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Secret to Weight Loss Success May Rest in Small Steps

March 12, 2014

Secret to Weight Loss Success May Rest in Small Steps
Diabetes Center program helps participants lose weight and gain a healthy lifestyle  

OKLAHOMA CITY – Three months into 2014, most who resolved to lose weight or lead a healthier lifestyle have long since abandoned those changes, but not so for participants of a Floyd Brassfieldrelatively new program at the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma.

The program is called Small Steps, Big Changes, established by Diabetes Center healthcare professionals as a diabetes prevention program that also empowers participants to live healthier   through nutritional planning and exercise education.

“Diabetes can overwhelm those at risk of developing it; but it can be prevented with a few changes to a person’s diet and by becoming more physically active,” said Steve Sternlof, Ph.D., licensed psychologist at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center. “Educating people to prevent diabetes through a healthy lifestyle is the closest thing we have to curing it.”

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Body’s Immune Response May Play Role in Rapid Heart Rate

Tuesday, March 4th 2014


David Kem, M.D.Research at University of Oklahoma, VA Medical Center and Vanderbilt University could lead to new treatments The simple act of standing up can send some people’s heart racing. Now, new research may offer some important insights into this chronic and debilitating condition.

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, the Oklahoma City Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and Vanderbilt University identified antibodies, circulating proteins in the blood that fight infections, which appear to play a role in the syndrome. The research findings are published online by the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Known in the medical field as postural tachycardia syndrome, or POTS, the hallmark of this condition is an abnormally rapid heart rate upon standing. Other chronic symptoms (lasting more than six months) may include shortness of breath, weakness upon standing as well as exercise intolerance. It affects about 500,000 people in the United States, most of them young women.

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New $1.5 Million Grant to Fund Infertility Research at OU

February 26th, 2014

New $1.5 Million Grant to Fund Infertility Research at OU
Oklahoma City, Okla. - Advancing infertility research is at the heart of a new $1.5 million grant awarded to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.Dr. Karl Hansen, an infertility specialist and researcher at OU Medicine,  and Rebekah Swantek, a patient and participant in a past clinical trial

The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health is the largest to date for the OU reproductive medicine team. It adds the OU Health Sciences to an elite group of centers nationwide participating in cutting-edge infertility research.

“We were one of six sites selected to participate in a research cooperative, the Reproductive Medicine Network, that will conduct infertility research on a variety of issues,” said Karl Hansen, M.D., Ph.D., principal investigator.

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NFL Quarterback Praises Expanding Children's Heart Center

Friday, February 14th

Gavin & WeedenOklahoma City- When NFL quarterback Brandon Weeden learned his friends’ newborn son had a complex heart defect and would need surgery out of state, it became his mission to raise awareness about pediatric heart care and the need for more specialists at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center.  

Today, 7-year-old Gavin Kuykendall wouldn’t need to travel 1,300 miles to repair his heart—Because of added specialists and equipment, a recently renovated operating room and other additions to Children’s Heart Center, more complex surgeries like Gavin’s can be done at Children’s, keeping little hearts here and close to home.

Today, 7-year-old Gavin Kuykendall wouldn’t need to travel 1,300 miles to repair his heart—Because of added specialists and equipment, a recently renovated operating room and other additions to Children’s Heart Center, more complex surgeries like Gavin’s can be done at Children’s, keeping little hearts here and close to home.

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Skydiving Trauma Accident

Date: January 28, 2014                    

Oklahoma City— Family members of a teenage girl who suffered injuries in an Oklahoma parachuting accident will answer media questions during a news briefing at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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Making Mammograms Even Better

January 21, 2014    

Elizabeth Jett M.D.Newest Mammogram Technology Provides 3-D Imagery
OU breast health experts say new technology helps spot cancers that might otherwise be missed

There are 3-D movies, 3-D video games and now, 3-D mammograms. In entertainment, three dimensions add to the viewing or gaming experience. In medicine, adding another dimension helps radiologists spot tumors that might otherwise be missed.

It’s called breast tomosysthesis, a mammography system that utilizes multiple images and a high-powered, computer software system to build a 3-D view of the breast.

“The first time I saw breast tomosynthesis, I knew we had to have it,” said Elizabeth Jett, M.D., director of the OU Breast Institute.

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OU Researcher Awarded $1.9 Million Grant to Study Workplace Hazard

December 20, 2013

Oklahoma City - A researcher at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has been awarded a four-year, $1.9 million grant to study a topic that impacts many workers on the job – skin irritations that arise due to contact with a variety of chemicals.

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