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.”

OU Medicine Live Chat: Brain Matters

Brain Matters

Friday, March 14th at 10AM

Head injuries are rising dramatically in the United States. About 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year, and more than 50,000 people will die following traumatic brain injuries this year alone.

OU Children’s Hospital Helping to Keep Little Hearts Close to Home

March 5th, 2014

One in every 100 babies is born with a congenital heart defect, and many have to travel thousands of miles to receive life-saving surgery.

Bridges to Access: Keynote Speaker

Saturday, March 8th, 2014, 8am-3pm

Bridges to Access Meeting

The 7th Annual Bridges to Access Conference is a student-led one-day health conference which brings together students from every college at the OUHSC campus and members of the community to learn about and discuss the healthcare issues facing Oklahomans today.

This year the conference will take place on Saturday, March 8th at the OU Children’s Hospital Samis Conference Center (located at 1200 Children’s Avenue, OKC, OK).

Key Note Address: "Improving the Health of Oklahomans: Where Should We Go From Here?”
Steven Schroeder, MD Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of California – San Francisco; Head of Smoking Cessation Leadership Center

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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