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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 […]

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Conference Discusses Future of Stem Cell Therapies

Posted on · This weekend, UT Health Neuroscience Research Center hosts a 90-minute forum to discuss prospects for the future use of stem cell therapy to treat neurological diseases, like Parkinson’s and traumatic brain injuries. We learn more from Erin Furr-Stimming,  Associate Professor of Neurology at UT Health, Memorial Hermann’s Mischer Neuroscience Institute, and Harris Health System.

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From Dry Eyes to Cataracts: Our Eye Doctor Answers Your Questions

Posted on · We welcome your vision care questions for vitreoretinal surgeon and opthalmologist Dr. Amir Mohsenin from UT Health Science Center at Houston, and the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic. He fields your questions about nearsightedness, farsightedness, double vision, cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma — anything having to do with your eyes.

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Study: Children with Certain Birth Defects Face Increased Risk of Abuse

Posted on · According to a new study from UTHealth, children with certain birth defects are also at an increased risk for abuse. According to researchers, children born with a cleft lip or palate, and children born with spina bifida are at an increased risk of abuse before they turn 2-years-old. To learn more, Maggie Martin talks with Dr. […]

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Open Carry in Effect and Attracting Millennials: Monday’s Show (January 4, 2016)

Posted on · Open carry is now officially legal in Texas. The new law, which took effect Jan. 1, allows licensed Texans to openly carry handguns in a shoulder or hip holster. But, there are some limitations concerning where open carry is allowed — as well as some concerns about how it’ll play out. On today’s Houston Matters, we discuss […]

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Houston Doctor Recalls 30 Years Treating HIV/AIDS Patients, and Researching an HIV Vaccine

Posted on · Today is World AIDS Day, the international day of HIV/AIDS awareness and remembrance of those affected by the disease. Houston being home to the internationally renowned Texas Medical Center, there is naturally research being done here regarding HIV/AIDS. Dr. Adan Rios is among those researching a potential HIV vaccine. He immigrated to Houston in 1982, just […]

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Should Medical Professionals Get More Training in Discussing End-of-Life Issues with Patients?

Posted on · Conversations surrounding end-of-life care aren’t easy — even for health care professionals who work closely with terminally ill patients. We discuss how Houston’s doctors and nurses handle such conversations and interpret their mandate to “do no harm” when efforts to extend a patient’s life may conflict directly with the quality of that life. We also […]

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What Are Synthetic Drugs and What’s Being Done to Prevent Their Use?

Posted on · Tomorrow (6/19/15), a district court hearing will address a temporary restraining order obtained late last week by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, to stop four Houston-area stores from distributing products containing synthetic marijuana. The category of “synthetic drugs” can cover a wide range of chemical compounds that have varying […]