April 2020 Archive
TTUHSC Responds to Call from Gov. Greg Abbott to Increase VTM Capacity for Texas Through Production and Education
In an April 27 press conference, Gov. Greg Abbott spoke of increasing testing availability in Texas—saying the state would aim to test 30,000 people a day in the coming term. His OpenTexas report recognized TTUHSC as a producer of Viral Transport Medium (VTM), a critical component to expanding access to COVID-19 testing across the state.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Teams Bring Convalescent Plasma Treatments to West Texas
TTUHSC medical teams from the Panhandle and South Plains recently joined a study led by the Mayo Clinic to use convalescent plasma in severely-ill patients with coronavirus (COVID-19).
How and Why COVID-19 Affects Senior Citizens
Steven L. Berk, M.D., Executive Vice President and Dean of the TTUHSC School of Medicine, explained the reasons COVID-19 is so deadly in seniors, the lessons the medical community can learn moving forward and what we can all do to support our elderly friends and family members.
The Effects of COVID-19 on the Pharmaceutical Industry
We spoke with David Simmons, R.Ph., and Eric J. MacLaughlin, Pharm.D., about how pharmacies are handling the changes brought about by the pandemic and what the public needs to know regarding medications and supplies.
Glenna Goodacre’s Legacy Lives on in West Texas
Glenna Goodacre, a West Texas native and renowned sculptor, died on Monday, April 13. She was 80. While the region mourns the loss of a gifted, trailblazing artist, people also cherish the wonderful art she created throughout her life, and the legacy and inspiration she leaves behind.
Sechrist Named New TTUHSC School of Health Professions Dean
TTUHSC named Dawndra Sechrist, OTR, Ph.D., as the new dean of the School of Health Professions. Sechrist is the associate dean for Outcomes and Assessment at the TTUHSC School of Health Professions and a tenured associate professor. She previously was the director of the Master of Occupational Therapy program at TTUHSC.
How Does COVID-19 Affect Pregnancy and Childbirth?
With the world continuing to adjust to life under the COVID-19 pandemic, many expectant mothers are understandably anxious about how the virus could affect their pregnancies, their hospital and clinic visits, and first days of parenthood.
Changing the Landscape of Health Care in West Texas
Residents of rural areas face a wide range of health care challenges. Learn how the TTUHSC School of Medicine is training doctors to provide care to those who need it most.
Standing Together: TTUHSC Students Team With Lubbock County Medical Society to Collect, Donate PPE
Due to COVID-19, it’s quiet on the campuses of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC)—but students are still working hard to do their part in this critical time.
Skip the Waiting Room: Texas Tech Physicians Transitions to New Virtual Options
One of the primary issues currently taking new shape is maintaining good health. Like many areas across the nation, West Texas aims to create a united front, dedicated to staying healthy and abiding by CDC-issued regulations in order to keep one another safe and alleviate some of the overwhelming work that presently faces the health care workforce.
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