KCBD NewsChannel 11 is bringing together Medical experts from around the South Plains to provide helpful tips and advice to our viewers. Select the section below that you're most interested in to learn more about our experts and get the medical information you need.
UMC Health Care System
602 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79415
With a new school year comes new friends, new activities and lots of new germs. UMC's Jessica Gray, M.D. explains the importance of teaching good hand washing habits and how these simple tips will keep your children healthier this school year.
Do you suffer from chronic migraines or headaches and prescription medication is doing little to help the pain? Dr. Bharat Kakarala, M.D. explains what SphenoCath SPG Block is and how this new device and procedure is designed for immediate relief and can be a game changer!
A frequent cause for children to be seen in the ER are concussions. Chief Medical Officer at UMC Children's Hospital, Dr. Brian Payne, M.D, discusses what a concussion is and the important signs to look for in your child if you think they have suffered from one.
The global impact of COVID-19 has been profound. Dr. Craig Barker, M.D. explains the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and how to best protect yourself.
It's common for pediatric emergency centers to see an increase in visits related to warm weather activities. Board-Certified Pediatric Surgeon, Dr. Frankie Fike, M.D., goes over some ways to keep your children safe this summer.
If you are experiencing pain shooting down your arms, difficulty walking or difficulty holding onto objects, Dr. Joey Grochmal discusses how these are all conditions that can be effectively treated by surgery.
Women who had surgery to treat breast cancer or other ailments of breast, can choose to have breast reconstructive surgery to rebuild the shape and look of their breast. Dr. Bharadia discusses the importance of knowing all your options and to talk to a healthcare professional.
Colonoscopy prep has become easier over the last several years. Dr. Vanessa Costilla discusses how there are better tasting liquids and lower-dose regimens to help you prepare for your colon cancer screening. This helps allow your doctor to have a clear view to help find and remove polyps before they become cancerous.
Chad Curry with UMC EMS and UMC Health Systems discusses how to save someone's life that is in cardiac arrest. It's a very simple thing to do but can a huge difference in someone's life. If you need help, once you have called 911, the communications center will walk you through the process step by step. CPR save lives.
Any intentional harm or mistreatment of a child under 18 years old is considered child abuse. Board-Certified Pediatric Surgeon, Dr. Frankie Fike, MD, discusses the many forms of child abuse, red flags to look for, and explains that in many cases it is committed by someone the child knows and trusts.
Did you know that 1/3 of American's are considered obese with 1 in 6 children affected? Dr. Michael McPherson, MD explains that American's eat more calories than at any other in our past storing these excess calories as fat. Obesity has a number of risk factors like diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Having a healthy diet and regular exercise can go along way to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
As summer comes to an end and the new school year brings new friends, new activities, and unfortunately lots of new germs. Jessica Gray, M.D. explains how germs are lurking around everywhere and that it is important for our children to learn good washing habits to avoid getting sick.
It's likely you've seen the TV commercials for at home colorectal cancer screening tests. Dr. Vanessa Costilla, MD explains how these test are for average risk screenings only. She explains how not all stool tests are impacted by diet and those that are, are generally not recommended anymore as they can cause false positive results. If a stool test shows abnormal results, you will still need a colonoscopy for further examination.
Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure and many don't even know that they have it. Dr. Jessica Gray, MD explains that it's important to check your blood pressure and know what your blood pressure goals should be.
Do you feel you use the restroom more often than you should or have a sudden intense urge you can not control? UMC's Melissa Sanford, M.D. explains how an over active bladder affects over 33 million Americans and gives a few treatments that can help manage your symptoms.
Going into a new year which also means peak flu season! UMC's Dr. Brian Payne, M.D. explains how the flu is spread and the how to treat it with our children.
Everyone has seen at home colorectal cancer screening tests on tv, but are they for everyone? Dr. Vanessa Costilla, M.D. discusses how these stool tests are for average risk screenings only and how a colonoscopy is the only test that prevents colon cancer by removal of precancerous polyps.
When should a parent bring their sick child to the doctor? Dr. Doug Klepper, M.D. goes over the steps a parent should take if they are concerned about their child's health.
UMC's Jessica Gray, M.D. discusses how UMC has made changes in the clinic to best treat and make patients feel safe and comfortable during this time.
Most families have done their part by staying home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Marcelina Rupley discusses the importance of parents scheduling their well-child visits and how scheduled vaccinations are vital in preventing illnesses as schools and daycares being to re-open.
Dr. Mark D'Alise discusses how UMC is a comprehensive neurosurgery center of care. From explaining what neurosurgery is to how UMC has invested in it's infrastructure, operating rooms, and neuro ICU allowing them to perform the best neurosurgery in region.
