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  New guidelines from THHS on nursing home, long term care facilities visitation

Greg Bruce, Corporate Director of Crown Point Health Suites, says this is great news for families, but it is just the first step in a complicated process.

  31 test positive in 2 Lubbock nursing homes, Dr. says nursing home isolation is tragic

  The Mask Lesson from the Med School

StarCare offering mental health hotline as COVID-19 case count rises

  Katherine Wells provides behind-the-scenes look at compiling COVID-19 data in Lubbock

Katherine Wells provides COVID-19 update before holiday weekend

  Fireworks too close could be the last ones you hear

Continued Coverage

  Lubbock Doctor’s Vitamin Regimen for COVID-19

  Tracking COVID-19 by Race and Ethnicity

Free antibody testing for blood donors

  O’Donnell Makes Healthy Effort to Grow

  It’s Officially a She Leading TTUHSC

  Lubbock Pediatrician Joins Covid News Conference

Pediatrician Recommends Disaster Kit in Every Home

Dr. Tammy Camp is a Pediatrician and Texas Tech Physician who also serves as the President of the TPS. She says right now, while families are still at home most of the time, we should take the time to plan with our kids what we would do in response to a disaster.

Comparing COVID-19 case numbers Lubbock vs. Amarillo

Our total case number for COVID-19 in Lubbock today is 614. Compare that to 1,939 in the Amarillo area.

  Another Kidney, Another Miracle for Brixton Marshall

Doctors knew that someday, Brixton Marshall would need a kidney transplant to survive. Yesterday, Transplant Surgeons at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth decided he was finally big enough to handle a kidney transplant. That new kidney came from the best match they could find.

  Free Program to Help Recovery from Chemical Dependency

A pandemic is stressful for most people but it is especially challenging for those who are struggling anyway to recover from an addiction. That’s why the timing may seem perfect for a new program underway now at Covenant Health.

  With COVID-19, age is not the whole story

  Why wear a mask?

  Drivers turn out for parade to support Aiden Cuevas in battle with cancer

  Governor Abbott Cites Help from TTU School of Pharmacy

  Jayton to unveil newly renovated maternity home

  Plasma Therapy: Liquid Gold, But Not so New

  Sterilizing and reusing medical masks

With the shortage of personal protective equipment on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Tech medical students and others at the Health Sciences Center are working hard to extend the life of N95 medical masks and face shields. That means longer protection for those who use them.

  The Flu vs. Covid 19 – A Look Back Through History

One comment we've heard a lot from viewers...“This happens every year. So, how is this any different from the flu?”

  Skin Doctor says Gloves can be Tricky

While most people just put on a mask briefly when they have to go out, health care workers could be strapped in a mask for most of the day.

  Fertility specialist encouraging everyone to use masks, gloves during COVID-19

Dr. Jennifer Phy is a fertility specialist at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. She says pregnant women are not at any extra risk for COVID-19, but she is encouraging everyone to wear masks and gloves.

  Avoiding depression, anxiety when stuck at home

Mayor Dan Pope’s stay-at-home order has a lot of people stressed and anxious, because they can’t do ordinary things like eat at a restaurant or go shopping, but a Lubbock psychologist says there are things you can do to deal with that stress.

  Saying goodbye when you lose a loved one during COVID-19

It’s tragic to think that anyone could lose a loved one in isolation without the chance to touch and say goodbye. So, what can families do?

  Autism Acceptance: Be Aware, Be Kind

It can be hard enough for anyone to cope with the uncertainty of a pandemic. But for many children who have autism or are on the autism spectrum disorder, life as it is now can be even more unsettling.

  We Can Stay Home and Stay Fit

By staying home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many of us are not walking as much as we normally would. Dr. Toby Brooks, is an Assistant Professor in athletic training at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. He says we need to make an effort to keep moving for at least 30 minutes a day.

  How long does coronavirus live on clothes and skin?

How long does the coronavirus live on your clothes and your skin? Karin asked Dr. Michelle Tarbox, a Dermatologist at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

  The Flu, COVID-19 and what the numbers mean

Hundreds of people have lined up for drive-through screening at UMC, but many have been turned away after testing positive for the flu instead. Dr. Jacob Nichols, an infectious disease specialist at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, helps us understand the difference.

  TTUSHC Provost explains testing for COVID-19

So what happens when you get tested for coronavirus?It’s not a blood test.It’s much more similar to getting tested for the flu except that it may come in 3 parts.

  While TTU Students Stay Put, Faculty Working Hard

There were about 100 Texas Tech students studying worldwide when the coronavirus became a concern. The Chancellor, Dr. Tedd Mitchell, says most were in Seville, Spain. Check out more on these students from Dr. Mitchell's interview with Karin McCay.

  Successful but Different Match Day

Dr. Steven Berk, Dean of the Texas Tech School of Medicine says the students were notified individually this year, then they celebrated through zoom or on Facebook.

