February 1, 2011 7:36 pm
Debate Over Health Care Law's Unconstitutionality Continues
The debate over the national health care overhaul continues on Capitol Hill, after a Florida judge struck down the entire law as unconstitutional. This week's ruling centers on whether the "individual mandate" provision exceeds the regulatory powers of Congress, as Ed Mayberry reports.
January 10, 2011 9:28 pm
Learn CPR and Save a Life
Every two minutes someone dies of a heart attack. If someone close by had sudden cardiac arrest right now would you know what to do? Rod Rice reports that if you don't, you can sign up now for several mass CPR classes next month at the Texans indoor training facility.
December 6, 2010 10:08 pm
M.D. Anderson's President Resigns, Goes Back to Research
The president of MD Anderson Cancer Center is leaving his executive office to go back into research. Doctor John Mendelsohn will step down once a new president is in place. He made the announcement to staff and faculty at MD Anderson today. Laurie Johnson reports.
November 29, 2010 6:26 am
Influenza Increases Heart Attack Risk
Flu season is progressing toward its peak in January and as the winter continues — the risk increases for people with heart disease. As Laurie Johnson reports — Houston researchers find the flu can increase the chance of heart attacks.
November 25, 2010 5:09 pm
Holidays, A Challenge for Diabetics
It's no secret that diets get put on the shelf during the holidays. We are exposed to more food, more sweets, more alcohol and more stress. For people with diabetes, temptation makes the holidays especially challenging. Pat Hernandez has more.
November 15, 2010 8:28 pm
Flu Season Also Brings Flu Fatigue
After last year's barrage of information about H1N1 — or the so-called swine flu — health officials worry people may head into this season with what they've termed flu fatigue. Laurie Johnson has more.
November 11, 2010 8:13 pm
Mobile Heart Screenings Will Target HISD Middle Schoolers
A new study will screen ten thousand Houston middle school students for heart abnormalities that could lead to sudden cardiac death. Researchers at the Texas Heart Institute will use mobile MRI technology to look for the tell-tale signs of heart trouble in young people, with the goal to save lives. Laurie Johnson reports.
November 1, 2010 4:20 am
New Mammography Test Uses 3D
A new procedure that takes a 3D picture of the breast may soon revolutionize the way women are screened for breast cancer. Testing on the new procedure is taking place here in Houston and as Bill Stamps reports — the test could be available to the general public as early as next spring.
October 25, 2010 4:33 am
More Diabetics in 2050
Federal officials estimate that by the year 2050, as many as one in three U.S. adults could have diabetes. While the predictions are alarming, one Houston endocrinologist says there are simple ways to ensure that doesn't happen. Pat Hernandez has more.
October 6, 2010 9:46 pm
County Breaks Ground On New Hospital
Harris County broke ground on a new five story hospital today. The facility will eventually take over some services from Ben Taub General Hospital. Bill Stamps reports.
September 27, 2010 6:07 am
More Teens Get Botox, But Why?
A recent survey finds Botox treatments for teenagers are on the rise. But, as David Pitman reports, that doesn't necessarily mean more teens are seeking injections to treat wrinkles they don't yet have.
September 24, 2010 10:03 pm
Call To Immunize
Texans are seeing a wave of whooping cough cases spread across the state. While infants and children are typically the most vulnerable to this contagious disease, adolescents and adults are encouraged to be vaccinated to prevent the spread. Pat Hernandez has more.
September 7, 2010 9:32 am
Putting Pressure on "Pill Mills"
A new state law makes it more difficult for pain clinics to operate as so-called pill mills. The prescription storefronts are a big problem in Houston and new regulation could help shut down some of the illegal operations. Laurie Johnson reports.
August 23, 2010 10:08 pm
State Organ Donor Registry Hits 1 Million; Texas Still Behind Others
The Department of Public Safety says a million Texans have now signed up for the station's organ and tissue registry, but numbers still lag far behind other states. KUHF's Gail Delaughter reports.
August 23, 2010 5:39 am
Kids Need Eye Protection
Sports related eye injuries are not uncommon, yet the number of children who use protective eye-wear is extremely low. As a result, of the more than 600-thousand eye injuries related to sports each year, one third occur in kids. One local ophthalmologist and a national trade group hope education will help to reduce those injuries. Pat Hernandez has more.
July 21, 2010 8:53 pm
Texas Physicians Oppose New Healthcare Law
A new survey of Texas doctors shows an overwhelming majority of them are disappointed in the new federal healthcare reforms. The survey shows they're worried the new law won't lower costs or improve care. Laurie Johnson reports.
