Holidays may be the perfect time to discuss end of life decisions

The holidays are a time for family gatherings and as awkward as it may seem, this is also the perfect time to make your end of life wishes known.

2nd pediatric flu death reported in Texas

Lubbock doctor talks about preventing the spread of flu, illnesses during holidays

  Lubbock doctors care for vaping patients

  Health experts concerned vaping could cause widespread health issues

  More than just vapor: Doctors weigh in on vaping THC vs. Nicotine

Possible Pill for Migraine Relief

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N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

  New support group for ALS: Nice Guys Disease

  TTUHSC Supports November Awareness for Alzheimer’s

  A Forever Home for Tedd and Janet Mitchell

Vaping, e-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says

UMC partners with Susan G. Komen for free mammograms during October

Anxiety, panic disorder medication recalled over potential foreign substance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public about a recall of one lot of Alprazolam Tablets. The medication is being recalled due to the potential presence of a foreign substance.

Don’t Use a Chainsaw to Carve a Pumpkin

It is a fun tradition to buy a big pumpkin for Halloween and carve it into a crazy character to sit on your front porch. But a Lubbock doctor says you’d be surprised how often that family fun can turn into a trip to the emergency room.

  Frog says Blue Halloween Buckets Mean Something

The McGavock frog, Brandon Buzzank, wanted to bring awareness to Autism since he has been diagnosed with ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, so Brandon brought treats to the newsroom in a blue bucket.

Humid, windy days are worse for pain, study says

The new study says humid and windy days are worse for pain.

  Texas Tech HSC Doctor gets flu shot on TV

Lubbock oral surgeon to give veteran $50k smile makeover

Lubbock health department reports increase in Shigellosis cases

  Majesty Caballero continues fearless fight against cancer

  Texas Tech Physicians hosting drug drop-off Saturday, Oct. 12

City screening confirms first case of mosquito-borne St. Louis Encephalitis Virus

  Recovery – Something to Celebrate!

Dr. Zack Sneed, Ph.D., is Program Director in Addiction Counseling at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Health Professions. He says the first thing people need to understand is that there is a big difference between Recovery and Sobriety.

  Lubbock nurses reunite with former patients at Covenant Children’s annual NICU reunion

Covenant Children’s held its annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Reunion on Saturday, a chance for families who had their babies in the NICU to reunite with the nurses who helped them.

  National Recovery Month Needs Many Supporters

The CDC explains addiction is a complex disease, estimating that 40 million Americans age 12 and older are addicted to nicotine, alcohol or some other substance. That’s one in seven.

  James Braxton thankful for 5 more years to reach 100

Happy Birthday to James Braxton. He is 100 years old today and grateful for five extra years, thanks to Dr. Marc Levine, a Lubbock Interventional Cardiologist.

  Lubbock Woman Loves Life, Despite Loss of Hands and Feet

September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Sepsis is an infection that gets out of control, a medical emergency that kills more than 250,000 Americans every year.

  Healthwise: September is for Sepsis Awareness

Sepsis is a very scary diagnosis that can be life threatening in an instant, shutting down every organ. It kills more than 250 thousand Americans every year, according to the group, Sepsis Alliance.

  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.

UMC establishes first symptom management clinic for cancer patients

University Medical Center has established the Adult Oncology Symptom Management Clinic, the region’s first after-hours clinic designed to help its cancer patients manage symptoms during cancer treatments.

Covenant, Trustpoint introduce robot technology to help patients re-learn to walk

Covenant Health and Trustpoint Rehabilitation have introduced a new specialized piece of robotic equipment, called the Lokomat Pro, designed to help patients who must relearn to walk.

Texas Tech researcher develops method to prevent, even reverse obesity

Obesity is a growing problem in the United States. According to the latest estimates from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than one-third of American adults are obese, and that rate has been rising steadily for decades.

  Amigos Health Fair - More than FREE Screenings

Knowing your cholesterol, your blood pressure and glucose levels can help you stay in control of your health. That’s why United Supermarkets is holding a free health fair this weekend at all of its Amigo stores.

  Stop a bully: Say the Right Things

With a growing effort to spot bullying and stop it before it becomes dangerous, this 3 day weekend ahead of us is a great time for parents to talk to kids and get their reaction to school and what's going on socially.

  Dry needling for pain – does it work?

We've all heard of acupuncture, using tiny needles to alleviate pain and other problems. But there is something similar to that called dry needling.

Anxiety in School: What to look for in your child

How do you know when a healthy dose of the jitters becomes an overwhelming anxiety?

Covenant Children’s opens new pediatric urgent care center

Covenant Children’s has opened Lubbock’s first pediatric urgent care center at 5202 82nd St.

City’s Health Department hosts walk-in immunization clinic

The Lubbock Health Department is hosting a walk-in immunization clinic for those whose children need immunizations before school starts this week and next.

  TTU Health Sciences Center Free Clinic celebrates 10 Years

Ten years of free medical care for the underprivileged. That was something to celebrate tonight at the Merket Alumni Center.

Covenant Health announces new hospital in Hobbs

Covenant Health has announced it will open a new, 105,000-square-foot, hospital in Hobbs, New Mexico.

FDA is Tracking E-cigs and Seizures

Government investigators started tracking the cases in April when they realized there had been 35 cases in the previous 10 years.

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

University Medical Center’s EMS team has been recognized by the American Heart Association for its efforts in treating patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Vaccines Protect Adults Too

A strong reminder coming from the American College of Physicians, especially now because August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

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

There is something great happening in Shallowater. A group called DNL meets 5 times in the spring and 5 times in the fall.

  Petersburg woman walks hundreds of miles to fight cancer

It was the talk of the town in Petersburg when Mrs. Horn, a High School English teacher, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, but what she did three years later made the paper.

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

There’s a new clinic in town aimed at helping kids and their families following medical treatment. UMC and Texas Tech University teamed up to start The Children’s Behavioral Health Clinic-- an effort to provide long term

  HEALTHWISE: Robotic surgery – safe and steady

It is not unusual to find a robot helping a surgeon in the operating room these days. But it may come as a shock to you if you are the patient rolling into the O.R.

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

Texas Tech and University Medical Center have partnered up to establish a Children’s Behavioral Health Clinic inside of UMC’s campus. The new clinic will offer individual, couple and family therapy on site and through teletherapy.

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

The products have been distributed nationwide and to United Arab Emirates.

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.

  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.