Laura Bush was in Lubbock Friday, speaking at two institutions that will bear her name.
The former first lady spoke at a luncheon at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center to show her support for the Laura W. Bush institute for Women's Health.
Mrs. Bush spoke about the value of research programs that investigate the medical consequences of gender differences:
"Research programs funded by the institution for women's health are investigating gender differences in Alzheimer's disease, alcohol addiction and other chronic diseases. Thanks to the gender specific and women's health curriculum that the institute is developing, physicians and other medical professionals will be able to learn more about how better to care for their patients by taking their gender into account during diagnosis and treatment."
She said the research done by the institute will help improve the health of women here in West Texas and all across the country.
Mrs. Bush also attended the ribbon cutting for the new Laura Bush Middle School near 116th and Indiana in the Lubbock Cooper District. More than 700 students, teachers and guests were on hand to greet her. The school opened its doors for the first time this year.
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