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Tulakes Health Fair | March 5

Tulakes Elementary School | 6pm-8pm

Sponsored by College of Nursing Student Association

Contact Kate Alexander (kaitlin-alexander@ouhsc.edu) if you would like to volunteer to help with activities at the Tulakes Health Fair!

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Next SCBHA Meeting | March 2

CHB, Room 420 | 2 – 3 PM

The next SCBHA meeting will be held on March 2nd at 2-3pm in CHB RM 420. Food will be provided for the first 25 people.

Our topic of discussion will be Worksite Wellness. Our guest speaker will be Landon Dean, Fitness Center Manager at Williams (formerly Access Midstream). He has extensive experience in implementing worksite wellness programs.

Contact Jade Owen (Jade-Owen@ouhsc.edu), SCBHA for more information.

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Global Health Interest Group Uganda Fundraiser | February 16-March 1

https://studentglobalhealthalliance.wordpress.com/shirts/

Members of the Global Health Interest Group will be traveling to Uganda this June on a medical trip. We are fundraising to help provide scholarships to Ugandan medical and nursing students and purchase supplies for the medical school in Uganda. Our fundraising goal this year is $25,000, and we will be selling t-shirts now through March 1st as part of our fundraising. Shirts are $20 and all proceeds will go towards our fundraising goal. You can purchase them on the website at: https://studentglobalhealthalliance.wordpress.com/shirts/ or by contacting Jessica McCall at 580-475-4101. You can also order shirts in the Student Union on Thursday, February 19th, 11 am-1 pm, Friday, February 20th, 12:30-2:00 pm, Monday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 25, 11 am-1 pm. See the attachment for what the shirts look like. Shirts are a softer style, so if you are in between sizes, order one size up.

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Sooner Safety Week | March 2-6

Various times/locations

A week dedicated to all HSC community to discuss, learn and promote campus safety. 

All events include FREE lunch and take-away items while supplies last. See flyer.                              

Monday, March 2 ● Severe Weather Day

David Payne, Meteorologist KWTV9 & Jim Gardner, Pilot for SkyNews9 HD

11:30 a.m. ● College of Nursing Building ● Room 138

First 100 people will receive an umbrella. 

Tuesday, March 3 ● Safety Blitz Fair

Browse, gather information and discuss safety strategies with members of the OUHSC campus.

Multiple campus groups and departments will sponsor booths allowing our campus community 

the opportunity to visit, learn and think SOONER. Browse the Blitz, get a t-shirt!
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. ● DLB Student Union ● First Floor

Wednesday, March 4 ● HSC Campus Police Day

HSC Police Department and OKC Fire Department will display their Mobile Units.

West side of the College of Nursing Building

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. ● David L. Boren Student Union

Quick and Safe Tips - Self Defense

Facilitated by HSC Campus Police Department: Self Defense Demonstration
Noon-12:45 p.m. ● DLB Student Union ● Room 172
 

Thursday, March 5 ● Run…Hide…Fight!

Will you know what to do in the event of an active shooter on campus?

Join us for dialogue, discussion and viewing of the video, Run…Hide…Fight!

Facilitated by Chief James Albertson, OUHSC Campus Police
Noon ● College of Allied Health Building ● Room 1117 ● Overflow Room 1047
 

Friday, March 6 ● One Sooner Can Make a Difference

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. ● DLB Student Union ● Room 262
Attend Bystander Behavior Training to receive an official OneSooner t-shirt.

Sponsors:
HSC Student Government Association, HSC Staff Senate, HSC Faculty Senate, Information Technology, Environmental Health and Safety, HSC Police Department, Bank SNB, HSC Provost Office, David L. Boren Student Union & HSC Student Affairs.

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. Please see www.ou.edu/eoo. For more information call HSC Student Affairs at (405) 271-2416 or visit www.ouhsc.edu.

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OU Research Targets Often Misdiagnosed Condition A new $200,000 grant will advance research at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center into a debilitating and often misdiagnosed neurological condition.

Dysautonomia International awarded the three-year grant to Dr. David C. Kem to support innovative research by his team aimed at better diagnosis and treatment of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, commonly called POTS. 

For people with POTS, the simple act of standing up can send the heart racing. In fact, an abnormally rapid heart rate upon standing is the hallmark of the condition. Other chronic symptoms (lasting more than six months) may include shortness of breath, weakness upon standing as well as exercise intolerance. POTS affects as many as a million people in the United States, most of them young women between the ages of 12 and 40. It has no cure and treatment options are limited.

Kem and his team, however, recently discovered the condition's cause may be rooted in the body's own immune system. They evaluated blood samples from POTS patients and identified specific antibodies, circulating proteins in the blood that fight infections, which appear to play a role in the syndrome.  
  
