Rash of Accidental Child Shootings in Houston Put Focus on Gun Safety

In four days time, the Houston area has seen three accidental child shooting – resulting in two deaths and one child still in the hospital. The situation has garnered both local and worldwide media attention, and has caused Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia to plead with gun-owning parents to get gun locks his office is providing for free.
(Video: KPRC 2 News)

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Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia shows an example of the gun locks that are available for free from sheriff’s department. (Houston Chronicle)



Faith & Hope Pull Through:

Conjoined Twins Separated at Texas Children’s Hospital

A team of Texas Children’s Hospital surgeons successfully separated conjoined twins, Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata, February 17, 2015. The historical procedure took more than 24 hours and involved 12 surgeons from seven specialties, six anesthesiologists, eight nurses and support staff. (Video: Texas Childrens Hospital)


Photo: Houston Chronicle

How are We Feeling? Harris County Healthcare Alliance Releases Extensive Report on Our Health Status


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Early this week — and just in time to potentially influence law makers in Austin — the members of the Harris County Health Care Alliance released an exhaustive report on the health of the Houston region.

Citing everything from health care coverage, to rates of obesity, smoking, heart disease, and environmental quality (among many others), the reports presents a picture of a community in desperate need of better health care.

And while some of the finding point to the need for better personal choices, others points to potential policy changes that might be necessary.

(Audio: Houston Public Media)