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  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Food For Thought In "All About That Bass"

    The new song you can't escape is called "All About That Bass," and sounds nothing like its title. You won't be hearing it in the DJ's club mix or slow, loud and banging in the streets. But you might hear it if Taylor Swift and Adele ever square off in a celebrity death match. The song is a lot of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Chikungunya-Positive Mosquito Confirmed in Harris County

    The Houston area has always been impressively swampy, so of course the first Texas mosquito carrying chikungunya, a disease that causes high fever and severe joint pain, has been found right here in our very own mosquito-plagued backyard. There have been rumblings about chikungunya in recent months ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 24, 2014
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    July 9, 2014

    Do You Really Have to Wait Half an Hour After Eating to Swim?

    We all heard it at some point in our childhood: "You can't go in the water yet! You just ate! Wait half an hour and sit there quietly, otherwise you'll drown!" A stern warning from mom about drowning/vomiting/mean cramps was enough to strike fear into the hearts of most children, but there were al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Several Hospitals Make List for High Infection Rates

    The Centers for Disease Control said more than 1.5 million people get infections while they are in the hospital. As part of a program through the Affordable Care Act, hospitals that receive Medicare money will be hit with a penalty if they have too many people get sick while seeking treatment. A re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Texas Patient Dies of Mad Cow Variant, but Officials Say Not to Worry

    State and federal health officials have confirmed that a Texas patient has died of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a rare and fatal brain disorder "associated with beef consumption overseas." "There are no Texas public health concerns or threats associated with this case," the Texas Department ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Texas Lifeguards Are Still Taught Potentially Harmful Technique

    So it's one of those gorgeous Houston July days where it's 98 degrees and 1,000 percent humidity, and your kid wants to go to the public pool with his friends. An hour later, he's in the deep end with a charley horse, succumbing to panic. A few seconds later, he's officially drowning. On the left s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Houston Ranks Low in Health, Fitness Survey (But We're Better Than Dallas!)

    It might be all that BBQ, the late-night bar hopping, or the fact it just makes more sense to drive wherever you have to go (we really wish we had the adventurous spirit of you daily bicycle riders), but Houston recently ranked not too far from the bottom of the American Fitness Index. The report ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Lesbian Couple From Houston Featured in CDC's Report On Rare HIV Transmission

    The Centers for Disease Control this week released a report on a Houston case of HIV transmitted through lesbian sex. Rare, but true. According to the report (which did not name any names), one of the partners, a 46-year-old woman, had been fighting an HIV infection since 2008, but stopped her trea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Houston Flu Cases on Decline as School Mourns Teacher's Death

    We have a lot of flu this year. But you probably already know that. Although exact numbers are hard to come by since hospitals only voluntarily provide information on flu cases, we do know that there were 132 positive results found this flu season in Houston's bureau of lab services. A total of 11 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Travel company hopes you're not sick of cruises, banking on local ports

    Just last month a Caribbean Princess cruise had to cut itstrip short. It returned to Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadenaa day early so folks from the Centers for Disease Control could investigate what caused 181 passengers and 11 crew members to get sick, a nast little bug called norovirus.&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Pregnancy and Abortion: New Study Shows Some Encouraging Numbers

    A Centers for Disease Control report on pregnancy and abortion has some interesting and good news about both subjects. First, pregnancy rates, birth rates and abortion rates among teenagers are down, precipitously so for abortions. Indeed, the abortion rate among this cohort has dropped over-one h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Vapor Conflict: E-Cigarettes Ignite Debate About Smoking in Bars and Restaurants

    I couldn't get anyone I know to speak on the record for this story. The only regular smokers I know are in the restaurant industry, and in spite of the fact that anyone can see them smoking outside between shifts, no one wanted to admit to smoking e-cigarettes. "Is it because e-cigarettes look kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    The Best-Tasting Throat Lozenges For Cold and Flu Season

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be largely inoperative because of the government shutdown and, as the website states, "the lapse in government funding," but here at the Houston Press, we've still got your back. So sure, we can't with any medical authority tell you what this year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Shutdown Not Affecting Houston Food Safety, Yet