"These autoantibodies altered cell function. They interfere with normal changes in the system that controls the ability of blood vessels to become narrower and prevents the expected drop of blood pressure as the patient stands. The body compensates for this by increasing sympathetic nerve activity, which helps maintain blood pressure, but directly speeds up the heart rate," said Kem, the George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Medicine at the OU Health Sciences Center, and a member of its Heart Rhythm Institute. 

The new grant, the largest private grant ever awarded for POTS research, allows Kem's team to pursue development of a blood test for POTS and to work toward new treatments to lessen the burden of this condition on patients.

"Research is the key to understanding what causes POTs and other autonomic disorders, and how we can best treat them. Research gives us hope for a better future," said Lauren Stiles, president of Dysautonomia International and a POTS patient.

Stiles said the grant was made possible by a donor whose daughter suddenly developed POTS last year. The funding will create a new post-doctoral fellowship position that will be named the "Meghan's Hope POTS Research Fellowship" in honor of the donor's daughter.

"POTS is more than a minor annoyance for most patients. It often leads to significant life changes and limitations in normal life. We are grateful to Dysautonomia International and to the donor for their support of our work to help patients with this debilitating condition," Kem said. "It is especially touching to see someone who cares so much about their daughter's difficult lifestyle that they have funded an important and promising bit of locally generated research to pursue a cure."

Dysautonomia International is a not-for-profit patient advocacy organization focused on disorders of the autonomic nervous system. Since its founding in 2012, Dysautonomia International has funded research, physician education, patient empowerment and public awareness programs on POTS and other disorders of the autonomic nervous system. 
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OU Children's Physicians Hosts Dr. Seuss Birthday CelebrationOU Children's Physicians will host a Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration, including a Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast, Monday, March 2, to benefit its Reach Out & Read program.
      
Breakfast will be served from 7 to 10 a.m., for a minimum donation of $5 to the Reach Out & Read program. Dr. Seuss-themed activities will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All activities will be held in the Atrium of The Children's Hospital, 1200 Children's Avenue. The activities are open to the public. For more information, call (405) 271-4407.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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Psychiatrist Joins OU PhysiciansCharles H. Dukes, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist, has established his practice with OU Physicians. Psychiatrists are medical doctors specifically trained in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
      
Dukes has a special interest in in psychosomatic medicine, working with patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and bipolar disorder. Prior to OU Physicians, he was on the faculty of Rocky Vista School of Osteopathic Medicine, Parker, Colorado, and Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Bryan. 
      
Dukes completed a psychiatry fellowship at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina. He completed a psychiatry residency at Griffin Memorial Hospital, Norman, and a family medicine internship at St. Anthony Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies.  He also severed as a Lutheran Pastor and completed a Master of Divinity degree at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Dukes also serves as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corp, and has been presented numerous awards and medals throughout his military service.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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Touchnet Maintenance Period (Friday, March 6, 2015)https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=383Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMTVolunteers needed for HSC Student Panel! | March 10

Dale Hall, Room 211, OU-Norman Campus | 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

HSC students are needed to give current OU students perspective on what life as an

OUHSC student is really like. The panel is needed for the AHS 1400-Orientation to the

Health Professions course on the Norman campus.

Date: Tuesday, March 10:  12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Location:  Dale Hall, Room 211,  OU-Norman Campus

Contact:  susan-tucker@ouhsc.edu   or 271-6588 for more information

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OU College of Nursing Ranks Among Best in Country for Online Advanced Degree Nursing Programs The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing is ranked as one of the best online advanced degree nursing programs for 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.   

"We strive to provide an exceptional learning environment at the OU College of Nursing," said Dean Lazelle Benefield, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN. "Online programs, extraordinary faculty, and outstanding clinical partnerships anchor our efforts to help students achieve their goals in nursing, to advance research, and to meet the growing need for exceptional nursing professionals in a variety of health care environments. It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report for our efforts in online nursing education."

According to U.S. News, the rankings are determined by student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technologies, and admissions selectivity. This is the third year the publication has ranked online programs. 

"We are very proud of the online programs we are able to offer at the OU College of Nursing," said Gary Loving, Ph.D., R.N., associate dean. "Currently, we have several online degree programs including Masters of Nursing Education, Doctor of Nursing Practice and PhD in Nursing. The online programs allow for great flexibility for students to better meet their individual needs as they work toward advanced degrees in nursing. For example, our Masters of Nursing Education program allows for multiple starting points for students."  

Under Loving's leadership, the college has utilized technology to provide distance learning opportunities for about 25 years. The college's online program offers a choice of part-time or full-time progression, and students are eligible to compete for merit-based scholarships. 

"The College of Nursing has highly trained faculty, and our students have the opportunity to engage with peers and faculty both in person and online while obtaining their degree," said Loving.

