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Your Sleep and Sleep Disorder Questions Answered

Posted on · Ahh the sweet caress of sleep. It’s where our bodies recharge and our minds defragment. Of course, we all know we’re supposed to get eight hours of sleep a night. But too often we’re forced to live by the philosophy of “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” squeezing in four hours here, a power nap there, […]

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Storm Surge Suppression, Colic, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

Posted on · Hurricane season may be over, but preparing for the next big tropical storm is a year-long process. Among the groups engaged in that effort is the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District. The GCCPRD develops plans to help Galveston, Harris, and other area counties to alleviate damage from storms like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The […]

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Are Mental Health Issues in Kids Under Diagnosed?

Posted on · According to the American Psychiatric Association, as many as one in ten children between the ages of six and 12 experience the “persistent feelings of sadness” associated with depression. According to the CDC and the Health Resources and Services Administration, more than one in ten children ages four to 17 have been diagnosed with attention deficit […]

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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 study here […]

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Your Questions About Sleep and Sleep Disorders Answered

Posted on · On the road, at work, at school, at home, we, our friends, neighbors, co-workers, 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. We welcome your questions about sleep and sleep disorders […]

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First US Case of Ebola Confirmed in Dallas

Posted on · The first person to test positive for Ebola on U.S. soil remains at a Dallas hospital today. Health officials say the patient came to Texas from Liberia earlier this month. He sought care last Friday, and has been hospitalized in isolation since the weekend. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Houston Public […]

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White Strips or Professional Teeth Whitening? Your Dental Questions Answered

Posted on · What’s the difference between professional teeth whitening and store-bought whitening strips? Is the new phenomenon of gargling with a certain oil as good as brushing your teeth? And how do you know if you’re brushing too hard? Our neighborhood dentist, Dr. Ryan Quock, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics Department at UT […]

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Confederate Names and Symbols and Your Dental Questions: Houston Matters for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this year, HISD unveiled new mascots at four district schools, as part of a policy banning mascots deemed culturally offensive. But it’s not just mascots that can offend some Houstonians. Some question whether schools here should be named after figures from Confederate history – examples include Lee High School, named after General Robert E. […]

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What Do Violent Video Games Have to Do With Depression?

Posted on · Past research has suggested that playing hours of violent video games can make kids more aggressive. Now, a study from UTHealth is suggesting another negative side effect of these kinds of games: depression. We’ll discuss the findings and whether this means violent video games should be banned altogether.

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Ask the Pediatrician: Your Children’s Health Questions Answered

Posted on · We welcome your questions for pediatrician Dr. Mfon Ekong, assistant professor of pediatrics at The UT Health Science Center at Houston, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Any question you might ask your own family doctor about the health and well-being of your children will be welcome.

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Houston is Home to the Nation’s First Mobile Stroke Unit

Posted on · Houston is now home to the nation’s first mobile stroke unit. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, in partnership with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, unveiled the new vehicle earlier this month. It’s an ambulance equipped with a scanner that allows the team on board to quickly assess whether a patient […]

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Our Pediatrician Answers Your Questions

Posted on · We welcome your general children’s health questions for pediatrician Dr. Mfon Ekong. She’s an assistant professor of pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. We welcome just about any question you may have about your child’s health and well-being. Think of it as […]

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Epilepsy Affects Thousands of Houstonians

Posted on · We hear plenty in the media about neurological disorders like MS, Parkinson’s and autism, but there’s a disorder that affects more than all three of those combined. And that’s epilepsy. Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S. after migraines, strokes, and Alzheimer’s disease, according the Epilepsy Foundation. And, of course, there […]