Health & Science

KUHF Conversations: Loren Steffy

Posted on · In the history of archaeology, the ability to excavate underwater is relatively new. One pioneer was Dick Steffy, who was the first person to reconstruct an ancient ship from the wreckage of rotted, water-logged timbers. He eventually became a professor at Texas A&M and was also the father of Houston Chronicle business columnist Loren Steffy. KUHF Health and Science reporter Carrie Feibel sat down with Steffy to discuss the new book he’s written about his father's life.

Health & Science

Texas Docs Get More Active On The Environment

Posted on · Some Texas doctors are becoming more active in environmental politics, calling for stricter regulation of air pollution, fracking and workplace hazards. One physician says doctors who ignore the environment are not getting the full medical picture of their patients' health.

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Houstonians Try To Predict Supreme Court On Health Law

Posted on · Last week the Supreme Court held three days of arguments on the national health reform law. Texans in health care are still absorbing the arguments and trying to figure out if the law will stand. There’s still a lot of uncertainty, although some people — on both sides — seem to feel the court will swing their way.

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Epilepsy, A Silent Public Health Burden

Posted on · Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disease, after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer's. And yet public understanding of epilepsy lags far behind those diseases, according to a new Institute of Medicine report. What can be done to lessen the stigma faced by those who have seizures?

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First Big Ozone Wave of 2012 Hits Houston

Posted on · Houston enjoyed beautiful weather this weekend and it's continuing today. But apparently those sunny skies arrived with a dark lining: the air pollutant known as ozone. The area is still under an ozone alert after levels peaked on Saturday. 

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Annual Medical “Match Day” Brings Joy to Hundreds at UT

Posted on · "Match Day" is a medical school ritual that happens every March. It's the day when fourth-year students find out their "match" with a residency program. KUHF Health and Science Reporter Carrie Feibel spoke with one young man who's actually the youngest in his class at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.

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Study Finds Smoking Still Prevalent Among Young

Posted on · More than three million high school students are smokers, and smoking is now being called a pediatric epidemic. The Surgeon General released a report today on youth smoking, the first big review of the problem since 1994. The report laid out strong evidence that promotion and marketing by tobacco companies causes young people to begin smoking.

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KUHF Conversations: Melaney Linton

Posted on · It's been a tough year for Planned Parenthood in Texas. Political opposition to abortion has led to funding cuts for seemingly unrelated services provided by the organization – services such as contraception and breast exams. Some clinics have shut down. But the Gulf Coast Chapter has continued to grow, with a new clinic opening in Northwest Houston. Now there's a new President and CEO, Melaney Linton.