October 4, 2010 6:56 am
KUHF Conversations: Rebecca Skloot
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.
September 29, 2010 10:00 am
UH Chemist Tracking Alcohol Molecules Through The Brain
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.
September 21, 2010 10:09 pm
Hospital District Aiming at Outpatient Market
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.
September 20, 2010 10:00 am
TCEQ In The Hot Seat
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.
September 10, 2010 9:53 pm
Fossilized Snake Gets C-T Scan
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.
September 9, 2010 9:03 pm
Study: Mexican-American Women Get Breast Cancer Earlier
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.
August 30, 2010 7:00 am
Houston ERs Feeling Demographic Stress
By some estimates, 30 percent of people in the Houston region have no health insurance. Many of them end up going to emergency rooms. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains that the pressures on ERs are intensifying, with no sign of relief on the horizon.
August 27, 2010 9:59 am
The Disability Diaries: Theater Group Offers Refuge From Stereotypes
This year is the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law has had concrete benefits, like wheelchair ramps and lifts in public places. But a law cannot directly change stereotypes. In the last story of our weeklong series, KUHF health, science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explores how cultural perceptions have changed, and what still needs to be done.
August 26, 2010 10:00 am
The Disability Diaries: Fighting for a Home of One's Own
We're reporting this week on disability issues, twenty years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA prohibits discrimination and guarantees access to public spaces. But it cannot guarantee that most prized human desire: a home of one's own. In part four of our series, KUHF health, science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel reports on what it takes to stay out of a nursing home, living independently and with dignity.
August 25, 2010 10:00 am
The Disability Diaries: Blind Teens Take Summer Camp in Stride
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. KUHF Health, Science and Technology Reporter Carrie Feibel is going in-depth to explore the law and other real-life issues for those who have a disability. For the third story in our series, she visited a summer camp for blind teenagers in Burton, Texas.
August 24, 2010 9:53 pm
Commissioners OK Search for More DNA Lab Space
In what could be the first step toward a regional crime lab, Harris County Commissioners have given the go-ahead officials to negotiate a lease for an overflow DNA lab. Health, science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
August 24, 2010 9:42 am
The Disability Diaries: Disability a Disadvantage in Job Hunt
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. While the law has had many benefits, people with disabilities still tend to suffer economically. As a group, they have the highest unemployment rate in the country. KUHF Health, Science, and Technology Reporter Carrie Feibel explores that problem today as part of her week-long series on disability and society.
August 23, 2010 10:09 am
The Disability Diaries: 20 years of the ADA
This year marks the 20th anniversary of an important civil rights law, the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA has made it easier for people with disabilities to take buses, go to movies, even vote. But the law was not a panacea. People with disabilities still struggle with poverty, isolation and unemployment. In the first story of a weeklong series, Carrie Feibel talks with one Houstonian about his disability — and his refusal to let it define him.
July 26, 2010 10:00 am
The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 20
Today is the twentieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, OR ADA. From wheelchair ramps to sign language interpreters, the changes wrought by the ADA are everywhere. KUHF Health, Science and Technology Reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
July 23, 2010 9:45 pm
Smelly Flower Finally Stinks It Up
The corpse flower has finally bloomed, and the stink does not disappoint. The rare tropical plant opened early this morning at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, ending two weeks of botanical excitement across Houston. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel went over for a sniff.
July 19, 2010 10:36 pm
Government Says BP Can Keep Well Shut, For Now
The oil leak in the gulf has been shut off — for now. But Coast Guard officials warn they could order BP to open up the temporary cap if danger signs escalate. KUHF Health, Science and Technology Reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
July 15, 2010 5:33 pm
"Corpse Flower" animates crowds
A rare Sumatran plant at the Houston Museum of Natural Science has been drawing major crowds since last week. The so-called "corpse flower" needs to open before its signature rotting-flesh smell can be fully experienced, but the visitors are flocking through anyway. KUHF Health, Science and Technology Reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
July 9, 2010 9:51 pm
Most Tarballs Hitting Texas NOT From Big Spill (So Far)
The Coast Guard says now they were mistaken, that new tests show most of the tar balls washing onto Texas beaches are not from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says that whatever the source, all the oil will be cleaned up. KUHF Health, Science and Technology Reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
July 8, 2010 11:06 pm
Stinky "corpse flower" makes Houston history
A rare tropical plant is starting to bloom, for the first time ever in Houston. The so-called "corpse flower," is unfurling in giant, stinky glory at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. KUHF Health, Science and Technology Reporter Carrie Feibel takes us into the "little shop of horrors."
