The hope is that the Consumer Product Safety Commission will develop stricter standards in manufacturing button batteries. Last year alone, nearly 8,000 children were treated in emergency rooms after swallowing a battery that could get lodged and damage the lining of the esophagus within a half hour.
During the city’s covid news conference today, we mostly heard about the need to vaccinate. But there was another strong message from that panel today, that if you get sick, there is treatment if you act early.
As Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Texas Tech Physician Dr. Sarah Wakefield wants people to remember that one thing always stays the same: The easiest and cheapest way to fight anxiety and depression is exercise.
Even in 1992, during the Olympics in Barcelona, Dr. Pat Reynolds says the mental health of the athletes was just as concerning. Olympic competition is so stressful that he says the team physician feels it too; because it is health care under pressure, healing with a deadline.
Dr. Ashley Sturgeon is a Dermatologist at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. Her specialty is skin cancer surgery, and she’s learned that especially around here, farmers are a common target for skin cancer.
So far, West Nile is not showing up in Lubbock or anywhere on the South Plains. However, if your summer travel takes you to the metroplex, you should know that West Nile has been identified in mosquitos there.
After celebrating 50 years of the Texas Tech University School of Medicine, it’s time now to recognize another milestone... 40 years of educating nurses through the School of Nursing at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.
An Artesia, New Mexico family is celebrating big today. Not only are they celebrating the 4th birthday of their quadruplets, but they’re also celebrating the fact that one of the quads was able to come home after having heart surgery at Covenant Health.
We’ve heard a lot about brain fog, fatigue, even heart and lung issues as long term side affects after COVID-19, but now, Dermatologists are hearing one more common complaint- hair loss and not just among those who had a severe case of the virus.
A group at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center called the Latino Medical Students Association is planning an event Saturday at Amigos United Supermarket to clear up what’s true and not true about the vaccine.
In a virtual meeting, Lubbock’s Trista Hamsmith called on a committee from the CPSC today to force companies that use button batteries to make them more secure so that no more children can swallow them and die... like her toddler, Reese.
It was Trista’s darkest hour. She calls it a living nightmare, if not for the support from friends, family and even strangers back home. Now, little Reese Hamsmith is gone, but her memory is about to shake up lawmakers in Austin.
Bishop Coerver wants people to know that if you find yourself rolling up a sleeve for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, don’t feel guilty. He says no one who takes the vaccine should feel to blame for how it was developed.
A separate emergency center for pediatric patients is set to open in about a month within the UMC Health System in Lubbock. The $1.9 million facility is made possible by the Children’s Miracle Network and its donors.
This has been a week of celebration at some nursing homes where the staff and residents were given their COVID vaccines. Since this was the second vaccine for most, it means they will be fully protected after 2 more weeks of building immunity.
Katherine Wells says walk-ups will need to sign a list and hope for a cancellation. But she adds that list will not even be considered until an hour and a half before the clinic closes. So going to the vaccine clinic without a reservation is a big gamble.
The increased need for telehealth services during the pandemic has identified gaps in broadband services where some folks just can’t be reached. But that could change now that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced an 8 million dollar investment in rural telehealth.
Dr. Steven Berk, Dean of the Texas Tech School of Medicine reminds us, “Polio was wiped out by a vaccine, not by any treatment. Smallpox worldwide killed millions of people and it, too, became eradicated by the technology of vaccines.”
The Hamsmiths rushed their daughter to the emergency room at UMC where an x-ray confirmed their fears. They could see that she had swallowed a button battery, but it didn’t show the full extent of the damage.
Covenant Children’s will be hosting a joint press conference this afternoon at 2 pm with Dr. Amy Thompson and Dr. Lara Johnson with Texas Tech Physicians to discuss a rise in cases of Multi Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) in our area.