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Symptoms, Causes and Complications of Chronic Wounds

Let’s explore what chronic wounds are, what causes them and why they can be challenging to deal with. Whether you’re personally dealing with one or just curious, read to learn more about chronic wounds.

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Is Ozempic Safe for Weight Loss?

In this blog we talk to Brian Herritt, M.D., a bariatric surgeon at INTEGRIS Health Weight Loss Center about Ozempic and whether it is a safe option for weight management.

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Foods to Avoid While on Chemo

We talk to Juli Johnson, APRN at INTEGRIS Health Cancer Institute to learn what foods are best and what foods to avoid while on chemotherapy.

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What is the Importance of Appropriate Antibiotic Use?

As effective as antibiotics are, they can just as easily be ineffective when misused or not taken properly. Bacteria are smarter than we give them credit for, and they’re adept at becoming resistant to various antibiotics. By knowing the proper use of antibiotics, you can help preserve their effectiveness and help combat bacterial infections in the future.

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Reducing Pain Through Physical Therapy

There isn’t a cure for chronic pain, so many times, patients will turn to medications for chronic pain relief, such as over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or opioids. But more conservative treatments such as physical therapy can help without being tied to as many side effects as medications – long-term NSAID use can cause gastrointestinal problems and prescription painkillers have addictive properties.

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Emphasizing Awareness During Mental Health Month

Mental Health Awareness Month is a national movement observed in May to address stigma, give support, educate people and advocate for policies about mental health. Millions of Americans are affected by mental health issues.

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Speech Therapy After Stroke

As part of National Stroke Awareness Month in May, we explore the wide-ranging impact a stroke can have on the body, from muscular difficulties and visual impairments to speech and sensory changes.

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The Impact of Diet and Lifestyle on Colon Cancer Risk

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common but preventable types of cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates 106,590 new cases of colon cancer and 46,220 new cases of rectal cancer in the United States in 2024. Simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can play a significant role in colorectal cancer risk.

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Helicobacter Pylori: What Is it and How Can it Cause Stomach Cancer?

Gastric cancer, a malignant disease affecting the stomach, has been closely associated with the presence of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that can colonize the stomach lining and induce chronic inflammation. In this blog, we speak to Samer Hassan, M.D., a physician at INTEGRIS Health Cancer Institute at Southwest Medical Center, to learn about the link between stomach cancer and Helicobacter pylori infection, how to lower your risk and why effective treatment is so important.

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What do Therapy Dogs do?

Therapy dogs play a vital role in providing comfort, support and companionship to people in need. You can find these furry heroes bringing smiles and warmth to hospitals, nursing homes and even schools. We will explore the impact therapy dogs have on the well-being of patients and how their presence can make a difference in healing.

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Benefits of Quitting Alcohol for a Month or More

We learn from Brian Couey, Psy.D., the executive director of INTEGRIS Health Arcadia Trails Center for Addiction Recovery, about what happens when you quit drinking for a month.

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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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