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Texas Tech Health Check
20 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder can affect anyone at any age and anyone who has experienced a shocking, scary or dangerous event. Here to talk to us about how it affects us, how to treat it and how to help others cope with it is Dr. Sarah Mallard Wakefield. Dr. Wakefield is chair of the department of psychiatry at the TTUHSC School of Medicine.
16 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
Yearly physicals: Babb
If you plan to start the year on a health kick, you might consider scheduling an annual physical. Frank Babb, M.D., Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine associate professor and Texas Tech Physicians family medicine doctor explains what happens during a physical, how often we should get them and what you should do to prepare for your exam.
19 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
Weight Management: Payne
You might be considering adding losing weight to your list of resolutions for next year. Dr. Drew Payne, an internal medicine practitioner for Texas Tech Physicians and an associate professor for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine, has advice on how to start your weight loss journey so that it's effective and healthy. For those not looking to lose weight, Dr. Payne has suggestions on how to maintain a healthy weight.
28 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Alcohol Use Disorder: Bergeson
According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 14.5 million people 12 years of age and older battle alcohol use disorder. Alcohol is the country’s most abused substance, and other than cigarettes, dealing with alcohol-related issues creates more costs per capita than do all other drugs combined. This episode's guest is Susan Bergeson, Ph.D., a University Distinguished Professor for the Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine. She explains that while the addiction spotlight has turned toward the opioid epidemic in recent years, more people continue to die annually from alcohol use disorder. Bergeson discusses her research on a drug to treat alcohol use disorder, reminds us addiction is an illness and what we can do to support those with problems with addiction.
16 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Winter Skin, Hair: Tarbox
How does the winter weather affect our skin and hair? To explain what happens when our skin and hair become dry is Dr. Michelle Tarbox, Texas Tech Physicians dermatologist. She talks to us about what to use to keep our skin and hair hydrated, why we should pay special attention to young and old skin and tips for keeping our skin healthy when we travel.
17 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Thomas McGovern Ed.D., from the TTUHSC School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry shares advice on how we can persevere when times are tough and how during the holidays we can honor friends and family members who have died.
13 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Family Medical History, Directives: Klein
As you make plans for your holiday gatherings with your family, make a point of asking about your family’s health history and consider sharing your personal medical wishes and any necessary forms. Why should you do this now? Take advantage of having everyone at one place and being able to share with others as well and it’s always better to plan ahead.Dr. Kelly Klein, Texas Tech Physicians family medicine doctor and program director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, tells us why the holidays are a great time to bring up these topics with your family and friends.
19 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Avoiding Injuries: Griswold
Texas Tech Physicians surgeon Dr. John Griswold gives advice on how to avoid injuries during the holidays, what we should include in our travel first aid kit and other ways to avoid at trip to the ER.
10 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Lung health: Islam
People who have a healthy lung capacity can send oxygen around their body faster but unhealthy lungs can slow us down or even make it difficult for us to talk. Smoking and vaping leads to unhealthy lungs. The Great American Smokeout this year is Nov. 18 but you don’t have to wait until then to stop smoking; your lungs and those of your loved ones will thank you. Here to talk to us more about healthy lungs and lung health is Texas Tech Physicians pulmonologist and TTUHSC Associate Professor Dr. Ebtesam Islam.
16 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Diabetes is a long-lasting health condition that affects how our body turns food into energy. Who is at risk? What are some changes you can do now avoid being diagnosed or if you have been, what can you do to keep it under control? Here to talk to us more about diabetes is Dr. Shaili Felton, endocrinologist with Texas Tech Physicians and TTUHSC associate professor.
24 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Seasonal Affective Disorder and Sleep: Bennett
Our guest for this episode is Dr. Kelly Bennett, a family medicine physician at Texas Tech Physicians and associate professor at TTUHSC. Dr. Bennett talked to us about seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, a form of depression that’s common during this time of year in the northern hemisphere when the days get shorter and we’re exposed to less sunlight. Dr. Bennett also talked to us about good sleeping habits and why it’s important for our health that we get proper rest.
23 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Prescription Drugs: Seifert
In 2018 there were 5.8 billion prescriptions filled in the US. Nearly 50 percent of the US population takes a prescription medication. How can you be sure you are buying your medications from a safe and legal pharmacy? Charles Seifert, Pharm. D., senior executive associate dean and Lubbock regional dean for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy, explains how you can buy safe prescription medications in person and online.
15 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Breast Cancer: Jones
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2018, the latest year for which incidence data are available, in the United States, more than 1.7 million new cases of cancer were reported, and just under 600 thousand people died of cancer. For every 100,000 people, 436 new cancer cases were reported and 149 people died of cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer and cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. One of every four deaths in the United States is due to cancer.This episode's guest is Dr. Catherine Jones, an oncologist for Texas Tech Physicians, associate professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Department of Internal Medicine and medical director of the UMC Cancer Center.
14 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the US with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a common condition that causes sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, watery eyes and itching of the nose, eyes or the roof of the mouth. Allergic rhinitis can be seasonal or perennial and can occur in spring, summer and/or early fall. Here to talk to us about respiratory allergies is Texas Tech Physicians allergist and immunologist Dr. James Tarbox.
47 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Healthy Aging: Culberson
All of us age. There’s nothing we can do about it but the one thing we can somewhat control is how we approach aging. The director of clinical geriatric programs at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Garrison Institute on Aging Dr. John Culberson says that the best way to age gracefully is to stay active, eat healthy and to stay social.
11 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Texas Tech Physicians surgeon, Director for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Clinical Research Institute, and University Medical Center Timothy J. Harnar Burn Center medical director Dr. John Griswold is this episode's featured guest. He explains what is sepsis, who is at risk for getting it, what are the symptoms, and why it's important to pay attention to the signs of sepsis and get immediate medical attention.
43 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
COVID-19: Berk and Cook
Welcome to our new name--Texas Tech Health Check. Our new name reflects our goal to bring you evidence based health advice. Guests for this episode are TTUHSC Executive Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine, Steven L. Berk, M.D., and Ron Cook, D.O., TTUHSC chief health officer and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Lubbock Health Authority. Topics: COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots, who should get a vaccine, when we can expect vaccines for young children and what we can do for frontline workers to show our appreciation.
20 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Take Your Best Shot
As most of us get ready to return to the office or get our children ready to go back to school, keep in mind what vaccines or boosters you, your loved ones or your children should get before going back to school or work. Our guest for this episode is Dr. Richard Lampe, Texas Tech Physicians pediatrician and expert on infectious disease. Link to "The Vaccine Song" that talks about the history of vaccines that Dr. Lampe mentioned: https://youtu.be/u1xw0Ob5bqs (Words and music by Ted Willmore)
14 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Oral Health and Cancer
How can we practice good, oral health? This episode’s guest Dr. Joe Cordero, ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon at Texas Tech Physicians and chair of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center ENT Department tells us what to look for when self-checking for oral cancer.
20 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Approximately one in 25 adults in the US will experience a swallowing problem. That’s difficulty or pain when swallowing or not being able to swallow at all—whether it’s liquids, food or saliva. Getting treatment from a speech-language pathologist can help. In this episode, Dr. Angela Van-Sickle, assistant professor, at the TTUHSC School of Health Professions, explains what causes someone to have a problem swallowing, how to get treatment and what we can do now to try to prevent having this problem in the future.
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