Child abuse is any intentional harm or mistreatment to a child under the age of 18. Dr. Frankie Fike, MD discusses the forms of child abuse and that in many cases, child abuse is committed by someone the child knows and trust. She explains how the child feels and changes in behavior.
Hepatitis C is a virus that attacks the liver and causes inflammation of the liver. Dr. Imtiaz Alam, MD discusses how you contract the virus and the long-term damage it could cause. It is curable but there are no vaccines for Hepatitis C. Treatment can be as simple as taking one to three pills a day.
Dr. Winslo Idicula, MD expresses that the news children's emergency department provides the care that we need in this community. It's a beacon of light for kids who may be felling well and are uncomfortable going into an adult urgent care or emergency department. He explains how this children's emergency department is on the cutting edge of different technology.
Pediatrician, Dr. Arrington Madison, says that it's important to have a medical home for all of your electronic medial records and your history. She explains that a medical home is an approach that provides comprehensive primary car in one setting. By doing this, it allows the patients to have a relationship with a personal physician and allows all the patient's healthcare needs to be met and arranged all under one roof.
More than 868,000 Americans die of heart disease, stroke, or other cardiovascular diseases every year. That is one-third of all US deaths. Cardiothoracic Surgeon William Springer, MD, explains the key factors to lower your risk of heart attack and stroke and the importance of working with your healthcare team to manage those factors.
A scald injury can happen at any age. Dr. Frankie Fike, MD discusses that hot liquids from bath water, hot coffee and even microwaved soup can cause devastating injuries. She explains the importance of teaching children that hot things can burn and how to better prevent accidental burns.
It's common for pediatric emergency centers to see an increase in visits related to warm weather activities. Dr. Frankie Fike, MD explains how many of these injuries are preventable and tells us some ways to keep your children safe this summer!
Yellow House Dental & Implant Center, DDS
2420 Quaker Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79410
Dr. Dallen Ricks explains what tooth decay is and what actually happens to your teeth when decay sets in.
We don't always think about how damaging some of the foods we eat can be to our teeth. Dr. Ricks discusses how our diets directly effect our oral health.
Dr. Ricks discusses the three main causes of dry mouth and explains the importance of saliva.
What is LANAP? Dr. Ricks explains what LANAP is and how it treats periodontal disease in a less invasive way.
Have you been screened for oral cancer? Dr. Ricks discusses some causes and who may be more likely to develop oral cancer.
There are a lot of links between dental health and our overall health. Dr. Ricks discusses periodontal disease and diabetes and how our oral health will always be connected to our overall health.
Since the pandemic started, people have begun to put their dental health on the back burner. Dr. Ricks discusses the essential nature of dental care and your overall health, and how what could have been a small issue, is now a more costly and invasive issue.
Since the pandemic started, patients have had limited access to their dentist causing an nationwide increase cavities and gum disease. Dr. Mary Glasheen also explains that due to stress, they are seeing an increase in fractured and broken teeth from clenching and grinding.
People are always asking, "What's the best way to whiten my teeth." Dr. Mary Glasheen explains that while there are so many options these days, the best and the safest way is by a treatment plan with your dentist.
How your teeth fit together is one of the most important parts of your smile. Dr. Mary Glasheen discusses how if your muscles and joints are not working together, it can become painful.
There are many things that can cause headaches, but can grinding your teeth be one of them? Dr. Loveless explains what grinding your teeth is and how it can effect you.
Have you ever heard of the phenomenon called mesial drift? Dr. Loveless explains how missing teeth can cause this to happen and stresses the importance of replacing your missing teeth to maintain your oral health.
How do dental implants work? Dr. Loveless explains how dental implants came about and how they actually work.
Dr. Loveless discusses how to maintain your dental implant and the importance of flossing.
Is flossing really that important? Dr. Loveless explains how flossing your teeth is vital to your overall oral health.
What is "affordable" dentistry? Dr. Loveless discusses what affordable dentistry is and what that means for you in the long run.
Dr. Loveless discusses the concern of Covid-19 and what going to the dentist looks like. With more precautions, temperature checks, and social distancing, Dr. Loveless and the staff at Yellow House Dental and Implant Center are doing all they can to ensure their patients feel safe and comfortable coming to the dentist.
Dr. Mary Glasheen discusses oral health and pregnancy. She explains as a dentist and as a mother, that oral health is extremely important during your pregnancy. Changes in your diet, like extra snacking, can increase your risk cavities. Hormonal changes from your pregnancy can also increase gum disease.
Your baby getting their first tooth is an exciting time! Dr. Mary Glasheen discusses the recommendation for your child's first dental check up and setting them up for a lifetime of good oral health.
Dr. Dallen Ricks discusses how losing your teeth can cause a loss of chewing function and bone structure and can make dentures uncomfortable and challenging. He explains how dental implants can help be beneficial solution and to speak with your dentist.
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