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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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Why Are Pregnancy-Related Deaths Rising Rapidly in Texas?

Posted on · A new study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found the number of women in Texas who died from complications from pregnancy nearly doubled between 2010 and 2014, which translates into some 600 women who lost their lives because of pregnancy complications in Texas during those five years, giving Texas the highest maternal mortality rate […]

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Since It’s Not Mandatory, Doctors Struggle to Convince Parents of the Need for HPV Vaccine

Posted on · In 2007, then-Texas Governor Rick Perry issued an executive order mandating all 11- and 12-year-old girls in the state get a vaccine for HPV (human papillomavirus). Later that year, the state legislature passed a bill vacating the governor’s order. Some wondered whether the governor had been bought by Merck, the manufacturer of the HPV vaccine […]

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Houston Researchers Involved in Massive Effort to Study the DNA of Autism Patients

Posted on · Two Houston researchers are involved in one of the largest autism studies ever undertaken in the U.S. Dr. Robin Kochel is an associate director for research at Texas Children’s Hospital’s Autism Center. And Dr. Ruth Ann Luna is the director of medical metagenomics at Texas Children’s Microbiome Center. They both participated in something called the SPARK autism study, […]