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When is it Time to Consider Knee Replacement Surgery?

The decision on when to get knee replacement surgery is a topic many Americans struggle with. In 2020, Northwestern Medicine published a study that found 90 percent of people waited too long to fix their knee with joint replacement surgery, and 25 percent of people who had it done did so prematurely.

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Why is My Fitbit Giving Me a Rash?

Smartwatches have become increasingly popular for their health-tracking features. But they can also cause skin irritations and rashes for some people. These skin issues, known as contact dermatitis, are a common issue associated with wearing smartwatches. Learn more about contact dermatitis and how to alleviate irritated skin.

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What is WaterTok?

We explore this trend and share tips to help make your flavored water healthier.

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What are the Six Stages of Concussion Recovery?

We spoke with Paul Allegra, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with INTEGRIS Health in Edmond, about how to recognize a concussion and what next steps to take.

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Colon Cancer Screening: Why It's Important and What to Expect

As we wrap up Colorectal Awareness Month this March, it is important to know that a regular screening colonoscopy can prevent colorectal cancer by catching and removing precancerous polyps, which can develop into cancer over time. By getting screened routinely, you can proactively address these growths and decrease the risk of developing colorectal cancer.

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Healthy Pasta Salad Recipes to Try at Home

The beginning of spring calls for barbeques and pasta salads, but they often pack a calorie punch. The good news is you can still enjoy healthier pasta salads by paying close attention to which ingredients you use in your recipe. We compiled a list of recipes and tips to use this season.

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Who Should Get the RSV Vaccine?

RSV is a common viral infection that affects the respiratory system, including the nose, throat, lungs and breathing passages. RSV comes from the Paramyxoviridae family, a group that also includes the mumps and measles. The virus can replicate anywhere in the respiratory tract, mainly the breathing tubes and lungs. This replication then causes swelling and inflammation that makes you sneeze, cough or have trouble breathing.

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Answering Common Questions about Urgent Care Centers

The rapid growth of urgent care centers in the U.S. is evident by the fact that more than 10,000 clinics exist nationwide. Yet despite the exposure, many people are still unsure what urgent care centers treat and what their capabilities are. This blog will address some of the most common questions about which types of tests and exams urgent care can perform.

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What are the Benefits of Mushroom Coffee?

What benefits are associated with mushroom coffee? This blog explores the types of mushrooms used, how the caffeine content compares to traditional coffee and the impact it may have on your health.

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Widowmaker Heart Attack: What Makes it so Dangerous?

Any heart attack can prove fatal but heart attacks resulting from blockages in the left anterior descending artery can cause what is called a widowmaker heart attack. This is because the left anterior descending artery is a major pipeline to the heart and a blockage in this location creates a life-threatening situation. We will explore why it’s so dangerous and if there are ways to treat it.

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Why Do You Need a Primary Care Provider?

You’ll visit your primary care doctor for most medical needs, including wellness visits and routine preventive screenings, non-emergency illnesses like colds and sore throats. This is the person to whom you can comfortably ask questions about your health or voice concerns. We speak with Nathaniel Yokell, M.D., a physician at INTEGRIS Health Medical Group Yukon, about the importance of maintaining a relationship with a primary care provider.

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Is Prebiotic Soda Good for You?

In recent years, the wellness industry has seen a surge in interest surrounding gut health that has driven the development of products aiming to support a flourishing microbiome. We explain what prebiotic soda is and if it has health benefits.

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What is Stomach Cancer?

On Feb. 5, Oklahoma lost a favorite son and icon, Toby Keith, to stomach cancer and Oklahomans are in mourning. We spoke to oncologist, Laila Babar, M.D., about stomach cancer facts, symptoms and treatment.

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Walk for Your Mental Health: Creating a Routine is Easier Than You Think

​Walking is really good for your mental health. It can help reduce stress and anxiety, lower the risk of clinical depression and quiet the mind.

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Understanding the Impact of Negative Self-Talk

We will delve into the concept of negative self-talk, explore its various forms and discuss the detrimental effects it can have on your mental health and daily life. We will also provide strategies to recognize, manage, reframe and ultimately transform negative self-talk into a more positive and constructive inner dialogue.

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Natural Ways to Boost Immunity

Even if illness may often seem inevitable, are there ways to better prepare your body for a potential onslaught of invaders? Yes and no. You won’t find a magic immunity pill anywhere, but we’ll provide tips on how you can boost your immune system naturally.

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Lice vs. Dandruff: What Is the Difference?

Understanding the differences between lice and dandruff is important for effective identification and treatment. This blog will identify how to distinguish dandruff from head lice and what sets them apart from each other.

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Monk Fruit vs. Stevia: Which Sweetener is Better?

Stevia leaf extract and monk fruit extract have risen in popularity among non-nutritive sweeteners. Both of these options offer a sweet taste without adding extra calories or affecting blood sugar levels, but they do have some distinctions.

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Best Winter Activities in Oklahoma

Winter in Oklahoma may not bring the heavy snowfalls seen in some northern states, but that doesn't mean the Sooner State lacks winter fun. Whether you're a local looking for new experiences or a visitor seeking unique winter activities, Oklahoma has something for everyone.

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10 Simple Self-Care Practices You Can Start Today

Prioritizing self-care is essential for maintaining a healthy balance between the demands of life and our overall well-being. Beyond bubble baths and face masks, there are many different self-care activities that you can incorporate into your life for more positive self-talk and self-love.

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