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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.

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Last Flight for Space Shuttle Discovery

Posted on · The countdown continues for Space Shuttle Discovery, scheduled to lift off this afternoon from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There will be one — or maybe even two — more shuttle flights after this one, but it's the last trip into space for Discovery. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.

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Texas Heart Institute To Focus On Women

Posted on · When it comes to women's health, cancer — especially breast cancer — gets a lot of attention. But heart disease and stroke remain the number one killers of women. That's why a Houston hospital decided to open a center focusing on women and cardiovascular disease. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.

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KUHF Conversations: Richard Dawkins

Posted on · The British biologist Richard Dawkins had a blockbuster four years ago when he wrote The God Delusion, an argument for atheism. But for the most part he writes about evolutionary science. In his latest book, The Greatest Show on Earth, Dawkins returns to that topic. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel spoke with Dawkins recently and asked him what he felt he still needed to say about Darwin's great discovery.

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KUHF Conversations: Rebecca Skloot

Posted on · Scientists all over the world use human cells in their lab experiments, but few know that many of them came from a Baltimore woman who died in 1951. Now she's the subject of a best-selling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel spoke with the author, Rebecca Skloot.

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UH Chemist Tracking Alcohol Molecules Through The Brain

Posted on · A University of Houston professor has nabbed a large federal grant to study how alcohol affects the brain. The research is basic biochemistry, but the idea is to someday learn enough to design a new drug for alcoholism. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has this story on the neuroscience of drinking.

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Hospital District Aiming at Outpatient Market

Posted on · The Harris County Hospital District will break ground on two new buildings next month. The new outpatient clinics are part of an ongoing, $365 million expansion of the taxpayer-funded public health system. As KUHF's Health Science and Technology Reporter Carrie Feibel learned, it's also about making the Hospital District more appealing to patients with insurance.

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TCEQ In The Hot Seat

Posted on · In Texas, state government agencies must justify their existence every 12 years. It's called "sunset review" and allows legislators and citizens to discuss whether an agency should be reformed or even abolished. This year, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is in the hot seat. Houston residents met recently with the TCEQ's executive director, and KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel listened in.

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Fossilized Snake Gets C-T Scan

Posted on · Local paleontologists drove a very special creature over to Methodist Hospital today for a C-T scan. It was Clarice, a 50-million year old snake fossil. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains what this rare specimen might tell us.

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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.