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Abortion, Remembering Joe Sample, and Frontier Jazz Orchestra: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Posted on · Abortion rights supporters and opponents in Texas are awaiting a ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in an ongoing legal battle over an abortion law Texas legislators passed last year. The law, as written, requires (among other provisions) that all clinics providing abortions in Texas meet the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers. […]

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Oil in Mexico, Premature Baby Nutrition, and Medical Tourism: Houston Matters for Thursday, August 28, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this month, Mexico’s Congress approved an overhaul of the country’s energy industry that, for the first time in 75 years, makes room for private corporations to participate in oil drilling. It’s part of an effort by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to boost his nation’s economy. For oil and gas companies, which remain a […]

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How to Protect Your Child From Sports Injuries This School Year

Posted on · With another school year comes another year of youth sports, and sports injuries. We welcome your questions about how Houston area schools, coaches and parents can try to protect their young athletes from serious injury, including the latest thinking on treating concussions. Our guests are: Dr. Alfred Mansour, Pediatric Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Surgeon at Children’s […]

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Daycare, Drugs to Fight Ebola, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, August 11, 2014

Posted on · Some parents may scramble, at times, to find child care during the summer months. For some working parents with younger children, it’s a year-round challenge. And for Houston parents who want high quality care for their child that’s affordable and convenient, it can be a long and frustrating process to find day care that fits. We discuss when parents […]

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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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HIV/AIDS Research and Testing, Literacy, and Oveta Culp Hobby: Houston Matters for Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Posted on · National HIV Testing Day is this Friday, and the Texas Department of State Health Services is hosting an HIV/STD Conference later this summer in Austin. The city of Houston is partnering with AIDS Foundation Houston to test 15,000 Houstonians for HIV this summer. About 27,000 Houstonians are HIV positive, and thousands more are believed to […]

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Medical Charities Help Houstonians Get the Care They Need

Posted on · Seeking medical care in Houston can be expensive, inside the hospital and out. Some organizations, including hospitals themselves, are offering affordable options for patients. Some hospitals offers financial assistance while outside organizations offer low-cost housing. We learn about some of those options and services in Greater Houston.

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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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Need Hard to Find Medicine? No Problem

Posted on · For some medical patients with really specific needs, there's an option available that even doctors themselves don't always realize. Pharmacies that make medicine from scratch allow pharmacists to put in or take out whatever the patient might need. Bill Stamps tells us how it works.

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Pharmacies Make Tamiflu Concoction

Posted on · The recent wave of Swine Flu cases — particularly among children — has caused a big demand for Tamiflu. Here in Houston you can still get the medicine in capsule form, but the children's liquid version is pretty scarce. Bill Stamps reports on another option many people may not be aware of.

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Breakthroughs in Regenerative Medicine

Posted on · World experts in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine are meeting at Rice University this week. They are discussing the latest scientific research on growing cells, tissues and organs for transplantation. Pat Hernandez says successes in the relatively young science are now leading to clinical reality.