Did you know that designer drugs are increasingly popular with young people? AND that they are showing poisonous effects on the kidneys? For the first time in medical literature, cases of acute injury directly linked with synthetic marijuana use have been documented. Dr. David Myers, pediatric nephrologist has seen the damage these drugs can do first hand. Myers answers your questions about these drugs and their potential impact on our kids' health in an OU Medicine chat.
Decade-long OU study offers important insights on prevention
The teenage years are fraught with peril and risk, and just about everyone--parents, teachers, community leaders--would like to know how best to discourage teens from engaging in risky behavior. Now, results of a decade-long study by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center may point the way.
Roy Oman, Ph.D., and fellow researchers at the OU College of Public Health have just completed the Youth Asset Study, a 10-year research project aimed at learning what assets help teens avoid risky behavior.
Risky behavior in teens comes in many forms, including alcohol use, drug use, violence, weapon carrying, gang affiliations. However, Oman said the study found the most worrisome example of high risk behavior among teens is sexual activity resulting in pregnancy.
"Of the industrialized nations in the world, the United States has by far the highest teen pregnancy and teen birth rates," Oman said. "And then when you look at the states, Oklahoma has the fifth highest teen birth rate in the country."
Tips to help you determine when an injury or illness is a true medical emergency
Every year, nearly 23 million sick and injured children are cared for by Emergency physicians and nurses. If you are a parent or grandparent, you’ve probably wondered from time to time when an illness or injury is serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room.
How’s that New Year’s resolution to lose weight going? Studies show 20% of people are successful at keeping weight off. How do they do it? OU Physicians’ Family Medicine physician, Kathryn Reilly, MD answers your questions to help you stay on track.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with heart disease. It’s more common than most know. It’s also the leading cause of death for both men and women in this country. And it’s not just heart attacks. There are many conditions that can affect the hearts ability to do its job. Ever wondered if you are at risk of a heart attack? What you can to protect yourself? Or what new treatments and technologies are available to help those living with heart disease? Ask our heart expert, Dr. Dwight Reynolds:
HIGH-TECHNOLOGY AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL TAKES FEAR AWAY AND PATIENTS TO NEW WORLDS
Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center is the first hospital in Oklahoma to use the newest in innovative technology to calm fears in Oklahoma children. A high-tech radiology suite and a multi-sensory machine allow anxious children to gain more control of their environments while undergoing pre-operative procedures as well as surgical and imaging processes.