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Beating the Last Weeks of Winter

Winter’s cold and flu season can slow you down and make you feel wary of every sniffle and sneeze. And unfortunately, there’s no way to avoid exposure to illnesses, aside from never leaving your house. But there are a few simple and realistic ways to help you stay healthy.  Douglas A. Drevets, MD, chief of infectious diseases at OU Health...

Looking Out for Our Rural Neighbors 

Healthcare advocates – particularly those most concerned with delivering quality services to rural areas of Oklahoma – will gather this fall to discuss the challenges facing the state and to honor rural providers. The 2023 Oklahoma Rural Health Conference is set for Nov. 2-3 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Edmond. The conference, held annually, focuses on healthcare...

Keeping Oklahoma Healthy

Understanding the roles of various entities within state government can be confusing. But for many Oklahomans who find themselves in need, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority can be a lifesaver. And even if you don’t need them right now, understanding the help they provide could be important in the future. “Overall, the vision at the healthcare authority … is for...

The Pros and Cons of Sodium

Sodium is a mineral that occurs naturally in some foods – but most of the time, it gets added to our diets through processed items and an enthusiastic overuse of the salt shaker. However, while sodium can seem ‘bad,’ it’s an essential nutrient that keeps our bodies functioning properly, says Katie Eliot, Ph.D., RDN, an associate professor with the...

Healing with Mini Horses

You’ve likely seen miniature horses at fairs or expos, but did you know they’re also involved with therapy? Oklahoma is home to a few mini horse farms that serve the state. Peaceful Ponies Located in Sapulpa, Peaceful Ponies Foundation provides healing therapy to people with the help of equines, specifically miniature ponies. These highly trained animals are dedicated to visiting those...

Creating a Healthier You

Get Moving Once you’ve decided to commit to a new exercise routine or just healthier choices across the board, you don’t want to lose momentum. It’s important to plan ways to stay motivated.  John Jackson, personal trainer and owner of Impact Fitness in Tulsa, says your fitness, nutrition and health should be a lifestyle – and not just a block of...

Curbing Holiday Cravings

More than any other time of the year, the holiday season awakens cravings. Whether it’s a unique flavor that’s perfect in the winter months or the nostalgia of grandma’s spiced apple pie, December is a time of indulgence. While giving in to that proverbial sweet tooth is enjoyable in the moment, there’s a way to find a balance. Experts...

Calling in Back Up

A strong back is essential to ensuring good posture and supporting an active lifestyle, says Gregory Holt, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with the Orthopaedic Center of Tulsa.  “Not maintaining good posture and back strength can lead to changes in your spine, such as the constriction of blood vessels and nerves,” he says. “This can cause headaches, fatigue, and back and neck...

Understanding Diabetes 

According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 37.3 million Americans have diabetes and 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed every year. But if you’ve not had experience with this disease, either personally or through a friend or family member, you may not be aware of its physical effects, or the unique distinctions between type 1 and type 2. “The difference between...

The Dynamics of Full-Body Health

The Brain Signs of Dementia  “Dementia is an umbrella term,” says Jason King, M.D., a neurologist with Ascension St. John in Bartlesville. “There exists an array of dementing illnesses – vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s dementia – and there can be ‘mixed dementia’ as well.” The most common type in the U.S. is Alzheimer’s disease, which carries genetic...