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180 million doses of the flu vaccine may sound like a lot, but supplies may run low towards the end of the flu season – when it may be too late to be protected. Remember it takes about two to three weeks to build up an antibody to protect you from exposure to the influenza virus and, while most cases occur during the months of January and February, early reports of the flu start popping up in October. Waiting until the start or peak of flu season increases your risk of exposure and less time to prepare your immune system. The flu vaccine is available at nearly all Utica Park Clinic primary... Read More »

It is not something we talk about often, and certainly not around the dinner table with family and friends. Tooth decay is a serious problem for American children, affecting one in four children ages two to five and half of children 12 to 15 years old. Also known as cavities, tooth decay, if untreated, can greatly impact how our children grow, develop and experience the world around them. From unnecessary pain to school absences, difficulty concentrating and poor appearance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns parents that these problems can affect a child's quality... Read More »

Phillip Husong shares his story of surviving lymphoma and how Hillcrest Medical Center and Utica Park Clinic changed his life.

Claremore, OK – Ryan Gholson, MD, a physician specializing in Obstetrics & Gynecology has joined Utica Park Clinic in Claremore.

Dr. Gholson earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Indiana State University in Terre Haute in 2004 and his master’s degree in Medical Science from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in 2006. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, KY in 2010 and completed his residency at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa in 2014.

He is a junior fellow of the... Read More »

When was the last time you kept track of the servings of fruits and vegetables you ate in a day? Take a moment to think back to what you ate yesterday. Did you have some fruit with breakfast? Order a salad for lunch or scoop up extra green beans with dinner? We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for our health, but researchers have found that having five servings a day can do wonders – specifically in reducing the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Count them up. Are you getting enough? It may be time to start keeping track.

The review and analysis of... Read More »

Claremore, OK – Jason Macias, DO, a board certified Internal Medicine Physician, has joined Utica Park Clinic in Claremore. Dr. Macias is currently offering same-day appointments and welcomes new patients and most insurance plans.

Dr. Macias earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and his master’s degree in Biomedical Science from the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in 2009.  He obtained his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic... Read More »

It may have started as a daily habit or just something you thought you were supposed to do from time to time, but your doctor would rather you not clean your ears with cotton-tipped swabs and here’s why. Every year, more than 12 million people visit their health care provider with complaints of “impacted or excessive cerumen” – also known as a pretty serious earwax problem.

Risking a Loss of Hearing

What may begin as an effort to clean out earwax with something like a Q-tip can actually push the earwax back down the ear to the eardrum, risking a loss of hearing. Utica Park Clinic... Read More »

For many Americans, spiders are unsightly, obtrusive and offensive. For some people with arachnophobia (the fear of spiders), their fear may be an evolutionary response, as spiders have long been linked to illness and infections.

The sight of these lanky intruders often induces a sudden tinge of panic while also reminding us that Mother Nature is all around us (despite our best intentions to keep what lives outside out). Though we try to keep our distance from them most of the time, a chance meeting at the bottom of a shoe or beneath a stowed away blanket may lead to a dreaded... Read More »

It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations – fireworks, a backyard barbecue, maybe a trip to the lake! Whatever great plans you have this holiday, safety is always important. Here are a few steps you can follow to keep your family safe.

FIREWORKS SAFETY The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks – no fireworks within Tulsa County! If someone is setting fireworks off at home, they should follow these safety steps:

Never give fireworks to small children... Read More »

Cancer is the second leading cause of death for men in America, and one of the most common cancers for men. The prostate is a part of the man’s reproductive system that is located in front of the rectum and under the bladder. The prostate surrounds the urethra, the tube in which urine flows.

A prostate that is healthy should be about the size of a walnut, but if it becomes too large, it could squeeze the urethra and this may slow or stop the normal flow of urine.  Prostate cancer usually grows “slowly and initially remains confined to the prostate gland, where it may not cause... Read More »