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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 […]

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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. […]