Benefield said that the college's online educational programs were created to help address the critical shortage of baccalaureate-prepared and advanced practice nurses in hospitals, clinics, schools and home care agencies across Oklahoma.

"To address this shortage, we must first address the root cause, and that is a shortage of qualified faculty ready to educate the next generation of nurses," Benefield said.

Toward that end, she explained the OU College of Nursing launched two of its online programs. These include  ̶  the PhD in Nursing program, the first in the state, which prepares graduates for roles in the academic world helping train the next generation of nurses, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which prepares advanced practice nurses to meet the primary healthcare needs of Oklahomans.

"By making these programs available online, we exponentially expand access to the rich educational and scientific resources of our college and the OU Health Sciences Center for nursing students across Oklahoma, regardless of their physical location," said Benefield. 

The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing
The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing is nationally recognized, offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral level programs to those interested in starting or advancing a career in the profession of nursing. With locations in Oklahoma City, Lawton and Tulsa, the OU College of Nursing is the state's largest nursing program and is dedicated to continuing the leadership and academic excellence that have become synonymous with the University of Oklahoma. The College of Nursing is a part of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, a leader in education, research and patient care and one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges. OU College of Nursing is Oklahoma's highest-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Reports.  To find out more, visit http://nursing.ouhsc.edu/. 
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Research Points to Novel Approach in Blood Clot Prevention Blood clots are an important concern in patients having major surgery, and preventive treatment with anti-clotting medication can cause excess bleeding. Now, research shows a new therapeutic approach may help reduce the risk of clots without increasing bleeding risks for these patients. 

Current therapies for the prevention of thrombosis (the medical term for blood clots) are effective. However, they also are associated with an increased risk of bleeding, said study co-author Gary Raskob, Ph.D., dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health. 

"There is a need to continue to work to develop better, safer treatments. The goal, ultimately, is to find new treatments that effectively reduce the risk of blood clots in patients without increasing the risk of bleeding. This research looked at one such approach," Raskob said.  

The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, evaluated the safety and effectiveness of a drug that targets a specific clotting factor in the body – factor XI. Factor XI is a protein produced by the liver and found in the blood that helps the blood to clot following an injury to a blood vessel. The study drug reduces factor XI levels.

Although the exact role of factor XI in blood clots in humans is not known, there is evidence that patients with congenital factor XI deficiency have a reduced risk for venous thromboembolism, which includes deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the deep veins of the legs) and pulmonary embolism (potentially fatal blood clots in the lungs).   

In the study, researchers looked specifically at patients undergoing total knee replacement because they have an increased risk of venous thromboembolism and routinely are given preventive therapy with an anticoagulant.

"Because factor XI is involved in the production of clots, but not in their initiation, we hypothesized that reducing factor XI levels would decrease the risk of venous thromboembolism after knee replacement surgery without increasing the risk of bleeding,"  Raskob said. 

In the clinical trial, approximately 300 patients undergoing total knee replacement procedures were randomized to receive either the research drug (in a 200 milligram or 300 milligram dose) or the anti-coagulant medication enoxaparin. 

The research drug was given starting 36 days prior to surgery with the final dose given three days after surgery.  The enoxaparin, on the other hand, was given for at least eight days after surgery.

The study found that patients receiving the higher dose of the research drug had the lowest occurrence of venous thromboembolism. In addition, patients receiving the research drug had fewer bleeding episodes than patients receiving enoxaparin. 

It is the first study to evaluate a therapeutic strategy that targets reduction of the expression of factor XI in the prevention of blood clots," Raskob said. "While further research is needed to validate the results, the findings point to a novel target for new therapies for blood clot prevention."
 
The study was funded by the manufacturer of the study drug.
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Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Joins OU PhysiciansSantaram Vallurupalli, M.D., a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 
      
Vallurupalli specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with spine injuries and illnesses. He completed a spine surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Spine Center, Cleveland, Ohio. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He completed a research fellowship in orthopedic surgery at the University of Missouri and the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.
      
Vallurupalli is a member of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society.
      
He sees patients at the OU Physicians building, 825 N.E 10th Street, Oklahoma City. For an appointment with an OU Physicians orthopedic surgeon, call (405) 271-2663.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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Psychiatrist Named Chief of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryRebecca Susan Daily, M.D., F.A.P.A., D.F.A.A.C.A.P., has been named chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and sees patients as part of OU Children's Physicians. Psychiatrists are medical doctors specifically trained in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. 
      
Daily is board certified in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. She specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with Tourette's syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, trichotillomania (pulling one's own hair), developmental disorders, bruxism (grinding of the teeth) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
      
Daily comes to OU Children's Physicians from Variety Care, where she was chief of pediatric psychiatry. Prior to Variety Care, she taught at the Kansas University School of Medicine in Wichita. She completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her residency and internship and earned her medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham.
      
