December 14, 2011 12:16 am
Hospitals Will Have To Adapt To Texas Medicaid Shake-Up
Texas is fighting to control costs in Medicaid, the insurance program for the poor and disabled. Now the federal government has given the state permission to move almost all Medicaid patients into managed care, as a way to save money. But the new freedoms come with strings attached.
December 5, 2011 5:01 pm
Houston Poaches Cancer Scientists From Boston
MD Anderson is gaining 28 scientific researchers, who bring a retinue of 27 post-docs and PhD students.
December 5, 2011 10:00 am
Hospital District Bursting At The Seams
A new study of patient demand in Harris County has found that the hospital district is bursting at the seams. Despite opening six new clinics in the past five years, the public health system can't keep up.
November 29, 2011 12:13 am
MD Anderson Creates New Institute, Hires 55 Scientists
It's been almost three months since MD Anderson Cancer Center hired a new president. And now that man, Dr. Ronald Depinho, is making his mark on the hospital with the creation of a new center for drug development.
November 14, 2011 5:36 pm
Houston's Health Worse Than Expected
Call it the Houston health paradox: the glittering towers of the high-tech medical center sit just a few miles from neighborhoods burdened by illness. A new study of health breaks it down neighborhood by neighborhood, and reveals the problems are much worse than suspected.
November 2, 2011 10:11 pm
Premature Birth Rates Still Too High
In the United States, 1 in 8 babies is born prematurely, or earlier than 37 weeks. That's a higher rate than most other developed nations. Unfortunately, Texas has an even bigger problem with pre-term births than most other states.
October 29, 2011 3:50 am
KUHF Conversations: Don Berwick
The administrator of the nation's Medicare program talks about open enrollment and the future of Medicare.
October 25, 2011 2:58 pm
KUHF Conversation: Dr. Angel Rodriguez
A breast cancer specialist at Methodist Cancer Center, Rodriguez updates listeners on the current state of medical knowledge.
October 18, 2011 9:06 pm
Push Back From Baseball On Chewing Tobacco Ban
The World Series begins tonight in St. Louis. And while most fans will be keeping their eye on the ball, health officials will be tracking something else: How often the camera catches players chewing or spitting tobacco juice.
October 14, 2011 10:12 pm
Houston Will Increase Water Withdrawals From Lake Conroe
The City of Houston began drawing water from Lake Conroe in August. Now city officials say they need to take even more water. The city is trying to max out its yearly water allotment before 2011 ends.
October 10, 2011 10:03 pm
Harm May Outweigh Benefits Of Blood Screen For Prostate Cancer
After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in American men. Now a federal panel is recommending that doctors stop using the so-called PSA blood test to screen for this cancer.
October 10, 2011 2:32 pm
New Vaccine Approach To Drug Abuse
A local doctor who treats addicted veterans has received a large federal grant to develop a vaccine for methamphetamine addiction. The research builds on his work developing a vaccine for cocaine. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more on this new approach to drug abuse.
September 26, 2011 9:57 am
Lockheed Martin Provides Sneak Peek At Orion Crew Capsule
Lockheed Martin rolled out its plan for testing and launching the astronaut vehicle that will replace the space shuttle. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel visited the test facility in Clear Lake. She found that although it looks like the Apollo capsule, Orion is packed with high-tech machines and long-distance ambitions.
September 23, 2011 6:13 am
Texas Ends Tradition Of Last Meal Requests On Death Row
There will be no more last-meal requests for Texas death row inmates. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says the new policy takes effect immediately. The lavish meal ordered up by a condemned man outraged a state senator from Houston, and led to the sudden end of an age-old tradition.
September 14, 2011 9:33 pm
NASA Unveils Design For New Deep-Space Rocket
NASA has revealed its plan for a return to space. It's a huge rocket that looks less like the shuttle and more like the Saturn five rockets that took Americans to the moon. But this rocket, if built, could go to an asteroid or even Mars. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel takes a look.
September 9, 2011 10:40 pm
UTMB Virologists Give Contagion Scientific Stamp of Approval
This weekend marks the opening of Contagion, the new feature from director Steven Soderbergh. The movie depicts a global epidemic of a killer respiratory virus. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel watched the movie along with three top infectious-disease scientists from UTMB. She wanted to get their opinion on how accurate the movie really was.