Lubbock Meals on Wheels in need of healthy volunteers

Lubbock Meals on Wheels is seeing an increased need for their services, but a lack of healthy drivers to meet the additional routes. Those who are able are asked to volunteer at lubbockmealsonwheels.org

Scholastic offering free website to keep kids busy over Spring Break

If you're wondering how you're going to keep your young child engaged during what could be an extended spring break, here's one idea.

  Healthwise: Your Questions About Coronavirus Answered

Coronavirus awareness has exploded. It is what everyone is talking about. So today, we invited the two leading infectious disease specialists in this region into our studio to answer your questions about coronavirus.

  Don’t let high blood pressure kill your kidneys

We hear a lot about high blood pressure or hypertension and we know that's not good for the heart. But did you know that high blood pressure can also quietly shut down your kidneys?

  New Powerful Peanut Protection - Coming Soon to Lubbock

The FDA has just approved a new drug, the first of its kind, and it could open the door to a whole new generation of protection that we never thought we could have.

  Time to team up and March For Babies

This effort of the March of Dimes raises money to fight birth defects and prevent prematurity and help women ensure a safe pregnancy.

  Man Feels Blessed Despite Stolen Wheelchair

Tristan Montoya was 16 years old when he was diagnosed with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia. This weekend, it was a shock when the family discovered that Tristan’s wheelchair was stolen from their back porch in Northwest Lubbock. We invited Tristan to Newschannel 11 to tell his story.

  Techniques to Promote Sleep

A Consumer Reports survey of 4,000 Americans found that 2 out of 3 people had trouble falling asleep at least once a week. So at what point does an occasional sleepless night become a pattern and a problem?

  Healthwise: Minimed 600 series insulin pumps recalled

More than 300,000 insulin pumps have been recalled and the FDA is calling this a class one recall. That means it is the most serious, due to a malfunction that could be deadly in some people with diabetes.

  Wolffarth Elementary students get to be “Doctors for a Day”

What might have seemed scary at first became a hands-on learning experience with the medical students making an effort to make it fun too.

  Protect your New Year’s Resolution Beyond Quitter’s Day

Dr. Michael Gomez, Ph.D., a physchologist and Texas Tech Physician, says we often set goals but are not really focused on that goal. So, it’s easy to relapse. Mindfulness, he says, is a way to remember what is truly important so the effort is more likely to stick.

Miracle baby born after transplant from deceased donor

For only the third time in the world, a healthy baby has been delivered from a uterus that was transplanted from a deceased donor.

  Eat well, live well with the 80/20 diet plan

This is the time of year when millions of people make the same New Year's Resolution. They want to lose weight or just eat healthier or both. Brenda Garcia is the Health and Wellness Manager at United and she says they’ve come up with a plan to help folks reach that goal.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America tips for healthy aging as a New Year’s resolution

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is encouraging people of all ages to make healthy aging a priority in the new year.

  Study looks at intermittent fasting as weight loss option for the New Year

If your New Year's Resolution means looking for the right weight loss plan, a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests something called Intermittent Fasting could be an option for several reasons.

  Medication Mistakes When you Travel

Dr. Charles Seifert is the Regional Dean of the Texas Tech School of Pharmacy. He says packing your prescriptions in luggage or even a carry-on is one of the biggest mistakes people make when they travel.

  Randy Christian and the Reason - Why Me?

In an earlier report, we told you that Lubbock City Councilman Randy Christian told the others on the council that he is facing cancer for the third time. after surviving colon cancer twice, and newly diagnosed with stomach cancer, Randy knows now he can blame it all on Lynch Syndrome.

  DNA Test Kits – What you Need to Know

It's estimated that more than 26 million people have taken an at home ancestry test. And with millions more purchased on Black Friday, there could be one for you waiting under the tree.

  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.

  Coping with holiday parties during recovery

The holiday season means festive parties and an overindulgence of food and alcohol.

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.

  Lubbock doctors care for vaping patients

There are many people who vape with no ill effects... But as one Lubbock doctor told us, it is a gamble.

  Health experts concerned vaping could cause widespread health issues

Health experts say they are concerned that vaping could cause long-term, widespread health issues.

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

It’s a new phenomena that has health care experts and providers searching for answers - a recent surge in illness associated with e-cigarettes and vaping.

Possible Pill for Migraine Relief

An experimental drug is showing promise in the treatment of migraines.

  New support group for ALS: Nice Guys Disease

"ALS is not a death sentence. It's a call to live our life."

  TTUHSC Supports November Awareness for Alzheimer’s

At the time November was designated as Alzheimer's Awareness Month in 1983, there were fewer than 2 million people with the disease. Today, it’s estimated there are nearly 6 million Americans living with Alzheimers and that number is growing.

  A Forever Home for Tedd and Janet Mitchell

This is a big week for Texas Tech, the first week for Dr. Tedd Mitchell to turn all of his attention to his duties as Chancellor of the University System after stepping down as President of the Texas Tech Health sciences center.

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.

  Texas Tech HSC Doctor gets flu shot on TV

As Halloween approaches, the scariest thing might be the flu virus if it hits your family.

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

It's time again for a Medicine Clean-Out, thanks to the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

  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.

  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.

  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?

  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.

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.

Vaccines Protect Adults Too

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