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The Role of Muslim Women in Fighting Extremism: A Conversation with Writer & Activist Samina Ali

Posted on · Samina Ali is a writer and activist who focuses on issues facing Muslim women. At a time when there’s plenty of rhetoric and fear about Muslims in America, she says Muslim women play a key role in shaping how Islam is seen around the world. She was recently in town to speak at the University […]

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Summer Reading: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Elizabeth Gregory, author of Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood. We look closer at why women are embracing having […]

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Experts Answer Your Questions About Fertility Treatments

Posted on · From time to time on the program, we offer you an opportunity to speak with Houston-based experts in a variety of fields. Today, we turn our attention to fertility. Last fall, Facebook and Apple announced they would cover their employees for up to $20,000 to have their eggs frozen. This renewed conversations about women using […]

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Houston Doctor Hopes to Cut Down on Unnecessary C-Sections

Posted on · Dr. Donald Prough, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at UTMB Health, is currently testing a new technology he hopes will cut down on the number of Caesarean section deliveries being performed today. Since 1985, the World Health Organization has recommended no more than 10  to 15 percent of live births be performed via C-section. But […]

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Blue Bell Recall and Feral Cats: Wednesday’s Show (April 22, 2015)

Posted on · Brenham-based Blue Bell Creameries is voluntarily pulling all of its products off store shelves after more samples tested positive for listeria, bacteria that can cause foodborne illness. The recall includes all ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks made at Blue Bell facilities. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the health concerns surrounding […]

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Which Prescriptions are OK to Take While Pregnant?

Posted on · We all know that drinking alcohol while pregnant can harm the developing fetus. But what about certain prescription drugs — which ones are ok and which ones are not? We talk with Dr. Lisa Hollier, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine about the do’s and don’t’s of taking prescription drugs […]

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Jill Stein on Third Party Politics: Monday’s show (March 2, 2015)

Posted on · So much of our political discourse these days here in Houston, throughout Texas, and across the country is diminished to a debate of right versus left, conservative against liberal, Republican opposing Democrat. Of course, there are more than two sides to most debates, and more than two potential solutions to most problems. And yet, with […]

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Infertility: It’s Not Just a Woman’s Problem

Posted on · We discuss the latest research and treatment associated with fertility, with Dr. Mazen Abdallah, Medical Director for the Houston Fertility Institute and Assistant Professor at UTHealth. Dr. Abdallah says it’s a common misconception that fertility problems just affect women who’ve “waited too long” to have kids. And we learn about Spaghetti Code, a new play from Houston’s Horse Head […]

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Why Are Teen Birth Rates in Texas Much Higher than Nationally?

Posted on · The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a preliminary National Vital Statistics Report on birth rates in 2013. According to the CDC, teen birth rates are at their lowest ever. In 2013, there were 26.6 births per one thousand women aged 15 to 19. That’s down 10 percent from 2012 (29.4), which was the previous historic low for […]