    Think of the government shutdown as you would a hurricane. Stock up on canned food, sit tight and wait it out. Evacuate if you must, but you're going to have to travel pretty far to get out of this mess. The government has been getting a lot of (much deserved) grief over the shutdown, and I was o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    West Nile Virus Approaches, Proving Hurricanes Aren't the Only Danger to Houstonians This Time of Year

    It is completely official. The Centers for Disease Control announced this week that 2012 was a terrible year for West Nile Virus -- actually the worst ever -- and warns that it may happen again. Clearly Houston is a prime stomping ground for the disease. We have swampland, mosquitoes and livestock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Report: Texas Ranks Near the Bottom in Tobacco Settlement Spending

    Texas is only spending 2.4 percent of the tobacco settlement money it collects on tobacco prevention campaigns, placing the state near the bottom of the Centers for Disease Control's recommended state-spending list, according to a December report. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' report states t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Centers for Disease Control Confirms Fungal Meningitis in Texas

    Between the flu, West Nile, and potentially toxic oysters, we already planned on hunkering down in our bomb shelter for the next ten or so years, but now we've got one more pathogen to worry about: The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the first case of fungal meningitis in Texas. Of course ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    The Choking Game: Texas Survey Says Lots of Kids Still Playing

    ​Sixteen percent of Sam Houston State University students responding to a survey about "The Choking Game" reported to having played the dumb-ass, potentially fatal game. The Crime Victims' Institute study states that, of the 827 students who completed the survey, males were more likely than f ... More >>

  • Film

    September 8, 2011


    Steven Soderbergh turns the star-studded Hollywood disaster flick on its head.

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    What to Feed That Flu

    IslesPunkFan​With the temperature climbing steadily toward the hellish heat of Houston summer, I could've sworn I'd escaped the flu season unscathed. If only I was so lucky. I got sick, making it hard to taste anything. And as someone who loves food, this was especially unfortunate. I knew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Creepy Crawlies: Medical Conference Looks into Morgellons Disease

    Comin' to getcha.​If you're one of the thousands of people, mostly from Texas, who believe weird, freaky fibers are wiggling out from under their skin, then you may want to check out the fourth annual medical conference on Morgellons Disease in Austin April 2. Our sister paper in Dallas wrot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Whole Foods Market Putting Salad Bars in Schools

    freddy​According to a 2009 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 1 percent of adolescents ate as many servings of fruit and vegetables as recommended by the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It sounds shocking, but then again, I'm fairly certain I could stand to ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Texas Lousy at Reporting Food Poisoning, Study Says

    You'll never know what gets you in Texas​If you live in Texas and eat food, you will probably die, or at least become violently ill. That's what we're taking away from a study that gives the Lone Star state an "F" in reporting outbreaks of foodborne illness. The Center for Science in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Texas Lousy at Reporting Food Poisoning, Study Says

    You'll never know what gets you in TexasBetween tainted peanuts and fatal spinach, we feel like there have been a lot of Texas food scares lately. But it's the stuff we don't hear about that gave Texas a failing grade in a new study of how states report icky food outbreaks. If you live in Texas an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    What's So Damn Controversial About Cleaner, Safer Food?

    ​The plant was filthy and infested with vermin, with holes as large as 2 ½ feet in the ceilings leaking water and runoff from the air conditioner units onto the finished product stored below. Records posted on the web by attorney Bill Marler show that executives at Peanut Corporation of Ameri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Texas Pathetic In Fighting Kids Smoking, Report Says

    The kidz and their tobacco​Texas is set to get $1.8 billion this year from the huge tobacco-litigation settlement of a decade ago, but it will spend just 0.6 percent of that on preventing kids from smoking, a report from a coalition of health groups said today. The state spends $11.4 million ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Who Knew There Are So Many Songs About Rabies?

    Centers for Disease Control Library​Monday night, as the crickets sang sweet songs into the early fall air, Rocks Off hung a wreath made of rubber bats on our door, and wrapped up copies of Old Yeller and Cujo to surprise our young daughter with when she awoke the next morning. Ahhh, is there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Texas Is Not Obese!! Go Ahead, Eat That Cheese Enchilada!!

