OU Medicine Live Chat: What is Cancer?

Friday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m.
With Dr. Shubham Pant, Oncologist at Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center

We’ve all heard the term, but do you really know what cancer is?

Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells. Cancer cells rapidly reproduce despite restriction of space, nutrients or signals sent from the body to stop reproduction. Cancer cells are often shaped differently from healthy cells, do not function properly, and can spread to many areas of the body. Abnormal growths of tissue, called tumors, are clusters of cells that are capable of growing and dividing uncontrollably.

Cancer has no single cause. Most scientists say cancer is caused by the interaction of many factors together, including  genetic, environmental or lifestyle characteristics of the individual.

How Healthy is Your Day Care?

Research Survey Gives Insights into Nutrition and Physical Activity in Oklahoma Child Care Centers

What role can day cares play in improving the health of children in Oklahoma? How healthy are the meals they serve? Are children getting enough physical activity while in day care?

Research out of the University of Oklahoma College of Allied Health provides some important insights to these and other questions.

All state-licensed child care centers are required to meet existing regulations related to the safety of the food they serve and play equipment, but few regulations exist regarding health and obesity prevention, said Susan Sisson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the college’s Department of Nutritional Sciences at the OU Health Sciences Center.

“Understanding what regulations do exist and where those can be improved can likely help reduce and prevent the high levels of overweight and obesity in preschool children in our state,” she said.

OU Medicine Live Chat: Kids Summer Shape Up


Friday, July 26th at 10 A.M.
With Kevin Short, Ph. D., Exercise Physiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine

Exercise physiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at OU Children’s and Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, Dr. Kevin Short addresses the impact of exercise on diabetes prevention and treatment in children and young adults by researching the role of physical activity and diet in the metabolism of glucose and protein and the function of skeletal muscle in insulin resistance.  Dr. Short’s webchat will focus on how children and adults can continue to stay active even during the summer months. He’ll discuss why it’s important to keep moving to prevent diabetes and why exercise acts as medicine for those at risk of developing diabetes.

Oklahoma Man Diagnosed with Type 1.5 Diabetes

Another Diabetes? Yes, there is!

July 30, 2013 – Once, there were two types of diabetes. Most are familiar with type 1, formerly known as juvenile diabetes; and with type 2, which until recently generally only occurred in adults. However, a Norman man is getting a real life lesson about a form of diabetes that is neither type 1 nor type 2, but instead a little of both.

It’s called Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults or LADA. People with LADA show signs of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and it is often misdiagnosed as type 2.

Nathan Mobley, 35, of Norman doesn’t look like the typical adult who might get diabetes. Quite thin and very health conscious, he first attributed his constant thirst and frequent urination to the dry weather.

“Also, I was feeling really tired a lot,” said Mobley, “even though I was making a point of getting more sleep. I was so tired that I was taking naps during the weekend.”

OU Medicine Live Chat: Epilepsy Explained


Recorded Friday, July 19th at 1:30 P.M. With Yu-tze Ng, M.D.

It's estimated more than 2 million Americans have epilepsy and more than 150,000 are newly diagnosed with epilepsy each year. About one in 10 people have had a seizure and approximately one in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives.

Epilepsy refers to a group of related disorders characterized by a tendency for recurrent seizures. It is a disorder of the brain’s electrical system. Some have compared it to a firestorm in the brain. Abnormal electrical impulses can cause changes in movement, behavior, sensation or awareness.

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