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Being Body Aware

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We’ve heard for years about the importance of conducting routine self-exams. For many women, a breast self-exam is a monthly habit. However, there’s an ongoing discussion in the medical community as to whether or not self-examinations make a difference. Here’s a look at a few common self-exams, the current recommendations and how they can help.

Avoiding Muscle Cramps

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Muscle cramps can range from being a slight ache to a piercing pain, and the cause of the discomfort can vary. While it’s possible that muscle cramps can be a symptom of something more serious, for most people, they’re an occasional irritation that can be avoided by following a few simple steps.  “A...

Active Years

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Exercise: the Antidote to Aging Balance and connection make life sweet, and as we begin to age, this truth becomes even more important. Older adults need a unique symmetry of movement, nutrition, community and care to make their golden years some of the best. One way to address several of...

The Threat of Meningitis

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Meningitis, a critical and sometimes deadly infection, affects the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. There are several types of meningitis, and a patient needs to be evaluated by a doctor to quickly determine the cause and severity. “Meningitis is inflammation of the tissues, called the leptomeninges,” says Linda Salinas, an...

Examining Repetitive Brain Injuries

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Reports in the past few years on the devastating effects of head injuries among football players have raised awareness of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. This neuro-degenerative disease is believed to be caused by repetitive, severe brain injuries. In such cases, a protein called tau forms clumps that slowly spread throughout the brain...

COVID-19: Information Regarding Testing

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County health departments, including OKC-County and Tulsa Health Departments, do not offer testing for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Any individual who develops symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or has recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19...

Coronavirus 101

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Oklahoma Magazine reached out to the Oklahoma State Department of Health to create a public service announcement regarding coronavirus. Here are responses to some of your questions about the disease, answered by Amanda Shoemate, epidemiologist with the Oklahoma State Department of Health Acute Disease Service. For more information go to cdc.gov.

Blocking PTSD’s Effects

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Helping U.S. military men and women cope with the perils of service has long been a focus of our nation’s defense, veteran and medical communities. For instance, much research and testing have gone into post traumatic stress disorder, which has been diagnosed in warriors throughout the 1900s and into the 21st century. One...

Preventive Maintenance

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Like a motor vehicle, train or an airplane, your body must undergo preparation and maintenance before any fitness journey begins, be it a simple, twice-a-week gym routine or grueling, long-term training for a marathon. Proper warmups, hydration and nutrition are all part of any pre-workout plan. “I like to compare...

Lewy Body Dementia’s Treachery

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Lewy body dementia affects an estimated 1.4 million people and their families, and the disease can become aggressive and insidious as it progresses. The condition is associated with the presence of Lewy bodies – abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein – in the brain, according to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. An...