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What’s the Effect of Medical Tourism on Houston?

Posted on · Medical tourism — it’s not as fun as the term “tourism” implies. It simply means people leaving their homes to seek medical care elsewhere. It could be in another city or even another country. That happens quite a bit in Houston, home of the Texas Medical Center. But how much do visitors seeking medical treatment […]

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This Simple Change Could Help More Premature Babies Survive

Posted on · According to the CDC, nearly one out of every eight infants born in the US every year is born prematurely — that means birth occurs prior to 37 weeks of pregnancy. Preterm-related causes of death together accounted for 35 percent of all infant deaths in 2009, more than any other single cause. Researchers at Texas […]

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What Will the Opening of Mexican Oil Mean for Houston’s Economy?

Posted on · On Aug. 5, the Mexican Congress passed an overhaul of energy regulation in that country that will open up the previously government-run oil industry to outside investors. How could this change the economic landscape for Houston and at large? Dr. Tony Payan, the director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, […]

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Oil in Mexico, Premature Baby Nutrition, and Medical Tourism: Houston Matters for Thursday, August 28, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this month, Mexico’s Congress approved an overhaul of the country’s energy industry that, for the first time in 75 years, makes room for private corporations to participate in oil drilling. It’s part of an effort by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to boost his nation’s economy. For oil and gas companies, which remain a […]

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Air, Condition: Portraying the Unseen Landscape of Houston’s Radio Waves

Posted on · Radio waves are passing through you right now, whether you like it or not (sorry). Some are generated by distant stars; others emanate from a nearby cell phone. And, of course, there are all those pesky radio stations. It’s an unseen yet significant part of Houston’s landscape. Capturing that landscape is the goal of a new two-part exhibition by artist […]

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Is Texas Leading the Way for the Virtual Currency Bitcoin?

Posted on · In the current issue of Texas Monthly, Loren Steffy argues Texas is becoming the most friendly state in the country for the virtual currency known as Bitcoin. Earlier this year, the Texas Department of Banking became the first state regulator in the nation to issue guidelines for such currencies, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission approved the use of Bitcoin to […]

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Local VA Officials Answer Your Questions

Posted on · On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced a plan for major changes in the speed of veteran care. This statement comes in advance of an inspector general’s report on the situation at the Phoenix VA hospital, where there were significant delays in care, and scheduling records were manipulated. Since that scandal broke in late May, the VA […]

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Veterans, Bitcoin, and the Art of Radio Waves: Houston Matters for Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Posted on · This week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced a plan to improve the speed of veteran care. President Obama promised military veterans at the American Legion national convention that he would fulfill his “sacred trust” to them by overhauling a system deemed “unacceptable and troubling” by an inspector general’s report highlighting a Phoenix VA hospital where there […]

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The Purse Bearer: A Novel of Love, Lust, and Texas Politics

Posted on · The latest installment of our summer reading series features a conversation with one of our rotating panelists on The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. We talk with Houston Chronicle editorial writer and “Native Texan” columnist Joe Holley about his new book The Purse Bearer: A Novel of Love, Lust, and Texas Politics. Joe talks about making the shift from journalist […]

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Gardening Advice: Over-Watering in the Summer and Planting for Houston’s Warming Climate

Posted on · We welcome your gardening questions for Linda Gay, horticulturist and gardener from The Arbor Gate Nursery in Tomball. Linda addresses questions about: Houston’s increasingly warming climate and what plants might thrive here that did not in the past; what plants to grow in order to provide privacy along a fence; and our tendency to over-water (and kill) plants […]

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Who’s Getting The Best Deals On Electricity In Texas?

Posted on · During a meeting of the Texas Public Utility Commission, its former chairman, Barry Smitherman, gave Texans one more reason to love their state and for others to envy it: low, low prices for electricity. “If you use the best available price in the market place from a retail electric provider Houston and Dallas have the […]

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How Can Law Enforcement Better Relate to the People it Serves?

Posted on · Among the lessons learned from recent developments in Ferguson, Missouri, is the need for law enforcement and the community it serves to engage with one another. We discuss how that can be accomplished, and focus on one example here in Houston – the Teen and Police Service Academy. The TAPS Academy seeks to connect at-risk teens with police officers […]

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Police Interaction, Electric Bills, Gardening, and The Purse Bearer: Houston Matters for Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Posted on · Among the lessons learned from recent developments in Ferguson, Missouri, is the need for law enforcement and the community it serves to engage with one another. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss how that can be accomplished, and focus on one example here in Houston – the Teen and Police Service Academy. The TAPS Academy seeks […]

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Can the Dynamo Squeeze Into the Playoffs?

Posted on · The Houston Dynamo fell 3-0 at the Columbus Crew Saturday, and are struggling to make their trademark late-season playoff push. We discuss the Dynamo’s season and struggles thus far — and whether they have the momentum to sneak into the postseason — with Darrell Lovell, who covers the Dynamo for MLSsoccer.com.