March 30, 2011 9:52 pm
Houston Docs Will Target Sickle Cell Disease in Africa
For the last 15 years, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital have operated dozens of clinics across Africa to treat children with HIV or AIDS. Now they're expanding to treat other childhood diseases, like sickle cell anemia. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
March 29, 2011 10:13 pm
Hospitals Bracing for Budget Cuts by State
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.
March 18, 2011 10:46 pm
Hospital Offers "Rodeo Rehab"
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.
March 17, 2011 10:33 pm
"Match Day" For Future Doctors Brings Joy
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.
March 16, 2011 11:09 pm
Bay City Nuclear Plant: how safe is it?
The ongoing crisis at a tsunami-damaged nuclear facility in Japan has raised grave questions about the safety of nuclear power. Texas has two nuclear power plants — one outside Fort Worth and one 90 miles southwest of Houston, near Bay City. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel looked into how the plant near Houston compares to the damaged plant in Fukushima, Japan.
March 14, 2011 9:36 am
Black Church Hosts Medical Research
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.
March 7, 2011 8:57 pm
Discovery Heading Back to Earth
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.
March 2, 2011 9:48 pm
First "Humanoid" Robot in Space
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.
February 28, 2011 9:32 pm
Shuttle Mission: First Spacewalk a Success
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.
February 23, 2011 9:03 pm
Discovery Ready to Take Off For Final Space Voyage
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.
February 23, 2011 9:54 am
To Expand, or Not to Expand
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.
February 15, 2011 10:52 pm
A Houston Police Officer's Brush With Death
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.
February 9, 2011 9:46 pm
Dropped Tool Dings Discovery, But Launch Still on Target
Space shuttle Discovery is still on track for a February 24th launch, despite a small accident during repairs last night. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
February 7, 2011 8:11 am
Texas Lags in Measure of "Human Development"
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.
February 4, 2011 10:48 pm
Gifford's Husband Kelly Will Command Shuttle
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.
February 2, 2011 11:00 pm
Power Outages Hit Houston Homes
Rolling power outages throughout the Houston region hit homes and schools hard today. Centerpoint Energy says the blackouts ended in the early afternoon, but state grid operators warn they could resume tonight and tomorrow. Carrie Feibel talked to one resident who experienced 8 hours of on-and-off-again power. He says he never expected this type of winter emergency in southeast Texas.
January 26, 2011 10:33 pm
Giffords Upgraded To "Good," Moves to TIRR
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.
January 21, 2011 11:20 pm
Giffords Arrives At Houston Rehabilitation Center
Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords left the Tucson hospital Friday where she's been recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. Now she's at a rehabilitation center in Houston.
Carrie Feibel reports from the facility.
January 20, 2011 11:58 pm
Houston Hospital Prepares for Giffords Arrival
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.
January 19, 2011 11:20 pm
M.D. Anderson receives $150 million from charity in United Arab Emirates
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has received a record-breaking gift of $150 million dollars. The money comes from a foundation in the United Arab Emirates. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains how the cancer center will use the donation.
January 17, 2011 9:07 pm
Feds: "Hostile work environment" for Houston female firefighter
A report from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says a female Houston firefighter was subjected to a hostile work environment because of her gender. Carrie Feibel reports.
January 17, 2011 7:38 pm
Federal Push Towards Computerized Health Records
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.
January 11, 2011 10:03 pm
NASA Fixing Fuel Tank For Feb. 24 Shuttle Launch
NASA officials say they've diagnosed the problem on the fuel tank for space shuttle Discovery. They've designed a repair and now hope to launch in late February. Carrie Feibel reports.
January 10, 2011 10:27 pm
State Faces Budget Gap of $15-28 Billion
The state legislature convenes tomorrow in Austin. The biggest problem facing the state is a huge budget gap. Lawmakers and pundits have been debating the size of the shortfall for months. Today, State Comptroller Susan Combs ended the guessing by releasing the official estimate of future state revenues. Carrie Feibel reports.
January 3, 2011 10:54 pm
Blood Test for Cancer Cells Creating Big Buzz
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.
December 31, 2010 10:03 am
Burn Survivors Fight Social Isolation
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.
December 30, 2010 8:32 pm
City Workers Must Take Unpaid Furloughs
Houston's Mayor announced mandatory furloughs today for many city workers. The city faces a thirteen million-dollar budget gap. Carrie Feibel has more.
December 29, 2010 8:46 pm
Harris County Weighs in on Beach Access
The Harris County attorney filed a brief today with the Texas Supreme Court, asking it to reconsider a ruling it made last month on the Open Beaches Act. The county joins a growing number of Texas groups that say public access to Texas beaches is under serious threat. Carrie Feibel has more.
December 28, 2010 9:05 pm
Pecan Growers Worried About Acid Rain
Concern is growing across Texas that pollution from power plants may be killing trees and vegetation. The Environmental Protection Agency has been visiting pecan orchards in the Hill Country to look for damage. Carrie Feibel has more.
December 28, 2010 8:42 pm
Holiday Drinks High in Calories
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.