Houston will be home to the nation’s largest psychiatric hospital in 2021

The UTHealth Behavioral Sciences Center will be making history in Houston.

The facility will be the first public mental health hospital constructed in more than three decades, and will be the largest of its kind in the United States.

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UTHealth enlisted the help of architecture firm Perkins and Will to design the mental health facility near the Texas Medical Center.

The future building will “consist of two buildings connected by a glazed bridge, surrounded by a tranquil green space,” as reported by Jillian Goltzman at Innovation Map.

The facility will be an educational hospital, where future physicians and specialists will be trained. Not only will the facility provide mental healthcare, but substance use intervention, treatment and medical care via integrated treatment programs, according to Innovation Map.

The infrastructure of the new building is being

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Food Bowls Sent To Houston, San Antonio Sites Could Contain Glass

AUSTIN, TX — Food regulators on Saturday issued a public health alert centered on ready-to-eat products distributed in Houston and San Antonio that may be contaminated with glass fragments.

The alert covering meat and poultry bowl products potentially contaminated with the extraneous material, was issued “…out of the utmost of caution to ensure that consumers are aware that these products should not be consumed,” officials with the Food Safety and Inspection Service unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in an advisory.

Food regulators noted, however, that a recall was not requested as it’s believed the products are no longer available for consumers to purchase. According to the advisory, the potentially tained items were produced by Taylor Farms in Dallas on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6.

The following products are subject to the public health alert:

  • 10-ounce plastic bowl package containing “MEAL SIMPLE SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND ALFREDO WITH CHICKEN”
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Houston nonprofit The Rose determined to help uninsured women receive breast cancer treatment

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted millions of lives in many ways, one of which is the severe cut back in the number people keeping up with their routine checkups. Houston-based nonprofit group The Rose, which has been helping women receive breast cancer diagnoses and treatments for over 35 years regardless of their ability to pay, is determined not to give up on its mission.

Dorothy Gibbons, CEO and co-founder of The Rose, said the marked increase in the number of people putting off their mammograms was disastrous since early detection was the key to stopping cancer in most cases.

“We are conducting our screenings while observing social distancing,” said Gibbons. “We’re at 75 percent of what we normally would be doing. Some of our ladies are having to wait a bit to get their mammogram.”

The Rose operates two clinics in Houston and Bellaire respectively where women, insured or uninsured,

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HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress offers preventative gene testing for breast cancer

When Dalyss Tomayer found out three of her relatives had had breast cancer, it was enough to qualify her for the genetic testing which showed she had a high risk of breast cancer herself.

Tomayer was able to discover the gene early due to getting tested at HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress’ High Risk Breast Clinic, where they offer genetic testing for those who qualify to see if they may have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene which puts people at higher risk for breast cancer.

“I had known for years that two of my dad’s sisters had breast cancer, and it was in speaking with one of my aunts that I then found out also one of my cousins had breast cancer,” Tomayer said. “So, it was at that time that I realize that I did qualified for the genetic

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Latest updates on COVID-19 in Houston

As of Monday, Sept. 14, the COVID-19 positivity rate is 6.1 percent in Houston. Mayor Turner said the goal is to get below 5 percent.

HOUSTON — The COVID-19 positivity rate in Houston is continuing to decrease, according to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

The current rate is 6.1 percent. Last week, the positivity rate stood at 6.6 percent.

Houston’s leading health authority, Dr. David Persse, said the COVID-19 positivity rate has been on a downward trend for the past four weeks.

The goal for the City of Houston is to get below 5 percent, according to Turner.

Dr. Persse said this drop in positive COVID-19 cases in Houston is not a stroke of good luck for our city, but rather residents following the guidelines

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Houston Food Banks Battle Skyrocketing Food Insecurity During Pandemic

Local food banks have found new ways to meet increased food insecurity needs during the pandemic, even as Texas has cut a food bank grant almost in half.

Food insecurity has more than doubled in Southeast Texas since March, according to Reginald Young, the chief strategy officer at the Houston Food Bank. Before the pandemic, a large-scale food distribution would serve 300 to 400 families; now, that number has increased to anywhere between 1,500 to 8,000 families at any given time.

The Mamie George food bank center in Richmond, which is run by one of the Houston Food Bank’s partners, Catholic Charities, went from serving roughly a thousand families in a month to serving 2,000 families a day during the pandemic, according to Catholic Charities Communications Director Betsy Ballard.

“It’s humbling to think of how much need is in the community,” Ballard said. “The greatest need is going to be

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Houston, Harris County each pledge $5 million to mental health center for homeless

The city of Houston and Harris County each invested $5 million in a new respite and rehabilitation center for people experiencing homelessness.

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The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD will operate the new building, aimed at unsheltered individuals who are experiencing mental health issues. In Harris County, about 15 to 20 percent of people have severe mental health problems.


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The new center will focus not only on intensive care for behavioral health issues, but look ahead to how people will transition out of the shelter. The length of estimated stay will vary based on the program an individual is in: A projected mental health supportive housing program would house people anywhere from 3 months to a year, while a medical respite program would usually only keep people 5 to 10 days.

The center would also have beds

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Approximately 40 percent of babies born with sickle cell disease in Texas are in Houston

There are about 180 babies born with sickle cell disease in Texas each year, and approximately 40 percent (70 children) are born in Houston.

The Houston Health Department said in a press release that of the estimated 100,000 Americans living with the condition, approximately 7,000 are Texans, and Houston has more diagnoses than in any other region.

Sickle cell disease is a rare genetic blood condition that ultimately causes organ damage, including severe episodes of pain that can last up to a week and can result in multiple hospitalizations throughout a lifetime.

Kennedy Cooper is one of the estimated 1,500 children in Houston living with the disease. In a blog post for Texas Children’s Hospital, Cooper shared her journey, recalling moments where she felt ashamed to take medicine in front of friends and had to miss out on activities she loves because of her condition.


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Fitness events happening in Houston include Core Focused Yoga and Run in The Park

Houston Methodist offers new reconstruction technique for breast cancer survivors


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