July 6, 2010 10:00 am
Researcher Discovers Potential "Exercise Pill"
If you ate too much barbeque and apple pie this weekend, you might wish there was a pill that could shed those holiday pounds. A researcher at the UT Health Science Center says someday, that might be possible. Sort of. From the KUHF Newslab, Melissa Galvez reports on the complex future of the "Exercise Pill."
July 1, 2010 9:29 pm
Donations To Keep Ample Supply
Houstonians mark this weekend as a time to give thanks to the men and women in the military who help keep our country free. We can also pledge our allegiance to others in need by giving the gift of life. Pat Hernandez has more.
May 19, 2010 9:51 pm
UTMB: Inmate Care Won't Change Despite Layoffs
Layoffs within the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston's correctional care program won't change the quality of care offenders get. That according to officials at UTMB, who say 363 employees in the program will lose their jobs in July. Laurie Johnson reports.
May 14, 2010 10:22 pm
BCM Opens Museum Honoring Heart Surgeon Dr. DeBakey
A museum and library honoring the life of pioneering heart surgeon Dr. Michael E. DeBakey opened today at the Baylor College of Medicine. As David Pitman reports, the museum is the culmination of more than 25 years of discussion and planning to build a showcase for Dr. DeBakey's innovations.
May 11, 2010 9:54 pm
Houston Facility is Planned Parenthood's Newest And Biggest
Just off the Gulf Freeway, near the University of Houston, there's a business that's been open just a week, but has had protestors outside the door since day one. That's because it's Planned Parenthood's newest and biggest clinic. Yesterday it opened its doors to patients for the first time and not everyone was happy about it. Bill Stamps has more.
April 21, 2010 10:30 pm
Bringing Concussion-Awareness to the Community
The Houston Texans and the Methodist Concussion Center have joined forces in effort to educate the community on the dangers of concussions. Each year, around three-point-eight million Americans experience a sport or recreation related concussion. Wendy Siegle has more.
February 17, 2010 9:02 pm
New Research Ranks Texas Counties by Health
A new report ranks the health of every county in
the United States.
Rod Rice reports that the study is by the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.
February 15, 2010 9:57 am
The Challenges of Fighting Depression While Unemployed
The Labor Department says about eight million people in the United States have become unemployed during the recession. Mental health experts say the depression that some people experience after losing their jobs can keep them locked in a vicious cycle — unable to treat their illness effectively enough to land another job.
However, there are resources available in the Houston area to help those with depression get back on their feet, whether they have a job or not.
David Pitman has more..
February 2, 2010 8:24 pm
Local Hospitals Make Dubious Consumer Reports List
A consumer advocacy group says hospitals in the Houston area need to do a better job at reducing a certain kind of bloodstream infection among ICU patients.
Consumer Reports looked at central-line infection rates at a dozen area hospitals. And, as David Pitman reports, more than half of them did worse than the national average.
January 11, 2010 4:31 am
Post Surgery Follow-up Online
For people who need it, bariatric surgery
can result in significant weight loss.
The result is even better if patients change
their habits following surgery.
Rod Rice reports that some patients
January 7, 2010 10:24 pm
New Antiseptic For Surgery
Every year, more than 27 million surgeries are performed throughout the United States. Unfortunately, up to half a million patients develop an infection as a result. But research just published in the New England Journal of Medicine by a Houston doctor points to a better way to cut down on infections — and save money. Melissa Galvez reports.
January 4, 2010 3:53 am
Researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine say they're making progress in their efforts to turn nanoshells into versatile cancer killing tools. As Jack Williams reports, using the sub-microscopic shells as a platform, they're able to load-on a number of different cancer fighting tools for direct delivery to cancer cells.
December 28, 2009 9:23 pm
Enhanced Plasma Accelerates the Healing Process
Athletes can spend a lot time over their careers
on the disabled list or on the bench due
Now a relatively new treatment for some injuries
is getting players back in the game without surgery.
Rod Rice reports it's a process that uses their
own blood to help them heal.
December 2, 2009 10:37 pm
Taking Care of Young Hearts
Students at Fleming Middle School in northeast Houston are screened for underlying heart conditions. The program by Memorial Hermann Hospital and the University of Texas Medical School in Houston is designed to detect potential problems that could be fatal if undetected. Pat Hernandez has more.