World Health Organization

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    How Contagious is Ebola?

    It's been odd to watch the folks up in Dallas handle being ground zero for the first Ebola case in the United States. Ebola is a nasty, frightening disease, but Dallas and state officials have been cucumber-cool about the whole thing. First, they had a patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, who recently arriv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Divorced People More Likely to Die in (Lonely, We Assume) Preventable Accidents, Rice Study Says

    If your image of a divorced person is closer to someone choking back lonely tears as he or she peruses the "healthy" single-serving aisle -- as opposed to ballin' on a singles cruise or in Midtown, say -- there's more bad news for you, via Rice University. Divorced people are more likely to die fro ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2010

    Peanut Butter Miracles

    Amid the chaos that is Haiti, Dr. Patricia Wolff has made ending child malnutrition her life's work.

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    For World AIDS Day: U2's "One" and Some Pretty Sobering Statistics

    Rocks Off knows it's all about the H1N1 these days, but according to the World Health Organization, only 42 percent of the estimated 9.5 million people worldwide who need antiretroviral therapy are currently receiving treatment. Please remember the HIV/AIDS charity or support group of your choice t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Swine Flu Is A Pandemic Now!!! Panic!! Or, In Houston, Don't

    The World Health Organization has declared swine flu to be a pandemic, the first in over 40 years.It's doing it mostly on the basis of a sharp growth in cases in Australia, Japan and Chile, but just about every story on the subject -- at least in America -- mentions Houston.We were, of course, the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Songs To Fight Swine Flu By

    Working overtime to give natural selection the finger, a former member of the Texas medical Association's Committee on Infectious Diseases has issued a press release telling people how to wash their hands.        "I'm not just talking about running your hands under the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Swine Flu FAQs: The Answers You Need...And The Answers You Deserve

    Unlike in 1918, when the flu really bitch-slapped humanity, leading medical experts have the ability to immediately update us with information on how to stay safe, and how to separate myth from fact. For example: By now, unless you're a vapid hotel-fortune heiress who answers the cell phone during s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Doesn't It Make You Feel Better: Songs About Swine

    [Update: Now with the Loco Gringos' "Nurture My Pig" and Houston's own Flying Fish Sailors' "Flu Pandemic."] April is almost over and we're coming into Sweeps Week, when commercial sponsors look at TV ratings to decide where they're going to advertise, and you know what that means: time for another ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Revenge Of The Swine (And The Obsessive Hand-Washers)

    A swine flu pandemic isn't a "foregone conclusion," according to the new alert level issued yesterday by the World Health Organization. But things are starting to get a little scary. Cue the travel warnings. The United States said not to head south of the border. The European Union said stay aw ... More >>

  • Film

    March 8, 2007

    The Host

    Korean box-office monster emerges from the Han River to slime us stateside

  • News

    March 9, 2006

    Bring It On

    Why Houston should want a nuclear power plant

  • Film

    April 7, 2005

    Fortunate Son

    Sahara has no reason to exist, until you see who made it

  • Film

    September 9, 2004

    The Company Line

    A new film denouncing corporate ruthlessness could use some downsizing of its own

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Go, Baby, Go

    Behind the barricades with the Pro-Life Cougars and their dead-fetus pictures

  • News

    January 16, 2003

    Gut Reactions

    Plus: Catcher in the Wry, The Brown Brown Vote, Super-Kid Cynics

  • News

    January 3, 2002

    Agent of Doom

    Former enemies unite against the continuing fallout from deadly defoliants of the Vietnam War

  • Film

    February 10, 2000

    Reel Worlds

    Houston mines international gold with the Pan-Cultural Film Festival

  • News

    January 20, 2000

    The Man Who Knew Too Soon?

    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.

  • News

    June 3, 1999

    Immune to Reason

    Hundreds of thousands of Texas children, including 250,000 newborn babies, are routinely vaccinated against hepatits B each year. Why? Good question.

  • Calendar

    February 29, 1996
  • Film

    February 15, 1996