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  • September 25, 2020 | KWES
    TTU HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER MAKING GREAT STRIDES IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY FELLOW PROGRAM
    Back in July of 2018, MDC started funding an 8 year grant that supports the Texas Tech University Health Science Center's psychiatry fellowship program, starting with just one fellow. But now, with 3 fellows and because of the program's establishment, it's director said it's attracting patients from outside West Texas for treatment. MORE
  • August 24, 2020 | KCBD
    FACING MENTAL HEALTH WITH A PLAN
    The West Texas Mental Health Collaborative was established to strengthen mental health efforts from TTMHI along with the City of Lubbock, Lubbock County, University Medical Health System, Covenant Health System and StarCare Specialty Health System, the local mental health authority. MORE
  • March 8, 2020 | KTRB
    TEXAS TECH STUDENTS HOST FREE HEALTH FAIR AT MALL OF ABILENE
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center nursing and pharmacy students held a health fair at the mall Saturday. They offered CPR lessons and blood pressure screenings. “It’s just more of an education base is what we’re doing today.” Shantell Thomas is a second-year pharmacy student at Texas Tech. “We’re doing a presentation on how to stay healthy, eating from the different food groups and staying active.” MORE
  • January 31, 2020 | Lubbock Online
    LUBBOCK STUDENTS GET TASTE OF MEDICINE IN ANNUAL TEXAS TECH HSC EVENT
    Fifth graders from Lubbock’s Wolffarth Elementary School became doctors for a day Friday. The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Student National Medical Association hosted its annual Doctors for a Day Mini Camp at the TTUHSC Academic Classroom Building. MORE

Health

  • September 07, 2020 | Amarillo Globe
    MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS STRESS IMPORTANCE OF INFLUENZA VACCINE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
    During a recent COVID-19 news conference, hosted by the city of Amarillo, Brian Weis, the chief medical officer at the Northwest Texas Health Care System, warned the community that if an individual contracts COVID-19 and influenza at the same time, it could be a “bad one-two punch.” MORE
  • September 03, 2020 | KAMR
    AREA MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS SPEAK OUT ON PEDIATRIC HEADACHE AWARENESS
    It is a debilitating condition that can impact kids: Chronic headaches. As the school year returns, local medical professionals want parents and teachers to be aware of chronic headaches and how to treat them. MORE
  • September 02, 2020 | Daily Toreador
    COVID-19 IMPACTS YOUNGER POPULATIONS; MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS DISCUSS RISKS
    Age is one factor medical professionals consider to determine how risky COVID-19 can be for a person. Despite certain assumptions about being young and more vigorous, people of any age may be at risk. As the fall semester continues, college students' risk of presenting major COVID-19 symptoms is a topic discussed as institutions implement health protocols. MORE
  • August 21, 2020 | KXAN
    TEXAS DOCTORS EXPLAIN EXTRA BENEFITS OF WORKING FROM HOME FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS
    Texas doctors say there are extra benefits to working from home for expectant mothers during the pandemic. Robin Averhoff is pregnant with her third child. She was due Aug. 18, and is set to be induced Friday. “I’ve not been induced yet,” she said. One of the only major differences during this pregnancy was the pandemic. MORE
  • July 28, 2020 | KTTZ
    DAUGHTER DOCUMENTING TALKS WITH MOTHER IN NURSING HOME
    Jerry Montgomery reads from the journal she keeps to note conversations with her 91-year-old mother Carol, who lives in a nursing home two hours away and has Alzheimer’s. Jerry has been recording their conversations since January - before COVID-19 hit the area - as a way to document the disease’s progression. MORE
  • July 24, 2020 | KCBD
    WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN GIVING BIRTH DURING A PANDEMIC
    The classic guide, “What to expect when your expecting” could not have prepared Taylor Nelson for giving birth to triplets during a pandemic. Giving birth during the pandemic can feel lonely, Nelson said. Only one person and a Doula is allowed in the delivery room. MORE
  • June 17, 2020 | News West 9
    LOCAL DOCTOR SHARES INSIGHT ABOUT COVID-19 RECOVERY AND AFTER-EFFECTS
    Dr. Benton of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center said to be considered recovered from COVID-19 you have to have 2 negative tests 24 hours apart after having had the virus for at least 10 days. You also have to be rid of all the symptoms. MORE
  • June 02, 2020 | The Sun
    EVEN A MILD CASE OF CORONAVIRUS COULD LEAVE YOU WITH LONG-TERM ORGAN DAMAGE
    Scientists are warning coronavirus survivors that they may be left with long-term organ damage. They say that while the patients' lungs are hit the hardest by the lethal disease - other vital organs and bodily systems are also hugely impacted. MORE
  • June 01, 2020 | Fox 34
    HEALTH EXPERTS CONCERNED PROTESTS COULD SPREAD CORONAVIRUS
    Health experts across the country are warning of a potential second wave of COVID-19 caused by protests. MORE
  • May 30, 2020 | WIVB
    TAKING CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH; SETTING BOUNDARIES AMID COVID-19
    Many Americans are returning to offices and resuming “normal” as states continue to open up in phases. But for some, the uncertainty of going back may bring on anxieties and feelings of depression. MORE
  • April 30, 2020 | The Texas Tribune
    IN WEST TEXAS, VOLUNTEERS MANUFACTURE MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND AMATEUR PILOTS DELIVER TO REMOTE HOSPITALS
    A volunteer air force of more than 1,000 amateur aviators has come together to transport essential medical supplies in a part of the state where the cities are far-flung and the roads are notoriously dangerous from oil-related traffic. MORE
  • April 29, 2020 | KXAN
    TEXAS DOCTORS WARN SURGERIES COULD BE DELAYED MONTHS AS HEALTHCARE FACILITIES TRY TO CATCH UP
    Governor Greg Abbott has recently reduced restrictions for healthcare facilities and surgeries amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but that does not mean things will immediately return to normal. MORE
  • April 27, 2020 | New York Times
    CORONAVIRUS AS A REMINDER OF THE URGENCY OF GETTING YOUR VACCINES
    While the new coronavirus, against which there is currently no vaccine, causes global economic chaos, illness and death, there are other serious infections that are too often ignored or dismissed. MORE
  • April 17, 2020 | KAMR
    ‘HERD IMMUNITY’ CONCEPT AND HOW IT APPLIES TO COVID-19 SPREAD IN AMARILLO
    Dr. Todd Bell, Associate Professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, explains the concept of “herd immunity." “You have to have enough immune people in the community that your chance of having a non-immune person coming into contact with someone who’s actively transmitting the disease is low enough that it can’t continue to propagate,” said Dr. Bell. MORE
  • March 19, 2020 | Austin American-Statesman
    TEXAS PRISONS RAMP UP CORONAVIRUS PROTECTION MEASURES
    The Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced this week that in addition to taking the temperatures of correctional officers, it will do so for incoming offenders arriving at its 24 intake facilities. Prison hospitals will limit the number of medical students who see patients to prevent transmission possibilities. Prisons will also provide soap to inmates at no charge and extend their phone time. MORE
  • March 5, 2020 | KCBD
    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? Dr. Meryem Tuncel is a nephrologist and hypertension specialist at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. She says, “Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a very important risk factor for developing kidney failure in the future." MORE
  • February 13, 2020 | Everything Lubbock
    THE FIRST CASE OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN TEXAS, LUBBOCK OFFICIALS PREPARE
    The first case of COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, was confirmed in Texas. The patient returned on a charter flight from China on February 7 and is currently under quarantine. MORE

