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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply.
Memorial Hermann treats patients without insurance, tells them not to worry about the cost and then sues them for thousands of dollars.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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?
Buses will take the place of railThanks, 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 >>
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 >>
Alcohol swabs trigger federal suitThe 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 >>
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