Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testified before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Thursday, and boy was it rough. Frieden, previously known as the guy who urged New York's then-Mayor Bloomberg to go after cigarettes, soda sizes and trans-fa ... More >>
Remember when the official word was that Ebola in the United States was completely under control? Two weeks ago, the public was told that Thomas Eric Duncan, the country's first Ebola patient, was immediately quarantined after he went to Texas Health Presbyterian the second time with Ebola symptoms. ... More >>
Ever since Thomas Eric Duncan arrived in Dallas from Liberia and was confirmed as the first case of Ebola on U.S. soil at the end of September, there's been a strange evolution going on both about Duncan's case and about how prepared the United States was for its first Ebola case. The basic story ... More >>
Breitbart Texas wants Dallas Ebola patient Nina Pham's dog to die. Or at least that's our take-away from two alarmist articles suggesting that the Cavalier King Charles spaniel, like one of those fast-moving zombies in 28 Days Later, only with more hair, might infect every last one of us. Pham's " ... More >>
In a disturbing turn of events, a woman in Dallas has become the first person in the United States to locally contract Ebola. The woman is a healthcare worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The employee provided care for Thomas Eric Duncan after he came back to the hospital in late Septembe ... More >>
Northwest Cypress Medical Center officials say they're monitoring a patient who is at "extremely low risk" of having the Ebola virus. According to a statement the hospital provided to KTRK, local health officials are monitoring the patient, who recently traveled to West Africa, out of an abundance ... More >>
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard that a man was diagnosed with Ebola up in Dallas on Tuesday. For anyone that has ever seen Outbreak, this may seem like a good time to panic, but that's what both experts and politicians are urging everyone not to do. Dr. Charles Ericsso ... More >>
On Tuesday afternoon, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health workers announced that Texas is home to the first case of Ebola confirmed in the United States. At a news conference in Atlanta CDC director Tom Frieden downplayed widespread fears that the disease ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Steven Soderbergh turns the star-studded Hollywood disaster flick on its head.
IslesPunkFanWith 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 >>
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 >>
freddyAccording 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 >>
You'll never know what gets you in TexasIf 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 >>
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 >>
The kidz and their tobaccoTexas 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 >>
Centers for Disease Control LibraryMonday 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 >>
Illustration via Centers for Disease Control & PreventionWe 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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
The treatment is called post-exposure prophylaxis. So why do so few medical groups in Houston know about it?
Primates -- destined for laboratory research -- are being brought into a compound in Houston so carefully and quietly that no one knows they're here
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 >>
From leftist camps and corporate security to semi-panic and port patrols, Houstonians tackle terrorism threats. Sort of.
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.
Advocates are working to unleash a plan for a public park where pooches can play
From the week of February 03, 2000
Hundreds of thousands of Texas children, including 250,000 newborn babies, are routinely vaccinated against hepatits B each year. Why? Good question.
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
Stephen Fairfield's restless spiritual journey brought him to the Fifth Ward, where he found true deliverance while helping to rebuild the neighborhoods