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The Best of the Best 2022

Each year, we ask and you respond – enthusiastically, we might add – letting us know with your votes who really is The Best of the Best. The following pages outline winners in an excitingly broad array of groups, ranging from physicians and architects to companies, casinos, fine dining restaurants, gift stores and weekend getaway locations. In short –...

An Elusive Disease

Often called an ‘invisible disease,’ fibromyalgia patients may not always look ill but they can be experiencing intense pain and mental distress.  “Fibromyalgia is a frequently seen clinical condition where the patient has widespread pain in multiple areas, sleep disturbance, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, anxiety and depression,” says Joysree Subramanian, M.D., an associate professor and medical director with the department of...

The Pain of Kidney Stones

More than a twinge of discomfort, kidney stones are known to be painful ... so painful that the experience is often compared to child birth.  “Kidney stones are literal rocks, composed of various minerals or chemical molecules, that form in the kidney’s plumbing system,” says Daniel Parker, MD, a urologist and an assistant professor at OU Health in Oklahoma City....

Reproductive Health 101

Common Health Risks During Pregnancy While pregnant, a woman’s body undergoes a multitude of changes, and with these changes come potential health risks. Among the common risks associated with pregnancy are high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and anemia.  In regards to anemia, “thankfully it’s usually a mild complication,” says Kathryn Kramer, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) with OU Health in OKC....

Getting Ahead of Migraines

David Lee Gordon, MD – OU Health Chair of Neurology in Oklahoma City – says the most important feature in diagnosing a headache as a migraine headache is the previous occurrence of similar, intermittent headaches, since migraine is a genetic condition that causes recurrent, transient symptoms throughout one’s life. “Migraine is also the likely diagnosis if the headache is associated...

New Year, New You

Reaching Fitness Goals Kicking off the new year is often marked by fitness and weight loss goals. Offering helpful reminders on how to lose weight and keep it off, Kathryn Reilly, MD, a family practice physician with OU Health Physicians, shares the following advice.  “For consistent weight loss it’s important to have a plan,” she says. “Understand what common portion sizes...

Inside Restless Legs Syndrome

Approximately seven to 10% of Americans have restless legs syndrome (RLS) – also known as Willis-Ekbom disease – according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). RLS is characterized by an overwhelming sensation to constantly move the legs and is worse at night, which causes those with RLS to lose sleep, develop a mental fog and feel...

Jump into Fitness

The thought of jumping rope may take you back to elementary days of recess on the playground. Or, perhaps you picture Sylvester Stallone as the iconic Rocky Balboa, training for his next boxing match. Either way, for pleasure or for purpose, the act of jumping rope offers many health benefits and even dates back to ancient Egyptians who hopped...

The Magic Within

For magicians, their fascinations with abracadabra and all things magic stem from a variety of channels.  Brian Bailey, the owner of Top Hat Magic and Fun Shop in Tulsa, has been into magic since 1978. He loved to watch his uncle perform magic tricks. Then, two local magic shop owners helped him learn enough magic to put a show together,...

Evolving Perceptions

How Oklahoma cares for people with developmental disabilities has changed drastically in the last century. Institutionalization was the norm one hundred years ago, but ideas, beliefs and perceptions have evolved, leaving most of those institutions empty today.  The Beginnings: From the impetus of statehood, the legislature realized that parents and families of people with disabilities needed help caring for their loved...