September 8, 2011 10:33 am
KUHF Conversations: Lisa Marshall
Houston is offering a number of events to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. There will be a service at noon Friday outside City Hall, a 5k charity run at Ellington Field on Saturday, and other concerts and volunteer opportunities around the city. One noteworthy event will take place at Discovery Green on Friday night. The sponsor is Dignity Memorial, the network of funeral homes owned by Service Corporation International. Carrie Feibel spoke with the company's Lisa Marshall about why they decided to get involved.
September 5, 2011 10:26 am
Hurricane Ike's Impact On Whether Teenagers Drink, Use Drugs
Hurricane Ike surged into Galveston almost three years ago. Along with the physical destruction, the storm brought stress and emotional disruption. Now, a new study by researchers at UTMB shows a startling association between where Galveston teenagers were during the storm and how they behaved afterwards.
September 2, 2011 10:35 am
KUHF Conversation: Dr. Ronald DePinho
This week Dr. Ronald DePinho starts work as the new president of the MD Anderson Cancer Center. He comes to Houston from Boston, where he directed a branch of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. DePinho is known for his work on the genetics of cancer and aging in mice — and his appointment confirms MD Anderson's decision to support more research on the basic molecular roots of cancer. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel spoke with DePinho about the new approach.
August 29, 2011 11:22 pm
Cornyn Says EPA's New Rule Too Burdensome For Texas Power Grid
U.S. Senator John Cornyn says a new air pollution rule from the EPA will put further stress on the state's electrical grid. He says the new environmental restrictions could force some power plants to shut down, and that could lead to rolling outages. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains.
August 25, 2011 11:13 pm
UTMB To Build New Hospital Building By 2015
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston will build a new 13-story hospital on its main campus on the island. The storm-proof structure will have 246 beds. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains that in the post-Ike era, UTMB is actually growing.
August 18, 2011 2:31 am
Kids With Skin Problems Are Safe From Scrutiny At Camp Dermadillo
When it comes to summer camp, it seems there’s one for practically every type of kid. Camps for athletes, for glee clubbers, and even camps for the science nerds. But when it comes to children who are sick, the camp often chooses them. That's the case at Camp Dermadillo, where children with chronic skin diseases spend a week together, safe from the sun or the stares of strangers. The children gather at Camp For All, a retreat facility near Brenham. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel stopped by for a visit.
August 12, 2011 8:29 pm
Texas Agriculture Could See Record Losses
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its crop production report yesterday, and the numbers from the Lone Star state were grim. Because of the record drought and heat, Texas farmers and ranchers could face a record-breaking loss in agricultural damages. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
August 4, 2011 11:54 pm
Negotiations Stall Over Proposed Coal Plant's Water Supply
An effort to build a new power plant in Matagorda County has been delayed. The problem is that the coal-plant developers can't reach an agreement with the Lower Colorado River Authority. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
July 19, 2011 11:08 pm
Environmentalists Rally Against Coal-Fired Plant At City Hall
Environmentalists continue to fight against coal-fired power plants in Texas. The Sierra Club released data today showing that if a new coal plant is built in Matagorda County, then ozone levels in Houston could get worse. They say it's time for the mayor and the city to speak out. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
July 14, 2011 10:07 pm
Atlantis Swapping Cargo With Space Station
NASA reports that the last shuttle mission is going quite well. Crew members are busy moving almost 10,000 pounds of supplies from Atlantis into the International Space Station. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains what they're bringing onboard.
July 13, 2011 9:19 pm
Environmentalists Want Three TX Coal Plants Shut Down
Last week, the EPA announced new rules that will force power plants to cut back on air pollution. But Texas environmentalists are continuing the fight. On Tuesday they singled out specific power plants by name, saying that three in northeast Texas are releasing dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
June 16, 2011 9:57 pm
Wanted: Bigger Water Supply for Houston
The current drought is the third worst in Texas history, and has almost everyone talking about water. But long-term planners say that even after the drought ends, the Houston region will still have water problems. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
June 15, 2011 10:02 pm
Houston Docs Team Up with Oil and Gas Engineers to Build New Artificial Heart
Two surgeons at the Texas Heart Institute are working on a new type of artificial heart. Instead of rhythmically pumping the blood, the heart uses two spinning rotors to move blood along. And as KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel found, they’re getting some good ideas from the oil and gas industry.
June 13, 2011 11:00 pm
Battle Over Coal-Fired Plant in Matagorda County Continues
A battle over water rights continues in Matagorda County. A proposed coal plant would take more than eight billion gallons of fresh water every year from the lower Colorado River. But environmentalists say there just isn't enough water to support the plan. KUHF Health Science and Technology Reporter Carrie Feibel has more.