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Healthy Post-Sport Snacks for Kids

All school-aged kids and teenagers need nutrition that supports their growth and activity level, which is why it’s important to replenish their calories and nutrients after sports practices. If you’re looking for a healthier option to give your kids after sports practices, it comes down to understanding their nutrition and finding quick and portable options you can pack.

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How to Prepare for Your First Mental Health Visit

It is important to understand how to prepare for a mental health visit. No matter what the reason is for visiting a mental health specialist, knowing what to expect and how to get the most of your time together can make a big difference in your success.

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Differences Between the Flu and COVID-19

The annual flu season is about to be in full swing. While the yearly onset of sore throats, runny noses and body aches related to the flu is to be expected to some extent, this year, the COVID-19 pandemic is thrown into the mix. We'll break down the differences between symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 as well as what other similarities and differences exist between the two viral diseases so you’re as prepared as possible heading into flu season.

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Treatment for OCD

OCD Awareness Week is October 11-17. Most people experience obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors during their lives, but for a person suffering from OCD, those behaviors and the cycle of obsession and compulsions becomes so extreme that it disrupts normal life. Luckily, treatments are found to be helpful in treating this disorder.

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What You Should Know About Dense Breast Tissue

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here is what you need to know about dense breast tissue. While having dense breasts is normal, it does pose challenges in detecting breast cancer.

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Strep Throat in Children

Happy Children's Health Month! To mark the occasion, we talked with Dr. Craig Kupiec, a pediatrician at INTEGRIS, for his thoughts on why strep throat occurs so often in children. He also discusses pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome, known as PANDAS, a mysterious disorder that some think might be associated with streptococcal infections.

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Different Types of Childhood Cancer

Cancer in children is more common than you may think, as it accounts for the second-leading cause of death behind accidents. While a cancer diagnosis, or even the thought of your child developing cancer one day, is overwhelming, modern medicine has greatly improved survival rates.

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What Are Triglycerides and Why Is It Important to Keep Your Levels Low?

Like high blood pressure or bad cholesterol, having high triglyceride levels increases your risk for heart disease. However, the same lifestyle choices that promote overall health can help lower your triglycerides, too. Here are some tips.

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The Role of Art Therapy in Addiction Recovery

Art therapy is one of the many tools Arcadia Trails uses to address addiction and recovery at its 40-bed in-patient treatment facility. Unlike many other substance abuse centers, Arcadia Trails uses practices ranging from art therapy and mindfulness practices to traditional therapy and group support. Incorporating expressive arts isn’t just a creative process for the patients — it’s vital to their recovery.

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Methamphetamine: The Overlooked Addiction Epidemic in Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, meth addiction and meth-related deaths are on the rise, and now play a role in more deaths than all opioids combined, including painkillers, heroin and fentanyl, according to a report from the CDC.

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