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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 »

Congratulations to Utica Park Clinic providers and staff on celebrating milestones at Utica Park Clinic. We appreciate your dedication to our patients and helping to change lives! Utica Park Clinic CEO Jim Kaltenbacher and Human Resources Manager Regina Patterson handed out awards Thursday, June 5, 2014.

25 Years Of Service

LONNIE MORRIS

20 Years Of Service

DEBRA MADAJ

ELIZABETH TODD

JUDY BENTLEY

MARY WILSON

REBECCA SHAFER

THOMAS MADAJ

15 Years Of Service

BARBARA VINCENT

BONITA SPICER

ELIZABETH FORD... Read More »

Utica Park Clinic announces the launch of a new website – MyUticaParkClinic.com – to give you a convenient, easy-to-use, secure website that allows you to access your personal health information when you need it. “Information available to patients online includes medication and allergy lists, immunizations, lab results, medical history, and vital signs,” explains Utica Park Clinic physician Dr. Danny Thomason, who has been instrumental in the implementation of MyUticaParkClinic.com.  “This information can be accessed by our patients at any time and can be downloaded if needed.  Parents can... Read More »

 

We are now in that time of the year when ticks are most active and we are out among them spending more time outdoors - April to September. While we are familiar with tickborne illnesses like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, there are more than a dozen tickborne diseases, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One such infection, Heartland Virus, has now claimed the first death in Oklahoma. Researchers believe the Lone Star Tick carries the virus. As of March of 2014, only eight Heartland Virus patients in Missouri and Tennessee had been... Read More »

It is that time of year again – the annual deep clean inside and out. Spring cleaning, as it has come to be known, is a great opportunity to clear your house of dust and debris that has collected over the cooler winter months, while also helping to reduce the effects of indoor and outdoor allergies. Removing these allergens from the home can help you and your family enjoy the best spring has to offer. Before you get started, however, make sure you do so safely.

  Safe Spring Cleaning    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers these tips to help you safely clean your... Read More »

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

A risk... Read More »