Community Medical School prepares to teach students how to understand research - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/12/09

Community Medical School prepares to teach students how to understand research

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Every day there are medical studies published that involve our health. We are bombarded by suggestions, what to do to prevent diseases, what to eat, what not to eat to live longer and so on,  but not everything you read is the Gospel. Texas Tech Health Science Center's Community Medical School on Tuesday will host Dr. Betsy Goebel Jones, Ed.D, Director of Research at TTUHSC, who will be talking about what people need to know and how to look for what's real and what's hype.

"As much as we appreciate the value of the internet, things can go viral right away and so it's very easy for information to be misinterpreted," said Dr. Jones.  "We're going to try to help people cut through the gobblety goo and get rid of the panic inducing part of it so they can really understand what does translate into good health care."

Dr. Jones has been featured on our news, previously on HealthWise, in 2004, when a series on colon cancer aired; she was a young patient who had been given the diagnosis before the age of 50. She underwent surgery and chemo, and now, five years later, she is cancer free. That is something she will also discuss Tuesday evening at Community Medical School, which is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the TTUHSC. It's just $10 for the last three classes.  If you'd like to reserve a seat, please call (806)743-2008.

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