Multi-million Dollar Grant Targets Medically Underserved in Oklahoma
Multi-million Dollar Grant Targets Medically Underserved in OklahomaOKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin today announced a new $20.3 million federal grant to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in collaboration with Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and other institutions across the state. The grant targets medically-underserved populations, especially in rural areas of Oklahoma.
Did you know that Oklahoma is one of the most challenging places to live for children with asthma? Asthma affects nearly 1 in 13 school-age children in Oklahoma, and is the leading cause of school absences due to chronic illness.
Dementia is the name for a group of brain conditions that make it harder to remember, reason, and communicate. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Years ago, dementia was often called “senility.” It was even thought to be a normal part of aging. We now know that it’s not normal. It’s caused by ongoing damage to cells in the brain.
For many of us, maintaining healthy feet is an issue we know little about, but it should remain a high priority of our overall health. Dr. Kiersten Weber, podiatrist at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, joins us to give us tips on healthy feet and answers questions about how to prevent foot injuries.
Guest: Theodore Wagener, Ph.D., director of the pediatric sleep center at The Children's Hospital
Sleep deprivation isn't just a problem for adults. Children can struggle with it, too. A National Sleep Foundation (NSF) survey found 60 percent of children under age 18 complained of being tired during the day in the past year. Fifteen percent admitted falling asleep in school.
With poor or insufficient sleep, children can experience mood swings and have behavior problems. They can have increased hyperactivity and trouble with cognition. This can lead to problems in school.
How much sleep do kids need? Experts estimate children 5 to 12 years of age should get 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night. For teens, it’s 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep each night.