July 7, 2010 10:00 am
Texas Politicians Criticize Off-Shore Drilling Ban
Any day now, the government is expected to announce its next move concerning a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling. The moratorium was struck down by a judge, but the Obama Administration could appeal. Texas politicians are urging the President to loosen or even drop the drilling ban. KUHF Health, Science and Technology Reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
June 29, 2010 11:51 pm
Battle Over Bacteria in Texas Lakes and Streams
It's summer, and swimmers and boaters are flocking to Texas lakes and streams. But behind the scenes, a small fight is brewing over how clean the water needs to be. Tomorrow, state regulators will vote on a proposal to allow higher levels of bacterial contamination in recreational waterways. From the KUHF health, science and technology desk, Carrie Feibel explains.
June 28, 2010 10:38 pm
Obama Wants More Global Cooperation In Space
President Obama has announced a new national space policy, calling for increased international cooperation in space, more data sharing, and a bigger role for the private sector. KUHF health, science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
June 21, 2010 9:26 pm
Baylor Med School Picks New Leader
Baylor College of Medicine has chosen a new president and CEO today. The medical school picked a renowned kidney researcher from New York City. Carrie Feibel has more.
June 17, 2010 10:41 pm
100 Year-Old Houstonians Have A Party
The aging population is booming. And that includes the oldest of the old, Americans who have reached their 100th birthday. The U.S. Census estimates there are more than 90,000 of these co-called centenarians. This morning, Clarewood House Retirement Community threw a party for centenarians who live in the Houston area. Carrie Feibel stopped by.
June 17, 2010 9:02 am
New "Morning After" Pill Can Work For Five Days
Plan B, also known as "the morning after" pill could be facing some serious competition. A new contraceptive drug — already available in Europe — has been shown to prevent pregnancy up to five days after unprotected sex. Houston women participated in the clinical trials, and FDA officials will review the results today in Washington, D.C. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
June 10, 2010 9:23 pm
White: I did not profit during Rita
Former Mayor Bill White's leadership during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike contributed greatly to his popularity and has formed a key part of his political persona. But Governor Rick Perry has now accused his democratic opponent of "profiteering" from Hurricane Rita. White lashed back today. Carrie Feibel has more.
May 31, 2010 8:01 pm
Oil Spill Adds New Anxiety to Hurricane Season
Hurricane season begins tomorrow. The federal government expects 8 to 14 hurricanes this summer, when the average is only 6. Adding to the anxiety is the question of what happens if a hurricane hits the oil spill? Carrie Feibel takes a look into what might happen when a natural disaster crosses paths with a man-made disaster.
May 28, 2010 11:19 pm
Some Democratic Legislators Disagree With Perry
Texas political leaders are taking sides in the confrontation between the EPA and Texas regulators on air pollution. Governor Perry criticized the EPA earlier this week. On Friday, some Democratic state legislators from the Houston area gathered to show their support for the EPA's investigations. Carrie Feibel has more.
May 26, 2010 10:42 pm
Oil And Gas Historian Offers Long View On Recent Spill
It will be days before BP learns if the "top kill" procedure it started today has stopped the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Here in Houston, a local oil and gas historian is not very optimistic. Tyler priest has studied the history of offshore drilling, including the accidents. Carrie Feibel spoke with the University of Houston professor and got his perspective.
May 24, 2010 11:07 pm
Sheriff Wants DNA Used For Burglaries, Not Just Violent Crimes
The Harris County Sheriff's Department routinely uses DNA testing for homicides and other serious crimes. But now the department is trying to use DNA to solve property crimes. Carrie Feibel explains.