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June 14-20 is Men’s Health Awareness Week. Jeffrey Galles, D.O., chief medical officer at Utica Park Clinic, spoke about knowing your family history when it comes to the importance of men maintaining their regular health screenings.

“Knowing your family history is really important, especially when you get into the 50s because that’s the time when family histories begin to manifest,” Galles said.

Learn other helpful tips from Galles’ NewsOn6 interview.

Call 918-579-DOCS (3627) to schedule an appointment for your health screening with a primary care provider.

Esophageal cancer accounts for about 1% of all cancers diagnosed in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

While it’s not one of the more common forms of cancer, esophageal cancer is frequently diagnosed in the latter stages and can become more deadly, according to Nelson Royall, M.D., director for surgical oncology at Hillcrest Medical Center and Utica Park Clinic.

The American Cancer Society estimates approximately 19,000 patients will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer and more than 15,000 lives will be lost to this form of cancer in 2021.

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Because ticks can be more prevalent in late spring and summer, here’s what to do if you get a tick bite, according to Katie Jackson, M.D., pediatrician with Utica Park Clinic Claremore:

1. Inspect skin thoroughly on a regular basis.

2. If you find a tick, find a pair of tweezers or forceps.

3. Brace the skin with the alternate hand to provide counter-traction.

4. Gently pull the tick in a perpendicular motion to the skin.

5. Gasoline, fingernail polish, lighted matches or similar substances should not be used to remove a tick.

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With school ending, children will be spending more time outside and more time exposed to the sun. Hannah Howard, M.D., a dermatologist with Utica Park Clinic, said being conscious of the sun at a young age can help children as they get older.

“Sun damage is cumulative,” Howard said. “If you start early in kids, it can really make a difference long term. One in five Americans develop skin cancer by age 70. That’s a good reason to start early.”

Howard gave some tips, beginning at the infant stage, on helping protect kids from harmful exposure to the sun.

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Sha-Rhonda Morton, D.O., with Utica Park Clinic has practiced family medicine since 2009. With people getting outside more frequently and allergies increasing during springtime, Morton shared her expertise on recognizing the difference between allergies or COVID-19 symptoms in this Q&A.

Q: What are some common symptoms associated with allergies rather than COVID-19?

A: Itchy nose, itchy eyes, itchy inner ears and sneezing.

Q: What are some common symptoms associated with COVID-19 rather than allergies?

A: Fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea... Read More »

TULSA, Okla. — On National Doctors’ Day, healthcare professionals in Green Country are shedding light on breast cancer screenings, and the impact COVID-19 had on those seeking treatment.

“The fear of the unknown throughout medicine can be very anxiety-provoking,” Dr. Tara Wilson, a surgeon at Utica Park Clinic with Hillcrest, said.

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the lives of all Oklahomans. The effects were even felt in primary healthcare, forcing many yearly checkups to be put on pause.

See the rest of the KJRH interview with Dr. Wilson here.

(March 30 is National Doctors’ Day. Utica Park Clinic would like to thank all of our physicians for the dedication and passion they show for their patients. In honor of National Doctors’ Day, we would like to spotlight headache specialist Jaclyn Duvall, M.D.)

Jaclyn Duvall, M.D., a headache specialist with Utica Park Clinic, wanted to pursue a career in the medical field at a young age. The source of her inspiration came from somebody near and dear to her heart.

“I have known I wanted to be a doctor since I was 5 years old,” Duvall said. “It was actually my first career day... Read More »

Endometriosis is a term you may have heard of but may not know much about.

National Endometriosis Month is an initiative to educate people on this disorder in which tissue grows outside of the uterus in abnormal patterns. Symptoms of the disorder include intense pain and menstrual irregularities.

Due to the normalization of menstrual pain, many cases go untreated and undiagnosed.

If you experience chronic pelvic pain, painful sex, infertility, fatigue, pain before or during periods, during ovulation or when going to the bathroom, you may have endometriosis.

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In a $30 billion-a-year industry, you can buy a supplement for just about anything. From weight loss pills to collagen powder, there’s something on the market for every deficiency you can imagine, and some you’d never think of. The sheer number of different supplements available today can be overwhelming. While many supplements will be unique to the individual, experts recommend a few for everyone.  

Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are extremely beneficial to cognitive function and heart health. Unlike other fats, your body cannot produce polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-... Read More »

Thank you to Utica Park Clinic nurse practitioner Jamie Breedlove for sharing her emotional story in dealing with COVID-19 patients over the past year with Clay Loney of FOX23.  In one excerpt from the interview, Breedlove said, “My heart is there, as crazy as it seems. My heart aches for those people. When you’ve held the hand of a person dying because there’s nobody else there with them, it tugs at you. It’s a long-lasting effect and to know that I could be there, holding that patient’s hand, being with them while their loved ones are on via Skype or Zoom or FaceTime. But that actual... Read More »