Parents may be getting a bad rap these days, as recent studies reveal what children are taking to school in their lunch boxes is less healthy than what they would be served in the school cafeteria. One study in Virginia found that 60 percent of packed lunches from home contained a dessert. Dessert is okay, right? Well, nearly 20 percent of those lunches had two or more desserts. That’s something you won’t find on a cafeteria tray. About 40 percent of those lunches from home also had a soda or sugary drink. Yikes. A side-by-side comparison of more than 1300 lunches of preschoolers and... Read More »
Nearly 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, while another estimated 8 million Americans are undiagnosed. If those numbers sound high, a staggering 86 million Americans 20 and older are considered pre-diabetic and likely to develop Type 2 diabetes if lifestyle modifications are not made and sustained. Once diagnosed, diabetes is a condition many live with and manage for the rest of their lives. While adopting healthy lifestyles to help manage diabetes, along with medication therapies, regular physical activity and exercise can greatly benefit anyone – especially those... Read More »
Utica Park Clinic Welcomes Family Medicine Physician to Claremore
CLAREMORE, OK - Utica Park Clinic in Claremore welcomes Andrew J. Sperling, DO. Dr. Sperling is a Family Medicine physician who has practiced in northeastern Oklahoma since 2010.
Dr. Sperling earned his bachelor’s degree in Physiology from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater in 2003 and his medical degree from the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa in 2007. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at OSU Medical Center in 2014. Dr. Sperling is a member of the American Osteopathic... Read More »
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.
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 »
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 »