For the last 17 years, researchers at Texas A&M have been getting pregnant sheep drunk and dissecting their babies' brains. No, they're not doing it for fun, but to find "preventative and ameliorative strategies" for addressing fetal alcohol syndrome. The National Institutes of Health has dropped ... More >>
Just as we predicted in our cover story on the Texas Agriculture Commissioner race last November, it has turned into one of the best political circuses since Claytie Williams went on his dove hunt, opened his arrogant, chauvinistic pie-hole, and handed Ann Richards the last statewide Democratic vict ... More >>
Let's get this out of the way at the front. The study -- the one I'm about to delineate -- does not mean that there is a causal relationship between Republican presidents and infant mortality. It means that after the authors controlled for certain relevant variables -- e.g., education attainment, ... More >>
One of the most pressing issues concerning childhood obesity deals specifically with the lunches and snacks that are served to students in schools. For years, many people have fought to force schools to serve healthier lunches. In 2010, British chef Jamie Oliver began his "Food Revolution" in Americ ... More >>
Click for larger image.An organization called Sodexa is partnering with Houston hospitals, Sysco, and others this summer to help feed 415,000 "food insecure" children -- that is, kids who depend largely on free- and reduced-price school meals for sustenance. Sodexo's Feeding Our Future program "is ... More >>
While we anxiously await the birth of the British royal baby (I almost feel like Royal Baby should be capitalized 'cause it's that big of a deal), I wanted to take a second to let all of the other new babies out there know that we're thinking about you too. People seem abnormally concerned with issu ... More >>
As we noted yesterday, State Rep Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball) smacked open a hornet's nest of angry breastfeeding moms when she posted on Facebook her reasons for opposing a bill increasing breastfeeders rights. Riddle said the bill would make it easier to sue business owners who interrupted women bre ... More >>
You don't mess with moms. Especially if it's about breastfeeding. The Texas legislature is once again taking up the ticklish subject of whether moms should be able to breastfeed in public. Representatives like Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) are backing a bill that would allow business owners to be sued ... More >>
Our lucky guide to a green world of pubs and parades
As new mothers know, infants are not the most patient people when it comes to getting fed. If they get hungry, and you're a breastfeeding mom who hasn't brought along a bottle of your best, then it's time to whip out a breast. In Texas, if you happen to do that in the establishment of someone who ... More >>
If you went to the recent LaB 5555 event at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (which featured our own mixology competition), you know how awesome the new paleontology hall is. What does that have to do with food? Big Bite Night is just around the corner, that's what. And if you've never gone in ... More >>
A Lufkin woman has been convicted of felony child endangerment after an infant died in her bed for the second time in a span of two calendar years. Yesterday afternoon an Angelina County jury handed down a guilty verdict against Vanessa Clark, 33, for her role in the death of her two-month-old son ... More >>
In the wake of the recent "pink slime" scandal, EOW has received press releases from various grocery stores and restaurant chains assuring us that no pink slime -- or boneless lean beef trimmings, in non-neologism speak -- is used in their food products or sold in their establishments. Pink slime h ... More >>
Follow the rainbow to these golden St. Patrick's Day events.
Lactation not related to giving birth.
Not connected to pregnancy.U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes is likely about to become the butt of Internet merriment with the news of a recent decision. He'll also be pissing off breast-feeding moms, and that is one group you do not want to cross, as many companies and entities have discovere ... More >>
Photos and video by Monica FuentesDon't get this duck angryIf ExxonMobil collapses by the end of the day into bankruptcy, with company executives begging for forgiveness for their polluting ways, all the credit should go to a giant inflatable duck. The duck is being displayed across the stre ... More >>
CRAVE Cupcakes does more for the Houston community than just give away its "morning cupcakes" as lagniappe at lunch. The cupcake company has partnered with MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospitals's Art in Medicine program to raise awareness about childhood cancer. Pediatric cancer patients h ... More >>
We get a ton of products across our desks here at the Press offices. Mostly, they're CDs for the music guys, boxes filled with tuna and panties or alcohol-spiked chocolate milk. But we never get baby food. Until last week, when a box of Peter Rabbit Organics baby food showed up on my desk, c ... More >>
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Jolanda Jones says never talk to HPD
We've got you covered this St. Paddy's Day.
Texas A&MJoan Wolf asks if the breast is bestEver since First Lady Michelle Obama talked about removing barriers for breastfeeding mothers last week, we've been thinking more than usual about boobs. Maybe that's why we were interested to read about a Texas A&M researcher's new book, Is Breas ... More >>
It made sense in February 2011, kidNo doubt all of you people who don't work in the news industry are either off this morning or working from home. But we all know that no one gets any work done at home with all the distractions running around you. Television, NetFlix, Internet porn, food, wi ... More >>
Yesterday afternoon HISD held the School Lunch Food Show in the cafeteria of Jefferson Davis High School. Parents, teachers, students and the media were given the opportunity to voice their opinions on more than 80 new, healthier menu items -- with reduced levels of sodium, fat and sugar, and no ... More >>
Houston mom in a FB face-off.
At least someone appreciates a leaky boobWe think Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said it best: "NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE HEART OF A LEAKY BOOB!!!!" Facebook has learned that harsh lesson. Houston blogger/tweeter/Facebooker Jessica Martin-Weber, the founder of the Web site theleakyboob.com, ap ... More >>
I am sympathetic to the plight of vegetarians, whether it's a lifestyle chosen for religious, health or ethical reasons. "Plight? What plight?" you may ask. The plight of often being overlooked or ignored by restaurant menus, for one. And the plight of not being able to enjoy life's simple pl ... More >>
In the spirit of brevity, here's a simple list to extol the praises of the best kitchen appliance ever (at least for the price). 1. A decent one costs merely $20. Other things you could buy for $20: two combo plates (3 veggie, one meat) at Aladdin, 20 "I heart dorks" buttons from etsy, or ... More >>
A few years ago, Carla Sageth was in high school, and she was dying. Her lungs were wasting away. Doctor after doctor at clinic after clinic diagnosed asthma and sent her on her way. She became unable to walk, and still her mom, who had no insurance, kept trying to find a doctor who could put Carla ... More >>
OMG OMG OMG Salma Hayek breast fed a baby in Sierra Leone OMG OMG OMG! Seriously, what is this, the next Yalta Conference? You would think so, given the reaction of the popular and not-so-popular press. Google "Salma Hayek breastfeeding" and you'll get such lovely quotes and comments as "Lucky ba ... More >>
Get up all you baby couch potatoes, it's Fun Run time
There are two solutions to help the population of uninsured children in Texas, according to a Houston pediatrician: Pray for change or move to Canada. That's overstating it a bit, but Dr. Ana Malinow, a pediatrician and co-founder of the advocacy group Healthcare for All Texas, tells Hair Balls that ... More >>
Twenty-six films screen over a three-day celebration of independent movies
Hey, fat kids -- get off the bus and start walking to school. That's part of the message that will be delivered via a $2 million grant to the UT health Science Center at Houston, announced today. The announcement noted that "childhood obesity, a major national public-health problem, is especially ... More >>
Do fields from high power lines cause childhood cancer? Years of research have revealed few solid facts. But Joe Jamail has charged the answer is yes, and HL&P knows it. He's headed to court to prove his case - or to dig into the utility's deep pockets.