On Your Health

Check back to the INTEGRIS On Your Health blog for the latest health and wellness information for all Oklahomans, published three times a week.

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Your Guide To Oklahoma Float Trips This Summer

Floating the Illinois River in Tahlequah, Oklahoma is a weekend well spent in the outdoors and we bet many of you are planning a float trip this summer. Here's what you need to remember to stay safe.

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How Common Are Snake Attacks in Oklahoma?

Residents across Oklahoma recently watched a terrifying video that showed a large snake biting an unsuspecting Lawton man directly in the face. But just how common are snakes in Oklahoma? How poisonous are they? Should you be worried that one might be lurking in your mailbox? It's important to know which snakes are most dangerous and what to do if a loved one gets bitten.

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Everything You Need to Know About Your Cervix

You might be surprised to learn how few women are familiar with their own reproductive system. In a recent study, only 44 percent of women were able to correctly identify the cervix. Let’s start at the beginning and have an open discussion about what the cervix is, where to find it, and how to keep yours healthy.

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Breathing Easy Again: A Lung Transplant Story

Have you registered to be an organ donor? Douglas Dillner's lung transplant story shows just how important it is.

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Rowing Your Way to Fitness in Oklahoma City

Learn more about this fast and fun workout, whether you’ll be sitting pretty on an indoor rowing machine or enjoying the fresh air with an outdoor row at the state-of-the-art OKC Boathouse District.

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The Importance of Disposing of Medication Properly to Prevent Misuse

Taking an old painkiller to relieve a headache or borrowing a friend’s medication might not seem like a big deal, but these simple acts are dangerous and considered abuse.

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When a Hospice Patient Stops Eating or Drinking

For family members, the loss of appetite can be one of the most distressing parts of a loved one's illness. But when a patient no longer eats, providing other forms of emotional nourishment can also show how much you love and care.

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More, Please! Speaking Sign Language with Your Baby

Babies can communicate with signs even before they learn to talk, making it easier for caregivers to understand their needs, helping their vocal speech development and boosting their cognitive growth.

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How to Have The Conversation About Dying With Your Loved One

Dr. J.D. Lackey explains how to start the conversation with a loved one about their end-of-life medical care decisions.

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What Happens If You Can't Speak for Yourself? Make End-of-Life Planning a Priority With an Advanced Care Directive

Life is filled with important events, but perhaps none are as important as decisions about your health care if you can't speak for yourself. Do you want to be kept alive with machines and medications or do you wish to pass away without extreme measures being taken? While difficult to talk about, these important questions should be answered years BEFORE you get sick. In Oklahoma, it's as easy as filling out a form so that your family and your doctors know what matters to you. Completing an advanced care directive gives you confidence that if you get to the point where you're not able to communicate, your wishes will be honored.

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