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Promising New Treatment Targets Deadly Brain Cancer

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1 p.m.

Promising New Treatment Targets Deadly Brain Cancer 

Patients with a deadly form of brain cancer now have access to a promising new treatment at the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

The Stephenson Cancer Center is one of only a handful of institutions nationwide offering the novel treatment, which utilizes alternating electrical fields to target glioblastoma.

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OU College of Nursing Ranks Among

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 1:30 p.m.

Best in Country for Online Advanced Degree Nursing Programs 

The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing is ranked as one of the best online advanced degree nursing programs for 2015 by U.S. News & World Report. 0022uj

“We strive to provide an exceptional learning environment at the OU College of Nursing,” said Dean Lazelle Benefield, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN. “Online programs, extraordinary faculty, and outstanding clinical partnerships anchor our efforts to help students achieve their goals in nursing, to advance research, and to meet the growing need for exceptional nursing professionals in a variety of health care environments. It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report for our efforts in online nursing education.”

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Special Infectious Disease Unit Ready to Activate at OU Medical Center

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The new Oklahoma Biocontainment Care Unit designed to isolate and care for pediatric and adult patients in the state who test positive for dangerous infectious diseases like Ebola is now ready to be activated, if needed. 

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Pay to Play – A New Approach in Diabetes Prevention

December 18, 2014

OU research aims to find out if incentives lead to lasting lifestyle changes  

t’s not unusual to pay a teenager in your neighborhood to mow your yard, but would you ever consider paying one to go to the gym?  That’s exactly what researchers at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the 0016blUniversity of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center are doing, but for reasons you might not expect.

The research, funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, focuses on how to motivate young people to make lifestyle changes that can help them avoid health problems, including overweight, obesity and diabetes. 

It’s called the MOVE study, a research project that, as the name suggests, aims to motivate teens to get moving more.

“We’ve developed new protocols for treating diabetes in children, but nothing in terms of teaching those at risk to avoid the disease,” said Kenneth Copeland, M.D., co-principal investigator of the study. Copeland holds the Paul and Ann Milburn Chair in Pediatric Diabetes at the OU College of Medicine and director of pediatric programs at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center.

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Helping Those with Alzheimer’s Remain Independent Longer

November 20, 2014

New funding helps advance OU research aimed at improving cognitive function

A new grant will help advance research at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center aimed at helping individuals with Alzheimer’s retain their independence longer.

Alzheimer’s affects 60,000 Oklahomans, a number that is projected to grow by more than 25 percent in the next decade. 

Now, the Alzheimer’s Association has awarded almost $100,000 to the OU College of Allied Health. The grant funds a new phase of research into a method known as Skill-building through Task-Oriented Motor Practice or STOMP, a non-drug therapy that showed promise in earlier research in preserving cognitive function in people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It is one of only three non-medication studies awarded grants by the Alzheimer’s Association this year. 

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Senior Health Care in Oklahoma Receives $11.5 Million in Support

Tuesday, September 23, 1 p.m.

OU Health Sciences Center awarded new grant to fund Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative 

The University of Oklahoma Health and Sciences Center has been awarded a three-year $11.5 million grant by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to further efforts to improve the health of seniors in senior health webOklahoma.

The grant will provide critical funding for the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, a senior health initiative of the OU College of Medicine’s Department of Geriatric Medicine.

“As the population of our state and nation continues to age, it is vital that academic-based medical centers, like ours, remain at the forefront of advancing scientific knowledge of the aging process and evidence-based treatment of health concerns that may arise with advancing age,” said Dr. M. Dewayne Andrews, senior vice president and provost of the OU Health Sciences Center and executive dean of the OU College of Medicine. “The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has been a valued ally as we work to improve senior health in Oklahoma and we are honored to be the recipients of this generous grant.”

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Children's Experts Note Uptick in Respiratory Virus Infections

Monday, September 5, 2014

State and Federal Health Officials Studying Whether Illnesses Are Related to EV-D68

Oklahoma City—Experts at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center are reporting an increase in the number of hospitalizations from respiratory viruses while state and national health officials are Dr Curtis Knoles, Children's Hospital at OU Medical Centertrying to identify if those illnesses are related to a virus that has sickened more than 1,000 children across the Midwest. 

From Aug. 1-28 this year, 115 patients have tested positive for rhinovirus/enterovirus illnesses compared to 75 during the same time last year. Most of those patients were at The Children’s Hospital, though some were also at OU Medical Center, the adult hospital. Some of those patients were sent to the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s. 

Health officials in Oklahoma are currently testing samples from Children’s patients to determine if any are Enterovirus 68, or EV-D68, a viral illness that has been identified most recently in Missouri, where it sickened more than 300 children, sending as many as 15 percent to the intensive care unit at a pediatric hospital in Kansas City. 

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