Doctor starts non-profit for cleft lip repair

According to the March of Dimes, nearly 7,000 babies are born every year in this country with a birth defect in the lip or tongue. Dr. Joshua Demke is a facial plastic surgeon and Texas Tech Physician with a passion for repairing a cleft lip or cleft palate.

Texas Tech researcher develops method to prevent, even reverse obesity

  Amigos Health Fair - More than FREE Screenings

  Stop a bully: Say the Right Things

  Dry needling for pain – does it work?

Anxiety in School: What to look for in your child

Covenant Children’s opens new pediatric urgent care center

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City’s Health Department hosts walk-in immunization clinic

  TTU Health Sciences Center Free Clinic celebrates 10 Years

Covenant Health announces new hospital in Hobbs

FDA is Tracking E-cigs and Seizures

UMC’s EMS receives award from American Heart Association for heart attack treatment

Vaccines Protect Adults Too

Medication disposal box installed at Wolfforth PD headquarters

The Wolfforth Police Department and StarCare Specialty Health System’s Lubbock VOICES Community Coalition — VOICES — have established a place for residents to dispose of unused and expired medications.

UMC re-verified as Level 1 Trauma Center

An ad-hoc committee that is part of the American College of Surgeons has re-verified University Medical Center as a Level 1 Trauma Center.

Covenant Health Plainview to host free stroke education class

Covenant Health Plainview will host a free community education class that will help people learn signs and treatment of strokes at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday inside the Max Gabriel Room of Covenant Health Plainview, 2601 Dimmitt Rd.

Covenant partners up with Fort Worth pediatric hospital

Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth has recently announced a partnership with Covenant Health that will keep young pediatric cardiology patients in Lubbock.

  Shallowater DNL League welcomes special needs kids

  Petersburg woman walks hundreds of miles to fight cancer

  UMC, Texas Tech University team up to open Children’s Behavioral Health Clinic in Lubbock

  HEALTHWISE: Robotic surgery – safe and steady

UMC, Texas Tech partner to open Children’s Behavioral Health Clinic

Hummus sold at stores nationwide being recalled due to possible bacteria contamination

3 area medical centers recognized by health organization as top 10 percent for patient experience

Healthgrades, a medical consumer organization, has awarded University Medical Center, Grace Medical Center and Lubbock Heart Hospital the 2019 Outstanding Patient Experience Award.

  Covenant Health shuttle service helps cancer patients with transportation issues

Established about a year ago, Covenant Health’s transportation department aims to ensure patients can get to the care and other services provided at Joe Arrington Cancer Research & Treatment Center.

  Healthwise: The Zone asthma camp

According to the CDC, nearly 40 million people in this country have been diagnosed with asthma at some point. It’s especially common in kids.

  Nurse Manager Connie Gonzales caring for veterans at Covenant Health

Just a week away from the Fourth of July, KCBD is celebrating some of our local heroes. Connie Gonzales is a nurse manager at Covenant Health and also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.

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.

  Tech students learn to navigate downtown streets without sight

KCBD followed Texas Tech education students who walked one mile as a visually impaired person through the streets of Downtown Lubbock.

UMC’s new prostate cancer gel could reduce number of radiation visits for patients

University Medical Center is praising a new hydrogel oncologist say could reduce the number of radiation treatments for prostate cancer patients; from 30-45 to 5-16 treatments.

  Lubbock doctors make a plan to ‘turn it off’

You’ve heard doctors say screen time should be limited among young children. Well now, some Lubbock doctors are taking a stand. The Lubbock County Medical Society wants everyone to know the facts, that too much screen time at any age is taking its toll on families.

Baby formula sold at Walmart recalled nationwide for potentially containing metal

A baby formula sold exclusively at Walmart is being recalled nationwide “because of the potential presence of metal foreign matter.”

Would you know if your pet was having a heatstroke?

Pets cannot tell you when they are experiencing signs of heat exposure, so it’s important for you to know the symptoms.

  Healthwise: Helping seniors understand their prescriptions

We know that the senior age group is more likely to take multiple medications. But they are learning at the Texas Tech School of Pharmacy that as much as 12 percent of dementia could be blamed on too many prescriptions, some that may not even be needed anymore.

Susan G. Komen North Texas merges with West Texas branch

In addition to the original 75 counties served by the two branches, the new entity will add 16 new counties to their service area.