Daily is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is a member of the Oklahoma Psychiatry Association and Oklahoma State Medical Association.
      
Daily sees patients on the OU Health Sciences Center campus. For an appointment with a pediatric psychiatrist, call (405) 271-5253.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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Got the Flu? What's a Parent to Do?Have a child who's sneezing, coughing with that achy, feverish, can't-move-a-muscle feeling? You are not alone. We are in the midst of the "sick season" with a variety of viruses and a fair amount of the true flu, influenza, taking their toll on young and old alike.

"We are seeing just about everything in the clinics. This really is the season for all types of viruses to crop up. So we are seeing respiratory viruses, including influenza," said Casey Hester M.D., pediatrician with OU Children's Physicians. "We are also seeing the gastrointestinal bugs … so lots of vomiting, lots of diarrhea."

She said it's pretty much par for the course at this time of year. And while most illnesses can be managed at home without a visit to your health care provider, influenza is the exception. That's because medications that target flu need to be started within the first 48 hours. The challenge is knowing the difference between a wintertime bug and influenza.  Hester said there are some clear differences.

"With influenza, kids do tend to be a little sicker. They often have a high fever accompanied by severe body aches and pains. Another tell-tale sign of the flu is exhaustion," Hester said. "You don't feel like doing anything, even eating or drinking. Whereas, when you have a cold, you tend to have a low fever with mild fatigue, sneezing, coughing and a stuffy, runny nose."

If you suspect that your child may have the flu, it is very important to get them in to see a doctor as soon as possible.

"Early in the course, it is hard to tell if it is the flu because a lot of other viruses also start with fever, cough, congestion, body aches and chills," she said. "But the best thing to do is to call your doctor and get an appointment to be seen for a rapid flu test. If your child is seen early enough, within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, there is a medicine that we can give to help reduce the duration and severity of the symptoms."

Hester and fellow pediatricians are seeing their fair share of flu, but they are also seeing a lot of cases of gastroenteritis or what most of us call the stomach flu. People with the stomach flu often have symptoms of diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, fever, headache, and sore muscles.

"One of the biggest things to keep an eye on when you have any type of stomach bug is dehydration. It can be a concern with flu too and it is one of the leading causes of hospitalization during the sick season," Hester said. 

She suggested that parents monitor fluid in and fluid out. 

"So if they are wearing diapers, that is easy. If they are older kiddos, you just want to have them check in with you and let you know when they go. You want at least two to three urinations in 24 hours. So if they are not producing any urine in eight hours, you may have a problem. Especially if your child is, listless, lethargic, really tired and just won't eat or drink anything," Hester said. 

Most children will recover from wintertime illness with just a little TLC at home. Here are a few tips to help them on the road to recovery:
•         Encourage your child to drink lots of clear fluids to prevent dehydration (water, electrolyte solutions, apple juice or warm broth).
•         Make sure he or she gets plenty of rest.
•         Saline nasal sprays can help relieve nasal congestion. (These are not nasal decongestant sprays which may make symptoms worse.)
•         Over-the-counter pain reliever/fever reducers may be helpful, but be sure to use "children's strength" and never give aspirin to any child under the age of 18 or ibuprofen to an infant 6 months of age or younger. 
•         DO NOT use over-the-counter, combination cough and cold medications in a child under 6 unless your doctor tells you to do so.
•         Keep your child home until he or she has been fever free for at least 24 hours.
•         Frequent hand washing can help prevent the spread of flu and other illness.
 
Remember antibiotics are not effective in fighting viruses. So your doctor will not prescribe these unless he or she suspects a secondary bacterial infection.
 
While most symptoms can be managed at home, Hester said any fever in an infant under two months of age can be serious. So be sure to have the baby seen by your health care provider right away. With older children, it is time to see the doctor if your child has a fever that lasts more than five days, is exceedingly tired, listless, lethargic of if you can't get him or her to eat or drink anything.  

For more information about the flu, including flu facts, treatment, information about vaccinations and more, visit www.oumedicine.com/flu.
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2015 Health Dash | March 28

HSC Campus | 9 AM

Register now for the annual Health Dash 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run! Registration includes an exclusive tech t-shirt. The day’s events will kick off on the HSC Campus with the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk at 9:00 am, followed by the 5K and 10K races at 9:30 am. 

All proceeds will benefit Good Shepherd’s Clinic on the Move, a mobile clinic with full medical and dental suites. With Clinic on the Move, Good Shepherd Ministries will be able to provide free healthcare to communities throughout the state of Oklahoma. For more information about Clinic on the Move, visit http://goodshepherdokc.org/mobile-unit/.

Register online at https://www.signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=362VYH7
For more information about the Health Dash, like Health Dash 5K & 10K on Facebook. 

Happy Running!

