Make Sure your 4th of July is Happy and Safe

By Meredith Whittemore The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently recalled thousands of fireworks ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. According to the CPSC, the fireworks were “overloaded” and could result in a greater than expected explosion. The recall serves as a good reminder that if you are going to use fireworks, certain [Continue Reading]

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As African Dust Descends on Houston, Here’s What You Need to Know

By Evan Koch It’s become a summertime tradition in Houston: as soon as temperatures warm and the cool waters of pools beckon, a thick gray haze starts to settle over Greater Houston. It’s dust blowing in from the Saharan desert, bringing with it brilliant sunsets — and a cacophony of coughing. African dust season has [Continue Reading]

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Kids “Sprouting Horns” on Their Heads? Viral News Story Raises Questions about Proper Phone Use

By Rhiannon Collette The headline was sensational: “’Horns’ are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.” As the story went viral, social media exploded in reaction – a heated debate raged on whether the study was accurate – and even Snopes.com, a myth debunking website, weighed in, labeling the claim, [Continue Reading]

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June is Men’s Health Month: These Common Conditions Affect Many Men

By Evan Koch June is Men’s Health Month and knowing the top health issues for men could save your life or the life of someone you love. That’s why it’s important to understand the common health conditions and concerns that affect men – from low testosterone, prostate health and heart disease, to colorectal cancer, joint [Continue Reading]

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“I will not be afraid of the sun.” — Tackling Melanoma with Courage

By Meredith Whittemore On average, the Houston area has 204 sunny days.  For each of those days, Sabrina Farber has to tackle an inner battle against fear that her melanoma may return. “Once you’ve had a diagnosis of melanoma, it almost makes you afraid of the sun. One day I told myself, ‘Forget this. I [Continue Reading]

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An Especially Meaningful Mother’s Day After Surviving Cardiac Arrest

By Meredith Whittemore This year’s Mother’s Day could’ve been a tough one for Janet Mendoza. Several months prior, she was at risk of losing her mother, Amada Mendoza, after she experienced cardiac arrest. “She was complaining of chest pain and feeling ‘burpy.’ I just thought it was acid reflux or something,” Janet Mendoza said. She [Continue Reading]

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