Health Briefs

Blood drives to be held across region

United Blood Services will host six blood drives around the region throughout the rest of this week.

For additional information about the drives or about donating blood, visit unitedbloodservices.org, www.bloodhero.com or call (877) 827-4376.

People interested in donating blood or platelets can visit the Lubbock UBS office at 48th Street and University Avenue, or one of the following locations:

Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Frenship High School, FM 179 and 82nd Street, Wolfforth

Wednesday:10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Whiteface CISD, 2nd St. and Arthur St., Whiteface; 4-6:45 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 402 W. Broadway, Brownfield

Thursday: 1-4:45 p.m., Region V Training Facility, 2569 E. Highway 70, Plainview; Oxy Permian LTD., 3145 West State 114, Levelland

Monday:noon-3 p.m., Dawson ISD, 199 N. School Ave., Welch.

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Applications taken for HSC program

Applications are now being accepted for the Pre-Medical Enrichment Program through the Texas Tech’s Health Sciences Center’s School of Medicine.

The program is for undergraduate students interested in primary care and rural health medicine, according to a news release from HSC.

The deadline to apply is March 1. Qualifications to apply include enrollment in an undergraduate program at an accredited university with at least a 3.25 GPA, a minimum SAT score of 1050 or minimum ACT score of 24, according to the news release from HSC. Partipants must also be Texas residents.

One letter of recommendation, preferably from a current or past professor, to verify attendance, grades and SAT/ACT scores is also required, according to the news release.

The PEP program is free and will provide cadaver-based anatomy lessons, professional development, MCAT preparation, mock interviews and shadowing opportunities to interested students, according to the news release.

It’s provided through a partnership between HSC and the West Texas Area Health Education Center. Grant funding for the program is provided through the Joint Admission Medical Program, The CH Foundation and an endowment from the Clawson family, according to the news release.

Applications can be completed by visiting gomed.specialprogram.ttuhsc.edu.

Call 743-2297 or email somadm@ttuhsc.edu for additional information.

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Stroke, brain injury support group meets

A monthly support group meeting for people affected by stroke and brain injury is available through Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock.

Members meet the second Tuesday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. Light refreshments are served.

Meetings are open to survivors, their family members and caregivers.

Call 749-2222 for additional information.

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‘Santa to a Senior’ program under way

Home Instead Senior Care has started its annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” program.

Trees decorated with the first names and wishlists of area seniors will be available through Dec. 6 at participating locations. Shoppers will be able to voluntarily purchase and donate wishlist items to be distributed to those seniors.

Community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the presents in time for the holidays, according to a news release from Home Instead Senior Care.

Participating businesses include: Home Instead Senior Care, 1010 Slide Road; Walmart, 4215 S. Loop 289; City Bank, 5219 City Bank Parkway; LakeRidge Chapel and Memorial Designers, 6025 82nd St.; Redbud True Value Hardware, 1126 Slide Road, Ste. 10, and Tom’s Tree Place, 5104 34th St.

Visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call (806) 281-4663 for additional information.

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Health groups offer free vaccinations

The Free Clinic and the Lubbock Health Department have formed a partnership to offer free vaccinations every third Wednesday at Lubbock Impact, according to a news release from the Texas Tech’s Health Sciences Center.

Vaccines including pneumococcal, hepatitis A and B, influenza, TdaP (for tetanus, diphtheria and adult whooping cough), Gardasil (for human papillomavirus), meningococcal (for meningitis) and Zostavax (for shingles) will be available, according to the news release.

Vaccinations will be available from 3 to 5 p.m. every third Wednesday at 2707 34th St.

The Free Clinic is an urgent care clinic run by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine physicians and medical students. Free basic health care is provided for the uninsured, homeless and working poor populations every Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m., according to the news release.

The Free Vaccinations Clinic Day will be open to patients 19 to 64 years old.

Those interested in receiving vaccinations are encouraged to take immunizations records, according to the news release.

Call 799-4320 for additional information.

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Yoga in the Vineyard set for Saturday

The Lubbock Yoga Alliance will host Yoga in the Vineyard on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at McPherson Cellars.

Participants will meet once every few months at a different winery with a different yoga teacher each quarter.

Participants should take a yoga mat, towel or blanket to each session.

People interested in attending can call Megan Graham at (915) 526-2631. Visit www.LBKYogaAlliance.com for additional information, dates and instructors.

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Mammography unit to make area stops

The Covenant Mobile Mammography unit will make rounds through area communities, including Lubbock, throughout December.

Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance are accepted. Financial assistance will be available to those who qualify, according to a press release from Covenant.

Appointments are encouraged. Call (806) 725-6579 or (877) 494-4797 to set one up.

Here is a list of when and where the Mammography unit will be throughout the rest of the month:

Tuesday:O’Donnell ISD, 501 Small Ave., O’Donnell

Wednesday:Lamesa ISD, 601 North 14th St., Lamesa

Thursday:Anton ISD, 100 Ellwood Blvd., Anton

Monday:West Texas Family Medicine, 315 West Cleveland, Hale Center.

Source : http://lubbockonline.com/health/2017-12-11/health-briefs

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