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  New careers as a health professional

With an increasing concern about mental health in this country, the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center is stepping up with a program that aims to provide more mental health and addiction counselors to people who need those services, particularly in rural areas like West Texas.

  Addiction: A Brain Disease

  Autism: Looking for Clues

  TTUHSC wound study breaks through the bacteria bunker

Compassionate Friends for those grieving the loss of a child

  Healthwise: City council makes plea to help save lives

  Cancer team at TTUHSC finding ‘Light Switch’ for estrogen

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Castro County Hospital District to hold grand opening of new senior living facility

  Doctors miss colon cancer because too soon for screening

Best Buddies Friendship Walk to raise awareness for kids with intellectual or developmental disabilities

  170 Texas Tech medical students participate in national “Match Day”

  TTU: Moving bacteria from gut to gut to change disease

  The good and bad in fighting cancer in kids

  TTUHSC research finds vaccines promote life

As the Texas Tech School of Medicine celebrates 50 years in Lubbock, we are learning more about each of the 5 schools there. One is the School of Biomedical Sciences where you find complicated classes like Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics. But it’s also the school that is going to help all of u

Lilly to sell cheaper version of top-selling insulin Humalog

Eli Lilly is offering a half-price version of its top-selling insulin Humalog

  Healthwise: lawmaker discussion of vaccine opt-out concerns pediatricians

A State Representative from the Fort Worth area says he is supporting a bill in Texas to make it easier for parents to opt out of vaccines. That decision has a lot of health professionals up in arms, including the chairman of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech School of Medicine.

  Healthwise: A personal reminder about the importance of regular heart check-ups

One KCBD reporter tells her personal story of why regular check-ups are so important for your heart.

  Healthwise: Dr. Thomas Tenner on dangers of vaping

  New way to stay Covered during surgery

  Eye Bank is eye opener for Lion’s Club and Texas Tech

  Luke leads the way in the March for Babies

  Lubbock Doctor says soap opera star has familiar story

  Texas Tech School of Medicine celebrates 50 years in Lubbock

  The truth about ear tubes in kids

When little kids are fussy and pulling on their ears, that's a pretty good indication there is an ear infection.

  Healthwise: A Miracle at Birth and Beyond

A boy born with a rare and deadly disorder was able to overcome some big challenges at birth, and is now facing more as he requires a kidney transplant.

Covenant offering mobile mammography screening to help fight breast cancer

Early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer, and if you live outside Lubbock, you don't have to drive over here to get screened.

Healthwise: Planning and preparing for pregnancy

Preconception care is a term used to describe what goes into planning to get pregnant and preparing for a healthy pregnancy.

  Healthwise: Putting a stop to bladder leakage

Dr. Melissa Sanford is a Texas Tech Urologist who specializes in female pelvic medicine. She says managing the bladder starts with understanding what you drink

  Wrench It Forward for a life restored

Most of us take it for granted that we have a car to get us where we want to go. Not the folks at Wrench it Forward. That’s kind of a Fairy Godmother company, if you ask one woman whose dream came true Friday without even asking.

  Winter blues at the blood center

January is national blood donor month because blood centers always predict there will be a shortage of blood donors right after the holidays. But now, we are well into January and another problem is surfacing.

  LPD teams up with Lubbock Spine Institute for medication take back event

The Lubbock Spine Institute partnered with the Lubbock Police Department on Friday to help people properly dispose of their prescription drugs.

  Lubbock prescription drug take back aims to stop medication misuse, reduce crime

The Lubbock Spine Institute has joined forces with the Lubbock Police Department to ensure that prescription medication doesn’t fall into the hands of the wrong people...

  Big check helps with free health care

It was an impressive gift from the Lubbock County Medical Society that will allow Texas Tech Medical students to continue their gift to the community by operating a free health clinic every Wednesday night at Lubbock Impact.

  Covenant looking for community volunteers

The nearly 7,000 employees at Covenant Health depend on a strong volunteer force to help with patient dismissals, flower and newspaper deliveries, greeting folks and answering phones, just to name a few.

  New Alzheimer’s Act to provide help for patients, caregivers on the South Plains

With the passage of the Bold Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, Alzheimer’s will now be treated as a public health issue.

  Healthwise: Dr. James Tarbox talks about winter allergies

We hear a lot about spring allergies but that doesn’t mean that we’re home free in the winter. Even when the plants are not pollinating, there are other triggers that can make us congested

  Healthwise: Thankful for the free clinic at Lubbock Impact

Each pair of feet has a different story to tell. What they all have in common is what they don’t have, insurance, in a world where health care revolves around coverage.

  Healthwise: High Intensity – BIG Rewards

Dr. Mimi Zumwalt is 57. By day, she is a sports surgeon and Texas Tech Physician. In the evening, she is a fitness coach. Her newest passion is a program called Octane HIIT Training.

Kick the habit this Thursday for Great American Smokeout

Thursday is the Great American Smokeout, an effort of the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to quit for one day, hoping that will last a lifetime.

  HEALTHWISE: Say No to Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking in Lubbock has been described as “the hidden epidemic” with nearly 70 reported cases in this area last year, the youngest just 9 years old.

  Amarillo man tells story of diagnosis and recovery from polio-like illness

An Amarillo man is sharing his story of dealing with Acute Flaccid Myelitis, known as the polio-like illness, and his eventual recovery.

