Houston Matters

Why Are Texas Diabetes Numbers Higher Than Nationally?

Posted on · It's hard to know for sure just how many Americans are diabetic – that's because millions of us don't know that we are. Various sources suggest anywhere from 22 to 26 million Americans have diabetes. The National Diabetes Education Program pegs the number at just shy of 26 million diabetics; 15.8 million who have been […]

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Diabetes in Houston, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company: Houston Matters for Friday, February 7, 2014

Posted on · It's hard to know for sure just how many Americans are diabetic – that's because millions of us don't know that we are. Various sources suggest anywhere from 22 to 26 million Americans have diabetes. The National Diabetes Education Program pegs the number at just shy of 26 million diabetics; 15.8 million who have been […]

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Is Texas’ Long War with the EPA Over Air Quality Finally Ending?

Posted on · For years, the State of Texas and the federal Environmental Protection Agency have clashed over regulations covering major air pollution sources, like refineries. Now, that longstanding legal dispute may be giving way – somewhat. Last week, Texas and the EPA reached a deal on portions of the state's clean air plan, concerning the state's "flexible […]

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Air Quality, Vision Care, and Galveston’s Sacred Places: Houston Matters for Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014

Posted on · For years, the state of Texas and the federal Environmental Protection Agency have clashed over regulations covering major air pollution sources, like refineries. Now, that longstanding legal dispute may be giving way – somewhat. Last week, Texas and the EPA reached a deal on portions of the state's clean air plan, concerning the state's "flexible […]

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Are Allergies and Asthma Worse in Houston?

Posted on · Taking a deep breath may seem like a good idea sometimes. But when it comes to allergy season and asthma — forget it! Like most of the country, Houston has distinctive allergy seasons. Sometimes they’re shorter, sometimes they’re longer. But with a humid climate and air pollution, it may seem like allergies are a problem […]

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Allergies & Asthma, A New Approach to Online Educ. & Recovering from Amnesia: Houston Matters for Tues., Feb. 4, 2014

Posted on · Taking a deep breath may seem like a good idea sometimes. But when it comes to allergy season and asthma — forget it! Like most of the country, Houston has distinctive allergy seasons. Sometimes they’re shorter, sometimes they’re longer. But with a humid climate and air pollution, it may seem like allergies are a problem […]

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Local Reaction to State of the Union, ERCOT, & Art of Bartending: Houston Matters for Wed., Jan. 29, 2014

Posted on · President Obama addressed a number of issues in his State of the Union address that have implications for Houston and Texas. The general tenor of his speech also has implications for the Lone Star State. Prominent Texas officials including Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz have vociferously opposed much of the President’s agenda. Cruz […]

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Answering Your Children’s Health Questions

Posted on · If you’ve got kids, you probably have questions about their health that you haven’t had time to ask your doctor. Well, here’s your chance to get some answers — without the copay. We welcome your children's health questions for pediatrician Dr. Mfon Ekong. She's an assistant professor of pediatrics at The University of Texas Health […]

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Are Driverless Cars in Houston’s Future?

Posted on · The folks at Google have been busy these days working on ways to re-think the modern car. A new alliance with several automakers is intended to help build out android operating systems in cars to improve navigation and other built-in electronic functions. But that's small potatoes – near future thinking. Google's also been lobbying in […]

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LGBT Community Could Benefit From Affordable Care Act

Posted on · Uninsured Texans have until the end of March to sign up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Facing that deadline, local groups are ramping up their outreach efforts to minorities in Houston and San Antonio — among them, lesbians and gays.