County and the state of Texas. The mother of the infant with the birth defect was initially tested for Zika during her pregnancy, but the results of that test were inconclusive, according to officials. Like all others involved in cases of Zika infection […]

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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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City and County Officials Try to Fight Zika with Fewer Dollars

Posted on · Houston officials at both the city and county levels say efforts to prevent the spread of the Zika virus are underfunded. While Pres. Obama requested $1.9 billion to fight the disease back in February, the US House and Senate each have approved even less. At a press conference last month (May 23, 2016), Mayor Sylvester Turner […]

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Understanding Zika Virus Symptoms and How It Spreads

Posted on · Health officials Tuesday confirmed three new cases of the Zika virus in Greater Houston, bringing the total of known cases in the region to seven. Meanwhile, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services, the CDC confirmed a patient there acquired the virus through sex (it’s usually spread through mosquito bites). These developments coincided with […]

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Ebola in Texas: What Lessons Have We Learned, One Year Later?

Posted on · We mark a strange anniversary today. This time last year, a disease frightening and foreign to many Americans landed on the Lone Star state’s doorstep. Ebola, a disease ravaging Western Africa, found its way to the emergency room at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where Thomas Eric Duncan was told to go home and sleep off his virus. […]

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Houston Flood Waters Contain Hidden Health Dangers

Posted on · The floodwaters have mostly receded from our roadways, but they still remain in some areas around Greater Houston. As cleanup continues, we talk with Dr. Scott Lea, Associate Professor and Infectious Diseases Clinic Director, in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases at UTMB, about what lurks in those muddy puddles left behind, and why you probably […]

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First US Case of Ebola Confirmed in Dallas

Posted on · The first person to test positive for Ebola on U.S. soil remains at a Dallas hospital today. Health officials say the patient came to Texas from Liberia earlier this month. He sought care last Friday, and has been hospitalized in isolation since the weekend. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Houston Public […]

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Mae Jemison and the 100 Year Starship, Germophobes, and Wings of the City: Houston Matters for Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Posted on · The 100 Year Starship is an initiative to make sure progress continues toward human interstellar space travel. Its annual public symposium begins Thursday, and continues through the weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center. One of the key figures behind the initiative is Dr. Mae Jemison. She’s a former astronaut — the first African-American woman […]