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  • Oklahoma's Healthcare Scorecard Looks Grim

    Oklahoma's Healthcare Scorecard Looks Grim

    Oklahoma's health scorecard is filled with discouraging news. And yet, many Oklahoma health care workers say there is reason to be optimistic that we can turn the tide.  

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    Oklahoma's health scorecard is filled with discouraging news. And yet, many Oklahoma health care workers say there is reason to be optimistic that we can turn the tide.  

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  • Rural Oklahoma Faces Critical Doctor Shortage

    Rural Oklahoma Faces Critical Doctor Shortage

    Two Oklahoma counties - Grant and Greer - have zero primary care physicians. Another eight counties have just one, and 29 others have fewer than 10 doctors.

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    Two Oklahoma counties - Grant and Greer - have zero primary care physicians. Another eight counties have just one, and 29 others have fewer than 10 doctors.

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  • TeleHealth Bridge Healthcare Gap For Rural Oklahoma

    TeleHealth Bridge Healthcare Gap For Rural Oklahoma

    About two million Oklahomans live in rural areas and have little to no access to healthcare. That's why so many people are forced to drive hours to see a doctor or specialist. However, health officials are thinking outside the box to for ways to bring care to rural Oklahoma. Dr. Robert Rader prepares for a day of treating patients at St. Anthony's Hospital in downtown Oklahoma City. But the patients he sees are actually dozens of miles away. "At first there's an adjustment obvi...

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    About two million Oklahomans live in rural areas and have little to no access to healthcare. That's why so many people are forced to drive hours to see a doctor or specialist. However, health officials are thinking outside the box to for ways to bring care to rural Oklahoma. Dr. Robert Rader prepares for a day of treating patients at St. Anthony's Hospital in downtown Oklahoma City. But the patients he sees are actually dozens of miles away. "At first there's an adjustment obvi...

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  • Statewide Movement Gets Oklahoma Healthy

    Statewide Movement Gets Oklahoma Healthy

    Jones, Oklahoma has a population of 2,500, all the makings of a sleepy town with quiet streets and a small downtown. However, if you ask City Clerk Tammy Wallace, she'll tell you it's a town on the move. "We all need to be healthier," she said. Wallace has taken the lead on getting her town on the right track, from balance ball office chairs to monthly wellness challenges, like monitoring blood pressure. She says she has 100% participation in the program. "It's chang...

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    Jones, Oklahoma has a population of 2,500, all the makings of a sleepy town with quiet streets and a small downtown. However, if you ask City Clerk Tammy Wallace, she'll tell you it's a town on the move. "We all need to be healthier," she said. Wallace has taken the lead on getting her town on the right track, from balance ball office chairs to monthly wellness challenges, like monitoring blood pressure. She says she has 100% participation in the program. "It's chang...

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  • SoonerCare Provides Vital Care To Oklahoma Children

    SoonerCare Provides Vital Care To Oklahoma Children

    More than 600,000 Oklahoma children rely on SoonerCare, the state's Medicaid. In fact, it was a lifeline for one Oklahoma family. "Everybody she meets, she has to make them smile," said Tiffany Funk. On the outside, Tiffany Funk's four-year-old daughter Lily is all smiles, but on the inside, she's struggling. "Whenever she was born, we had no idea," said Jessie Funk, Lily's dad. Six hours after their daughter was born, Jessie and Tiffany found out Lily only had...

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    More than 600,000 Oklahoma children rely on SoonerCare, the state's Medicaid. In fact, it was a lifeline for one Oklahoma family. "Everybody she meets, she has to make them smile," said Tiffany Funk. On the outside, Tiffany Funk's four-year-old daughter Lily is all smiles, but on the inside, she's struggling. "Whenever she was born, we had no idea," said Jessie Funk, Lily's dad. Six hours after their daughter was born, Jessie and Tiffany found out Lily only had...

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  • Oklahomans Feel Home Health Care Budget Shortfall

    Oklahomans Feel Home Health Care Budget Shortfall

    A $30 million budget shortfall for the Department of Human Services means less money for Oklahomans who rely on home health care.  

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    A $30 million budget shortfall for the Department of Human Services means less money for Oklahomans who rely on home health care.  

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  • Mental Health Funding Crisis Can Mean Life Or Death To Oklahomans

    Mental Health Funding Crisis Can Mean Life Or Death To Oklahomans

    Way too many Oklahomans struggle with mental health, and our state is struggling to find adequate funding for mental health care.

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    Way too many Oklahomans struggle with mental health, and our state is struggling to find adequate funding for mental health care.

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  • Oklahoma Fights High Rate Of Diabetes

    Oklahoma Fights High Rate Of Diabetes

    Oklahoma has one of the highest diabetes rates in the nation. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults have the disease and the rate is increasing at an alarming rate. However, through awareness and the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, doctors hope to bring those numbers down. "Many people are out there with type 2 diabetes and don't know it," said Dr. Hal Scofield, Professor of Internal Medicine. Each day 55 people in Oklahoma are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a rate that has quadr...

