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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...

Understanding ARFID

A voidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is a relatively new diagnosis of disordered eating, says physician Amy Middleman, chief of adolescent medicine at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health in OKC.  “It was first included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in 2013,” she says. “While commonly reported among children and adolescents, adults can present with...

Cervical Cancer’s Threat

This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 14,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 women will die from cervical cancer. However, the Papanicolaou test – more commonly referred to as a Pap test – has helped to significantly lower the cervical cancer death rate. In addition, the HPV (human papillomavirus)...

The Journey to Better Balance

With warmer weather on the way, many are looking forward to outdoor activities in the sunshine. But after months of pandemic isolation, our bodies might not be quite up to the challenge. Luckily, a variety of trainers are at the ready to help willing participants strengthen their cores and stay steady. “Yoga is wonderful to help create better balance, both...

Understanding Aneurysms

“Aneurysms are an enlargement of a blood vessel in the body,” says Beau Hawkins, a cardiologist with OU Health in Oklahoma City. “They most commonly affect arteries, which are vessels that distribute blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body.” Hawkins says aneurysms can affect any blood vessel, but most often occur in the aorta and the...

A Happy Heart

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. In addition, more than 650,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, which comes out to one in every four deaths.  “Heart disease is any pathologic process that...

Centering the Mind

After such a tumultuous year, has there ever been a greater time to learn how to better manage stress? If you listen to local yoga and meditation experts, that answer would be a resounding, “No!” “Meditation is an ancient discipline that helps us pull away from the busy, chaotic world and connect to our inner self, to realize peace and...

Active Years

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 these needs at once is to stay active. But what kinds...

COVID-19: Information Regarding Testing

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 should contact their health care provider...