Health Care Goods and Services

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Fantasy Crime League Tease: Dallas PD Mistakenly Tweets Aqib Talib Arrested (Turns Out To Be Talib's Brother)

    We are counting down now to the end of the 2014 Fantasy Crime season, as we are inside of one month now until actual NFL training camp officially begins. Conspicuous by their absence thus far in the crime season has been the Denver Broncos, who have historically been one of the more criminally activ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Texas Receives Failing Grades in Emergency Physicians' Report Card

    Texas ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to access to emergency care, according to a report card just released by the American College of Emergency Physicians. That's a big fat F for that category. The state ranked 38th overall (a "D ") in the report, which measures "America's emergency care e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Blue Cross Blue Shield's Obamacare Fail Continues

    If you have Texas Blue Cross Blue Shield, the odds are good you have sat on the phone enjoying their hold music recently. Cat Jeanes, of Austin, has definitely gotten an earful of that happy snappy guitar that plays on the automated system, and she isn't alone, judging by the other complaints surf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Prescription Painkiller Pill Mills and Corporate Greed

    Purdue Pharma makes Oxycontin. In fact, Purdue has made $27 billion selling the drug since it was introduced in 1996. In case you weren't aware, Oxycontin is a powerful opiate painkiller -- it's twice as potent as morphine -- that is coveted by opiate-lovers in the drug-using community. Indeed: Ox ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Perry Hates Obamacare, But He Still Wants Obamacare Money

    Gov. Rick Perry has a hatred for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) that comes as natural as breathing to him, but it seems hate only goes so far when there's $100 million in federal funding on the table. When U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came to Texas a few weeks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Attack of the Frankenfish!

    It's not available yet, but once the FDA finalizes its assessment of AquAdvantage salmon, the genetically engineered fish may find its way to your grocery store fish counter. And you may have no idea that the fish you're eating has been modified with growth hormone regulating genes. These genes al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    A Faster HIV Test May Be Coming To Harris County Health (And That's Really Cool For All Kinds Of Reasons.)

    We've come along way from the plague years when HIV was a death sentence. We're living in the days when some believe a cure is on the horizon and when the tests to find out if you've contracted the disease are getting faster and more precise. It's becoming ever more clear that the key to dealing wi ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 25, 2013

    The Monsanto Menace

    The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply.

  • News

    July 25, 2013

    Getting Stuck: Uninsured Patients Slammed with Lawsuits by Not-for-Profit Hospital

    Memorial Hermann treats patients without insurance, tells them not to worry about the cost and then sues them for thousands of dollars.

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Cover Story: Getting Stuck

    As Igancio Alaniz lay beneath his ancient white Buick, trying to get his car restarted one evening in January 2012, he heard a click as his car popped into gear. A split-second before more than 3,000 pounds of metal smashed over his chest, Alaniz realized he was about to be run over by his own car. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Fire Fighters, Police on Opposite Sides of Mayoral Race

    The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association announced they will be endorsing Ben Hall in his challenge to incumbent Mayor Annise Parker in this year's mayoral campaign. This comes well after the Houston Police Officers' Union endorsed the incumbent mayor back in March and just weeks after a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Audrina Cardenas: Miracle Baby With Heart Born Outside Her Body Leaves the Hospital (with Photos)

    Back on Thanksgiving Day, I said you should count your blessings if for no other reason than because of the story of little Audrina Cardenas, a baby born with a rare birth defect, her heart was literally formed outside her chest. A team of doctors at Texas Children's Hospital raced to save her life ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Dr. Khaled Jabboury: Incredible Story of a Proven Cancer Doctor Getting Steamrolled by the Insurance Giants

    It's a Thursday afternoon and Dr. Khaled Jabboury greets a patient in the waiting room of his office at the West Houston Medical Center. The woman, though it's not immediately noticeable, is facing the toughest challenge of her life. As Dr. Jabboury has proven, she has come to the right place. For ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    UPDATED: Paula Deen Rumored to Have Type 2 Diabetes, Endorsement Deal with Big Pharma

    ​Update: A company spokesman with Novartis called this afternoon to address the rumors that Paula Deen has signed an endorsement deal with the pharmaceutical firm, which the company says are false. Novartis issued this statement: "The rumors that Novartis has signed a multi-million dollar spok ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2011

    Down the Hatch

    The Texas Attorney General's Office says a drugmaker lied in order to push an antipsychotic on foster children. So why are kids as young as three still taking the drug?

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    No Light Rail For Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest

    Buses will take the place of rail​Thanks, Metro: You've taken away the best option for getting to and from the Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest. There's no light-rail service this weekend "to allow Texas Children's Hospital to continue construction on a pedestrian bridge over Fannin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Texas To Put Humans to Sleep With Animal Drug

    Texas' execution-bound inmates will soon know what it's like to be put to sleep.​Pretty soon, in-deep-doo-doo Texans will be able to exit the planet in the same style as deaf, blind and arthritic-ridden Fidos and Fluffys. As was recently reported by the Wall Street Journal, the state of Texas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Shanoop and Sandra Kothari: Alcohol Swabs with Bacteria Killed Our Child, Lawsuit Says

    Alcohol swabs trigger federal suit​The parents of a two-year-old Houston boy who died after coming into contact with contaminated antiseptic swabs are suing the manufacturer of the swabs, which have been subject to a recall. In a federal wrongful death suit filed Sunday against the Triad Grou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    You Weren't Cured Of Down Syndrome, But You Can Get A Refund

    Guess what? You can't take a pill with something called "glyconutrients" and cure Down Syndrome or cystic fibrosis.But if you're a Texan who thought you could, you can at least get your money back.Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced a settlement today against Mannatech, a company that offer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Ike Getting No Respect When It Comes To Baby Names

    What's a storm gotta do to make someone name their kid after it? A lot more than Ike did, apparently. "We did have several babies born over the weekend (I want to say about 6 or 7), but I don't believe any were given that name," Gale Smith, spokeswoman for the Methodist Hospital System, tells Hair ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008

    Kyle Janek Gets A Job

    Kyle Janek's resignation from the State Senate earlier this year has caused a big scramble for his seat. Everyone's gunning for his job. Janek, though, has found a job of his own -- he'll be schmoozing for a health-care company that runs the "blood test of the future." Biophysical, based in Austin ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 2, 2003

    Ultimate Demise

    Westcott Drive-In's White Russian