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Shuttle waiting out the Weather

Posted on · The launch of space shuttle Discovery is still on hold, this time because of weather. But NASA officials are hoping that Friday will bring clearer skies. KUHF's health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.

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Last Flight for Space Shuttle Discovery

Posted on · The countdown continues for Space Shuttle Discovery, scheduled to lift off this afternoon from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There will be one — or maybe even two — more shuttle flights after this one, but it's the last trip into space for Discovery. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.

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Texas Heart Institute To Focus On Women

Posted on · When it comes to women's health, cancer — especially breast cancer — gets a lot of attention. But heart disease and stroke remain the number one killers of women. That's why a Houston hospital decided to open a center focusing on women and cardiovascular disease. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.

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KUHF Conversations: Richard Dawkins

Posted on · The British biologist Richard Dawkins had a blockbuster four years ago when he wrote The God Delusion, an argument for atheism. But for the most part he writes about evolutionary science. In his latest book, The Greatest Show on Earth, Dawkins returns to that topic. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel spoke with Dawkins recently and asked him what he felt he still needed to say about Darwin's great discovery.

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KUHF Conversations: Rebecca Skloot

Posted on · Scientists all over the world use human cells in their lab experiments, but few know that many of them came from a Baltimore woman who died in 1951. Now she's the subject of a best-selling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel spoke with the author, Rebecca Skloot.

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UH Chemist Tracking Alcohol Molecules Through The Brain

Posted on · A University of Houston professor has nabbed a large federal grant to study how alcohol affects the brain. The research is basic biochemistry, but the idea is to someday learn enough to design a new drug for alcoholism. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has this story on the neuroscience of drinking.

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Hospital District Aiming at Outpatient Market

Posted on · The Harris County Hospital District will break ground on two new buildings next month. The new outpatient clinics are part of an ongoing, $365 million expansion of the taxpayer-funded public health system. As KUHF's Health Science and Technology Reporter Carrie Feibel learned, it's also about making the Hospital District more appealing to patients with insurance.

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TCEQ In The Hot Seat

Posted on · In Texas, state government agencies must justify their existence every 12 years. It's called "sunset review" and allows legislators and citizens to discuss whether an agency should be reformed or even abolished. This year, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is in the hot seat. Houston residents met recently with the TCEQ's executive director, and KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel listened in.

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Fossilized Snake Gets C-T Scan

Posted on · Local paleontologists drove a very special creature over to Methodist Hospital today for a C-T scan. It was Clarice, a 50-million year old snake fossil. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains what this rare specimen might tell us.

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Study: Mexican-American Women Get Breast Cancer Earlier

Posted on · A survey of Mexican-American women in Harris County has found that they are diagnosed with breast cancer at younger ages than other white women. The finding suggests that screening and outreach for this growing population needs to improve. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains.

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Houston ERs Feeling Demographic Stress

Posted on · By some estimates, 30 percent of people in the Houston region have no health insurance. Many of them end up going to emergency rooms. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains that the pressures on ERs are intensifying, with no sign of relief on the horizon.

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Battle Over Bacteria in Texas Lakes and Streams

Posted on · It's summer, and swimmers and boaters are flocking to Texas lakes and streams. But behind the scenes, a small fight is brewing over how clean the water needs to be. Tomorrow, state regulators will vote on a proposal to allow higher levels of bacterial contamination in recreational waterways. From the KUHF health, science and technology desk, Carrie Feibel explains.

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Obama Wants More Global Cooperation In Space

Posted on · President Obama has announced a new national space policy, calling for increased international cooperation in space, more data sharing, and a bigger role for the private sector. KUHF health, science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.