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What You Need to Know About Feminine Leakage

Dr. Dena O'Leary, an INTEGRIS Health urogynecologist, discusses female incontinence. It's highly treatable, although many women are too embarrassed to speak to their doctors about it.

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Common Orthopedic Injuries in Winter

To help keep you and your family safe this winter, David B. Parker, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, provides information and insight into common orthopedic injuries during the colder months some tips on how to stay safe.

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Cooking With Your Kids: Recipes and Tips to Make It Fun

Some of the best food memories are often found around the dinner table while cooking at home. That’s why, as parents, you should make cooking with your children a priority. We’ll provide you with some pointers on teaching your kids to cook, safety tips to consider and easy recipes your kids will find enjoyable.

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Collagen for Your Skin: Healthy or Hype?

The makers of collagen supplements and creams happily tout the amazing results their products promise us: plump, dewy, youthful skin, strong, smooth nails and hair and even healthier, stronger bones and joints. Can it be true, though? We’ll break down the basics of collagen.

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My hair is thinning. What can I do?

A certain amount of hair loss is normal. Most of us lose 50 to 100 hairs each day, with new hairs taking their place quickly enough that we overlook the ones we've shed. The problems start when new hair doesn't replace the hair that has fallen out. We explain potential causes and provide tips to help combat hair loss.

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The Importance of Donating Blood During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Donating blood is a critical piece of the American health care system. Since January is Blood Donor Month, we partnered with Oklahoma Blood Institute and spoke with Chief Medical Officer Tuan Le, M.D., to find out why donating blood and convalescent plasma is so important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Perspiration 101: Your sweatiest questions, answered.

Sweat is a natural, necessary part of being a human being. Staying naturally dry may seem advantageous, but not sweating enough can actually be more dangerous than sweating too much. Of course it’s perfectly normal to sweat a little or a lot. We share everything you need to know.

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Home Remedies Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a low-cost ingredient that's said to restore your body's pH balance. Is it worth the hype? We'll walk you through what apple cider vinegar is, how it works within the body and a few popular home remedies you might have seen making the rounds online.

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How to Break a Sugar Addiction

There's something about sugar that speaks to your brain, evoking feelings of happiness with each bite of food or each sip of your favorite sugary drink you consume. It's part nostalgia and part chemical reaction. The more you eat, the more you crave, which can lead you down a road of long-term health problems. We're here to discuss what makes sugar so habit-inducing, how you can kick your cravings and which foods you can substitute to please your sweet tooth.

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Best Toys for Your Child’s Development

Today, many toys are digital and can talk, interact, sing and dance along with your child. But, heavy use of electronic media may be too much for your little toddler's developing brain. We explain the purpose of toys and how to introduce ones that encourage children to use their imagination.

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Managing Dry Skin During the Winter

Dry skin is common in the winter, as temperatures drop and the whipping winds zap moisture from your skin. We explain why your skin becomes so dry, provide you with tips to treat your skin and give you guidance on how to deal with more severe conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

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Healthy Recipes and Snacks Using Christmas Leftovers

Holiday meals generally include large portions and many leftovers, you may feel the urge to spend the next week chowing down on the remnants. Instead, we wanted to find a way to repurpose those Christmas leftovers into healthier options with five recipes you can share with your friends, families and loved ones.

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Which Vaccinations Should My Child Receive?

There are many types of vaccines, and keeping up with them can be a tedious process for some. That’s why we created a comprehensive guide, including expert advice from Vibitha Mani, M.D., a pediatrician at INTEGRIS Family Care Council Crossing, to walk you through when and which vaccinations your child should receive.

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Is Sparkling Water Bad for You?

As the popularity spikes, the question has come up if sparkling water can be bad for you. We decided to delve into that topic and provide you with the truth about sparkling water. Along the way, we busted some myths and rounded up some tips so you can continue to enjoy the bubbles.

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Healthy Carbs to Add to Your Diet

The type of carbohydrates you consume is more important than the amount you consume. In other words, think quality over quantity. To help set the record straight, we're here to explain how carbohydrates work, outline which healthy carbs you can add to your diet and provide easy recipes to try at home.

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Meditation 101: How to do it and why it makes us feel better

When the relaxation response is triggered, people notice short-term benefits, including improved circulation, less anxiety and stress, lower blood pressure and blood cortisol levels, increased feelings of well-being and we might even perspire less. In this article we share the benefits of meditation and how to get started.

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How to Enjoy Important Moments During the Pandemic

For lots of us, pandemic life has some crystal-clear parts and also some blurry spots. Time may feel fluid. Celebrations, which help us mark the passing of time are inconsistent. We share ways to help make the most of important moments amidst a pandemic.

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Differences Between the Flu and COVID-19

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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The ABCs of Hepatitis

To help recognize World Hepatitis Day on July 28, this guide will give you a comprehensive look at the five types of hepatitis, which hepatitis treatment options are available and how you can keep yourself and your family safe from these diseases.

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How to Spot Juvenile Arthritis in Your Child

When it comes to arthritis, the picture of an elderly person might come to mind. But arthritis affects children, too. At any point before your child matures into an adult, his or her body may experience a chronic inflammatory response that causes joint pain, skin rashes or more complex internal organ issues. The quicker you obtain a diagnosis, the more proactive doctors can be with treatments that can allow your child to live a long, healthy life.

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