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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.

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100 Year-Old Houstonians Have A Party

Posted on · The aging population is booming. And that includes the oldest of the old, Americans who have reached their 100th birthday. The U.S. Census estimates there are more than 90,000 of these co-called centenarians. This morning, Clarewood House Retirement Community threw a party for centenarians who live in the Houston area. Carrie Feibel stopped by.

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New “Morning After” Pill Can Work For Five Days

Posted on · Plan B, also known as "the morning after" pill could be facing some serious competition. A new contraceptive drug — already available in Europe — has been shown to prevent pregnancy up to five days after unprotected sex. Houston women participated in the clinical trials, and FDA officials will review the results today in Washington, D.C. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.

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Oil Spill Adds New Anxiety to Hurricane Season

Posted on · Hurricane season begins tomorrow. The federal government expects 8 to 14 hurricanes this summer, when the average is only 6. Adding to the anxiety is the question of what happens if a hurricane hits the oil spill? Carrie Feibel takes a look into what might happen when a natural disaster crosses paths with a man-made disaster.

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Some Democratic Legislators Disagree With Perry

Posted on · Texas political leaders are taking sides in the confrontation between the EPA and Texas regulators on air pollution. Governor Perry criticized the EPA earlier this week. On Friday, some Democratic state legislators from the Houston area gathered to show their support for the EPA's investigations. Carrie Feibel has more.

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Oil And Gas Historian Offers Long View On Recent Spill

Posted on · It will be days before BP learns if the "top kill" procedure it started today has stopped the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Here in Houston, a local oil and gas historian is not very optimistic. Tyler priest has studied the history of offshore drilling, including the accidents. Carrie Feibel spoke with the University of Houston professor and got his perspective.

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Emergency Docs Fear ER Crowding Could Get Worse Under Health Reform

Posted on · The national health reform law could help millions of uninsured Americans get health coverage. But critics say the law neglected to address the question of where all those newly insured Americans will go. A survey of emergency physicians released today shows they are nervous about ER'S becoming even more crowded than they already are. Carrie Feibel has more.

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Houston-Area Women Suffer From Healthcare Gaps

Posted on · A new report released today reveals that women in Harris County lag behind women nationally on key health measures such as access to doctors and maternal mortality. The report by the Women's Health Network of the Texas Medical Center is the first of its kind. Carrie Feibel has more.