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Full Show: Vaccines And Autism, And Dealing With Obnoxious People (June 21, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We examine concerns immigrant advocates still have despite Pres. Trump's executive order ending family separation. Then, a local expert dispels the myth that vaccines cause Autism by sharing the experience of his own daughter. Plus, we learn about humankind's increased knowledge of the human genome and our potential to alter it. And an author champions the benefits of loving the obnoxious people in our lives.

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Full Show: Zero Tolerance Policy’s Effect On Resources, And Developing A New Ebola Vaccine (June 19, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We discuss how the “zero tolerance” immigration policy is straining resources locally. We learn about a new experimental Ebola vaccine developed by a Galveston researcher. Horticulturalist Linda Gay answers your gardening questions. And, to commemorate Juneteenth, we revisit Emancipation Park's re-dedication celebration last year.

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Since It’s Not Mandatory, Doctors Struggle to Convince Parents of the Need for HPV Vaccine

Posted on · In 2007, then-Texas Governor Rick Perry issued an executive order mandating all 11- and 12-year-old girls in the state get a vaccine for HPV (human papillomavirus). Later that year, the state legislature passed a bill vacating the governor’s order. Some wondered whether the governor had been bought by Merck, the manufacturer of the HPV vaccine […]

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Abandoned Oil Wells and Houston’s Bike Plan: Tuesday’s Show (July 5, 2016)

Posted on · Brent crude oil prices are hovering these days around $50 a barrel. While that’s an improvement over the historic lows seen back in January, it’s still a far cry from $100-plus totals we saw through much of 2011-2014. Such sustained low oil prices have had ripple effects across the industry, leading to layoffs, some bankruptcies […]

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Why Are Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions on the Rise in Harris County?

Posted on · According to the Houston-based Immunization Partnership, which advocates for parents to vaccinate their children, the number of non-medical vaccine exemptions filed in Harris County has increased 79 percent over the past five years. Nearly one-third of Texans between the ages of 19 to 35 months did not complete the vaccination series to protect them from […]

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School Finance, Vaccine Exemptions, and Pets: Monday’s Show (May 16, 2016)

Posted on · On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court declared the state’s school finance system is constitutional. The ruling ends more than four years of legal battles in the state’s largest-ever school finance case, in which more than 600 school districts sued the state arguing funding was unfairly distributed between rich and poor districts. A district judge agreed. […]

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Why Are Some Houstonians Choosing Not to Vaccinate?

Posted on · As of Friday (2/20/15), there are 141 reported cases of the measles in the United States this year, and 98 are from California. (Just one, so far, is from Texas). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most who have contracted the measles were not vaccinated. Health officials have taken the opportunity to […]