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.

  Healthwise: The dangers of a ‘brain attack’

Freebies and deals offered during Nurse Appreciation Week

TTUHSC to host free skin cancer screening

  ‘Pick and Chews’ for better health

  Nursing not the career it was years ago

  Covenant to host free skin cancer screenings Monday

Continued Coverage

Bowling for a good cause Saturday in Plainview

Covenant offering mobile mammography screening to help fight breast cancer

  Man with autism spectrum disorder finds joy in unusual job

Covenant to host Mental Health First Aid training May 2

StarCare teaching First Aid for Mental Health

Health Sciences Center hosting medication cleanout event Saturday

  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

  Screenagers: Growing up in the digital age

New Covenant webcams allow family, friends to watch NICU babies

Three positive cases of rabies found in Hale County

  New careers as a health professional

New support for suicide loss in Lubbock

  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.

  Healthwise: City council makes plea to help save lives

It was an emotional City Council meeting Tuesday when Mayor Dan Pope turned the mic over to city councilmen Juan Chadis and councilman Randy Christian, both colon cancer survivors, to let them explain why Lubbock is observing March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with a proclamation.

  Cancer team at TTUHSC finding ‘Light Switch’ for estrogen

We continue our focus on this 50th anniversary of the Texas Tech School of Medicine with another look at the science that is evolving over there.

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

The Castro County Hospital District is hosting a grand opening for its new senior living facility, Country View Living, on Tuesday.

  LCU signs medical school agreement with Tech Health Sciences Center

An agreement between Lubbock Christian University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will allow for LCU honors students to apply early to the HSC’s medical school, granting pre-admission and exemption from a medical entrance exam.

  Doctors miss colon cancer because too soon for screening

John says in his letter that four physicians including his gastroenterologist told him he was still a year away from his next colonoscopy… even though they all knew his sister and a great aunt had died of colon cancer with many other cancers in the family.

  Daily aspirin no longer recommended as heart attack preventative for healthy older adults

Daily low-dose aspirin is no longer recommended as a preventative for older adults who don’t have a high risk of heart disease or existing heart disease.

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

Best Buddies Texas and Best Buddies of Lubbock is asking area residents with a passion for inclusion to register for the city’s first Best Buddies Friendship Walk this May.

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

Friday, 170 Texas Tech Health Science Center’s (TTUHSC) School Of Medicine students participated in match day. Each student was given a sealed envelope with a letter inside. This letter told the student where they will complete their residency. Going along with a national tradition celebrated for mo

  TTU: Moving bacteria from gut to gut to change disease

It's estimated that more than 3 million Americans and about 100 thousand children suffer from Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, the two most common of the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

  The good and bad in fighting cancer in kids

The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation reports that every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer. Researchers at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine are working hard to bring down that statistic.

  Covenant to host free colonoscopy screenings March 23

Covenant Health will offer free colonoscopies on Saturday, March 23 inside the Covenant Endoscopy Center at 3610 21st St., as part of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

  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

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

The movement to look and feel younger continues to be big business – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down.

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.

Adults vaccinated as kids may not be protected against the measles now

If you were born between 1957 and the early 70s, you may not be protected from the measles.

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

Spain is the world’s healthiest country – the U.S. did not make the top 20

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

  Healthwise: Dr. Thomas Tenner on dangers of vaping

As vaping becomes more and more popular among teens even in middle school, Dr.Thomas Tenner says studies continue at Texas Tech to learn more about the dangers.

  New way to stay Covered during surgery

Look what's new to help ease the anxiety that comes with surgery for those who feel uncomfortable about being naked and asleep in an operating room.

  Measles outbreak in Texas, Lubbock health officials discuss threat

The City of Lubbock Health Department said there are currently eight reported cases of measles in Texas.

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

A portion of the proceeds from your breakfast at the Lions Club Pancake Festival this weekend will go to help fund the Great Plains Lions Eye Bank. That bank is supported by the Lion’s Club and affiliated with the Department of Ophthalmology at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

  Luke leads the way in the March for Babies

Luke Gamez is a happy, active 4 year old today. But when he was born, he weighed just 1 pound 12 ounces. His story was featured at the kickoff for the March for Babies, the largest fundraiser for the March of Dimes.

  Lubbock Doctor says soap opera star has familiar story

Even though Susan Lucci is the picture of good health at age 72, Dr. Mac Ansari, a cardiologist and Texas Tech Physician, says her recent story of multiple blocked arteries is all too common.

  Texas Tech School of Medicine celebrates 50 years in Lubbock

Dr. Steven Berk, Dean of the Texas Tech School of Medicine, says nobody thought West Texas was big enough to support a medical school, but look at it today.

Rise Academy Charter School cancels classes due to the flu

According to officials with Rise Academy Charter School in Lubbock, school is cancelled Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7 and 8, due to the flu epidemic.

NICU nurse explains importance of breast milk for newborns

Covenant Health is offering courses and support groups for expecting moms or those with newborns, and experts are speaking out about the benefits of breast milk for babies.

  ESPN’s Holly Rowe shares inspirational story in Lubbock

You’ll usually find sports reporter, Holly Rowe, reporting on national sporting events for ESPN. That’s what she’s done for more than 20 years. Tuesday, Rowe was in Lubbock talking to a sold-out crowd at the Lubbock Country Club. Her speech was titled, “Surviving the Sidelines.”

Covenant introduces new brain-mapping technology

Covenant Health is the second health system in Texas to adopt Synaptive Medical’s BrightMatter.

  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.

  People with Flu symptoms urged to stay home

Many people associate flu season with November and December, but few realize that the peak of flu season isn’t until February or March.

Alzheimer’s Association to host March community forum

The Alzheimer’s Association will host a community forum focused on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss from 6-8 p.m. on March 14 inside University Medical Center.

  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.

  CBD use around Lubbock increasing in popularity as medical alternative

As people become more aware of what they are putting into their bodies, they are turning to natural products to cure their symptoms.

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

  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...

  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.

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

After an 8-year-old asked Santa to borrow money for kids with cancer, word spread quickly among family friends and colleagues, and the boy found $1,200 under the tree Christmas morning.

  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

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

  Allergist says misery caused by peak of weed pollen, cotton harvest season

For South Plains allergy sufferers, there are three reasons you are feeling miserable this month: cotton stripping, cotton ginning and weed pollen.

  Lubbock toddler fighting fatal disease

A Lubbock family continues their battle with Tay Sachs disease, a 100 percent fatal disease that their 18-month-old son has been diagnosed with.

  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.