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Obamacare Odysseys: How Having Insurance Isn’t the Same as Getting Care

Posted on · Because of the Affordable Care Act, some Houstonians are getting health insurance either for the first time or for the first time in a long time. But that doesn’t mean they’re actually getting timely healthcare. In her series,  “Obamacare Odysseys,” Houston Public Media health and science reporter Carrie Feibel explains why. We talk with her and hear excerpts […]

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Nursing in Houston: The Challenges and Opportunities

Posted on · According to the Texas Board of Nursing, there are more than 32,000 registered nurses in Harris County, and those numbers are expected to grow in the coming years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022. But while the demand for nurses is there, supply is falling […]

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Can Houston Be the Healthcare Hub for the Americas?

Posted on · Organizers of a new medical conference say they want to establish Houston as the “healthcare hub for the Americas.” The Medical World Americas conference is expected to draw more than 2,000 health care professionals. It will feature several topics for discussion, including disaster preparedness. We talk with the health care and life sciences consultant for the Greater Houston […]

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Discussing the State of the Med Center

Posted on · The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical complex in the world. It’s really a city unto itself. On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore the state of the Med Center, and welcome your questions for its President and CEO, Dr. Robert Robbins. Among our topics: just what we mean when we say “Medical […]

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What’s Really Going on Inside the Brain of an Addict?

Posted on · The recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has once again raised the specter of addiction. It’s a topic often discussed, but not always well understood. More and more, medical professionals are recognizing addiction as a medical condition. They explain how drugs and alcohol can affect the chemistry in our brains, and how some of […]

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New ‘Helmet’ Helps Stroke Patients

Posted on · We learn about research being conducted right here in Houston to improve the treatment of patients recovering from strokes – including an intriguing study involving the use of an ultrasound “helmet” which works in concert with drug therapy to help ischemic stroke patients. We’ll also learn about common warning signs of stroke.

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Fight Against Antibiotic-Resistant Diseases

Posted on · A report issued by the CDC says more and more infectious diseases are becoming resistant to antibiotics. The agency says every year, at least two million people become infected with bacteria that don’t respond to antibiotics. Of those two million, at least 23-thousand die. A day may come – and some doctors argue it already has – […]