April 2 is World Autism Day – a day families and friends affected by this complex disorder, along with health care providers, celebrate with both fundraising and awareness raising events. Across the globe, “Light it Up Blue” events mark this growing global health epidemic to increase a knowledge and better understanding of autism. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism. Boys are diagnosed at higher rates than girls – 1 in 42. It is the fastest growing developmental disability in our country, but as the day implies, affecting... Read More »
March is colorectal cancer awareness month and if you haven’t started thinking about your colon health, now is the time. Did you know there are more than 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed each year? Sadly, there will also be an estimated 50,000 deaths from colorectal cancer. It is the fourth most common cancer for men and women. Yet, it is one of the most preventable through screening and early detection. It is important to know the risk factors, symptoms, screening guidelines and treatment options available today.
Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer
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Utica Park Clinic Henryetta Welcomes Nurse Practitioner
Henryetta, OK – Utica Park Clinic is proud to welcome Michele Crawley, APRN-CNP, to its clinic in Henryetta. Ms. Crawley has been a registered nurse (RN) in Oklahoma since 2006 and is currently a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Family Medicine.
Ms. Crawley obtained her associate’s degree in Nursing from Connors State College in Bartlesville in 2005 and her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville in 2010. She received her master’s degree in Nursing from the University of... Read More »
March is National Nutrition Month and this year the theme – Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right – focuses on combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines recommendations. Before you think you need to completely overhaul your diet, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends aiming for a goal of eating 2 cups of fruit and 2 and a half cups of vegetables every day. Here are some easy ways to added valuable nutrition to every meal.
1. Try broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini as toppings on pizza... Read More »
How would you rate your stress today? How would you rate your stress back in your teen years? A new survey by the American Psychological Association finds on a 10-point scale, American teens rate their stress above the level adults do – 5.8 compared to 5.1. Further, most of the teens expressed their level of stress wasn’t healthy, but either didn’t know what to do to manage their stress or just weren’t doing it. These figures are alarming to both parents and health care providers, as unaddressed and unmanaged stress can have negative health implications in both the short-term and long-term... Read More »
The largest study to date looking at the link between weather and stroke was presented Wednesday at the American Heart Association International Stroke Conference in San Diego. Researchers believe certain changes in weather could act as triggers for a stroke. For the more than 800,000 Americans who suffer a stroke each year, knowing the signs and symptoms, as well as modifiable risk factors, could help reduce permanent damage patients suffer from a stroke. This new research may change the way at-risk patients and caregivers approach changes in weather.How Weather Plays a Role
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Eating healthier in the New Year does not happen overnight. Small changes make it easier to get your family around the dinner table more often and eating out less. Finding easy-to-prepare dishes takes the guesswork out of “what’s for dinner tonight?” and layered one-dish meals are a great place to start. First, you can make them ahead, add several servings of fruits or vegetables and tailor to your family’s tastes. Here are some recipes to help get you started.
Tex Mex Layered Salad
From the blog, Recipe Girl, this recipe is both savory and fresh with super food ingredients... Read More »
January is Cervical Cancer Screening Awareness Month. According to the most recent data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. What used to be the leading cause of cancer deaths for women has seen a dramatic drop in cases over the last four decades, as a result of more women receiving regular pap tests. These tests can detect cervical pre-cancers, leading to earlier treatment and favorable outcomes.
Symptoms of Cervical Cancer
Patients may experience no symptoms of early cervical cancer,... Read More »
Utica Park Clinic - Owasso Welcomes Nurse Practioner
OWASSO, OK – Utica Park Clinic - Owasso is pleased to welcome Karin Beals, APRN-CNP. Ms. Beals is a certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and specializes in Internal Medicine.
Ms. Beals earned her Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1998 and her Masters of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Oklahoma at Tulsa in 2003. She later went on to earn a Masters of Science in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt University in 2012.
Ms. Beals is currently... Read More »
Pregnancy Care Centers Open in North, East Tulsa to Improve Access to Pre-Natal Care
Tulsa, OK – According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), low birth weight, premature births, neonatal mortality, infant mortality, and maternal mortality are linked to insufficient prenatal care. In fact, babies of mothers who do not receive pre-natal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care.
To improve the health of expectant mothers and their babies in our community, Hillcrest HealthCare... Read More »