Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

  Healthwise: High Intensity – BIG Rewards

Kick the habit this Thursday for Great American Smokeout

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

First FDA approved cannabis-based drug now available in all 50 states

Whisking away cancer with a wiry tool

Texas Medical Board suspends Lubbock physician

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

City of Lubbock Health Department holds flu vaccination clinic

Texas Tech researchers given grant to combat peanut allergies

Healthwise: fighting opioid addiction with medication cleanout

Lubbock’s Wig Trend nationally recognized for 25 years of care to cancer patients

Hand sanitizer cuts back on young children’s sick days more than washing, study finds

City of Plainview, local entities to host medication clean out Saturday

A medication clean out will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 2601 Dimmitt Rd. in Plainview.

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.

Doctor explains Partially Collapsed Lung Recovery

If you watched the Texas Tech game against West Virginia this weekend, you know it was at the end of the first half that Red Raider quarterback Alan Bowman took a big hit, but walked off the field touching his chest.

  Doctors providing flu shots for doctors

UMC’s pastoral care to host PTSD, suicide prevention symposium

Logging miles to help fight childhood cancer

Covenant offering mobile mammography screening to help fight breast cancer

Possible warning signs of childhood cancer

Officials report first West Nile virus case in Lubbock County

  United Blood Serves gets new name after 65 years

United Blood Services is changing its name after 65 years.

Colonoscopy Helps Later Generations

Colorectal cancer is diagnosed in 1 in every 23 Americans. The irony is that it is often preventable through colonoscopy screening.

Dental, oral surgeons to host Smiles for Soldiers program

Until Oct. 18 local oral surgery office Hill & Ioppolo Oral and Facial Surgeons will have an application open for an area veteran or active-duty soldier who want to receive a brand new smile, estimated at a $50,000 value.

Recent rain raises concern for West Nile in Lubbock

As more rain comes into the city, the chance for mosquitoes increases dramatically. Following a confirmed case of West Nile in a neighboring county, the Lubbock Health Department and Vector Control are working to stop the mosquitoes before they start getting people sick.

Health officials urge vaccine now as flu cases already reported in Lubbock

Health officials ask everyone to get their flu shot before the end of October.

New study confirms risks for silicone breast implants

A large new study confirms potential health risks associated with silicone breast implants.

  TTUHSC School of Medicine announces $20.5 million in new 2018 research grants

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center announced Thursday that more than $20 million in research grants have been awarded to the medical school.

TTU researchers' early results show low level arsenic exposure could still cause kidney disease

A Texas Tech University graduate student has received a prestigious award for her research into arsenic toxicology.

Preventing suicide on campus

Monday is World Suicide Prevention Day, and a new organization is spreading across the country on college campuses to help students climb out of depression before they reach a crisis point.

GRAPHIC: ‘Black, hairy tongue’: Yes, this really happens

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine said a 55-year-old woman developed the tongue condition as a side-effect to treatment of a wound infection she developed after sustaining severe leg injuries in an auto accident.

Second grade class helps 7-year-old celebrate clear cancer scan

Pink balloons filled part of the Lubbock sky on Wednesday as some local second graders released balloons to celebrate some very good news.

Tips to avoid back to school germs

School just started, and students are coming home with more than knowledge. Some are coming home with germs and are getting sick.

ACS provides grant for transportation of cancer patients

The UMC Foundation was awarded a Community Transportation Grant in the amount of $5,000 for the Southwest Cancer Center to utilize for patient transportation.

Back to School: Beware of Athlete’s Foot

We all know that frequent hand washing can prevent the spread of illness, but what about your feet?

Covenant, UMC celebrating neonatal designations

Both Covenant and UMC have been bumped up to a Level 4 in their neonatal intensive care units.

Training to be a Mental Health Hero

Similar to 'First Aid' and CPR, there is something called 'Youth Mental Health First Aid'. It teaches you how to help young people who might be going through a crisis.

New program to help first responders deal with emotional stress

The Critical Incident Stress Management Team with University Medical Center EMS is reaching out to the region to help their colleagues deal with the emotional stress leading to an increasing number of suicides among first responders.

Protecting your child from Meningitis and other back to school bugs

Going off to college means a new lifestyle and new living quarters. With that, comes a new risk for meningitis, particularly among college students living in small spaces and sharing drinks.

Unresolved back pain could lead to bigger issues

You may think back pain is just a fact of life, but when it can't be controlled with over the counter pain relievers, then what?

Dr. Dalton’s personal plea for vaccinations

Dr. Jeremy Dalton, another Lubbock pediatrician talked to the media on Wednesday to emphasize the same back to school assignment for families.

Save your jaw, find oral cancer early

If you're concerned about something in your mouth, especially if it's causing pain, see your doctor.

Lubbock Air Force veteran shows off his new smile

Charles Martin is showing off a new smile thanks to the Smiles for Soldiers program and Dr. Robert Ioppolo of Hill & Ioppolo Oral and Facial Surgeons of Lubbock.

  Man shrinks after doctors remove 50 pound kidneys

An average kidney is the size of your fist, which is why doctors at the Mayo Clinic say they believe they have removed the largest kidneys in the world.

WARNING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC: Shocking injuries caused by fireworks

WARNING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC IMAGES: Survivors of fireworks accidents have given us permission to share images and video of their injuries to try and warn people what happens when they're careless with fireworks.

Diagnosing bladder problems in men

Dr. Alan Haynes, a Urologist, and Texas Tech physician, says one thing men and women can do to preserve the health of the bladder is to avoid routinely holding it in.

