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The Frontiers of Medicine

While it has undoubtedly been a tough year for everyone, those in the healthcare sector have felt the pressure more than most. A relentless pandemic rages on, and Oklahoma’s best and brightest work tirelessly to keep us safe. We explore the ins and outs of COVID-19 and its effects on healthcare workers. We also cover advancements in cancer care, telemedicine and orthopedics, and give a general overview on lifelong health.

On The Front Lines of the Streets and Skies

Arnell Dean made his career choice as a teenager, thanks to Emergency, which ran on NBC for six seasons in the 1970s. The show’s paramedics, Roy DeSoto and Johnny Gage with Los Angeles County’s fictonalized Squad 51, were Dean’s heroes. “I watched it religiously,” says Dean, a 40-year emergency medical technician with EMSA in Oklahoma City. “Every episode, they saved...

‘Time is Brain’ with Strokes

According to the American Stroke Association, a stroke strikes someone in the United States every 40 seconds. Stroke is the nation’s fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Despite the grim statistics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Vance McCollom, a neuro-interventional radiologist with...

A Doobie-ous Future

Oklahoma Issued Its First Patient License for Medical Marijuana  Aug. 25 and about 1,600 other applications were received that first day – the opening of a movement that has been combative at best and, at times, has rivaled soap operas for drama. Emergency rules enacted by the state health department – banning smokable products and requiring a pharmacist on site at...