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Hospitals Bracing for Budget Cuts by State

Posted on · Texas hospitals could be hit hard by state budget cuts. At a press conference in Austin today, the Texas Hospital Association warned legislators that Medicaid reductions will lead to layoffs and cutbacks on medical care. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.

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Hospital Offers "Rodeo Rehab"

Posted on · The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is known for its size: it's got big crowds, big hats, and big bands. But for a group of patients from the Harris County Hospital District, the rodeo is all about the small: small steps and small but significant therapeutic moments. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has this story about rodeo rehabilitation.

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"Match Day" For Future Doctors Brings Joy

Posted on · Match Day occurs every year in March. It's the day when fourth-year medical students across the country open envelopes to find out their —match— with a medical residency. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel stopped by the ceremonies at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

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Black Church Hosts Medical Research

Posted on · African Americans suffer from cancer at higher rates than other groups — but it's unclear exactly why that is. The mystery is made worse by the fact that African Americans aren't enrolled in enough research studies. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is working to turn that situation around. To do that, the hospital reached out to a local black church. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains why.

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Discovery Heading Back to Earth

Posted on · Space shuttle Discovery is getting ready to head back to earth tomorrow, after a successful undocking from the International Space Station. KUHF Health, Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has an update on the shuttle's final flight home.

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First "Humanoid" Robot in Space

Posted on · Space shuttle Discovery just delivered a very special passenger to the International Space Station. It's a humanoid robot, meaning one that is shaped roughly like a human being and is designed to work side-by-side with humans. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has this profile.

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Shuttle Mission: First Spacewalk a Success

Posted on · Two astronauts from space shuttle Discovery completed a spacewalk today. NASA said the two men spent more than six hours adding equipment to the outside of the International Space Station. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.

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Discovery Ready to Take Off For Final Space Voyage

Posted on · After months of delays, space shuttle Discovery is set to lift off tomorrow Thursday afternoon (3:50 cst) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There are two more scheduled shuttle missions 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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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.