Younger patients in need of Colorectal screening

Recently, the American Cancer Society changed its guidelines for colorectal screening, moving that first check from age 50 to age 45 in people of 'average risk'. So, what is 'average risk?'

Bike MS rides to Lubbock, July 21-22

Bike MS is the largest fundraising bike series in the world. It's the reason we will see hundreds of cyclists on the road later this summer riding more than 100 miles to raise money to support people affected by multiple sclerosis.

Plainview Hale Co. Health Dept. offering free back-to-school immunizations

The Plainview Hale County Health Department will be offering free back-to-school immunizations to children who qualify. The children in grades pre-k through 12th grade must be accompanied by an adult and have an up-to-date shot record.

Suicide report hits close to home for member of KCBD family

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Trauma surgeon pleads with parents to keep kids in protective headgear

A plea from a Pediatric Surgeon and Texas Tech Physician who says he sees what can happen when kids are allowed to ride bikes or ATVs or even skateboards without protective headgear.

Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises more than $1 million for UMC

The tally is in and all the donations have been counted. On the 35th annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon, $1,089,156 was raised.

9-year-old Jaiyah Martinez deals with severe blood disorder following frequent nose bleeds

If it weren't for the Children's Hospital at University Medical Center, Jaiyah Martinez would be unaware of a life-threatening disease she'll deal with for the rest of her life.

Premature triplets, mother survive life-threatening labor complications thanks to resources from Children's Miracle Network

According to the CDC, one of every 10 infants in the United States was born prematurely in 2016

UMC helps save 8-year-old severely burned after off-roading accident

For nine-year-old Natalie Baker, life is one big adventure.

Steps to prevent tick bites

The nation's tick population is growing and with that comes the potential for more infections since there are many different kinds of ticks.

Lubbock Doctor gets State Award

We want to say congratulations to Dr. Surendra Varma, a Pediatric Endocrinologist at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

Free skin cancer screening Saturday, May 12

The dermatology department at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center is sponsoring a FREE skin cancer screening Saturday, May 12th, at the Southwest Cancer Center on the East side of University Medical Center.

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce kills 1 in California

The nationwide E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has now claimed a life in California.

  Preston Gilmore rings the Victory Bell

20-year-old Preston Gilmore, a graduate of Coronado High school, returned to UMC to ring the victory bell. That's the tradition when a kid becomes a cancer survivor.

Spring clean your medicine cabinet to get rid of expired medication

The Medication Cleanout is Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the TTUHSC medical pavilion building facing 4th street, just west of Indiana.

Confidence more important than hair for Little Miss Wisconsin

Joslyn Larson walked away with a crown on Tuesday, her first win in a beauty pageant.

New techniques for treating glaucoma

It's estimated that 3 million Americans have glaucoma and that number will likely explode as baby boomers get older...

Living with diabetes in the real world, free session Saturday

If diabetes is an issue in your family, you have a great opportunity this Saturday to learn more about living with diabetes in the real world.

Helping PTSD sufferers with the healing power of music

Guitars For Vets, a non-profit organization that starts in each city with one musician willing to give lessons or conduct jamming sessions with veterans dealing with post traumatic stress.

Covenant celebrates 100 years on the South Plains

Covenant is celebrating 100 years in Lubbock, with events to help people appreciate how much medicine has changed...

Preventing spring allergies with Dr. James Tarbox

Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S., according to the CDC. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.

Abner's surgeon explains diverticulitis

As we told you earlier, Abner has been out for about six weeks struggling with a painful condition called diverticulitis. His surgeon, Dr. Amir Ayaie, says most patients can be treated with antibiotics. However, Abner's case was complicated and after trying antibiotics for a month, his pain was still intense.

Colorectal cancer screening now available at home

A new home test could help increase the screening rates for colorectal cancer.

Karin shares a message from Abner, as he recovers from successful surgery

Four words I hate to say on the air: Abner is off tonight, but I've been saying that for almost six weeks. Abner is healing after successful surgery on Saturday.

HSC President makes time to celebrate March of Dimes

Dr. Mitchell is the Chairman of the Walk for Babies this year, the biggest annual fundraiser for the March of Dimes. This year's goal is $275,000, much of which will stay here on the South Plains to promote healthy pregnancies in our area.

Free health screenings at Market Street on Saturday

The Student National Medical Association is teaming up with the Texas Tech School of Medicine to provide a free health fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the Market Street at 19th and Quaker.

Getting the heads up on spring allergies

This hot, dry, windy March will be putting more pollen in the air and causing more allergies at home.

Hip Hop help for stroke victims

What a great idea at Columbia University! Researchers there have come up with a hip hop song in a cartoon to teach kids how to recognize the signs of a stroke. And they say it's working.

World War II pilot celebrates birthday on the treadmill

Honor Flight veteran Wallace 'Doc' Haney celebrated his 97th birthday early this morning at the gym where he works out with friends three times a week.

Tears of joy for medical students on Texas Tech Match Day

Medical students at four Texas Tech campuses all opened their envelopes at the same time to learn where they would be spending the next three to five years of their education on Friday.

A plea for kidney donations as rates of failure rise

It's estimated that up to 15 percent of Americans have kidney failure but most do not even know it because the clues come so late in the disease.

Watch out for symptoms of food allergies

More children are going to the ER with allergic reactions than ever before, according to a new study from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Free colon cancer screening in 9 area counties

All it takes is a phone call to find out if you're eligible for a free colon cancer screening.