  TTU looking to build muscle in postmenopausal women

We know vitamin E can help your eyes, blood, brain and the skin. Vitamin E is also the focus of 2 major new studies at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

  Whisking away cancer with a wiry tool

If you like to cook, you probably have a whisk in your kitchen. Mine cost about 4 dollars. Surgeons are using something that looks a lot like a whisk, except it costs about 4 thousand dollars. A lot of women with breast cancer will tell you it is worth every penny.

  Healthwise: Trauma Education and Survivor Celebration

With an increase in mass casualties nationwide, Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign to help empower people like you and me to know how to take action and save a life.

Test strips allow you to check for marijuana at school or home

With the growing legalization of marijuana, some school districts now are putting a plan into place to spot the pot in seconds.

American Cancer Society awards $5,000 to UMC for transportation help

The American Cancer Society has awarded the University Medical Center Foundation the Community Transportation Grant worth $5,000 to help in patient transportation.

  Healthwise: fighting opioid addiction with medication cleanout

In a recent 15 year period, more than 165 thousand people in this country died from an overdose to a prescription opioid. That’s according to the CDC.

Annual memorial service for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness

One in four pregnancies end in loss and those who have lost generally grieve in silence.

  Correcting misconceptions about bariatric surgery with Dr. Amir Aryaie

Dr. Amir Aryaie is a Texas Tech Physician who specializes in bariatric surgery. He says bariatric surgery is mostly covered now by insurance.

  Doctor explains Partially Collapsed Lung Recovery

If you watched the Texas Tech game against West Virginia this weekend, you know it was at the end of the first half that Red Raider quarterback Alan Bowman took a big hit, but walked off the field touching his chest.

  Doctors providing flu shots for doctors

Our newest doctors at the Texas Tech School of Medicine are practicing what they preach, organizing a clinic this week for them to give each other flu shots.

UMC’s pastoral care to host PTSD, suicide prevention symposium

University Medical Center will host a two-day symposium that started on Thursday and will end on Friday that will cover practical ways of coping with traumatic experiences and helping others who suffered from those types of experiences.

  Logging miles to help fight childhood cancer

The cancer research team at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center is hoping you’ll log every mile you walk, run or cycle this month...

  Possible warning signs of childhood cancer

When a child has pain, it's easy for parents to worry about the worst possible scenario, cancer.

  United Blood Serves gets new name after 65 years

United Blood Services is changing its name after 65 years.

  Colonoscopy Helps Later Generations

Colorectal cancer is diagnosed in 1 in every 23 Americans. The irony is that it is often preventable through colonoscopy screening.

  TTUHSC School of Medicine announces $20.5 million in new 2018 research grants

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center announced Thursday that more than $20 million in research grants have been awarded to the medical school.

  Second grade class helps 7-year-old celebrate clear cancer scan

Pink balloons filled part of the Lubbock sky on Wednesday as some local second graders released balloons to celebrate some very good news.

  Man recovering after snake bite thanks medical staff and phone app

One local family spent their Labor Day weekend at a Lubbock hospital after a man was bitten by a rattlesnake.

  Tips to avoid back to school germs

School just started, and students are coming home with more than knowledge. Some are coming home with germs and are getting sick.

ACS provides grant for transportation of cancer patients

The UMC Foundation was awarded a Community Transportation Grant in the amount of $5,000 for the Southwest Cancer Center to utilize for patient transportation.

  Back to School: Beware of Athlete’s Foot

We all know that frequent hand washing can prevent the spread of illness, but what about your feet?

  Allergy season hits West Texas early

The smoke from wildfires and pollutants are heavy in the air right now, but what is really causing sneezes and sniffles across West Texas?

  Covenant, UMC celebrating neonatal designations

Both Covenant and UMC have been bumped up to a Level 4 in their neonatal intensive care units.

  Training to be a Mental Health Hero

Similar to 'First Aid' and CPR, there is something called 'Youth Mental Health First Aid'. It teaches you how to help young people who might be going through a crisis.

  New program to help first responders deal with emotional stress

The Critical Incident Stress Management Team with University Medical Center EMS is reaching out to the region to help their colleagues deal with the emotional stress leading to an increasing number of suicides among first responders.

  Protecting your child from Meningitis and other back to school bugs

Going off to college means a new lifestyle and new living quarters. With that, comes a new risk for meningitis, particularly among college students living in small spaces and sharing drinks.

  Unresolved back pain could lead to bigger issues

You may think back pain is just a fact of life, but when it can't be controlled with over the counter pain relievers, then what?

Dr. Dalton’s personal plea for vaccinations

Dr. Jeremy Dalton, another Lubbock pediatrician talked to the media on Wednesday to emphasize the same back to school assignment for families.

  Save your jaw, find oral cancer early

If you're concerned about something in your mouth, especially if it's causing pain, see your doctor.

Lubbock Air Force veteran shows off his new smile

Charles Martin is showing off a new smile thanks to the Smiles for Soldiers program and Dr. Robert Ioppolo of Hill & Ioppolo Oral and Facial Surgeons of Lubbock.

  Man shrinks after doctors remove 50 pound kidneys

An average kidney is the size of your fist, which is why doctors at the Mayo Clinic say they believe they have removed the largest kidneys in the world.