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    Oklahoma has one of the highest diabetes rates in the nation. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults have the disease and the rate is increasing at an alarming rate. However, through awareness and the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, doctors hope to bring those numbers down. "Many people are out there with type 2 diabetes and don't know it," said Dr. Hal Scofield, Professor of Internal Medicine. Each day 55 people in Oklahoma are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a rate that has quadr...

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  • Prescription Pill Danger In Oklahoma

    Prescription Pill Danger In Oklahoma

    There is a new push in Oklahoma and around the country for people to fully understand the dangers of prescription pills. In fact prescription pill are leading cause of overdose deaths in Oklahoma. There's nothing mundane about mornings with family for L.J. Clark. These moments are forever cherished thanks to the dark days never forgotten. "I started buying them off a guy in school in the 8th grade," he said. The pills took a hold that Clark couldn't shake for more than de...

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    There is a new push in Oklahoma and around the country for people to fully understand the dangers of prescription pills. In fact prescription pill are leading cause of overdose deaths in Oklahoma. There's nothing mundane about mornings with family for L.J. Clark. These moments are forever cherished thanks to the dark days never forgotten. "I started buying them off a guy in school in the 8th grade," he said. The pills took a hold that Clark couldn't shake for more than de...

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  • Rising Insurance Costs Devastating To Some Oklahomans

    Rising Insurance Costs Devastating To Some Oklahomans

    Health insurance costs continue to rise for Oklahoma families. Last year, some people saw their premiums double with a nearly 10 percent increase this year.  

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    Health insurance costs continue to rise for Oklahoma families. Last year, some people saw their premiums double with a nearly 10 percent increase this year.  

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  • Take Charge Of Medical Debt

    Take Charge Of Medical Debt

    When you get sick or injured, you need immediate medical help. But what happens when you can't pay the hospital and doctor bills?  

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    When you get sick or injured, you need immediate medical help. But what happens when you can't pay the hospital and doctor bills?  

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  • High-Tech Healthcare Makes Information More Accessible

    High-Tech Healthcare Makes Information More Accessible

    The healthcare and insurance industries are seeing a shift. Patients want easier access to their doctors and employees want the same when it comes to insurance, and those industries are taking notice.  

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    The healthcare and insurance industries are seeing a shift. Patients want easier access to their doctors and employees want the same when it comes to insurance, and those industries are taking notice.  

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  • INTEGRIS Provides Care Downtown Through 'Urban Clinic'

    INTEGRIS Provides Care Downtown Through 'Urban Clinic'

    The revitalization of Oklahoma City draws people downtown to work, play and now live. There's been so much growth that INTEGRIS saw an opportunity to bring healthcare to a thriving downtown. The Urban Clinic was remodeled in part of the old Rothschild's Department store on Park Avenue downtown. It has a more modern feel offering free Wi-Fi and coffee. There's also a plug-in bar for laptops and other devices. Nine exam rooms are available, some with recliners instead of the traditiona...

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    The revitalization of Oklahoma City draws people downtown to work, play and now live. There's been so much growth that INTEGRIS saw an opportunity to bring healthcare to a thriving downtown. The Urban Clinic was remodeled in part of the old Rothschild's Department store on Park Avenue downtown. It has a more modern feel offering free Wi-Fi and coffee. There's also a plug-in bar for laptops and other devices. Nine exam rooms are available, some with recliners instead of the traditiona...

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  • INTEGRIS To Bring Micro-Hospitals To Oklahoma

    INTEGRIS To Bring Micro-Hospitals To Oklahoma

    Some of the best things in life come in small packages. It's not a saying you would necessarily put with healthcare. However, one hospital group in Oklahoma City has found the benefit of providing high quality emergency care in a smaller setting. We travelled to Dallas to get a look at a micro-hospital and find out what Oklahomans can expect once it opens here. "ER's are the safety net, said Dr. James Nichols of Baylor Emergency Medical Center. "You can have a ton of sick p...

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    Some of the best things in life come in small packages. It's not a saying you would necessarily put with healthcare. However, one hospital group in Oklahoma City has found the benefit of providing high quality emergency care in a smaller setting. We travelled to Dallas to get a look at a micro-hospital and find out what Oklahomans can expect once it opens here. "ER's are the safety net, said Dr. James Nichols of Baylor Emergency Medical Center. "You can have a ton of sick p...

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  • Three Things You Can Do To Get Healthy

    Three Things You Can Do To Get Healthy

    One thing is for sure, doctors say the only way Oklahomans can truly change the state of our health, is by taking charge of their own choices.  

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    One thing is for sure, doctors say the only way Oklahomans can truly change the state of our health, is by taking charge of their own choices.  

