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.

New Covenant webcams allow family, friends to watch NICU babies

Three positive cases of rabies found in Hale County

  New careers as a health professional

New support for suicide loss in Lubbock

  Emergency Room visits double for children exhibiting suicidal behavior; Texas counselor weighs in

Exciting Games can be Too Much for the Heart

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Cavender’s joins American Cancer Society ‘Together vs. Cancer’

  Addiction: A Brain Disease

  Autism: Looking for Clues

Covenant to break ground on new short-stay hospital in southwest Lubbock

  TTUHSC wound study breaks through the bacteria bunker

Compassionate Friends for those grieving the loss of a child

  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.

  LCU signs medical school agreement with Tech Health Sciences Center

An agreement between Lubbock Christian University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will allow for LCU honors students to apply early to the HSC’s medical school, granting pre-admission and exemption from a medical entrance exam.

  Doctors miss colon cancer because too soon for screening

  Daily aspirin no longer recommended as heart attack preventative for healthy older adults

Best Buddies Friendship Walk to raise awareness for kids with intellectual or developmental disabilities

  170 Texas Tech medical students participate in national “Match Day”

  TTU: Moving bacteria from gut to gut to change disease

  The good and bad in fighting cancer in kids

  Covenant to host free colonoscopy screenings March 23

Covenant Health will offer free colonoscopies on Saturday, March 23 inside the Covenant Endoscopy Center at 3610 21st St., as part of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

  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

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

The movement to look and feel younger continues to be big business – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down.

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.

Adults vaccinated as kids may not be protected against the measles now

If you were born between 1957 and the early 70s, you may not be protected from the measles.

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

Spain is the world’s healthiest country – the U.S. did not make the top 20

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

  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.

  Measles outbreak in Texas, Lubbock health officials discuss threat

The City of Lubbock Health Department said there are currently eight reported cases of measles in Texas.

  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.

Rise Academy Charter School cancels classes due to the flu

According to officials with Rise Academy Charter School in Lubbock, school is cancelled Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7 and 8, due to the flu epidemic.

NICU nurse explains importance of breast milk for newborns

Covenant Health is offering courses and support groups for expecting moms or those with newborns, and experts are speaking out about the benefits of breast milk for babies.

  ESPN’s Holly Rowe shares inspirational story in Lubbock

You’ll usually find sports reporter, Holly Rowe, reporting on national sporting events for ESPN. That’s what she’s done for more than 20 years. Tuesday, Rowe was in Lubbock talking to a sold-out crowd at the Lubbock Country Club. Her speech was titled, “Surviving the Sidelines.”

Covenant introduces new brain-mapping technology

Covenant Health is the second health system in Texas to adopt Synaptive Medical’s BrightMatter.

  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.

  People with Flu symptoms urged to stay home

Many people associate flu season with November and December, but few realize that the peak of flu season isn’t until February or March.

Alzheimer’s Association to host March community forum

The Alzheimer’s Association will host a community forum focused on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss from 6-8 p.m. on March 14 inside University Medical Center.

  Healthwise: 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.

Covenant offering mobile mammography screening to help fight breast cancer

Early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer, and if you live outside Lubbock, you don't have to drive over here to get screened.

  CBD use around Lubbock increasing in popularity as medical alternative

As people become more aware of what they are putting into their bodies, they are turning to natural products to cure their symptoms.

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

  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...

  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.

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

After an 8-year-old asked Santa to borrow money for kids with cancer, word spread quickly among family friends and colleagues, and the boy found $1,200 under the tree Christmas morning.

  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

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

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.

  Allergist says misery caused by peak of weed pollen, cotton harvest season

For South Plains allergy sufferers, there are three reasons you are feeling miserable this month: cotton stripping, cotton ginning and weed pollen.

  Lubbock toddler fighting fatal disease

A Lubbock family continues their battle with Tay Sachs disease, a 100 percent fatal disease that their 18-month-old son has been diagnosed with.

  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.

  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.

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

Epidiolex is a twice-daily oral solution for patients ages two and older, who suffer from either Dravet syndrome, or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. (Source: CNN/GW PHARMACEUTICALS)

  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.

Texas Medical Board suspends Lubbock physician

The Texas medical license of Brianne Nicole Williams, M.D. (Lic. No. M8428) was suspended after determining her continuation in the practice of medicine poses a continuing threat to public welfare.

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.

City of Lubbock Health Department holds flu vaccination clinic

The City of Lubbock Health Department is hosting a flu clinic on Saturday October 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Health Department located at 806 18th Street.

Texas Tech researchers given grant to combat peanut allergies

A pair of Texas Tech chemical engineering professors and a senior research associate in the university’s agricultural sciences college are working to fight peanut allergies.

  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.

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

Wig Trend Salons is not only celebrating 50 years of business in downtown Lubbock but also recent recognition for volunteering 25 of those years in service of those seeking cancer treatment and in the Look Good Feel Better program, a collaboration of the Look Good Feel Better Foundation, the America

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

Researchers examined more than 900 children over an eight-month period to complete their study

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

Our newest doctors at the Texas Tech School of Medicine are practicing what they preach, organizing a clinic this week for them to give each other flu shots.

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

University Medical Center will host a two-day symposium that started on Thursday and will end on Friday that will cover practical ways of coping with traumatic experiences and helping others who suffered from those types of experiences.

  Logging miles to help fight childhood cancer

The cancer research team at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center is hoping you’ll log every mile you walk, run or cycle this month...