It started in mid-April with a fever, as if her body were trying to burn itself up. Then 39-year-old Belkys Jimenez developed a pounding headache and pain in her muscles and joints. Her feet and ankles ballooned, and even taking a step became difficult. Jimenez had dealt with hypertension for years, ... More >>
The manufacturer of a blood thinner will pay $650 million to settle claims brought by 4,000 consumers and next of kin who claimed to have been injured by the drug. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, makers of Pradaxa, agreed on the settlement this week, resolving litigation that began in Novembe ... More >>
On April 29, hilarious (yet very informative) science writer Mary Roach will be at Brazos Bookstore to conduct a reading and answer questions about her latest taboo subject: the alimentary canal. Roach has previously gained praise from the science community and the literary community alike for her ... More >>
Feel good stories are so few and far between in the news sometimes. This one is just impossible to turn down. Audrina Cardenas recently reached her first birthday. This wouldn't be a significant milestone except that Cardenas was born with her heart outside her body and it took the gifted doctors an ... More >>
Critics say the common cat surgery is painful and can lead to other problems.
Families suing the maker of anti-clotting drug Pradaxa will have their cases consolidated in an East St. Louis, Illinois, court -- a decision the Texas-based law firm leading the suits is calling a coup. Pradaxa hit the U.S. market in 2010, hailed by manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim as a major le ... More >>
An administrator at Lone Star College, apparently spooked by the number of perspective incoming students who hadn't yet provided proof they received their state-mandated meningococcal vaccine that protects against meningitis, has told employees at her North Harris County campus to hand students an e ... More >>
There's only one really bad thing about the anti-clotting pill Pradaxa. You can't fall or get cut while taking it because once you start bleeding, there's almost no way to stop it. There's no reversal agent, no antidote.
Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2010, a blood-thinner called Pradaxa was a great leap forward in the treatment of a heart disorder called atrial fibrillation. Or at least that's how it was marketed. There was just one slight problem: Unlike the drug it was meant to replace, Pradaxa ... More >>
Painkiller addiction is one of the largest and fastest-growing problems among today's younger veterans.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the temporary injunction on Texas's so-called sonogram law, clearing the way for abortion providers to enforce the new mandate. The law, championed by Senator Dan Patrick, requires a sonogram whenever a woman seeks an abortion. The law requires the wom ... More >>
Rick Perry is right: America can learn from Texas. He's just wrong about what the lesson is.
Billy Cohn wanted to be a rock star, and he is — as a trombone-toting heart surgeon and medical inventor.
A "medical disaster" has occurred and a Texas attorney is, in his opinion, working to clean up the mess. Ed Blizzard is a heavy-hitting, Houston-based pharmaceutical injury lawyer and mass tort litigation expert. As a chief negotiator in a 1990s case against Dow Corning -- which was found to ... More >>
Group says new law "imposes stress and emotional strain on women as they prepare to undergo a medical procedure."The legal challenge to the new bill that forces women who are seeking an abortion to get a sonogram begins for real tomorrow, with a hearing on a temporary injunction barring enfo ... More >>
Christina Clardy among those convicted.Christina Clardy, a 61-year-old West U doctor, was convicted with two other people of running a massive Medicaid-and-money-laundering scam that somehow involved Nigerian tankers, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today. Kenneth Anokam, 56, and Niger ... More >>
SlutWalk Houston is right around the corner, and we've decided to celebrate, (Hair) Balls out. In case you're not familiar with the march, SlutWalk was born of a Toronto police officer's comment that women should avoid "dressing like sluts" in order not to be raped. It's a chance to stop the cycle o ... More >>
Thomas R. Karsten believes he has a vaccine for cokeWhile a Houston doctor thinks he has found the cure for cocaine addiction, bureaucratic red tape is hindering the vaccine's approval and building doubts for its future success. "My hopes are pretty simple: number one, find some company in t ... More >>
Dan Patrick has reason to smile; women, not so much.Any woman seeking an abortion in Texas will be forced to undergo a sonogram and be asked if they want to view it or listen to the fetal heartbeat, thanks to a bill that passed today and that Governor Rick Perry says he can't wait to sign. P ... More >>
Photo from Facebook Nikki and Thomas AraguzNikki Araguz was the wife of Thomas Araguz II, a captain in the Wharton Volunteer fire deprartment who died earlier this monthfighting a blaze at a historic site.Nikki is now being sued by Thomas' mother and ex-wife, who claim he never knew that N ... 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 >>
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Photo by elvissaToday's Chron column by Lisa Falkenberg, headlined "Finally, a bit of good news out of BARC," might have been more accurately titled "When Public Relations Attacks!" What the column lacks in actual news value and insight, it makes up for by highlighting what might be one of BARC's th ... More >>
The Bureau of Animal Regulation and Control vaccinated only eight percent of animals on entry between July 2008 and January 2009, according to a BARC supplement asking for additional funding from the city. "Best industry standard is to vaccinate all animals entering a shelter, to minimize ... More >>
Youd be pissed too if all you got was a little lump where your vagina should be
Linda, a 28-year-old blonde, walked into the tiny restroom of the tony Italian restaurant with a friend. Linda locked the door, and carefully filled a syringe with clear fluid from a vial and tied off her arm to find a vein. Her friend eased the needle under Linda's arm and pushed the syringe's cont ... More >>
Surgeons not rushing to put back what they took away
Novice Texas Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, was the show again today in Austin as he argued successfully to a Senate committee that any woman seeking an abortion would have to have an ultrasound first. Physicians would be required to perform the test and review the results with the pregnant patient. ... More >>
Buried at the end of last week was the news that Rick Perry signed an order to require all schoolgirls to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, aka HPV, aka the cause of genital warts, aka a leading cause of cervical cancer in women. We would make fun of Perry, an avowed conservative Chri ... More >>
Bell may have a point about morality and science, but he's clearly missing the boat when it comes to the Rangers and border security... Not a whole lot to report from the Bell conference call, other than — as we mentioned earlier — he thinks Guvnah Rick Perry is playing politics with ... More >>
A reporter goes after the online drug business and gets wasted
Surgeons are sculpting labia, reconnecting hymens and inventing a new standard of beauty in female genitalia
Houston's been the No. 1 city in America in the obesity crisis. But hype doesn't mean help.
Community Health Systems cashed in big on the stomach stapling rage. It almost cost Kaye Parsley her life.
The same extreme measures that saved Sidney Miller at birth also severely disabled her 11 years ago. Texas courts are still trying to determine who should pay for it -- and could set a legal precedent in the process.
There's a bull market on the meningitis vaccine. Are some doctors cashing in?
Eight years ago Tom Curtis reported that AIDS could have been spread by an experimental polio vaccine grown on monkey kidneys. Scientists sniffed. Journalists scoffed. The story died. Now, a new book says the theory wasn't so stupid after all.
Hundreds of thousands of Texas children, including 250,000 newborn babies, are routinely vaccinated against hepatits B each year. Why? Good question.
Baylor and Fulbright & Jaworski -- with the help of a lame duck judge -- see to it that Bonnie Dunbar won't get a chance to tell all in court
Zonagen Inc. took its name from Bonnie Dunbar's groundbreaking research into contraceptive vaccines. Then, when she wasn't looking, the company took her research.
AG Dan Morales may not have won in court, but he won where it matters -- on TV
Dan Morales' showboating witch-hunt against "bogus" doctors is indeed an "incredible story." Incredibly lame.
The D.A.'s office gets under the skin of an accused robber
He made millions sculpting the figures of Houston women while dodging one of the largest malpractice judgments in Texas history. But after botching another surgery, can Dr. Gerald Johnson continue to operate?