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  • Employers See Benefit In Providing Wellness Programs

    Employers See Benefit In Providing Wellness Programs

    More than 70 percent of U.S. companies now offer a wellness program to its employees. It's an effort to reduce healthcare costs but what companies in Oklahoma have found healthy employees are more productive employees. "I just wanted to get back in shape, get back active," said Janet Carpenter. Two years ago, she carpenter never imagined she'd be inside a gym and working out. "Sometimes at the end of the day, that is the last thing that I'm thinking about doing is wo...

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    More than 70 percent of U.S. companies now offer a wellness program to its employees. It's an effort to reduce healthcare costs but what companies in Oklahoma have found healthy employees are more productive employees. "I just wanted to get back in shape, get back active," said Janet Carpenter. Two years ago, she carpenter never imagined she'd be inside a gym and working out. "Sometimes at the end of the day, that is the last thing that I'm thinking about doing is wo...

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  • Oklahoma VA Centers Working To Improve Services

    Oklahoma VA Centers Working To Improve Services

    Oklahoma talks a good game when it comes to honoring and valuing our veterans, but we're failing at actually taking care of them and providing quality health care.  

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    Oklahoma talks a good game when it comes to honoring and valuing our veterans, but we're failing at actually taking care of them and providing quality health care.  

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  • Total Wellness Program Helps Get Oklahomans Healthy

    Total Wellness Program Helps Get Oklahomans Healthy

    In Oklahoma, 71 percent of people 18 and over are overweight or obese. Oklahoma City County Health Department offers Total Wellness, a free weight loss and disease prevention program. We followed three people during the eight week course to see their results. "People join the Total Wellness program for all different reasons," said Allyson Drain, Total Wellness Instructor. "I'm 80 plus, so I want to get myself in shape so my doctor will be proud of me," said Mary ...

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    In Oklahoma, 71 percent of people 18 and over are overweight or obese. Oklahoma City County Health Department offers Total Wellness, a free weight loss and disease prevention program. We followed three people during the eight week course to see their results. "People join the Total Wellness program for all different reasons," said Allyson Drain, Total Wellness Instructor. "I'm 80 plus, so I want to get myself in shape so my doctor will be proud of me," said Mary ...

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  • Studies At OMRF Seek Ways To Slow Aging Process

    Studies At OMRF Seek Ways To Slow Aging Process

    None of us can escape aging. With each passing decade we can start to lose our eyesight, hearing and muscle mass, among other things. Then there is the threat of diseases that can attack us later in life. However, researchers at OMRF are studying ways to slow down the aging process. Every move in Marcia Noah's yoga class has a purpose. Stretching, balancing, even cardio helps these silver sneakers gain back what they've lost. 'It's a personal passion of mine to make sure that an agi...

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    None of us can escape aging. With each passing decade we can start to lose our eyesight, hearing and muscle mass, among other things. Then there is the threat of diseases that can attack us later in life. However, researchers at OMRF are studying ways to slow down the aging process. Every move in Marcia Noah's yoga class has a purpose. Stretching, balancing, even cardio helps these silver sneakers gain back what they've lost. 'It's a personal passion of mine to make sure that an agi...

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  • Physical Health Begins In The Mind, New Research Snows

    Physical Health Begins In The Mind, New Research Snows

    Have you ever heard someone say "Attitude is everything?" New research shows that might actually be true.   

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    Have you ever heard someone say "Attitude is everything?" New research shows that might actually be true.   

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  • How To Be Healthy At Any Size

    How To Be Healthy At Any Size

    Some nutritionists say it's time for a radical new approach to healthy living.  

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    Some nutritionists say it's time for a radical new approach to healthy living.  

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  • Don't Let 'Gym Phobia' Keep You From Fitness

    Don't Let 'Gym Phobia' Keep You From Fitness

    Lots of people join gyms, but find themselves quitting a short time later. Learn how one woman overcame being intimidated by working out.

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    Lots of people join gyms, but find themselves quitting a short time later. Learn how one woman overcame being intimidated by working out.

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  • Health Fads: Proceed With Caution

    Health Fads: Proceed With Caution

    Whether it's a new workout or a seems-too-good-to-be-true diet, there's always something tempting us, "as the best way to finally take off those extra pounds."  

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    Whether it's a new workout or a seems-too-good-to-be-true diet, there's always something tempting us, "as the best way to finally take off those extra pounds."  

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  • How To Get Oklahoma Kids Off To A Healthy Start

    How To Get Oklahoma Kids Off To A Healthy Start

    It makes sense that healthy kids are more likely to grow up to be healthy adults. So how do you go about instilling healthy habits into your children?  

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    It makes sense that healthy kids are more likely to grow up to be healthy adults. So how do you go about instilling healthy habits into your children?  

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  • Learn How To Add Years To Your Life

    Learn How To Add Years To Your Life

    There are some surprising and easy things everyone can do now, to ensure good health down the road.  

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    There are some surprising and easy things everyone can do now, to ensure good health down the road.  

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