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 >>
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 >>
An undercover investigation of a major primate research lab in San Antonio revealed a pattern of mistreatment of its monkeys, including death, injury, overcrowding, and lack of medical care, according to the Humane Society of the United States. The organization claims that a five-week investigation ... More >>
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 >>
Government shutdown gets personal for one Houston kid.
For most of us the government shutdown is a bad joke that seems like it will never end, but for 12-year-old Justin Clark and his family, the shutdown that has frozen the works of federal government is a lot closer to a very unfunny hostage situation. Two months ago Justin was diagnosed with Giant A ... More >>
How a quiet kid from Copperfield morphed into today's most enigmatic rapper.
Texas claims three of the top spots.
David France's stirring history of ACT UP.
A San Antonio lab says primate research is necessary for curing diseases like AIDS and hepatitis. But what progress has really been made.
On October 24, scientists from around the world will come to San Antonio to discuss how testing on monkeys might one day lead to an AIDS cure. They'll be talking baboons, macaques, and vervets at the 30th Annual Symposium on Nonhuman Primate Models for AIDS, not chimpanzees. Once thought to be the ... More >>
Lt. Reginald Barclay was a character on Star Trek: The Next Generation. By trade, he was an engineer, but he was well known on the show for being a massive hypochondriac. On one episode, Dr. Beverly Crusher advised Reg not to look through the Star Fleet medical database anymore because it was causin ... More >>
Krayolas drummer David Saldana is not your average power pop rock and roller. While his resuscitated band continues to draw gobs of press and is grabbing some high profile gigs, Saldana's life is taking him in another direction. "I'm actually getting my Masters in education so I can be a pri ... More >>
UTMB must hand over more than 1,000 pages, AG says.Attorney General Greg Abbott has ruled that the UT Medical Branch in Galveston must turn over documents sought by PETA regarding experiments done on animals. A PETA whistleblower alleged in January that animals were used in painful and dead ... More >>
UTMB gets hit by PETA complaints about experimentsPETA, fresh off claiming a victory over NASA about monkey experiments, has a new target in its sights: The University of Texas medical branch in Galveston. PETA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging "abuse and ... More >>
Marijuana's steady creep toward legalization nationwide.
Halloween is coming, and that means many, many costuming mistakes will be made by normally sane adults. To help stop this scourge, each Thursday we will be offering tips and analysis of what to avoid, or possibly what to do. It seems that every year Halloween becomes less and less about scaring othe ... 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
Ray Hafner We can't quite put our finger on it, but something seems shady... So I was just strolling through the Galleria last weekend to pick up some shoes and a Chinese herbal tea infusion set when I spotted this three-story banner ad for the Hotze Health and Wellness Center. "Health and welln ... More >>
Texas struggles with what to do with its overabundance of Equus caballus, while Europeans wait with open mouths
Steven Hotze uses a warm, easygoing manner to peddle natural hormones to women, at thousands of dollars a pop. So who cares about credentials or documented results?
Master Chief, a weapons-toting super-enhanced human, is the only being who can save the earth. A video gamer from Texas is the world champion at helping him do just that — thousands of times over.
Houston's been the No. 1 city in America in the obesity crisis. But hype doesn't mean help.
Plus: Catcher in the Wry, The Brown Brown Vote, Super-Kid Cynics
Community Health Systems cashed in big on the stomach stapling rage. It almost cost Kaye Parsley her life.
Baylor balks at budget questions and boots a new hire
The Chron's Marshall is out there reporting, dammit
Former enemies unite against the continuing fallout from deadly defoliants of the Vietnam War
Luke and Rachel Watson have lost most of their sight. They eventually will lose all motor skills. Their parents are losing sleep -- do the adults tell their kids they're dying of Batten disease?
Frozen, cloned or retooled, Miller Quarles plans to live forever. But time is running out.
A mother fights for a therapeutic dive for all who need it
Rising asthma rates have experts scratching their heads - and children struggling to breathe
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.
A dispute over research fraud has split the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, and could jeopardize the way universities police scientific misconduct
Houston's indie record entrepreneurs do it for the love of the music. Of course, they don't mind moving a few units, either.