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Pediatric Cardiologist Joins OU Children's PhysiciansMary C. Niu, M.D., a board-certified pediatric cardiologist, has established her pediatric cardiology and electrophysiology practice with OU Children's Physicians. Electrophysiologists are cardiologists who have advanced training in arrhythmia and pacing.
      
Niu is board certified in pediatric cardiology and pediatrics. She completed fellowships in pediatric electrophysiology and pediatric cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. She completed her pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital, Baltimore, and earned her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.
      
OU Children's Physicians cardiologists and electrophysiologists see patients at the OU Children's Physicians Building, 1200 Children's Ave., in Oklahoma City. For appointments, call (405) 271-5530.  OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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Radiologist Joins OU Physicians Jennifer Hinkle, M.D., a board-certified radiologist, has established her medical practice at OU Physicians. She has also been named an assistant professor of radiology for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Radiologists specialize in administering, supervising and interpreting MRI, CT, X-ray, ultrasound and other types of imaging studies. 
      
Hinkle completed training as a musculoskeletal radiologist and is experienced in arthrography (diagnostic testing which examines the inside of a joint) and peripheral joint therapeutic injections. She comes to OU Physicians from Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y., where she was section chief of Musculoskeletal Imaging. 
      
Hinkle completed a musculoskeletal imaging fellowship and diagnostic radiology residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed an internship and earned her medical degree with special distinction from the OU Oklahoma College of Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in biology from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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Board-Certified Pathologist Joins OU PhysiciansBoard-Certified Pathologist John H. Eichhorn, M.D., has established his practice with OU Physicians. 
      
Eichhorn is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology as well as cytopathology (the branch of pathology that studies and diagnoses diseases on the cellular level).
      
He completed clinical and research fellowships in surgical pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology from Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, where for the next two decades he was employed as a full-time pathologist and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He also completed anatomic and clinical pathology residencies, serving as chief resident of anatomic pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (formerly Rutgers Medical School), Piscataway, New Jersey.            
      
Eichhorn is a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, American Society of Cytopathologists, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, International Society of Gynecological Pathologists and College of American Pathologists.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1786Wed, 07 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Leading Biomedical Ethics Prize Presented To Weill Cornell Medical College's Joseph FinsA noted scholar and author in the field of medical and palliative care ethics has been selected to receive the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics, administered by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. This year's recipient is Joseph J. Fins, M.D., M.A.C.P., chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.
The $10,000 prize, awarded every two years, was established to honor Oklahoma City community leader Patricia Price Browne by selecting an individual who "demonstrates the highest standards in the medical or professional ethics fields."
 
"The College of Medicine is proud to continue the legacy of Patricia Price Browne by awarding this prize to such a distinguished and accomplished individual as Dr. Joseph Fins," said M. Dewayne Andrews, senior vice president and provost for the OU Health Sciences Center and executive dean of the OU College of Medicine.
At Weill Cornell Medical College, Fins also serves as the E. William Davis Jr., M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and is a professor of medicine, of medicine in psychiatry and of healthcare policy and research. 
Additionally, he is an attending physician and director of medical ethics at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he is the founding chair of the hospital's ethics committee. Fins also serves on the adjunct faculty of The Rockefeller University, where he is a senior attending physician at The Rockefeller University Hospital and co-directs the Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury at Weill Cornell and Rockefeller University.
Fins' current scholarly interests include ethical and policy issues in brain injury and disorders of consciousness; palliative care; research ethics in neurology and psychiatry; medical education; and methods of ethics case consultation.
A prolific author, his book credits including A Palliative Ethic of Care: Clinical Wisdom at Life's End (2006); a forthcoming book, titled Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics and the Struggle for Consciousness, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. He is a co-author of the landmark 2007 Nature paper describing the first use of deep-brain stimulation in the minimally conscious state.
Fins is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, he was elected an Academico de Honor of the National Royal Academy of Medicine in Spain, one of only 18 so honored worldwide. Other awards and honors he has received include a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, a Soros Open Society Institute Project on Death in America Faculty Scholars Award and a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Visiting Fellowship. He has received additional grant support from the Dana, Buster and Katz foundations, among others.
Fins was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and he currently serves on the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law by gubernatorial appointment. He also serves on the New York State Palliative Care and Education Council by appointment of the health commissioner. 
Fins earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the College of Letters at Wesleyan University and his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed his internal medicine residency and general internal medicine fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Active in numerous professional and honorary medical, bioethics and societies, Fins is immediate past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, former chair of the Hastings Center Fellows Council and now a member of the center's Board of Trustees. A trustee emeritus of Wesleyan University, he has been honored with its Distinguished Alumnus Award. 
Fins is a master of the American College of Physician and served as a governor of the college, which honored him with its Laureate Award. A fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and was appointed to Germany's Council of the Europaische Akademie, he also is an elected member of the American Clinical and Climatological Association and Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society.
Fins will receive the Browne Prize on May 13, 2015, during a visit to the OU Health Sciences Center campus. While at OU, he will be a guest lecturer for Pediatric Grand Rounds at Children's Hospital.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1784Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Neonatologist Joins OU Children's PhysiciansNeonatologist Marjorie M. Makoni, M.D., has established her practice with OU Children's Physicians. Neonatologists are physicians who specialize in the care of newborns. Along with other neonatologists at OU Children's Physicians, she offers comprehensive care for Oklahoma's premature and ill or injured full-term infants. 
      
