Health

The Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter would like to better serve your community, but we need your help! 

Dear  Community Friends Please come and share your thoughts and experiences at one of our upcoming Community Forums in your area. We hope to see you there!  Even you cannot attend please share with your networks. Richmond/Rosenberg — Wednesday, July 18  from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at the Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels (1330 Band Rd., Rosenberg, TX 77471) Lufkin — Tuesday, July 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at Angelina College, […]

Plant-based Products Are Not Lowering Blood Pressure

UH Scientists Suggest Using a Naturally-Occurring Protein that Will HOUSTON, July 16 – In the high-pressure world of lowering hypertension, a surprising favorite isn’t standing up too well in clinical trials. “Plant products per se or traditional antioxidants like vitamins failed to have a positive impact on renal or cardiovascular health during clinical studies,” said Mustafa F. Lokhandwala, UH College of Pharmacy executive vice dean for research and director of the UH Heart and Kidney […]

Harris County Public Health Received Multiple National Awards for Excellence in Response to Hurricane Harvey 

Houston, TX – Harris County Public Health’s (HCPH) response to Hurricane Harvey and its marketing/communication campaigns were honored with three Model Practice Awards at the 2018 Annual Conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The model practice award celebrates local health departments for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable best practices in response to a critical local public health need.   The HCPH Epidemiology Program was awarded for its […]

Urgent Care for Kids releases VirtualPediatrics, the first pediatric telemedicine option for Texans   

TEXAS – Virtual Pediatrics is the first on-demand, pediatric telemedicine service available through Urgent Care for Kids effective July 20, 2018. Patients can opt to connect via video with a Texas-based pediatrician for minor illnesses. This will give patients access to the same high-quality pediatric care while minimizing travel and potential wait time. “The need and demand for telemedicine has become increasingly apparent” Urgent Care for Kids President Kevin Pearce said. “It’s available for adults, but specialized, pediatric care is an area that is underserved. We’re excited to meet that need […]

Back to School Immunization Clinics  

KATY [July 10, 2018] – Back to school is just around the corner and as parents prepare to send their children back to school, one item to check off the “to-do” list is their immunizations.  The Katy Independent School District Health Services Department in conjunction with other local entities offers immunization clinics at several district campuses and other locations in the area. “The law requires that all students be as up-to-date as medically feasible on their […]

H-GAC Announces the Gulf Coast Regional Tow and Go™ Program

HOUSTON – The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) announced today the launch of the Gulf Coast Regional Tow and Go™ Program, which provides no-cost towing for vehicles that break down from mechanical failure while traveling within the City of Houston on freeways with camera coverage. The regional quick clearance program will expand next into Harris County and eventually to freeways in neighboring counties where camera coverage is available and as funding is allocated. Tow and Go will […]

Texas Tech Food Safety Expert Earns Distinguished Research Award

Mindy Brashears was recognized for her outstanding research contributions in the meat industry. Mindy Brashears, a professor of food safety and public health in the Texas Tech University Department of Animal & Food Sciences, has been presented the American Meat Science Association’s (AMSA) 2018 Distinguished Research Award. The award, established in 1965, recognizes members with outstanding research contributions to the meat industry and is sponsored by ConAgra Brands. The honor was presented at a special awards […]

MedExpress Urgent Care Giving Free Sports Physicals

MedExpress Urgent Care is helping young athletes prepare for the fall sports season with the gift of free sports physicals, available July 1 – August 7, for patients ages 6 and up. Free sports physicals are being offered at all MedExpress locations in Texas. MedExpress Urgent Care is open every day from 8 am to 8 pm, with no appointment necessary. Local athletes and families can walk in at a time that works best for them to […]

Sens. Cruz, Lee Propose Strengthening Work Requirements in Senate Farm Bill

File amendment to remove state SNAP waivers, bolster work requirements WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) today introduced an amendment to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which would remove state SNAP waivers, strengthen work requirements, and eliminate the treatment of able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) as a separate population from other work-capable adults. Their amendment would also help states create and improve work activation programs for their disadvantaged […]

Why Bacteria Survive in Space – UH Biologists Discover Clues Hardy Organisms Threaten Interplanetary Contamination

HOUSTON, June 27 – In professor George Fox’s lab at the University of Houston, scientists are studying Earth germs that could be contaminating other planets. Despite extreme decontamination efforts, bacterial spores from Earth still manage to find their way into outer space aboard spacecraft. Fox and his team are examining how and why some spores elude decontamination. Their research is published in “BMC Microbiology.” To gain access into the uber-sanitized clean rooms at NASA’s Goddard […]