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A Radiation Oncologist Answers Treatment Questions About Prostate Cancer

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. To help bring prostate cancer to the forefront as a serious health issue for Oklahomans, common treatment questions are answered by an INTEGRIS radiation oncologist.

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Organic Feminine Hygiene Products: Are They Worth It?

As women continue to make the decision to “go green,” organic tampons and sanitary pads are becoming increasingly popular. But there’s speculation as to whether they’re better for your health than traditional options. Is the higher price tag typically associated with organic tampons and pads worth it?

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Aging with Agility Through Functional Fitness

Did you know 60 is the new 40? We’ve all got to take care of ourselves so we can live healthier as well as longer. Adding something called “functional fitness” into your exercise mix yields unique healthy aging benefits.

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Eat a Little Healthier at the 2018 Oklahoma State Fair

As football jerseys appear and pumpkin spice scents fill the stores, it seems like every other commercial is for the Oklahoma State Fair. If you’re planning on attending this year, use this guide to eat a little healthier.

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Ovarian Cancer: The Silent Killer

If caught early, ovarian cancer has a high rate of survival. However, the insidious nature of this cancer means that it often remains undetected until it has progressed rapidly. Fortunately, there are ways to educate yourself on ovarian cancer and learn how to recognize the signs of this disease.

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Know Your Birth Control Options Part 3: Permanent Contraception

A variety of factors will likely determine the right kind of birth control for you. Common considerations include effectiveness, cost, existing health issues, cycle length and severity, lifestyle habits and even acne concerns. In this blog post, we're examining permanent contraception.

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Know Your Birth Control Methods Part 2: Hormonal Contraception

A variety of factors will likely determine the right kind of birth control for you. Common considerations include effectiveness, cost, existing health issues, cycle length and severity, lifestyle habits and even acne concerns. In this blog post, we're examining hormonal contraception.

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Know Your Birth Control Options Part 1: Barrier Methods

A variety of factors will likely determine the right kind of birth control for you. Common considerations include effectiveness, cost, existing health issues, cycle length and severity, lifestyle habits and even acne concerns. How do you choose the best option? This blog explains barrier methods.

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Oklahoma Liver Transplant Survivor Wins Gold

INTEGRIS liver transplant recipient Karen Hoyt spent 300 days on the transplant waiting list. Since her transplant, she went on to compete in the 30th World Transplant Games and won gold!

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The Drug Overdose Crisis in Oklahoma

One Oklahoman dies every day from an opioid overdose. Today marks International Overdose Awareness Day, dedicated to remembering those who lost their battle with addiction and acknowledging the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of an overdose. Most importantly, this day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

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Music Rehabilitation Therapy

Music has been perceived as healing and therapeutic for centuries. However, it wasn’t until recently that music therapy gained traction as a reputable and effective form of rehabilitation therapy.

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The Surprising Health Risks of Oklahoma Lakes

Open bodies of water can easily become contaminated with germs and bacteria originating from animal waste, sewage spills, water runoff, chemicals and more. In addition, things like mercury, algae and electric currents flowing underwater can pose dangerous health risks. How can you stay safe and healthy during your Oklahoma lake visit? We dive in (pun intended) to examine the biggest risks lurking in the water and tell you how you can avoid them.

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Delicious and Healthy Ice Cream Substitute Recipes Made Easy

In the heat of an Oklahoma summer it’s understandable if your brain gets kidnapped by cravings for the cold, delicious taste of ice cream. It’s hard not to give in once you’ve started daydreaming about the creamy delight. Here are some healthier substitutes that are still refreshing and tasty.

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Preventing Bone Loss and Rebuilding Bone with Exercise

Imagine having bones so fragile even a sneeze can lead to a painful fracture or break. For people living with severe osteoporosis, avoiding a situation like this is an everyday challenge. Fortunately, for many who are at risk for developing osteoporosis, preventive exercises can help keep bones in good shape.

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What is an ENT?

If you experience chronic ear infections, nasal congestion or chronic hoarseness, you may be a candidate to see a specialist. An otolaryngologist is an ear, nose and throat doctor, otherwise known as an “ENT” for short. Many people aren’t exactly sure why they might need to go see an ENT, so we’re here to give you an earful (pardon the pun).

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The Importance of Taking Prescriptions as Instructed

Medications are prescribed with specific instructions for a reason, and stopping some medications suddenly can have serious consequences. Here are reasons why it's so important to follow directions when it comes to your meds!

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Overcoming Common Breastfeeding Obstacles

You spend nine months taking birthing classes, building the perfect registry and organizing your nursery. Yet many new moms don’t prepare for breastfeeding. It seems like a natural thing, so it should come easy, right? Unfortunately, natural instinct can only go so far. That's where Lactation Consultants come in.

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Laughter Yoga: Why Laughter Really is the Best Medicine!

It definitely feels good to laugh, but did you know there are a surprising number of mind and body health benefits? Laughing has been shown to improve your immune system, relieve pain, reduce stress and boost your mood. In fact, there is a mind/body practice based on the concept, called “laughter yoga,” which is gaining popularity across the globe. The practice is a combination of laughing exercises and yoga breathing. Have you tried it yet?

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What is Macro Tracking and Does It Work?

Macro tracking, when done correctly, can be an effective alternative to restrictive dieting. While it may not be right for everyone, tracking your macronutrients can help you maintain a proper caloric intake for your goals and change your body composition without being restrictive or feeling sluggish and hungry.

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5 Tips to Be an Effective Caregiver

Being the caregiver for a loved one with illness is hard work. It’s stressful, tiring and can be very challenging. It’s a 24/7 job that demands physical, emotional and spiritual energy. Even the best caregiver can be blindsided, experience discouragement and feel hopeless. So the question is, how do you survive it? A chaplain with INTEGRIS Hospice House provides essential information for caregivers.

Chaplain John Chasteen

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