    Illustration via Centers for Disease Control & Prevention​We are celebrating tonight in Texas. Everyone around us -- except New Mexico, and who counts New Mexico? -- is fatter than a heifer convention, while we here in the Lone Star State are svelte, health-conscious model types. In fact, you ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 29, 2010
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    January 18, 2010

    Rice Graduate Among Those Affected By Haitian Hotel Collapse

    ​The tragedy in Haiti is hitting home pretty hard for some Rice people.Alumna Diane (Berry) Caves, class of 2000, was in Port-Au-Prince, at the Hotel Montana, which was heavily damaged. She has not been heard from since.Caves was in Haiti on an assignment for the Centers for Disease Control and Pr ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 17, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Obama's Screwing Texas Out Of Swine Flu Vaccine!!!! Or Maybe Not

    ​Is Obama trying to kill Texans as revenge for not voting for him?Quite possibly, if you believe a list of swine-flu vaccine information getting e-mailed around. (And yeah, we're calling it swine flu, you H1N1 snobs.)What's being e-mailed is a list of vaccine doses shipped, broken down by state. C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Cure For Swine Flu Is Here!!!

    Photo by Margaret DowningWell, maybe the cure for swine flu is here.Note to self: The BBQ fund-raisers at Stafford's Calvary Church are probably not worth the drive. On the other hand, someone definitely should tell the Centers for Disease Control about this.

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Songs To Fight Swine Flu By

    Working overtime to give natural selection the finger, a former member of the Texas medical Association's Committee on Infectious Diseases has issued a press release telling people how to wash their hands.        "I'm not just talking about running your hands under the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Swine Flu FAQs: The Answers You Need...And The Answers You Deserve

    Unlike in 1918, when the flu really bitch-slapped humanity, leading medical experts have the ability to immediately update us with information on how to stay safe, and how to separate myth from fact. For example: By now, unless you're a vapid hotel-fortune heiress who answers the cell phone during s ... More >>

  • News

    June 5, 2008

    There's a Morning-After Drug to Prevent HIV Infection

    The treatment is called post-exposure prophylaxis. So why do so few medical groups in Houston know about it?

  • News

    September 21, 2006

    Penal Violations

    Texas prisons say they cant allow condoms because they dont allow sex. So they dont need condoms. They just need $12 million a year to treat all the HIV-positive prisoners.

  • News

    August 31, 2006

    Monkey Business

    Primates -- destined for laboratory research -- are being brought into a compound in Houston so carefully and quietly that no one knows they're here

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2006

    What a Burger!

    Robb Walsh Eat this, live forever. In 1900, the average American's life expectancy was 49.2 years. Americans got lots of exercise through manual labor. They ate organic fruit and vegetables because synthetic fertilizers and pesticides hadn't been invented yet. Unhealthy fast foods like hamburgers ... More >>

  • News

    March 13, 2003

    All Duct Up

    From leftist camps and corporate security to semi-panic and port patrols, Houstonians tackle terrorism threats. Sort of.

  • News

    June 20, 2002

    Buyers' Remorse

    The Cohns say their builder ripped them off with a poorly built home that became infested with mold. They've joined other Texas homeowners who want a lemon law passed just for houses.

  • Dining

    April 11, 2002

    Keep On Shuckin'

    Live dangerously with the Double Dumbass Combo at Gilhooley's Raw Bar

  • News

    September 13, 2001

    Drug Resistant

    Harris County jailers are in no hurry to hand out meds to inmates with AIDS. Inmates claim this and other lockup practices endanger their lives.

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    Going to the Dogs

    Advocates are working to unleash a plan for a public park where pooches can play

  • News

    February 3, 2000


    From the week of February 03, 2000

  • News

    June 3, 1999
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    June 3, 1999

    Immune to Reason

    Hundreds of thousands of Texas children, including 250,000 newborn babies, are routinely vaccinated against hepatits B each year. Why? Good question.

  • News

    April 24, 1997

    "A Flaky Deal"

    To snare a federal grant, the city of Houston overstated the extent of lead poisoning among children in poor neighborhoods. But now that it's got the money, the city can't figure out how to help those who need it most

  • News

    July 11, 1996


    Stephen Fairfield's restless spiritual journey brought him to the Fifth Ward, where he found true deliverance while helping to rebuild the neighborhoods

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