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Full Show: Opioid Crisis, Gardening Advice, And A Houston Ghost Town (Oct. 26 2017)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We learn what a new crisis declaration could mean for the fight against opioids in Houston. Horticulturist Linda Gay answers your gardening questions. And we learn about a ghost town of sorts in Greater Houston called Moonshine Hill.

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Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbug’ Prevalent in Houston

Posted on · (Above: The bacteria K. pneumoniae shown under a microscope. Photo: Public Domain/Wikipedia Commons) A strain of bacteria resistant to antibiotics is more common in Houston than anyone previously realized. That’s according to researchers at Houston Methodist who reported the findings May 16. The strain is called Klebsiella pneumoniae and is what is often referred to as […]

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Gerrymandering Ruling, Superbugs, and Sgt. Pepper: Thursday’s Show (June 1, 2017)

Posted on · Gerrymandering is the process by which congressional districts are drawn in a way that heavily favors one party over the other. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina had violated the Constitution by doing this very thing — drawing district lines according to race. After similar rulings in Alabama and Virginia, could Texas […]

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What’s Being Done to Fight Opioid Addiction in Houston?

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the federal government will provide nearly half a billion dollars for prevention and treatment programs aimed at fighting opioid addiction. Texas will receive more than $27 million from that grant to support prevention, treatment and recovery services. Here in Houston, UTHealth and the University […]

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Air Quality, and Fighting Opioid Addiction: Tuesday’s Show (April 25, 2017)

Posted on · Is it getting harder to breathe around here? According to Environment Texas, the number of days Houston experienced unhealthy levels of ozone increased from 101 in 2015 to 106 last year. But that momentary snapshot may miss the bigger picture: the air quality in Houston is much improved from what it was years ago. On […]

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Tree Pollen on the Rise: Answers to Your Allergy Questions

Posted on · (Above: Experiencing Houston’s rich greenery, like that seen at Buffalo Bayou Park, can often come with a downside — allergies. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) Springtime is back in Houston, and that means allergies are too. Hooray! The pollen counts provided by houstontx.gov are very high this month and slightly higher than last year. Pollen from […]

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Proposed Bill Would Fund Full-Day Pre-K for Qualifying School Districts

Posted on · State Rep. Eric Johnson recently filed a bill that would fund full-day pre-K for qualifying school districts through the existing school finance formula. So, we revisit a conversation from Feb. 2015 about the benefits of full-day pre-K. In February of 2015, Dr. Susan Landry, founder and director of the Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth, talked […]

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Houston Professor Hosting Symposium with Five Siblings

Posted on · Dr. Anne Sereno is a cognitive neuroscientist with the McGovern Medical School who will be hosting a symposium with her five siblings — who are also scientists — for the 42nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in January. It’s called the Sereno Symposium: The Lanscape of Human Cognition. Maggie Martin sat down with Dr. Sereno, professor of neurobiology and anatomy […]

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The Year In Education, and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Opera: Tuesday’s Show (December 13, 2016)

Posted on · This week, we’re recapping this past year’s biggest news stories with our beat reporters, covering transportation, education, energy, politics, arts and culture and sports. Today, we explore the year in education. In January, Mike Morath started his role as commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. He’s a known advocate for school choice and previously served […]

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What the Color of Your Gums Says About Your Health: Your Dental Questions Answered

Posted on · What does the color of your gums say about your health? Are over-the-counter mouth guards effective at protecting your teeth from grinding when you sleep? These are just some of your dental health questions we address with Dr. Ryan Quock, associate professor and vice chair of the Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics Department at the UT Health […]

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Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Gets Funding to Expand Across Houston

Posted on · A program to reduce teen pregnancies has been given funding to expand to five new neighborhoods of Greater Houston. The program is called We Can Do More, and we learn more about it from Dr. Kimberly Johnson, program manager and faculty associate at UTHealth School of Public Health. Beginning in 2012, UTHealth started a test version of […]