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What Happens When We Have Too Much Medical Information at Our Disposal?

Posted on · What happens when we have too much medical information at our disposal? In a Greater Houston community that includes the Texas Medical Center, and other resources of vast medical expertise, right here, at our disposal — not to mention easy access to basic informational resources like WebMD — do we risk medical information overload? Where’s […]

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Blue Bell Recall: What Will it Mean for the Beloved Texas Brand?

Posted on · Brenham-based Blue Bell Creameries is voluntarily pulling all of its products off store shelves after more samples tested positive for listeria, bacteria that can cause foodborne illness. The recall includes all ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks made at Blue Bell facilities. In a statement from company CEO and President Paul Kruse, he […]

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Are Attitudes About Football Slowly Starting to Change?

Posted on · Last month, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland abruptly announced his retirement from the NFL after just one season. He wasn’t injured. He was, however, concerned about the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma. With all that we know – and all that we don’t know – about the physical and emotional toll exacted on […]

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This is Your Brain on Drugs: Research Reveals More About What Substance Abuse Does to Your Brain

Posted on · We’ve come a long way from the “This is your brain on drugs” PSA where a man breaks an egg into a frying pan and uses that to demonstrate what happens to your brain when you take a harmful substance. How harmful drugs are and what they really do to us is becoming more widely […]

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Texas City Explosion & Climate Change: Thursday’s Show (April 2, 2015)

Posted on · March 23 marked the 10-year anniversary of the fatal Texas City explosion. Fifteen workers died and about 180 others were injured amid a series of explosions at the BP oil refinery in Texas City. As described in coverage from the Texas Tribune and Houston Chronicle, warnings from the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board about […]

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Should Terminally Ill Patients Have the Right to Try Unproven Drugs?

Posted on · The FDA currently has an exemption that allows terminally ill patients to have access to drugs that are still in the clinical trial phase but have yet to be approved. However, the process to get what’s called “compassionate use” is lengthy and arduous. But a proposed bill in the Texas Legislature would make it easier […]

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Bringing Med Center Organizations Together to Share Global Health Causes

Posted on · Global health initiatives like the efforts to stave off Ebola in some West African nations are drawing the interest of more medical students and professionals, including folks at the many institutions that make up the Texas Medical Center. In fact, many affiliated with the Med Center are involved right now in addressing issues of health […]

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Answers to Your Allergy Questions

Posted on · With Houston’s warm, humid climate so many plants grow here, which means more things to irritate our eyes and noses — to say nothing of irritants from our furry companions, pollution and food. So, today we welcome your questions about allergies — seasonal allergies, food allergies, asthma, eczema, and more. Dr. Dat Tran, Assistant Professor of […]

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The Importance of Being Bored

Posted on · Earlier this week, WNYC, the NPR station in New York, started an initiative to detach you from your phone. The idea came about a while ago. You might have even have heard it on NPR. The thought process behind it is that when people are bored or left sitting alone somewhere, nowadays they pull out their […]

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Do Prisoners Receive Adequate Mental Health Treatment While Incarcerated?

Posted on · A recent study finds not enough prisoners receive adequate mental health treatment while incarcerated. We talk with the study’s author, Dr. Jennifer Reingle from the Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at the UTHealth School of Public Health. We also hear from Harris County Jail Medical Director Dr. Michael Seale about protocols for treatment […]

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Texas Legislature and Mental Health for Prisoners: Monday’s show (February 2, 2015)

Posted on · The 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature enters its fourth week today. Over the last week, Houston Public Media News 88.7 reporters have been examining some of the key issues lawmakers may consider this session. On this edition of Houston Matters, we present reports from a few of them, examining proposed bills involving education, health […]

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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 […]