Health & Science

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.

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Radioactive particles in local water supply

Posted on · Lab tests show that there are radioactive particles in drinking water supplies in and around Houston. KHOU's investigative reporter Mark Greenblatt has been reporting extensively on the radiation, tracking it to certain groundwater wells and explaining the increased cancer risk. He sat down recently to talk about his findings with KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel.

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HIV still Haunts Houston Region

Posted on · Tomorrow is World AIDS Day, and Houston, as usual, will host a candlelight vigil in a downtown park. But city health officials have decided to step up their game this year and make a special appeal to political leaders. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains why.

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Air Toxics Can Leak Near Gas Wells

Posted on · Natural gas production is a growing source of air pollution. Near Fort Worth, companies have sunk 14,000 gas wells into the Barnett Shale. But drilling happens regularly in the Houston region too. The state is stepping up regulation — but critics wonder if it's enough. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.

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Oil and Gas Drilling Nears Homes

Posted on · For the last decade, there's been a gas drilling boom in north Texas. While the Houston region hasn't seen nearly as much activity, some residents here are fighting new drilling efforts in their neighborhoods. Like their counterparts up north, they're alarmed by how close the wells are to their homes. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains why.

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Trauma Research Gets Pentagon Boost

Posted on · Houston isn't a military town, and the hospitals here don't treat a lot of wounded soldiers. But the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston has joined a national network to figure out the best ways to treat battlefield injuries to the arms and legs. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains why.

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Shuttle waiting out the Weather

Posted on · The launch of space shuttle Discovery is still on hold, this time because of weather. But NASA officials are hoping that Friday will bring clearer skies. KUHF's health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.