Makoni has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She is board certified in pediatrics and completed a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the OU College of Medicine. She completed a residency at the University of Toledo, Ohio, and earned her medical degree at St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies.
      
Makoni is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1783Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician Joins PracticeCourtney R. Shockley, M.D., a pediatric emergency medicine physician, has established her practice with OU Children's Physicians. She sees patients at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. 
      
Shockley completed her pediatric residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where she also earned her medical degree. 
      
Shockley is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association Section on International Child Health.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1782Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Pay to Play – A New Approach in Diabetes PreventionIt's not unusual to pay a teenager in your neighborhood to mow your yard, but would you ever consider paying one to go to the gym?  That's exactly what researchers at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center are doing, but for reasons you might not expect.

The research, funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, focuses on how to motivate young people to make lifestyle changes that can help them avoid health problems, including overweight, obesity and diabetes.

It's called the MOVE study, a research project that, as the name suggests, aims to motivate teens to get moving more.

"We've developed new protocols for treating diabetes in children, but nothing in terms of teaching those at risk to avoid the disease," said Kenneth Copeland, M.D., co-principal investigator of the study. Copeland holds the Paul and Ann Milburn Chair in Pediatric Diabetes at the OU College of Medicine and director of pediatric programs at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center.

"Studies have demonstrated that incentive programs help adults meet their goals in weight loss or smoking cessation programs, but no one has ever considered whether financial incentives can improve health outcomes in younger populations," said Kevin Short, Ph.D., co-principal investigator and associate professor in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology at the OU College of Medicine.

It is now estimated that one in three children born today will develop diabetes during his or her lifetime. The rising prevalence of diabetes and obesity in younger populations has been especially alarming and has researchers and health care providers evaluating new strategies for preventing children from developing diabetes in the first place.  

The MOVE study will evaluate how effective financial incentives are in motivating young people to exercise regularly.

Copeland and Short have collaborated with the Choctaw Nation, developing initial sites for the program in Hugo and Talihina.

The year-long study enrolls participants in three sessions, each 16 weeks long.  In the first session, participants are rewarded for the number of visits made to a designated workout facility.  In the second session, study enrollees are rewarded for the amount of time they spend in a predetermined heart rate range.  The final session randomly rewards participants of the study.

"Many of these kids don't understand that exercise is the best approach for diabetes prevention and that physical activity is important for overall health," said Short.  "Using money as an immediate incentive helps us demonstrate to the kids that consistently and routinely exercising makes you feel better and improves a lot more than your waist size."

MOVE isn't just about the money, however.  The research program is designed to encourage positive clinical outcomes by improving physical fitness, lowering blood pressure and helping teenagers learn habits that lead to good health. 

"We hope this research will help us develop prevention programs that effectively address how to increase the physical activity levels of all youth as well as model incentive programs for future use in the Choctaw Nation and elsewhere," said Short. 

The MOVE study is part of a larger NIH-funded diabetes prevention research effort led by Neil Henderson, Ph.D., director of the American Indian Diabetes Prevention Center at the OU College of Public Health.  
 

Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is an OU Medicine Center of Excellence leading the way to prevent, treat, and ultimately find a cure for diabetes.
Research reported in this news release was supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P20MD000528. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1780Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Anesthesiologist Joins OU PhysiciansTanmay Shah, M.D., a board-certified anesthesiologist, has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor of anesthesiology for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Anesthesiologists specialize in the use of drugs and other means to avert or reduce pain in patients, especially during surgery. 
      
Shah completed an anesthesiology residency at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, N.J., after completing a fellowship in obstetric anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh, Penn. He completed a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Women's & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, N.Y. He earned his medical degree in India.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1779Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Adolescent Medicine Provider Joins PracticeKelly Curran, M.D., has established her medical practice with OU Children's Physicians and will see patients in the adolescent medicine clinic. Adolescent medicine physicians provide comprehensive general health care to teenagers, including routine wellness checks, sports physicals and immunizations.
      
Curran has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She is board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics and board eligible in adolescent medicine. 
      
Curran completed an adolescent medicine fellowship at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where she also completed an internal medicine/pediatrics residency. She earned her medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill.
      
Curran is a member of the Society of Adolescent Medicine and Health.
      
