Though marijuana possession remains a jailable crime in Harris County, the law of the land is shifting toward leniency for offenders. Both contenders in the November race for Harris County District Attorney have presented alternatives to convicting those caught with pot. DA incumbent Devon Anderso ... More >>
Just in case you needed a new reason to fear for your life, a Baylor College of Medicine scientist has co-authored a new study showing that a fatal strain of mosquito-carryin' dengue fever has been in Houston for years. High-five! "There was dengue circulating, and we had no idea that it was here ... More >>
HPD policies governing lights, high speeds and sirens are supposedly there to safeguard the public. Tell that to Mattie Etubom.
In 2009, a Houston police officer driving 60 miles per hour on a residential road at night, with no lights or sirens, slammed into a car carrying 54-year-old Mattie Etubom, who suffered severe injuries. In 2010, a Houston police officer driving 84 miles per hour on a residential road at night, wit ... More >>
The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking female veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder for a study that might hopefully lead to a new medical treatment for the condition. The study is aimed at the role played by a neuropeptide called corticotropin-re ... More >>
Houston gets a visit from architect Hermes Mallea who is dropping by Brazos Bookstore on Friday to sign his book Great Houses of Havana: A Century of Cuban Style. The book features wonderful photographs of some of the most beautiful homes in Havana. One shows a courtyard, glowing in the evening lig ... More >>
Time to fight back
Thomas R. Karsten believes he has a vaccine for cokeWhile a Houston doctor thinks he has found the cure for cocaine addiction, bureaucratic red tape is hindering the vaccine's approval and building doubts for its future success. "My hopes are pretty simple: number one, find some company in t ... More >>
"You usin' that improperly manufactured utensil to serve food to me?"Debris, dirty utensils, broken thermometers, contaminated sinks, broken plumbing, dusty vents. Someday a real rain will come and wash all the health code violators off the streets. Until then, check out these excerpts from t ... More >>
Chevron-Phillips: The TCEQ wouldn't step in, so local groups didAfter years of illegally emitting carcinogens and other toxic pollutants into the air, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company has agreed to a settle a lawsuit against it and clean up its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown."We can all breathe ea ... More >>
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DeBakey's uniform shirtDeBakey High School for Health Professions (aligned with the Baylor College of Medicine) is one of the city's toughest schools to get into -- a 2007 report said for every 1,200 applicants, 250 are accepted.Students there are hard-core dedicated in terms of studying, attenda ... More >>
An expert on Nazi medical practices shows us the stark reality of the Third Reich
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When last Hair Balls looked into the sudden closure of the Human Development Lab, UH's venerable and acclaimed (if ominously named) pre-school, the situation was just starting to simmer. By now the stew over on Wheeler is on full boil. A Save HDLS web site has been created, and parents have proteste ... More >>
Let there be jubilation in the halls of junior high schools across the land! A crack Baylor College of Medicine research team has found that chewing gum in class improves TAKS math scores.The study centered on 108 math students, aged 13-16, at a low-income, predominantly Hispanic Houston charter sch ... More >>
The wonders of Photoshop are bountiful -- they let Sooner football fans taunt UT; they allow people to make bold, trenchant analysis of the current socio-political world by showing George Bush in his "Mission Accomplished" flightsuit in unlikely settings; they probably have something to do with lolc ... More >>
All grown up, some children of sperm donors are trying to break through the secrecy that keeps them from knowing their family history
Stem cell restrictions could send Texas Medical Center researchers fleeing to California
This Baylor medical "expert" cashed in on infomercials. Now he's showing how things go better with Coke.
Cyberonics has implanted its pacemaker in thousands of epileptics. It wants to expand to the depression market. Still needed: an accounting of those who died or were injured after receiving its implant.
City contracts for a pal turn into rent money for Mark Ellis
The furries are fighting like animals, just for a little respect
Complaints of lewd conduct come from an ex-stripper
Lurid sex allegations can't keep Baylor's big-time lobbyist from bouncing back
The same extreme measures that saved Sidney Miller at birth also severely disabled her 11 years ago. Texas courts are still trying to determine who should pay for it -- and could set a legal precedent in the process.
How cold war fears fueled a hot market for Houston's human parts business.
You like fresh salmon? So do marine parasites.
Lard may be a four-letter word, but you shouldn't treat it as one
Eating out can be hazardous to your hearing
Versed in Science. Some questions pathologist Michael Lieberman can't answer in the lab
Rising asthma rates have experts scratching their heads - and children struggling to breathe
Hundreds of thousands of Texas children, including 250,000 newborn babies, are routinely vaccinated against hepatits B each year. Why? Good question.
Baylor and Fulbright & Jaworski -- with the help of a lame duck judge -- see to it that Bonnie Dunbar won't get a chance to tell all in court
Rapid detox leaves a nurse suffering unforeseen side effects
Zonagen Inc. took its name from Bonnie Dunbar's groundbreaking research into contraceptive vaccines. Then, when she wasn't looking, the company took her research.
"Bubble Boy" David Vetter was hardly the happy, well-adjusted child portrayed in the media. Thirteen years after his death, his friend Mary Murphy is fighting to tell his story.
What's that smell? It's Aromatrim, the very latest alternative to sweat
Banana Blender Surprise calls it quits or do they?