Healthwise

  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.

  Dry needling for pain – does it work?

Anxiety in School: What to look for in your child

  TTU Health Sciences Center Free Clinic celebrates 10 Years

FDA is Tracking E-cigs and Seizures

Vaccines Protect Adults Too

  Shallowater DNL League welcomes special needs kids

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  Petersburg woman walks hundreds of miles to fight cancer

  HEALTHWISE: Robotic surgery – safe and steady

  Healthwise: The Zone asthma camp

  Nurse Manager Connie Gonzales caring for veterans at Covenant Health

Covenant offering mobile mammography screening to help fight breast cancer

  Lubbock doctors make a plan to ‘turn it off’

  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.

  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”

  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.

  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.

  The School of Pharmacy: Good medicine for Texas Tech

  Get moving 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

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.

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.

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.

  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 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 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.

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.”

  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.

  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.

  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.

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.

  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

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  Brixton Marshall: 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.

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

  Wrench It Forward for a life restored

Most of us take it for granted that we have a car to get us where we want to go. Not the folks at Wrench it Forward. That’s kind of a Fairy Godmother company, if you ask one woman whose dream came true Friday without even asking.

  Winter blues at the blood center

January is national blood donor month because blood centers always predict there will be a shortage of blood donors right after the holidays. But now, we are well into January and another problem is surfacing.

  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...

  Big check helps with free health care

It was an impressive gift from the Lubbock County Medical Society that will allow Texas Tech Medical students to continue their gift to the community by operating a free health clinic every Wednesday night at Lubbock Impact.

  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.

  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

  Healthwise: Thankful for the free clinic at Lubbock Impact

Each pair of feet has a different story to tell. What they all have in common is what they don’t have, insurance, in a world where health care revolves around coverage.

  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.

  HEALTHWISE: Say No to Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking in Lubbock has been described as “the hidden epidemic” with nearly 70 reported cases in this area last year, the youngest just 9 years old.

  Amarillo man tells story of diagnosis and recovery from polio-like illness

An Amarillo man is sharing his story of dealing with Acute Flaccid Myelitis, known as the polio-like illness, and his eventual recovery.

  TTU looking to build muscle in postmenopausal women

We know vitamin E can help your eyes, blood, brain and the skin. Vitamin E is also the focus of 2 major new studies at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

  Whisking away cancer with a wiry tool

If you like to cook, you probably have a whisk in your kitchen. Mine cost about 4 dollars. Surgeons are using something that looks a lot like a whisk, except it costs about 4 thousand dollars. A lot of women with breast cancer will tell you it is worth every penny.

  Healthwise: Trauma Education and Survivor Celebration

With an increase in mass casualties nationwide, Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign to help empower people like you and me to know how to take action and save a life.

Test strips allow you to check for marijuana at school or home

With the growing legalization of marijuana, some school districts now are putting a plan into place to spot the pot in seconds.

American Cancer Society awards $5,000 to UMC for transportation help

The American Cancer Society has awarded the University Medical Center Foundation the Community Transportation Grant worth $5,000 to help in patient transportation.

  Healthwise: fighting opioid addiction with medication cleanout

In a recent 15 year period, more than 165 thousand people in this country died from an overdose to a prescription opioid. That’s according to the CDC.

Annual memorial service for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness

One in four pregnancies end in loss and those who have lost generally grieve in silence.

  Correcting misconceptions about bariatric surgery with Dr. Amir Aryaie

Dr. Amir Aryaie is a Texas Tech Physician who specializes in bariatric surgery. He says bariatric surgery is mostly covered now by insurance.