  Books donated to encourage reading and benefit Children’s Miracle Network

Happy State Bank donated books to one Lubbock preschool Monday morning, sending each child home with their own copy of Karin McCay's “Marvin and the Giant Bubble”

Walmart, Sam’s Club launch annual campaign for Children’s Miracle Network

From now until July 7, every time you shop at a Walmart or Sam’s Club the cashier will ask you if you want to donate one dollar to Children’s Miracle Network.

  Family says Preston Smith would be ‘astounded’ by progress of Texas Tech Medical School

Today, TTUHSC serves 4,000 students across the nation and has graduated almost 28,000 health professionals with nearly one in four staying right here to serve West Texas.

How you can help reduce the mosquito population

With the recent rains, the City of Lubbock Health Department (COLHD) is urging people to take steps to reduce mosquito populations.

  Healthwise: The dangers of synthetic marijuana

A big concern among the medical community when it comes to CBD is the lack of regulation by the FDA.

  HEALTH ALERT: Raccoon in Lubbock tests positive for rabies

A raccoon found and caught in the eastern area of Lubbock county has tested positive for rabies, according to the City of Lubbock.

  The School of Pharmacy: Good medicine for Texas Tech

This is the 50th year of the Texas Tech Medical School but the system is also celebrating another anniversary. This is the 20th year of graduates from the Texas Tech School of Pharmacy.

  CMN raises over $1 million in 36th annual Children’s Miracle Network Celebration for UMC

$1,066,216, that’s how much was raised as of 5:30 Sunday afternoon as the 36th Annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon ended. They’re accepting donations until midnight. This was the 36th year for KCBD’s Karin McCay and Abner Euresti to host the event.

  Robert ‘Bubba’ Johnson: ‘I want to be a doctor... because they help me’

Thanks to UMC doctors, his daily routine has been changed, for the better. "Yeah it changed his life," says his mom. "Like he can play sports and everything. He can do normal life things now and play and he's a happy kid."

  Will Jordan: UMC helps save leg after Scurry County crash

Nearly a year following a crash in Snyder, Will Jordan is already getting back to swinging a baseball bat, but a year ago, the family wasn’t sure he would be able to keep his leg.

  Isaiah Lara: “I can get through anything now”

16-year-old Isaiah Lara began experiencing pain in his left leg in the fall of 2017.

  Makayla Pierson: Abernathy teen working against the odds

Makayla Pierson has never been afraid of a challenge. A multi-sport athlete all through high school, she’s used to working against the odds; but her senior year at Abernathy High School would come with the biggest challenge yet.

  Nathaniel Tavarez: Victim of Roswell shooting gives graduation address

It was January, 2014, when a student at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico, opened fire with a shotgun in the school gym. 12-year-old Nathaniel Tavarez was critically wounded.

  Austyn Montgomery: Teen narrowly survives crash that kills her boyfriend, mom

The Montgomery family started their Sunday morning bright and early. Les and Nova Montgomery and their 16-year-old daughter, Austyn woke up around 5 a.m. for breakfast with Austyn’s boyrfiend, 18-year-old Brayden Sizenbach.

  Get moving for better health

Exercise guidelines from the American Heart Association and other groups recommend that people should walk 10,000 steps or more a day for better health.

Walk with a Doc Sunday, May 26

Parks and Recreation and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Family Medicine are partnering on a Walk With A Doc program beginning Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. at Richard Lopez Park.

Covenant to host emergency medical professionals appreciation breakfast May 22

First responders and emergency medical professionals alike are invited to join Covenant Health on May 22 in the Lubbock, Levelland and Plainview campuses for its emergency medical professionals appreciation breakfast.

  Healthwise: The dangers of a ‘brain attack’

We all know what it means to have a heart attack. The National Stroke Association wants people to become just as familiar with a brain attack. That’s what happens when blood flow to the brain is disrupted.

Freebies and deals offered during Nurse Appreciation Week

May 6 through 12 is National Nurse Appreciation Week. Check here for a long list of freebies and discounts available to nurses this weekend.

TTUHSC to host free skin cancer screening

May is skin cancer awareness month. And according to the National Cancer Institute, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S.

  ‘Pick and Chews’ for better health

Obesity has become an epidemic in this country. The latest numbers from the CDC indicate that 1 in 5 young people are obese between the ages of 12 and 18.That statistic is motivating some Texas Tech nursing students to make a difference.

  Nursing not the career it was years ago

As our growing population ages, there is a real concern that someday soon, we’re not going to have enough nurses to fill the need.

  Covenant to host free skin cancer screenings Monday

To spread the word about Skin Cancer Awareness Month, two doctors with Covenant Health will host a free skin cancer clinic from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, inside their offices.

