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The Benefits of Unplugging From Your Smartphone

When was the last time you went an entire day without using your phone to scroll through social media, snap a photo, check your email or play a game? The convenience of a smartphone makes it hard to put down. Researchers have noticed the uptick in smartphone use and some are asking, “Do smartphones cause more problems than they solve?”

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Is Blue Light Harmful?

After staring at a computer for hours, who hasn’t felt like their eyes were tired and dry? But can the blue light given off by screens, smartphones and other digital sources actually cause damage to your body?

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It's Never Too Early To Teach Your Child To Respect Animals

Every living creature deserves kindness, and it’s important that your children know the safe way to interact with our furry, scaly and feathered friends.

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Diabetes in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has the seventh highest rate of type 2 diabetes and the fourth highest death rate from diabetes in the country. But it doesn't have to be this way! With lifestyle changes, type 2 diabetes can be controlled and even reversed. Brent Wilson, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at INTEGRIS, explains how to start the program.

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What to Expect After a Stroke: On the Path To Recovery

There is life after stroke. With time and repetition, new routines will become familiar. Rehabilitation can build your strength and confidence and can help you continue your daily activities despite the effects of stroke.

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Trust Your Gut: When Your Child Needs To See a GI Specialist

Diagnoses of gastrointestinal disorders are on the rise for children, and can include infantile colic, recurrent abdominal pain, gastroesophageal reflux, vomiting, nutritional intolerances, celiac disease, malabsorption syndromes, acute diarrhea, persistent diarrhea, chronic constipation and more. Luckily, the treatment and management of these pediatric conditions are getting more sophisticated. When it comes to deciding whether it’s time for a child to see a GI specialist, Dr. Shambayati says to "trust your gut."

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Fireworks and Veterans with PTSD

The Fourth of July is a time of celebration and a way of honoring America’s independence. The holiday is synonymous with backyard barbecues, red-white-and-blue celebrations, sparklers and fireworks, but those booming firecrackers can trigger added stress, especially to military veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

It is estimated that 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. While the statistic is sobering, there’s even more dire news: that number is expected to double by the year 2050. Dr. Lane Tinsley, a neurologist at the INTEGRIS Neuroscience Institute in Oklahoma City, shares important facts you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease.

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Types of Headaches and How to Treat Them

Suffering from headaches? Learn more about different types of headaches, how to treat them and when to seek medical attention.

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All About Migraines

To mark National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, Dr. Charles Morgan, a neurologist at INTEGRIS, explains the science behind migraines and how to help manage and treat symptoms.

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Know Your Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

Whether you’re walking a trail in the woods, trimming brush in your backyard, or pitching a tent in one of Oklahoma’s campgrounds, you may come across poison ivy this summer – and before you know it, you might be sporting a red, itchy rash. The best way to avoid poison ivy is to recognize it when you see it. Here’s how to identify poison ivy, oak and sumac so you can avoid all of them!

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Areas of the Body Most Injured by Fireworks

Fireworks are likely a part of your Fourth of July celebration, but that doesn’t mean they are safe! The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates an average of 250 people make a trip to the emergency room each day of the month with a firework-related injury around the holiday. What areas of the body get the most damage?

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Monthly Self Checks All Men Should Do

While scheduling a yearly check-up with a doctor is vital, men can also take charge of their health by doing quick self-exams at home, so they can learn what’s “normal” for their bodies and what isn’t.

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Why Don't Men See Doctors?

Even in today’s world of easy information about health and fitness, men still fall well behind women in taking care of their health by scheduling annual physicals and exams or going to a doctor unless a condition becomes unbearable. On average, men die half a decade earlier than women. Now, with the growing recognition that treating preventable causes of death and disability could close the medical gender gap, it’s more important than ever to push men to get the care they need.

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Nasal Congestion: How To Clear Your Baby's Nose Naturally

A common rite of passage into parenthood is clearing out your baby’s nose for the first time. It can be scary and there are often tears involved. These natural home remedies can help make the experience a little less stressful and help you clear your baby’s nose like a pro.

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Swim Lessons: Start Early, Practice Often

The tragic news that country singer Granger Smith's 3-year-old son drowned at home has many parents worried about swimming safety for their infants and toddlers. The American Academy of Pediatrics lists drowning as the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4. However, the AAP suggests that swim lessons can be beneficial for children and may decrease drowning rates. Local YMCA locations in the OKC metro have a swim lesson program aiming to get toddlers and infants into the pool at a very young age, starting at just six months.

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Ways to Keep Your Kids Healthy and Active This Summer

Childhood is a period of important physical, personal, mental and emotional growth. If you keep their bodies and minds engaged during the summer your children have a better chance of excelling in school in the fall (not to mention retaining what they learned the year before).

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Take Your Kids to Oklahoma’s Gardens, Farmers Markets and U-Pick Farms for Food Fun

When a child is truly involved in the food – planting the seed, getting their hands in the dirt and harvesting – that’s when the connection to food really ignites.

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Delicious Summer Recipes Using Your Instant Pot

How do you keep cool while you’re preparing meals during the heat of an Oklahoma summer? Don’t turn on the oven or the grill and heat up your house and yard — reach for your instant pot instead!

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Guided Imagery to Combat Anxiety and Promote Healing

Studies have shown guided imagery can help the mind and body relax. It has also been shown to help manage anxiety, stress and depression, to reduce pain, lower blood pressure, lessen nausea and give patients a better sense of control and well-being. If you are healing from cancer or feel anxiety or stress, this complementary therapy might be good for you.

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