Children's Experts Note Uptick in Respiratory Virus Infections

Monday, September 5, 2014

State and Federal Health Officials Studying Whether Illnesses Are Related to EV-D68

Oklahoma City—Experts at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center are reporting an increase in the number of hospitalizations from respiratory viruses while state and national health officials are Dr Curtis Knoles, Children's Hospital at OU Medical Centertrying to identify if those illnesses are related to a virus that has sickened more than 1,000 children across the Midwest. 

From Aug. 1-28 this year, 115 patients have tested positive for rhinovirus/enterovirus illnesses compared to 75 during the same time last year. Most of those patients were at The Children’s Hospital, though some were also at OU Medical Center, the adult hospital. Some of those patients were sent to the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s. 

Health officials in Oklahoma are currently testing samples from Children’s patients to determine if any are Enterovirus 68, or EV-D68, a viral illness that has been identified most recently in Missouri, where it sickened more than 300 children, sending as many as 15 percent to the intensive care unit at a pediatric hospital in Kansas City. 

OU Medicine Live Chat: Men's Health Primer for Women


Friday, September 5th at 10 a.m.

Women traditionally, and still today, take on the role of caregiver for their families. They look after the health needs of their children and are often the driving force helping ensure the men in their lives get the care they need too.

OU Medicine Live Chat: Health Issues Men Don’t Like to Talk About


Friday, August 29th at 10 a.m.

Most women would tell you that it’s difficult to get the men in their lives to see a doctor. So it is perhaps not surprising that there are certain health issues that men really don’t like to talk about.

Family Structure Impacts Obesity Risk in Children

Thursday, August 27th, 1 p.m.

OU research details how parents and siblings affect behaviors that can lead to obesity

The family structure in which a child is raised is significantly associated with behaviors that put him or her at risk for obesity, according to a study by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Childhood obesity is a growing issue in the United States. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Despite this, few studies have examined the relationship between family structure, environment and behaviors linked to obesity, said principal investigator Susan Sisson, Ph.D., an assistant professor of behavioral nutrition in the OU College of Allied Health.

“Before the study we did not know if one size fit all, but we now know some kids are at a higher risk for obesity-promoting behaviors because the risk is not equally distributed among all the family structures,” Sisson said.

Brain Surgery Leads to Freedom from Seizures

Monday, August 25th, 2014

More than 300-thousand children in the U-S suffer from epilepsy. For some of them, seizures are a terrifying part of everyday life limiting them mentally, physically and socially. 

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