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What Can Zebrafish Teach Us About Human Obesity?

Posted on · What can tiny zebrafish teach us about human obesity? University of Houston researchers recently observed how zebrafish exposed to obesogens (compounds believed to have links to obesity) became heavier and longer than their siblings when given the same diet. Such obesogens are common in flame retardants used in all manner of everyday appliances and furniture, […]

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What a Sea Snail Can Teach Us About the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Posted on · Cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy are familiar with potential side effects, including what’s commonly known as “chemo brain” – some struggle to concentrate, or have memory problems during a course of chemotherapy. There are treatments to mitigate such effects, but mostly, patients just have to live with it until their treatment is over. A new […]

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Study: Reading from a Printed Page Helps You Remember More than Reading from a Screen

Posted on · In this digital age of ours, some of us will roll our eyes a bit when we see someone print out an article they can just as easily read on their computer or tablet or smart phone. Turns out — at least according to a recent University of Houston study — they might be onto […]

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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. […]

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Need Help Tracing Your Family Roots?

Posted on · Living in the early 21st century has its perks – among them, access to information like never before. DNA testing can help you trace your roots. Social networking sites can help you reconnect with relatives. A lot of folks are taking advantage of these and other tools to develop a family tree. We welcome your […]

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Could ‘Deep Brain Stimulation’ Help Treat Depression When Other Options Fail?

Posted on · We learn about research being conducted here in Houston designed to treat people suffering from depression for whom traditional antidepressants and therapy don't seem to work. We discuss what's known as "deep brain stimulation," and why some believe it can succeed where other treatments for depression sometimes fall short.

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Dealing with Alzheimer’s Around the Holidays

Posted on · The holidays can be a trying time for those with Alzheimer's and for those taking care of them. We find out about some research being conducted here in Houston designed to help decelerate memory loss from Rebecca Axline, supervisory clinical social worker at Houston Methodist's Nantz National Alzheimer Center and Jokubas Ziburkus, Neuroscientist at the […]

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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 […]

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Discussing Houston Weather

Posted on · After months of oppressive heat and humidity, autumn has arrived and the weather in Houston has been glorious in recent days. Seems like as good a time as any to talk about the weather. On this edition of Houston Matters, we field your questions for Houston Weather Research Center Chief Meteorologist Jason Luze, and Lance […]