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How Antidepressants Affect Sleep and Other Questions About Sleep

Posted on · On the road, at work, at school and at home — we, our friends, neighbors, co-workers and loved ones average less than seven hours of sleep each weekday. That’s a lot of sleep-deprived Houstonians. And we’re not just tired. We’re inattentive, less productive and it’s not good for us. That’s why every six months or so, […]

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What’s Are Chicken Pox Parties? Answers to Your Children’s Health Questions

Posted on · A listener wanted to if chicken pox parties are safe. What exactly is a chicken pox party in the first place? Pediatrician Dr. Mfon Ekong answers that question and others about children’s health. She’s assistant professor of pediatrics at UT Health and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Answers to Your Questions About Allergies

Posted on · We’re seeing a heavy dose of tree pollen these days. And mold and weed counts — while low this week — are ever-present concerns for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. Never mind the cat dander. Dr. Dat Tran, an allergist with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, answers listeners’ allergy […]

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How Do Concussions Affect Women Differently Than Men?

Posted on · Retired soccer star Brandi Chastain has just announced her intention to donate her brain to CTE research. It’s welcome news for researchers exploring growing concerns about concussions and traumatic brain injuries among women. There may well be some differences between how men and women sustain — and then recover — from such injuries, as we learn […]

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Who Are the Four Types of Houstonians Most Vulnerable to Diabetes?

Posted on · Researchers at UT Health have identified four groups of Houstonians who are at greatest risk of developing diabetes. The research is part of Cities Changing Diabetes, a global project between Houston and four other cities to research who’s most vulnerable to the disease, and identify and help implement solutions to prevent folks in these populations […]

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Seat Belts on Buses and Heights Preservation: Thursday’s Show (December 3, 2015)

Posted on · Months after a fatal school bus wreck, HISD’s board approved a policy requiring three-point seat belts in any new school buses the district buys. The decision came on the heels of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changing its stance on seat belt use. The NHTSA now says all school buses should have three-point belts, like those […]

Family Business

Graphic Conversations At The Dinner Table Don’t Dissuade Son Becoming a Doctor

Posted on · It’s something many children contemplate – whether or not to go into the family business. Some Houstonians choose a completely different career path from their parents, while others follow in the previous generation’s footsteps. We continue our family business series with two physicians from UTHealth. Dr. Herbert DuPont is a professor and director of the […]

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Advice for Houston’s Sleep Deprived

Posted on · On the road, at work, at school, at home — we, our friends, neighbors, co-workers and loved ones average less than seven hours of sleep each weekday. That’s a lot of sleep-deprived Houstonians. And we’re not just tired, we’re inattentive, less productive, and it’s not good for us. That’s why every six months or so, […]

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C-Sections and Medical Information Overload: Thursday’s show (April 23, 2015)

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 […]