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Skin Care at Every Age

A healthy skin care routine is essential at any age. To know how to best care for your skin – the largest organ of the body – it’s important to understand the impact of sun exposure.  Jeffrey McBride, MD, with OU Health’s department of dermatology and dermatopathology in Oklahoma City, says sunlight has a special effect on our health.  “A few...

Tackling Antibiotic Resistance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) names antibiotic resistance as one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. Approximately 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the United States each year, resulting in more than 35,000 deaths. These infections are often caused by ‘superbugs,’ a term coined for microorganisms that have developed a resistance to commonly...

Small but Mighty

It’s estimated that more than one in seven U.S. adults – approximately 37 million people – suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common cause of chronic kidney disease is diabetes mellitus, both type I and type II, followed by hypertension, says Jose El-Amm, MD, medical director of the INTEGRIS...

Cliff Robertson, M.D.

With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare and private business, Cliff Robertson, M.D., M.B.A., is Saint Francis Health System’s new president and chief executive officer. Before taking the helm in July 2021, Robertson was CEO of CHI Health and senior vice president for CommonSpirit Health’s Midwest Division. He received his M.D. from Ohio State College of Medicine...

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....

Planning Your Week

With a new year comes new resolutions – and a common one is a commitment to healthier eating. It’s obvious to most that planning ahead can be an effective tool when it comes to what we consume in a day. Even so, a few tips from a professional dietitian can help the process go more smoothly as you venture into...

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...

Desk Hacks

Whether you’re toiling away at a formal place of employment or turning a quiet corner of a room at home into office space, most people spend at least part of their time sitting down at a desk. Lest we forget how traumatic it can be on our bodies to sit in one spot for eight or more hours per...