OU Children's Physicians Adolescent Medicine providers see patients at 1200 Children's Ave., in Oklahoma City. For appointments, call (405) 271-6208.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1778Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Radiologist Joins OU Physicians Joseph Lambert, II, M.D., a board-certified radiologist, has established his medical practice at OU Physicians. Radiologists specialize in administering, supervising and interpreting MRI, CT, X-ray, ultrasound and other types of imaging studies. 
      
Lambert completed a musculoskeletal imaging fellowship at Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C. He completed a diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and an emergency medicine residency at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, N.C. He completed  medical school at Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va.          
      
Lambert is a member of Radiologic Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society and the American College of Radiology.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1777Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Quality in Focus: Improved Health Care Impacts Health Equity Improving overall quality of care for hospitalized patients produces a welcome by-product --improvements in the equity of care for racial and ethnic minorities.

That's the conclusion of a new report by researchers, including Dale Bratzler, D.O., M.P.H., professor and associate dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health. The study appears in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

"Certain racial and ethnic minorities historically have not received the same quality of care as Caucasian patients," said Bratzler. "Our research shows that improving health care overall closed the gap."

The findings are based upon a survey of over 12 million patients at about 4,000 American hospitals in the United States.  It began almost a decade ago when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began an ambitious public reporting initiative. 
 
"Beginning about 2005, all hospitals in the country essentially had to start reporting quality of care metrics for heart attack, pneumonia and heart failure," Bratzler said. "Then in 2012, Medicare payments to hospitals became contingent upon how well those hospitals implemented federal metrics for quality of care. As a result, overall quality of care at hospitals in the U.S. was found to have significantly improved."
 
Yet, did the gap in care for minorities remain? That is the question Bratzler and fellow researchers tackled in their work.
 
"We wanted to see if improved overall quality of care on these common conditions – heart attack, pneumonia, or heart failure – would decrease racial disparities as well as to determine whether disparities in care were improved not just within hospitals but also between hospitals."
At the start of the survey in 2005, researchers found nine measures for which minority patients (three for black and six for Hispanic patients) received substantially lower quality of care than white patients. Six years later, these racial and ethnic gaps in quality of care for all of these measures had narrowed.
 
In some cases the disparities narrowed significantly. In others, they were entirely eliminated as overall quality of care improved for white, black and Hispanic patients," Bratzler said.
 
In addition, the study found the disparities not only declined for white and minority patients treated in the same hospital, they also declined in hospitals that serve larger proportions of minority patients.   
 
"The study shows that quality improvement interventions are relatively blind to color or ethnicity. That’s likely because efforts to improve quality of care often attempt to make care more consistent and less variable and may thereby also reduce inappropriate variations based on race or ethnicity," Bratzler said.

Researchers said the study supports ongoing tracking of quality of care for minority and non-minority patients in an effort to continue to detect whether quality improvement efforts further enhance equity of care. 
 
The study was funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The research team included members from the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, OU Health Sciences Center, Brown University, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Providence VA Medical Center and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1773Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Orthopedic Surgeon Joins OU Physicians Rishi Thakral, M.D., a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 
      
Thakral specializes in limb salvage and reconstruction, total joint replacement (hip and knee), revision total joint surgery, hip preservation surgery, lower extremity deformity correction and lengthening.
      
Thakral completed fellowships in adult reconstructive surgery at the University of Chicago and then at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He also completed a fellowship in limb reconstruction and lengthening at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, Md. Thakral completed orthopedics and surgery residencies in Ireland. 
      
He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and AOTrauma, an international community of trauma and orthopedic surgeons and others dedicated to improving patient care and outcomes in the field of musculoskeletal trauma.
      
Thakral sees patients at the OU Physicians building, 825 N.E 10th Street, Oklahoma City. For an appointment with an OU Physicians orthopedic hand surgeon, call (405) 271-2663.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1772Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Poundwise Holiday Potluck and Parties Guide'Tis the season … the season for parties.  With invitations to office parties, neighborhood parties, church parties and more from now right through New Year's Eve, how do you participate without packing on the pounds? Health experts say it just takes a little planning.
 
With so many holiday parties, buffets and potlucks, and so many delicious options readily available, it's easy to overindulge. Health experts say that's where a little pre-party planning can help.
 
A great trick is to make sure you don't show up hungry, said Molly Fernando, Psy.D., with Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. If you arrive famished, you will be more likely to overindulge. So she suggests eating a healthy snack before you go. 
 
When you arrive, evaluate your options before you start filling your plate.
 
"Just walk around the buffet table. See what choices you have. Then when you actually get in line to get your food, you already know what you are going to choose. So that can be a very easy trick," Fernando said.
 
