April 22, 2009 10:21 pm
A New Survey Parents Don't Want to Hear
A new study finds young people are having sex as early as 7th grade. The survey was done by researchers at the University of Texas school of Public Health. While that news may or may not be shocking, researchers believe those who do have sex that young may be setting themselves up for failure.
Bill Stamps has the story.
April 13, 2009 6:26 pm
Kelsey-Seybold Co-founder Helps Clinic Celebrate 60th Anniversary
When Dr. Mavis Kelsey returned to Texas in 1949, he brought with him lessons learned as a World War II flight surgeon and as a mayo clinic resident. Those experiences led to the founding of his own practice — Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. Kelsey-Seybold is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Ed Mayberry reports.
April 6, 2009 5:08 am
Proposed Health Insurance Labels Could Make Buying Easier
What if comparing health insurance policies was as easy as comparing soup can labels at the grocery store? A group of Texas doctors and at least two state lawmakers want to make that a reality, but not everyone thinks it's a good idea. Jack Williams reports.
March 26, 2009 10:04 pm
Children's Advocates Want Pediatric Unit Kept Open
Local children's advocates are calling on the Harris County Hospital District to
keep the pediatric care unit at Ben Taub Hospital open. This comes amid reports
that Ben Taub doesn't have enough beds for the rising numbers of adults showing
up in its emergency rooms. Jim Bell has more.
March 20, 2009 1:46 am
Match Day for Medical Student
At this time of year, high schoolers across the country are eagerly awaiting their college acceptance letters. And on this particular day, all 4th year medical students across the country will find where they've been matched with residency programs. It's a decision that will affect the next four years of their lives, and it's called "Match Day". From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.
March 10, 2009 9:42 pm
Researchers Applaud Obama's New Stem Cell Policy
On Monday, President Obama issued an executive order overturning the Bush Administration's strict regulations regarding embryonic stem cell research. Under the Bush policy, federal money could only be used to study a limited number of embryonic stem cell lines. Under the new regulations, thousands more lines will be available for research. This will open doors for enthusiastic researchers-but some critics remain. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.
March 9, 2009 4:34 am
An Effort to Insure More Children
Texas leads the nation in the number of uninsured children.
The effect impacts health insurance premiums and shifts the costs to local hospitals and taxpayers. It was the topic of a discussion between business leaders and lawmakers hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 2, 2009 11:00 pm
Fracture Putty for Broken Bones
Researchers here in Houston are close to developing a radically new way to mend broken bones. They call it "fracture putty", and it works exactly the same way ordinary household putty works. Jim Bell has more.
January 22, 2009 9:52 pm
Addicted to Food
This year Americans will spend billions on weight-loss related products or surgeries. But for those who are really obese, some experts say shedding the pounds may require a different approach. Bill Stamps explains.
January 22, 2009 9:06 pm
Still Time to Get a Flu Shot
The worst of the flu season is still a few weeks away. Rod rice reports there is still enough time to get a flu shot.
January 2, 2009 11:00 pm
Cancer Patients Hit the Floor
Imagine a large group of people moving their arms and shaking their hips to the beat. But it's not a disco. And these aren't people looking for a date. They're cancer patients just looking to make life better. Bill Stamps has the story.
December 29, 2008 6:21 am
Stretch Your Money With a Flex Account
As year-end approaches — people with medical flex spending accounts may be looking for ways to use up any left-over money.
As Laurie Johnson reports — now is the time to stock up on last minute medical expenses as well as plan for next year.
December 19, 2008 6:59 pm
Memorial-Hermann Salutes EMS Groups
Emergency Medical Service organizations in the Houston area have been recognized and honored for the way they do their jobs. The honor comes
from the Memorial-Hermann Hospital system, as Jim Bell reports.
December 18, 2008 10:33 pm
Hope In the Search For Ovarian Cancer Treatment
New research on two key enzymes associated with ovarian cancer survival rates could help change the way the cancer is treated. As Jack Williams reports, the presence of two proteins, named Drosha and Dicer, usually meant patients lived much longer with ovarian cancer.
December 17, 2008 11:47 pm
Clinic that Houston Janitors Can Afford
Houston janitors walked off their jobs to protest low wages and benefits. It lead to a health clinic for the union representing the workers. It is a partnership between Baylor College of Medicine and a major healthcare provider. Pat Hernandez has the story.
December 16, 2008 9:57 pm
Houston Docs Drawing Roadmap For Bioartificial Heart
It may sound far-fetched, but some of the world's foremost heart experts and researchers think it might be possible someday to grow an actual bio-artificial heart. They're in Houston this week creating a roadmap they hope will lead to the use of stem cells to make a biological heart to replace one that's damaged or diseased.
December 9, 2008 9:51 pm
State Gets Failing Grade in Emergency Care
A national Report Card on the state of Emergency Medicine out today
gives Texas failing grades for doing a poor job of making emergency care
available to all its citizens. Jim Bell reports on what some doctors think
needs to be done about it.
December 1, 2008 9:31 pm
State Senator Wants More Testing for HIV
Today is World Aids awareness day. State Senator Rodney Ellis picked this day to announce a new proposal that would require more HIV testing of hospital patients.
Bill Stamps tells us more about the bill and why it's important to be tested early.
November 26, 2008 10:12 pm
Thanksgiving, Problematic for Some
Thanksgiving is centered on food.
That can make tomorrow's holiday gathering
problematic for someone with an eating disorder.
Rod Rice reports.
November 24, 2008 3:00 am
Doctors and Corporate Medical Practice
The Texas Medical Association and other medical groups are anticipating another
effort in the next legislature to allow private corporations to employ doctors. That's
now against the law, and the TMA wants to keep it that way, as Jim Bell reports.
November 11, 2008 11:24 pm
Galveston Infectious Disease Lab Dedicated
While much of Galveston was damaged by Hurricane Ike, there was one building that came out relatively unscathed — Galveston's new National Laboratory for Infectious Diseases. Bill Stamps was at today's dedication ceremony with this report.
November 7, 2008 9:09 pm
Med Students Helping Med Students
Medical students at the University of Texas Medical
Branch at Galveston get some help in their struggle
to get their education back on track. Rod Rice reports their peers at the UT Medical School in Houston held a Hurricane Ike Relief Drive.
June 12, 2008 6:12 pm
A Heart Without a Pulse
Another step in the development of artificial hearts is being helped by a nearly three million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health. The Texas Heart Institute is going to continue work on a pulse-less total artificial heart. Capella Tucker reports.
April 24, 2008 5:00 pm
Federal Grant Funds Study on Wireless Health Monitoring
Rice University, the Methodist Hospital Research Institute and an East End non-profit are participating in a study of in-home health management and next-generation wireless networks. The one and a half million dollar grant by the National Science Foundation will examine ways to provide novel, low-cost personalized health monitoring to people with chronic diseases.