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Mental Health Tips for Recovering from an Injury

If you’ve been injured it’s likely that, in addition to the physical pain, you’ve also experienced some mental duress. It’s a common challenge faced by people who have experienced an injury. We share tips for maintaining your mental health while recovering from injury.

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What to Eat to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is a word we hear a lot in health and wellness circles. It’s something we’re encouraged to reduce or avoid. It’s bad news. But what is it? We break it down and share what foods to look for and avoid to help reduce inflammation.

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Are Blue Light Glasses Worth a Try?

Many of us are exposed to blue light for many of our waking hours. But does it damage our eyes, and should we wear blue light blocking glasses? We explain what you should know about blue light and tips to help keep your eyes protected from becoming dry, irritated or strained.

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Are Air Fryers Worth the Health Hype?

Air fryers claim to offer the same taste, texture and golden brown crisp of fried foods but with a fraction of the fat and calories. While the capabilities of an air fryer sound convenient and delicious, are they healthy? We explain the benefits and share easy recipes to try.

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How to Spot Depression in Loved Ones

One in five Americans is affected by mental illness. While common, it can sometimes be difficult to spot in loved ones. To mark Mental Health Awareness Month, we highlight the signs and symptoms of depression, what to look for in your loved ones and the steps you can take to help if a loved one is depressed.

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Finding a Post-COVID Routine

There are a few parts of your routine that should remain consistent during most situations. Let’s think of them as a framework onto which we can add other things. A good routine is one you can stick with. The more diligent you are about your routine, the more power it will have to calm and center you. We explain the benefits of having a routine and how to get into a new routine post-COVID.

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What Is Herd Immunity?

What does herd immunity look like, how do we get there and how long will it take to achieve? We sought out answers to these questions for you to separate fact from fiction.

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Summer Skin Challenges and Tips

We love the sunny skies and longer, fun-filled days of summer. Swimming, exercising more and spending time hiking and camping just come more naturally when the weather is warmer and there are more hours of daylight. All that sun and fun can do a number on our skin, though. Let’s talk about sunburn, heat rash and bug bites.

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What Are ‘Long-Haul’ COVID Symptoms?

While many people who get COVID-19 recover within a few weeks, there is a portion who suffer from post-COVID-19 syndrome, a new term used to describe patients who live with lasting symptoms from the coronavirus. To learn more about this new medical problem, we explored what causes these long-term symptoms, who is most affected and what the physical effects look like in post-COVID-19 patients.

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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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How Tech Can Help Track Stress Levels

Stress monitoring is the latest evolution of wearable technology in the world of health and wellness. Having a bad day? Your fitness tracker can now identify stressful emotions. We’ll explore what makes this possible and how companies have tapped into new and existing technology to track stress levels.

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How Tech Can Help Track Stress Levels

Stress monitoring is the latest evolution of wearable technology in the world of health and wellness. Having a bad day? Your fitness tracker can now identify stressful emotions. We’ll explore what makes this possible and how companies have tapped into new and existing technology to track stress levels.

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Highlighting INTEGRIS Health Frontline Nurses

Nurses are the backbone of health care and often serve as the first line of defense to help diagnose and manage patient care. To mark national Nurses Week, we spoke with three INTEGRIS Health nurses. They shared their stories of what it’s like working as a nurse, how COVID-19 impacted the nursing profession and the lessons they’ve learned in the past year.

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How You Can Benefit from Happy Chemicals

While you may not think twice about walking and talking at the same time, the brain is hard at work calculating every move to help regulate thoughts, feelings and emotions. At the core of every emotion are brain chemicals that affect your happiness. We analyze these happy chemicals, provide you with tips on how to stimulate them and offer dietary suggestions to help maximize their production.

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How Parents Affect Their Child's Mental Health

Parenting styles and a parent’s mental health impacts their children. As part of Children's Mental Health Week, we discuss how a parent can pass down mental health disorders to children and which behavioral and emotional patterns can have a lasting impact on childhood development.

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What Causes Infertility in Women?

Conceiving a child is a complex physiological process. There are several intertwined parts that work together to produce a baby. To help highlight Fertility Awareness Week, we spoke to Andrea Partida, D.O., an OB-GYN at INTEGRIS Women’s Health Enid, to outline what causes infertility, how to manage infertility in women and how to cope with this difficult condition.

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A Brief History of Hospice Care and Palliative Care in the U.S. and Oklahoma

It’s a subject that isn’t easy to think about, but for every one of us, there comes a point when life must come to an end. Perhaps because it's a scary topic, most people aren't aware of the choices available to them and their loved one until they are in middle of dealing with a life-limiting illness. Two important care methods in these scenarios are hospice and palliative care.

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Preventive Health Care Appointments You Should Have Each Year

Preventive health care appointments are critical in helping detect and diagnose certain diseases, disorders and cancers. Too often, being reactive instead of proactive, can lead to poor long-term outcomes. We’ll help educate you on the doctors to see and the appointments you should make (and keep) on an annual basis.

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Why It's Important to Allow Yourself to Rest

April is National Mental Health Awareness Month. With the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic weighing on people over the last year, it’s more important than ever to advocate for mental health resources and daily routines that promote physical, mental and emotional well-being.

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What is Advance Care Planning and Why Do You Need to Understand It Right Now?

If you should become incapacitated due to illness or from an injury, will the people you love know what kind of care you do or do not want? We are highlighting the importance of advance health care decision-making, an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day. We share simple definitions that people hear but might not really know what they mean.

