Health & Science

To Expand, or Not to Expand

Posted on · There's a big national resource out in the Gulf of Mexico, one that you've probably never heard of. It's the "Flower Garden Banks," a marine sanctuary, which is what they call national parks that happen to be under water. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains that federal officials are thinking about expanding the size of the sanctuary. And for those who know about it, that has made the banks a bit of a battleground.

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A Houston Police Officer’s Brush With Death

Posted on · Doctors at a Houston rehab facility continue to be upbeat about Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' chances for recovery following a gunshot wound to the head. At least one Houston resident has been there before. Danny Vaughan was a Houston police officer in 1993 when a gunman entered his police substation and shot him in the head at point-blank range. He defied the odds by surviving and is now leading an almost "normal" life. Carrie Feibel reports.

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Texas Lags in Measure of "Human Development"

Posted on · It's a cliché that money doesn't buy happiness. But then how do you measure happiness? How do we know if America is on track? The Human Development Project has created a new index to track overall well-being and opportunity, not just economic activity. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel took a look at how Houston and Texas are doing in the latest ranking.

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Gifford’s Husband Kelly Will Command Shuttle

Posted on · Astronaut Mark Kelly says he has decided to return to work at NASA and will command a shuttle mission in April. Kelly is married to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He says she's making good progress at Memorial Hermann's Institute of Rehabilitation and Research. From the KUHF health science and technology desk, Carrie Feibel has more.

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Giffords Upgraded To "Good," Moves to TIRR

Posted on · Doctors upgraded the condition of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords today from serious to good. She was moved this morning to a rehabilitation hospital in the Texas Medical Center. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.

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Houston Hospital Prepares for Giffords Arrival

Posted on · The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research or TIRR is getting ready for the arrival of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. TIRR and is part of the Memorial Hermann system. Giffords is expected arrive in Houston tomorrow morning. From the KUHF health science and technology desk Carrie Feibel reports.

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Federal Push Towards Computerized Health Records

Posted on · The federal government wants more doctors to use computerized health records. Now it's dangling cash incentives worth tens of thousands of dollars in the hopes that doctors will make the switch and ditch paper charts. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains.

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Blood Test for Cancer Cells Creating Big Buzz

Posted on · Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center will be among the first doctors to start using a new blood test for cancer cells. The test holds lots of promise for fine-tuning cancer treatment, but right now it's only for people who have already been diagnosed with the disease. Carrie Feibel has more.

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Burn Survivors Fight Social Isolation

Posted on · Every year about forty thousand Americans are severely burned in fires, car crashes and workplace accidents. The medical treatment of burns has come a long way — but patients still struggle socially, especially if the burns caused disfigurement. One woman is on a quest to help burn survivors regain an active community life. We get the story from KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel.

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Holiday Drinks High in Calories

Posted on · Lots of people look forward to the holiday-themed drinks churned out by coffee shops, like gingerbread or peppermint lattes. But those beverages often contain loads of hidden calories. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel sat down with a dietitian Ronda Elsenbrook of the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic to perform an eye-opening nutritional x-ray of typical caffeine concoctions.

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Space Shuttle Getting X-rays

Posted on · Space Shuttle Discovery will stay indoors for the holidays. This morning NASA workers finished moving the shuttle from the launch pad back into a large hangar, where they'll continue searching for cracks in the fuel tank. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.

Affordable Care Act

TX watches VA lawsuit against healthcare law

Posted on · A federal judge in Virginia ruled today that part of the new federal health care law is unconstitutional. The ruling has no immediate effect and is but one of many court battles being fought over the law. But here in Texas, Attorney General Greg Abbott says he's encouraged by this new development. Carrie Feibel has more.

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Flu shot still a must

Posted on · Last year the so-called "swine flu" scare sent people scurrying to get flu shots. This year, doctors are worried that people don't feel the same urgency to get vaccinated. But they say the danger is still there. KUHF health, science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains why.

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Childhood brain disease will be target of research

Posted on · Texas Children's Hospital is opening a basic research institute focusing on neurological disease in children. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel talked with the director of the new institute as well as parents whose children suffer from brain diseases.