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Harold Hamm International for Biomedical Research in Diabetes

EMBARGOED UNTIL 7:30 P.M., October 28, 2013
Contact: OU Public Affairs, (405) 325-1701, or Theresa Green, (405) 833-9824, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. – October 28, 2012 – Imagine how different the lives of so many would be if diabetes were cured and the billions of dollars in annual health care costs that could be saved.

Finding that cure was the impetus for establishing the $250,000 Harold Hamm International Prize for Biomedical Research in Diabetes, awarded for the first time today by the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma. The inaugural recipient, Dr. Peter H. Bennett, is an internationally renowned scientist whose unparalleled achievements in the field of diabetes research continue to be the foundation for much of what is known today about the disease. His work continues to inspire still more groundbreaking research across the globe that moves the world of medicine ever closer to a cure.

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Wrist to Heart Surgery

RADIAL PROCEDURE OFFERS NEW OPTIONS FOR OKLAHOMA HEART PATIENTS

OKLAHOMA CITY – Imagine having your heart fixed through your wrist. It’s not science fiction. It’s now a reality at the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Many heart patients who would traditionally undergo cardiac catheterization or stent procedures through the femoral artery (located in the groin area) are now experiencing shorter recovery times thanks to OU Medicine cardiologists performing the same procedures through the radial (wrist) artery.

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OU Researchers Discover Breakthrough with Pancreatic Cancer

Unlocking the Mysteries of One of the Deadliest Cancers

Recorded October 23rd at 11 a.m. at the Stephenson Cancer Center

Learning that you have pancreatic cancer is terrible news. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, and, for reasons unknown, African-Americans have a 40 to 50 percent increased risk of contracting this cancer.

Surgery to remove the tumor remains the first line of defense, but the outlook for survival in patients is still bleak. In fact, until recently, chemotherapeutic drugs have had minimal effect on improving patient survival.

"Only five percent of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are still living after five years of treatment,” said Dr. Courtney Houchen, a physician and researcher with the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

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The Flu in Oklahoma

THE FLU—WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY

Recorded Oct. 2nd at 2:15 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY— As Oklahoma moves into flu season, OU Medicine experts are stressing the importance of influenza vaccinations, particularly since vaccines not only protect the individuals who get them, but those around them as well. 

Influenza is a serious illness. It can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines are simple: Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine.  

While timing of the flu varies and is sometimes unpredictable, seasonal flu activity usually begins in October before peaking in January or February and ending as late as May. 

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NIH Awards Multi-million Dollar Grant

Multi-million Dollar Grant Targets Medically Underserved in Oklahoma


nih-cancer-center-grantMulti-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.

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Baby Simulator Trains Doctors and Nurses

NEW BABY SIMULATORS GIVE MEDICAL TEAMS REAL-LIFE CRISIS EXPERIENCE

2pm Monday, Aug 26th, 2013 

Oklahoma City- Medical teams at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center are honing their skills and becoming extra prepared for heart failure and other emergencies in infants by practicing on life-like baby simulators.

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Stillwater Child Rare Match for a Kidney

OKLAHOMA CHILD HITS JACKPOT ON LOTTERY NIGHT
Stillwater youngster is a rare match for a kidney transplant

Recorded August 14th, 2013

Oklahoma City— As Oklahoma celebrated a lottery winner on Saturday, August 10, 10-year-old Jose Gomez, Jr. learned he was a rare match for a kidney and underwent a whirlwind kidney transplant. The match was one in a million, nearly a perfect match. Physicians at the Oklahoma Transplant Center, along with Jose and his mother, explained how this living jackpot surprised everyone.

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