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Alcohol

Nearly 80 percent of high school kids have tried alcohol. While it may not feel like it, parents have a significant influence on their children’s decisions. Kids who grow up with a supportive and nurturing parent relationship tend to make better decisions. The way you talk about alcohol with your kids will change over time. We share a few tips for adapting your messaging to their developmental stages.

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Different Cooking Oils and Their Health Benefits

The cooking oils section in your local grocery store seemingly grows by the day. No longer do you have one or two options to choose from to whip up a weeknight meal. While the expansive cooking oil selection is nice to have, it can also create some confusion. Knowing which oils are healthy or the best to cook with is the first step, and we’re here to help you understand it all.

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Ways You May Not Have Realized Stress Affects Your Body

The same stress you deal with when completing daily tasks can also affect your body in ways you never realized. We’ll highlight some common areas that stress can directly or indirectly impact, as well as how stress can affect your immune system.

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How to Start Your Own Garden

Gardening can be a richly rewarding hobby, but it can also be daunting if you’ve never tried to plant your own garden. We will highlight the basics of vegetable gardening, how to pick the right site for your garden, how to create the right size garden and how to select which vegetables to grow to get your garden started quickly.

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What You Need to Know About In Vitro Fertilization

If you are struggling with infertility, you are not alone. About 12 percent of women in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. There are several services to help women get pregnant, including artificial insemination, embryo transfer, freezing of embryos or sperm, genetic testing and in vitro fertilization (IVF). To help clarify some of the options, we break down what you need to know about IVF.

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What You Need to Know About In Vitro Fertilization

If you are struggling with infertility, you are not alone. About 12 percent of women in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. There are several services to help women get pregnant, including artificial insemination, embryo transfer, freezing of embryos or sperm, genetic testing and in vitro fertilization (IVF). To help clarify some of the options, we break down what you need to know about IVF.

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Tips For Healthy Lungs

Every second your lungs are hard at work. They perform 24/7 behind the scenes to ensure your body receives the oxygen it needs to survive. That translates to about 12 to 15 breaths per minute, or 17,000 breaths per day, according to the American Lung Association. Put simply, your lungs never clock out. Considering their importance, it’s easy to see why you should practice healthy habits to keep your lungs performing at an optimal level.

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Handling Peer Pressure as an Adult

Peer pressure doesn’t go away. What does go away are many of the excuses you could make as a teen or young adult. As an actual adult, there are fewer excuses, so what do you do? We share tips on dealing with adult peer pressure.

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Benefits of Drinking Water

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: drink plenty of water. Water is good for you. But how much? How often? Bottled or tap? Is eight glasses a day a good goal or is that a made-up thing? We break down the details and benefits of staying hydrated.

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Upcoming Virtual Races to Participate In

Virtual races use GPS technology and various running apps to track your individual course. While virtual races can’t replace the excitement of an in-person event, it can offer racing opportunities to more people. We’ve listed several upcoming races you can participate in right here in Oklahoma City. Mark your calendars, fill out your registration and get running!

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The Latest Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines

As a way to promote awareness for colorectal cancer in March, we’ve covered some of the recent changes in preventive screening, outlined what you need to know if you fall in an at-risk category for colorectal cancer and touched on the importance of scheduling a colonoscopy.

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Spring Break in the COVID-19 Age

Is it safe to enjoy spring break during COVID-19? Many colleges and universities are cancelling spring break entirely, in hopes of lessening outbreaks. We break down the CDC guidelines on how to enjoy a safe spring break this year.

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Managing Your Child’s Screen Time

With more screens in more places, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to manage screen time for kids. How much is too much? What if it’s educational? How does screen time management change as kids get older? We address your biggest screen time concerns for kids of all ages.

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Understanding COVID-19’s Impact on Children

Around the world, everyone has been impacted in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you lost a job, a loved one or simply the comforts of normal life, the past year will have a lasting impact on all of us. Because of these disruptions, there will likely be significant and long-lasting impacts for kids who lived through this unprecedented year.

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Mindful Eating or Dieting: What's the Difference?

Mindful eating is the idea that is that a slower, more thoughtful way of eating may help us to enjoy our food more, choose more healthful foods and make us less likely to overeat. We explain the differences between mindful eating and dieting.

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Mindful Eating or Dieting: What's the Difference?

Mindful eating is the idea that is that a slower, more thoughtful way of eating may help us to enjoy our food more, choose more healthful foods and make us less likely to overeat. We explain the differences between mindful eating and dieting.

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How to Detect Senior Memory Loss Early

February is National Senior Independence Month, which focuses on giving senior citizens confidence and independence through household safety, use of technology and more. Forgetfulness is a normal part of aging. You may notice that you or your loved one forgets their keys or has trouble recalling names and dates. These types of things are a natural part of getting older, but not all memory loss is the same.

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Four Ways to Become More of a Morning Person

Some people are early risers by nature. Your natural predisposition, whether toward sleeping in and staying up late, or rising and going to bed early, is called your chronotype. We explain four ways to help you become more of a morning person.

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Impacts of Chronic Marijuana Use

While there are benefits of medical marijuana, it’s important to understand the long-term effects of chronic marijuana use. Jedidiah Perdue, M.D., medical director at Arcadia Trails INTEGRIS Center for Addiction Recovery, offers his expertise and shares what you should know about how marijuana impacts the body and mind over time.

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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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