Bowling for a good cause Saturday in Plainview

RADAR Foundations, a non-profit whose mission is to help the disabled and their families in rural areas, is planning a fundraiser at the Plainview Bowling Center this Saturday, May 4.

  Man with autism spectrum disorder finds joy in unusual job

The Autism Spectrum Disorder is a brain condition which impacts how we socialize with other people.

Covenant to host Mental Health First Aid training May 2

Covenant Health will host its annual Mental Health First Aid training session from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 2 inside the Knipling Education Conference Center at 21st Street and Louisville Avenue on the sixth floor of the west parking garage on the Covenant Health campus.

StarCare teaching First Aid for Mental Health

StarCare is offering a class next week to help adults better understand how to help a young person who might be going through depression or any mental health issue or crisis.

Health Sciences Center hosting medication cleanout event Saturday

What's in your medicine cabinet? The TTUHSC School of Pharmacy would like to know. Bring your unused, expired or unnecessary medications to Medication Cleanout on April 27.

  Immunization encouraged during accelerated measles outbreak

"We consider you fully immunized against measles if you had your three vaccinations as a child. If people can’t prove that they’ve had the three vaccinations, some people choose to do a blood test."

  One loud noise can leave damage to your hearing

Dr. Lee Ann Reel with Texas Tech's School of Health Professionals says noise induced hearing loss can show up at any age because it only takes one time for a loud noise to trigger permanent hearing loss.

Lubbock restaurant raising funds for Lupus research

The popular Lubbock restaurant Teddy Jack’s Hub City Grill is partnering for a good cause next month. On Thursday, the restaurants owners announced they will again team with the Lubbock Lupus Group on awareness and fundraising.

Lubbock tops nationwide list for worst diets

According to the website 24/7 Wall St., the Gallup organization recently surveyed people in 189 communities across the country on their eating habits. From those results, Lubbock topped the list for cities with the worst diets.

  The fidget spinner still serves a purpose

If you think your child may have a sensory processing disorder, there are many tools that can help kids clean out the clutter, even a fidget spinner.

  Screenagers: Growing up in the digital age

It’s not easy for parents to cut back on screen time when technology is exploding with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and hundreds of other apps that appeal to kids and teens. But a documentary gives parents the ammunition to better manage screen time by offering good reasons - backed by science –wit

New Covenant webcams allow family, friends to watch NICU babies

Covenant Children’s has installed 43 high-definition web cameras called NicView cameras to allow family members and friends to see babies in NICU through a livestream. This allows families to see their babies while away from the hospital.

Three positive cases of rabies found in Hale County

A pair of skunks and a calf in Hale County have each tested positive for rabies, the Plainview/Hale County Health Department announced Monday evening.

  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.

New support for suicide loss in Lubbock

It is estimated that each person who dies by suicide leaves behind at least 6 people who struggle to deal with that loss. A group in Lubbock called Compassionate Friends is now organizing a support group for those survivors.

  Emergency Room visits double for children exhibiting suicidal behavior; Texas counselor weighs in

A new JAMA report that looked at data from a CDC survey revealed that the number of children visiting emergency rooms due to suicide attempts or suicidal behavior have doubled since 2007.

Exciting Games can be Too Much for the Heart

Dr. Juan Fitz, and Emergency Room Physician at Covenant Health says, "Unfortunately, the faster your heart rate goes up and you have a cardiac history, then you do have a higher chance of having a heart attack or a stroke.”

Cavender’s joins American Cancer Society ‘Together vs. Cancer’

A new American Cancer Society initiative is aiming to bring businesses and their customers together in the common goal of fighting cancer. Together vs. Cancer convenes companies across the country to make it easier for customers to donate while they’re shopping and doing business every day.

  Addiction: A Brain Disease

Nobody starts out with a plan to get addicted to something, but it happens to about 23 million Americans, nearly 1 in 10.

  Autism: Looking for Clues

It's estimated that one in every 68 children has an Autism Disorder.

Covenant to break ground on new short-stay hospital in southwest Lubbock

Covenant Health in Lubbock is soon to break ground on a new three-story, 32 bed, short-stay surgical hospital that will be at the corner of 82nd Street and the Marsha Sharp Freeway.

  TTUHSC wound study breaks through the bacteria bunker

Every 20 seconds globally, someone has an amputation because of a diabetic foot ulcer that has been infected and can not be healed.

Compassionate Friends for those grieving the loss of a child

When a child dies, the whole family suffers. That’s why a group called Compassionate Friends is opening its doors to help families through this grief journey with newsletters and a support system that meets monthly. The next meeting is Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m.