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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...

Small but Mighty

The thyroid gland, located at the base of the neck below the Adam’s apple, is small in size but plays a critical role in many of the body’s systems.  “Thyroid hormones help the body use energy, stay warm and keep the brain, heart, muscles and other organs working appropriately,” says Myrto Eliades, MD, an endocrinologist with INTEGRIS Endocrinology in Oklahoma...

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,...

The Dynamic World of Medicine

Head-To-Toe-Health The Brain Genetic Testing for Epilepsy In the U.S., approximately three million adults and more than 450,000 children have epilepsy, a brain disorder that causes seizures, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  “Epilepsy is diagnosed when someone has had two or more seizures without a reversible provoking factor, such as hypoglycemia,” says Cherie Herren, MD, an epileptologist/neurologist at Oklahoma...

Breast Cancer: Advocating for Young Women

By Aisha Patterson and Sarah Teague Aisha Patterson During the summer of 2020, I was breastfeeding my 4 month old son when I felt a lump. I breastfed all four of my children, so I assumed it was a clogged milk duct and I ignored it; I told myself that I would get it checked out when I was done breastfeeding.  Four...

Active Years

Never Too Late to Learn The senior years are about staying sharp and spending your free time on what interests you. Local colleges and universities help level-up that learning while introducing students to others interested in the same topic. Tulsa Community College offers non-credit, continuing education classes at a discount for students over 55. Offerings include topics such as do-it-yourself landscape...

Staying Prepared

“The best way to be prepared for a medical emergency is to have the basic training,” explains Kali DeYager, an instructor at Heartland CPR in Oklahoma City. “We highly recommend that everyone know CPR. In fact, we are so passionate about this that we offer a free first aid and CPR course every quarter.” Heartland CPR offers classes for lay...

All About MS

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, nearly one million U.S. adults are living with multiple sclerosis (MS) – double the amount originally estimated by the MS Society.  “Multiple sclerosis is an immune-mediated disease of the nervous system,” says Nidhiben Anadani, M.D., a neurologist with OU Health Physicians in Oklahoma City. “It commonly affects young females.” With MS, the body’s immune...

Overcoming Anxiety

Most people experience anxiety from time to time, but for some, it’s a regular occurrence that interferes with daily life.  Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is typically characterized by a difficulty to control worry on more days than not for at least six months, with the presence of three or more symptoms. “For this disorder the key word is ‘generalized,’” says Lee...

Dental Must-Dos

Teeth and Gums: The Basics Healthy teeth and gums allow you to share a smile with confidence and can affect your overall health. For the best advice on good dental hygiene, Michael C. Fling, DDS, and Cama D. Cord, DDS, with OKC Dental Arts share their top tips. Consistency and Technique Matter Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Electric...