April marks Foot Health Awareness Month, a great time to reflect on the vital role our feet play in our day-to-day lives. Did you know that the average person walks more than 100,000 miles in their lifetime? The human foot is a marvelous and complex structure with 26 bones, 33 joints and ove…

Life has changed in ways both big and small over the last year. Plans were suspended and priorities shifted as we cautiously made our way through a situation that we had never experienced, much less imagined would happen.

OKLAHOMA CITY — A scientist at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has discovered a targeted therapy that could improve treatment and long-term outcomes for ovarian cancer.

November 3, 2020. I had a long-overdue colonoscopy, expecting everything would be OK. My previous colonoscopy took place 15 years earlier. As I recall, I had two polyps removed during that procedure (polyps being the culprits who turn into a cancerous mass). I remember being instructed to ha…

An often ignored epidemic, chronic wounds, or wounds that are slow to heal, currently affect close to seven million people in the United States. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, these numbers will likely increase due to an aging population and increases in the numbers of …

OKLAHOMA CITY — Covid-19 vaccination rates are on the rise across Oklahoma and the nation, leaving many curious whether they can relax pandemic precautions.

OKLAHOMA CITY — An OU College of Medicine researcher has published a groundbreaking new study suggesting that when people use electronic cigarettes while undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, they will likely receive much less benefit from the treatment.

When you think about your health, some of the first things that probably come to mind are healthy eating, exercise, visits with a provider and other steps to help prevent and manage illness and disease. But there is another important factor to consider when thinking about maintaining good he…

In 2019, the American Heart Association reported that at least 48 percent of U.S. adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, and many times there are no clear warning signs. The stereotype scene of clutching your chest and falling to the floor does not always happen. Some symptoms do n…

The kidneys perform vital functions in the human body. According to the National Kidney Foundation®, the kidneys filter waste and excess fluids from the blood and return essential vitamins, amino acids, glucose, hormones, and other vital substances to the bloodstream. Without healthy kidneys…

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahomans are rolling up their sleeves by the thousands for COVID-19 vaccines. Although demand is outpacing supply, many remain uncertain about aspects of the shots.

OKLAHOMA CITY – About a year after COVID-19 arrived in the United States, vaccines and treatment innovations are providing light at the end of a long tunnel. OU Health has been a state and national leader in the rigorous research that has made such advances possible.

Aren’t you tired of being tired? Do you nod off easily during the day? Do you wake up and not feel great in the morning?

A new year is always an opportunity for a fresh start, a new beginning. That’s one of the big reasons so many of us set New Year’s resolutions. Turning the page on the calendar gives us a chance to turn the page on unhealthy habits, resolve to be better, healthier versions of ourselves and l…

The COVID-19 pandemic is foremost in everyone’s minds for the majority of 2020. But, it is vital during this time to not forget about the flu. As a parent, the best thing you can do to protect your children from the flu is to get them vaccinated before influenza starts circulating in our community.

With its myriad joyful and time-honored traditions, the holiday season is a cherished time of the year for many. Unfortunately, it can also be a stressful and emotionally trying time, especially for those juggling numerous obligations or coping with the loss of a loved one. And as COVID-19 c…

OKLAHOMA CITY – A 63-year-old Woodward County man has become the first patient in Oklahoma to undergo a new catheter-based procedure to treat his heart failure without open heart surgery at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital. The LIVE™ (Less Invasive Ventricular Enhancement) Therapy is part of a na…

OKLAHOMA CITY — This spring, five years after his diagnosis with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Ryan VanZandt experienced his second relapse, the type of bad news that typically would mean his treatment options had run their course. However, the return of his cancer coincided with the arrival…

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Statistics show that nearly 500,000 new Alzheimer’s disease cases will be diagnosed this year in the United States. Alzheimer’s is a complex neurological disease that results in the slow deterioration of cognitive abilities generally referred to as dementia. It is the most common form of dem…

The final two months of the year are traditionally filled with a number of opportunities to celebrate with family, friends and co-workers. Of course, 2020 has been anything but a traditional year, thanks in no small part to the ongoing pandemic. As we continue to fight COVID-19 and work to s…

Most of us have taken medicine to help heal from illness or injury at some point in our lives. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 82 percent of American adults take at least one medication and 29 percent take five or more. Medications are a frequently impor…

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer during their lifetime.

On Oct. 25, 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. On Oct. 15, 2002, the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Campaign began as an American movement. This is a time of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death which includes …

OKLAHOMA CITY — Chandler Hill of Altus, Oklahoma, has overcome more challenges in his 13 years than many will confront in a lifetime. His story is a demonstration of exceptional determination to navigate hurdles and confront learning differences that might have held him back.

Daily I hear people commenting about the effects of COVID-19. Comments range from the whole “crisis” is bogus to the other extreme, expressing fear of even leaving their own house.

The Birthing Center at Southwestern Medical Center (SWMC) has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection.

It is hard to believe that in the coming weeks, the temperature will begin its downward trend, and the fall season will already be upon us. This also means that flu season is just around the corner – a period which usually peaks between December and February but can last as late as May. Infl…

A major question asked today is whether or not you should wear a mask. When the pandemic first started, experts didn’t realize how people with COVID-19 could spread the virus before symptoms appeared. Or that people could have COVID-19 without exhibiting symptoms. Wearing a facemask is now o…

OKLAHOMA CITY — New accounts of patients who believe they’ve been reinfected after recovering from COVID-19 are popping up daily, leading to an unnerving question: Can we get coronavirus twice?

Breastfeeding or pumping breast milk can be challenging, but it can be an extremely rewarding journey when a mother is supported and empowered in reaching her feeding goals for her baby.

Backpacks are useful tools for students and adults alike. From hiking supplies to school books to sports equipment, backpacks can store just about anything. As veritable workhorses, they’re bound to get dirty and can benefit from periodic cleaning.

SEATTLE — Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the public is used to seeing a cavalcade of numbers and charts that show how the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spreading or how it’s affecting a given place.

A large international study has discovered an association between consuming a higher amount of dairy — especially whole-fat varieties — and lower rates of hypertension and diabetes, the rates of which are rising in the U.S.

Spending time outdoors is a summertime tradition for people of all ages. Sunny summer afternoons may be especially cherished in 2020, when people across the globe have been forced to spend more time indoors as they adhere to social distancing guidelines implemented to prevent the spread of t…

Any time is a great time to get in shape. People with more time on their hands due to stay-at-home restrictions may want to begin an exercise regimen right away.

LAWTON, OK — Getting the flu vaccine now can prevent a serious illness later this winter.

"We're just the handlers. They call us ‘the dopes on the ends of the ropes,'" said Francina Baldi with a smile as she led Giuseppe, a 3-yearold mini goldendoodle, toward the stairwell through a cluster of onlookers July 10. "It's the dogs who are the stars."

Senior citizen or not, some people think a bland diet is one that is tasteless and boring. Not necessarily so. In the field of clinical nutrition, a bland diet - also referred to as soft or low residue - is actually a special diet for certain medical conditions. It is meant to protect the di…

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