April 7, 2011 5:07 am
KUHF Conversations: Sandra de Castro Buffington
When public health advocates want to broadcast an important message about a disease or danger, they're competing for our attention with TV, movies, and the internet. But a unique program at the University of Southern California tries to work with the entertainment industry, by embedding accurate health messages inside television scripts. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel spoke with Sandra de Castro Buffington, the director of the university's "Hollywood Health and Society" program.
April 6, 2011 11:11 pm
Houston to Feds: Bring a Shuttle Home
City officials held a rally today to convince NASA that Houston should be the final destination for a retired space shuttle. When the program ends this summer, there will be three shuttles to put on display. And while Houston would seem an obvious choice, there are other major cities competing for Discovery, Endeavor and Atlantis. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
April 4, 2011 9:45 pm
Endeavor to Russian Craft: After You
NASA has pushed back the departure of space shuttle Endeavor by 10 days. Endeavor is now scheduled to launch on April 29. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains that there was a conflict with the launch schedule for a Russian space vehicle.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
December 22, 2010 9:35 pm
Space Shuttle Getting X-rays
Space Shuttle Discovery will stay indoors for the holidays. This morning NASA workers finished moving the shuttle from the launch pad back into a large hangar, where they'll continue searching for cracks in the fuel tank. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
December 13, 2010 10:41 pm
TX watches VA lawsuit against healthcare law
A federal judge in Virginia ruled today that part of the new federal health care law is unconstitutional. The ruling has no immediate effect and is but one of many court battles being fought over the law. But here in Texas, Attorney General Greg Abbott says he's encouraged by this new development. Carrie Feibel has more.
December 13, 2010 11:04 am
Flu shot still a must
Last year the so-called "swine flu" scare sent people scurrying to get flu shots. This year, doctors are worried that people don't feel the same urgency to get vaccinated. But they say the danger is still there. KUHF health, science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains why.
December 9, 2010 10:17 pm
Childhood brain disease will be target of research
Texas Children's Hospital is opening a basic research institute focusing on neurological disease in children. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel talked with the director of the new institute as well as parents whose children suffer from brain diseases.
December 9, 2010 10:00 am
Radioactive particles in local water supply
Lab tests show that there are radioactive particles in drinking water supplies in and around Houston. KHOU's investigative reporter Mark Greenblatt has been reporting extensively on the radiation, tracking it to certain groundwater wells and explaining the increased cancer risk. He sat down recently to talk about his findings with KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel.
November 30, 2010 11:27 pm
HIV still Haunts Houston Region
Tomorrow is World AIDS Day, and Houston, as usual, will host a candlelight vigil in a downtown park. But city health officials have decided to step up their game this year and make a special appeal to political leaders. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains why.
November 23, 2010 9:25 am
Air Toxics Can Leak Near Gas Wells
Natural gas production is a growing source of air pollution. Near Fort Worth, companies have sunk 14,000 gas wells into the Barnett Shale. But drilling happens regularly in the Houston region too. The state is stepping up regulation — but critics wonder if it's enough. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
November 22, 2010 10:54 am
Oil and Gas Drilling Nears Homes
For the last decade, there's been a gas drilling boom in north Texas. While the Houston region hasn't seen nearly as much activity, some residents here are fighting new drilling efforts in their neighborhoods. Like their counterparts up north, they're alarmed by how close the wells are to their homes. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains why.