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Celebrating American Heart Month

In recognition of American Heart Month, Itxia Acevedo-Santiago, MPAS, PA-C and Christina Robohm-Leavitt, DMSc, MS, PA-C discussed how COVID has affected heart health and steps we can take to care for our hearts in stressful times.

The Beat Goes On With a Healthy Heart

Scott Shurmur, M.D., a cardiologist for Texas Tech Physicians and chair for the Department of Internal Medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, offers tips to avoid coronary heart disease.

A Brief History of Medical Testing

Point-of-care testing is a modern medical convenience that has countless benefits for patients and providers.

Youth Mental Health Crisis: How Professionals, Community Can Help

In December, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., issued a new Surgeon General's Advisory that emphasized the urgent need to address the country's undeniable youth mental health crisis. Astik Joshi, M.D., and second-year resident Micah Park, M.D. discuss what this advisory means for health care professionals and the community.

The Intersection of Physical and Mental Health

Associate Professor Dave Schroeder, Ph.D, spoke about the intersection of physical and mental health. Schroeder is the clinical coordinator and former director of the TTUHSC School of Health Professions Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.

Handgun Ownership and Suicide

Suicide is an uncomfortable topic, and the stigma surrounding the topic itself can lead to decreased ability to prevent these tragic events.

Improving One’s Health in the New Year

Many people believe joining a gym or taking up the latest diet plan are the keys to improving their health, but before doing so, Frank Babb, M.D., recommends people schedule a wellness exam with their family doctor.

Human Obesity and the Role of the Physician Assistant

Chanaka N Kahathuduwa, M.B.B.S., M.Phil., Ph.D, an Assistant Professor in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s Physician Assistant Program, spoke about the causes and effects of human obesity and how Physician Assistants (PAs) are equipped to diagnose and treat the problem.

Holidays Create Challenges for Those Living With Addiction

Susan Bergeson, Ph.D., a University Distinguished Professor for the Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry at TTUHSC School of Medicine, said that while the addiction spotlight has turned toward the opioid epidemic, more people continue to die annually from alcohol use disorder.

COVID-19 Vaccine Safety During Pregnancy: A Year-End Update

At Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), several of our experts have spoken about pregnancy during the pandemic, addressing common questions surrounding the vaccines. Here’s what we know as 2021 comes to a close.

This Holiday, Go Back to the Basics

Tammy Camp, M.D., a pediatrician at Texas Tech Physicians, discusses safe choices when choosing children's toys.

Holidays Provide Opportunity to Discuss Family Medical History and Health Care Directives

Kelly Klein, M.D., a family medicine doctor for Texas Tech Physicians and program director for the hospice and palliative medicine fellowship program at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, said holiday gatherings also are a good time to discuss family medical histories.

Eating Healthy During the Holiday Season

Christine Garner, Ph.D., RD, a registered dietician and a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) assistant professor in the department of pediatrics, says holiday eating doesn’t have to be stressful.

Texas Tech Physicians Trauma Surgeon Offers Tips for Ringing in a Safer Holiday Season

John Griswold, M.D., executive director of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Clinical Research Institute and a surgeon for Texas Tech Physicians, said there are steps people can take to make the holidays as safe as they are fun.

Beating the Smoking Habit Can Benefit More than the Lungs

Since it hosted the first national Great American Smokeout in 1977, the American Cancer Society has touted the third Thursday each November as a jumping-off point for smokers to commit to a healthier life without cigarettes or other tobacco products.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

For National Diabetes Awareness month, Shaili K. Felton, M.D., takes the opportunity to cover the basics of diabetes so that individuals can take control of their health.

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