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The Best Bicycle Groups and Trails in Oklahoma City

Remember the freedom you felt as a child when you hopped on your bike, pedaled down the street and let the wind hit your face? That childhood joy isn’t just for kids. Today, millions of adults and children still revel in the fun of bike riding both for pleasure and for health. Why not see what you've been missing and try out these OKC bike trails?

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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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Word to You, Mother: 13 Tips On Staying Resilient From INTEGRIS Working Moms

In honor of Mother's Day, 13 INTEGRIS working moms describe what keeps them resilient.

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Why the Spare Tire Happens and What It Means for Men

While often termed differently, muffin top, belly fat and spare tire are all essentially the same - excess abdominal fat. No matter what it’s called, it can be a frustration for many men because it's one of the most difficult areas to slim and tone.

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What Men Should Know About Erectile Dysfunction

More than ten years ago, when a little blue pill was given the green light by the FDA, it was the moment that revived millions of marriages and launched even more punchlines. INTEGRIS urologist Dr. Michael Holzer discusses erectile dysfunction.

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Dr. Ibrahim Nominated To Most Influential Clinical Leaders List

Oklahomans can play a role in supporting Dr. Ibrahim by casting a vote for him in Modern Healthcare's 50 Most Influential Clinical Leaders recognition program. Please join in and show your support of Dr. Ibrahim and INTEGRIS. The voting ends May 10!

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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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Myths About Men and Fertility

It’s been estimated that up to 15 percent of all couples attempting to have children face some form of infertility. To mark National Infertility Awareness Week, we're discussing male infertility to debunk some common myths and reinforce some facts.

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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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The Relationship Between Allergies and Asthma

Oklahoma is one of the top states for allergies. If you have allergic asthma, here are a few tips to help you cope when pollen and mold counts are high.

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A Way to Combat the Unpredictability of Living With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Is that cramping, abdominal pain or bloating simply indigestion, or could it be something more? April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, so learn to identify the FODMAPs that may be causing your IBS.

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Oklahoma City Ranks 18th for Seasonal Allergies in the U.S.

Oklahoma City is ranked 18th in the nation for "Most Challenging Places to Live with Spring Allergies." What is the main culprit for Oklahoma City having a bad allergy season?

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Earth Day 2019 Events in Oklahoma City

However you celebrate Earth Day this year, all of these healthy events and activities around OKC are sure to get you and your family outdoors and learning about sustainable living within your community. We only have one Earth, so let’s take care of it together.

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A Guide to Eating Out When You Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Going out to eat is an essential part of many people’s social lives. However, when you have food restrictions caused by IBS, meeting friends for dinner can quickly become stressful. Don’t fear. You don’t have to miss quality time with your friends and family. You can navigate dining out with a little planning!

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