Children who have obesity issues are more likely to have those same issues as adults. These kids are at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

If a researcher were to sit down at the end of 2021 and tabulate and record the number of times individual key words were mentioned over the course of the year, “vaccine” would surely be near the top. The advent of COVID-19 vaccines and the key role they have played in slowing the spread of …

Living with diabetes requires constant maintenance, education, and a willingness to participate in your health. With proactive lifestyle changes, you can prevent or delay the complications that typically arise from diabetes.

Is your child over four years of age and still wearing pull-ups? Are they experiencing any of the following:

OKLAHOMA CITY — For years, the terms “Alzheimer’s” and “dementia” have been used interchangeably. But the difference between them is important, say experts at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, with no better time to learn than June: Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

There is a long-standing perception that women tend to focus on their health more than men do. Unfortunately, it’s a perception that rings all too true.

Losing interest in an exercise regimen is a situation many fitness enthusiasts have confronted at one point or another. Overcoming a stale workout routine can be simple for young athletes, whose bodies can typically handle a wide range of physical activities. That flexibility allows younger …

June is when we highlight Men’s Health. Why? To bring awareness of preventable health issues and encourages early detection and treatment.

OKLAHOMA CITY — As summer approaches, the U.S. is returning to something that looks like normal.

For many, summer is the perfect time to run barefoot on the beach or in a grassy park. But if you’re one of the 34.2 million Americans living with diabetes, going barefoot is one of the worst things you can do for your health. Exposure to hot sand, pavement, rocks, trash and debris can resul…

OKLAHOMA CITY — The coronavirus has never been a problem limited to people. Since the pandemic’s start, the virus’s potential to impact pets, livestock and wildlife has been a global concern.

A little extra energy during the day could benefit just about anyone. Late morning mental fatigue and the post-lunch yawns may seem unavoidable, but there are plenty of ways to improve energy levels throughout the day. One such means to getting an extra hop in your step involves utilizing food.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70? If detected early enough, basal or squamous cell skin cancers can be quickly treated with a cure rate of over 90 percent. In some cases, a more invasive cancer such as melanoma c…

Who hasn’t been spending more time at home lately? Many families have perfected the balance of managing a household in which kids may be engaged in virtual learning while Mom and Dad are putting in a full day’s work from the home office. At several points during the day, families need to rec…

OKLAHOMA CITY — Although roughly half the U.S. population has received at least one Covid-19 shot, new cases are still averaging more than 50,000 daily nationwide. It’s a sign the virus isn’t going away, according to experts at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Warmer weather is on the horizon, which means blooming flowers, trees and grasses. But if you one of the many people that suffer from seasonal allergies, this time of year can be difficult.

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.

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