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Academics

  • 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

  • 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
    TThe 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

  • 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