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New Vaccine Approach To Drug Abuse

Posted on · A local doctor who treats addicted veterans has received a large federal grant to develop a vaccine for methamphetamine addiction. The research builds on his work developing a vaccine for cocaine. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more on this new approach to drug abuse.

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Lockheed Martin Provides Sneak Peek At Orion Crew Capsule

Posted on · Lockheed Martin rolled out its plan for testing and launching the astronaut vehicle that will replace the space shuttle. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel visited the test facility in Clear Lake. She found that although it looks like the Apollo capsule, Orion is packed with high-tech machines and long-distance ambitions.

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Texas Ends Tradition Of Last Meal Requests On Death Row

Posted on · There will be no more last-meal requests for Texas death row inmates. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says the new policy takes effect immediately. The lavish meal ordered up by a condemned man outraged a state senator from Houston, and led to the sudden end of an age-old tradition.

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NASA Unveils Design For New Deep-Space Rocket

Posted on · NASA has revealed its plan for a return to space. It's a huge rocket that looks less like the shuttle and more like the Saturn five rockets that took Americans to the moon. But this rocket, if built, could go to an asteroid or even Mars. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel takes a look.

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UTMB Virologists Give Contagion Scientific Stamp of Approval

Posted on · This weekend marks the opening of Contagion, the new feature from director Steven Soderbergh. The movie depicts a global epidemic of a killer respiratory virus. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel watched the movie along with three top infectious-disease scientists from UTMB. She wanted to get their opinion on how accurate the movie really was.

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KUHF Conversations: Lisa Marshall

Posted on · Houston is offering a number of events to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. There will be a service at noon Friday outside City Hall, a 5k charity run at Ellington Field on Saturday, and other concerts and volunteer opportunities around the city. One noteworthy event will take place at Discovery Green on Friday night. The sponsor is Dignity Memorial, the network of funeral homes owned by Service Corporation International. Carrie Feibel spoke with the company's Lisa Marshall about why they decided to get involved.

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KUHF Conversation: Dr. Ronald DePinho

Posted on · This week Dr. Ronald DePinho starts work as the new president of the MD Anderson Cancer Center. He comes to Houston from Boston, where he directed a branch of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. DePinho is known for his work on the genetics of cancer and aging in mice — and his appointment confirms MD Anderson's decision to support more research on the basic molecular roots of cancer. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel spoke with DePinho about the new approach.

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UTMB To Build New Hospital Building By 2015

Posted on · The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston will build a new 13-story hospital on its main campus on the island. The storm-proof structure will have 246 beds. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains that in the post-Ike era, UTMB is actually growing.

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Kids With Skin Problems Are Safe From Scrutiny At Camp Dermadillo

Posted on · When it comes to summer camp, it seems there’s one for practically every type of kid. Camps for athletes, for glee clubbers, and even camps for the science nerds. But when it comes to children who are sick, the camp often chooses them. That's the case at Camp Dermadillo, where children with chronic skin diseases spend a week together, safe from the sun or the stares of strangers. The children gather at Camp For All, a retreat facility near Brenham. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel stopped by for a visit.

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Texas Agriculture Could See Record Losses

Posted on · The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its crop production report yesterday, and the numbers from the Lone Star state were grim. Because of the record drought and heat, Texas farmers and ranchers could face a record-breaking loss in agricultural damages. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.

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Environmentalists Rally Against Coal-Fired Plant At City Hall

Posted on · Environmentalists continue to fight against coal-fired power plants in Texas. The Sierra Club released data today showing that if a new coal plant is built in Matagorda County, then ozone levels in Houston could get worse. They say it's time for the mayor and the city to speak out. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.

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Atlantis Swapping Cargo With Space Station

Posted on · NASA reports that the last shuttle mission is going quite well. Crew members are busy moving almost 10,000 pounds of supplies from Atlantis into the International Space Station. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains what they're bringing onboard.