Research

  • August 21st, 2020 | MSN New Zealand
    HEALTHY HEART IS LINKED WITH LOW RISK OF EYE DISEASE IN NEW STUDY
    Age-old advice on how to look after your heart also applies to staving off eye disease and sight loss, a new study claims. US researchers have linked good cardiovascular health from a healthy diet, regular exercise and not smoking with lower odds for ocular diseases. MORE
  • June 22nd, 2020 | US News
    YOUR GENES MAY AFFECT HOW YOU'LL HEAL IF WOUNDED
    Your genes may have a big impact on bacteria in your wounds and how quickly you heal, new research shows. MORE
  • April 23, 2020 | KAMR
    SEVERAL AREA HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS JOIN MAYO CLINIC STUDY ON CONVALESCENT PLASMA TO TREAT COVID-19
    Coffee Memorial Blood Center, BSA, Northwest Texas Health Systems, Texas Tech Health Systems, and the City of Amarillo Department of Public Health are all now working together as part of a study by the Mayo Clinic to see the effectiveness of the use of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19.MORE
  • April 16, 2020 | KCBD
    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 effort is called Team Decon, short for decontamination. MORE
  • March 8, 2020 | Lubbock Online
    CPRIT AWARDS RESEARCH GRANT TO TEXAS TECH HSC’S REYNOLDS
    The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas recently announced a $1,196,214 grant to Dr. C. Patrick Reynolds, director for the School of Medicine Cancer Center at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. MORE
  • February 4, 2020 | Phys.org
    STUDY IDENTIFIES INTERACTION SITE FOR SEROTONIN TYPE 3A AND RIC-3 CHAPERONE
    To address the receptor dysfunction associated with several serious neurological diseases, Michaela Jansen, Pharm.D., Ph.D., from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine recently completed a study that provides novel insights into a protein-protein interaction that may one day lead to more effective treatments for these disorders. MORE