Here are a few other pound-wise holiday potluck and party tips from the health experts at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center:
 
•         Choose a smaller plate. This allows you to load up with smaller portions of your favorite foods and still have a full plate.
•         Eat slowly and savor the food while enjoying the company of friends and family.
•         Don't stand next to the food. Distance is your friend when it comes to buffets.
•         If you are thinking about going back for seconds, wait 10 minutes. It takes a while for your brain to register that you are full. So if you wait before going back for more, you may realize that you are already full.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1770Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
OU Nurses Sweep ONA Awards 2014Faculty at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Nursing won all four individual awards presented by the Oklahoma Nurses Association at its annual conference. As the leading professional organization for nurses in the state, the Oklahoma Nurses Association recognizes and advocates for excellence in the nursing profession. The faculty were recognized for achievements in research, excellence in nursing, impact on public policy and a career of exemplary achievement.  

Lazelle Benefield, dean of the College of Nursing, was honored with the Nursing Research Award for producing excellent research in geriatric nursing, focusing on aging in place and the ways that nurses and caretakers, especially those looking after a family member with dementia, could use technology to assist in their caregiving. The award recognized that not only was the research itself innovative, but it created clear ways for nurses to implement the findings and improve outcomes for patients and caregivers. The models Benefield created can be used to fill in gaps in care and provide guidelines for nurses and family caregivers, who provide more than half of the care for people with dementia. It also demonstrated how nurses at a distance can stay in touch with caregivers and patients to ensure that needs are met.  

Gary Loving, the college's associate dean for Academic Programs, received the Excellence in Nursing Award recognized his pioneering use of technology and distance education, representing a unique and creative approach that uses nursing theory in a practice setting. Loving began using technology to connect classrooms across the state as early as 1992—far before the current wave of online and synchronous courses. The next 25 years have seen further adoption of technology-mediated instruction put in place at the College under his direction. At present, the College of Nursing is a leader in both exceptional instruction and innovative ways to deliver it. He has provided leadership in teaching informatics, innovative online instruction and in the use of clinical simulations, including inter-professional simulation lab opportunities that allow student nurses to work alongside other healthcare students to gain experience as close to the real-world as possible.
 
Janet Sullivan Wilson received the award for Nursing Impact on Public Policy following the signing of State House Bill 2526 into law in May 2014 by Governor Fallin. Dr. Wilson's research in the late 1990s recognized intimate partner violence as both a public health and criminal problem that caused preventable injuries and deaths in Oklahoma. This work resulted in the formation of a statewide fatality review board that today reviews all intimate partner fatalities, collects and analyzes data, and recommends best practices for a wide variety of professionals in health care, law enforcement, and social services to better identify and intervene in domestic violence. Case analyses from this fatality review board discovered that professionals responding to intimate partner violence needed evidence-based tools to be effective. 

Wilson's most recent research, funded by the National Institute of Justice, evaluated police use of a lethality screen and safety protocol when called to homes for intimate partner violence, thus shifting the emphasis to violence prevention. Because of this study's findings and her collaboration with Oklahoma's violence prevention agencies, HB 2526 includes the intervention evaluated in her research. Oklahoma is the first state in the country to legislate police use of the lethality assessment protocol intervention, specifying that victims have the right to know the signs of lethality and be given state resources to keep them safe. Wilson is on the Oklahoma Attorney General's newly formed Lethality Assessment Council to help with the coordination and implementation of this law. 

Professor Emma Kientz, coordinator for the College of Nursing at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center, was honored with the Nightingale Award of Excellence, recognizing a career of exceptional achievements in nursing. Kientz is noted for serving as a role model of consistent excellence and a leader in her field. In addition to teaching students in the classroom for the past 12 years in online and clinical areas, she is responsible for managing the college's daily operations in Tulsa. Her impact reaches into the community, where she serves on the executive management team of the Tulsa Healthy Start Initiative and as a member of the Tulsa Family Health Coalition. In the areas of preventative health care, she serves as a program reviewer for the Association of Prevention Teaching and Research and is an active member of the Oklahoma Health Aging Initiative Northeast Region. In addition, she is pursuing a Doctorate in Nurse Practice.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1771Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Orthopedic Surgeon Joins OU Children's PhysiciansDavid Y. Chong, M.D., a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, has established his medical practice with OU Children's Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor of pediatric orthopedic surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
      
Chong has a specific interest in diagnosing and treating children with congenital deficiencies, often performing limb reconstruction, hip preservation and spine surgery. 
      
Chong completed a fellowship in limb deformity and reconstruction surgery at the Paley Advanced Limb Lengthening Institute, West Palm Beach, Fla. He completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at the University of Utah/Shriner's Hospital for Children, Salt Lake City. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center and earned his medical degree with honors in orthopedic surgery and primary care at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville.
      
Chong sees patients in the OU Children's Physicians building, 1200 Children's Avenue, Oklahoma City. For appointments with OU Children's Physicians orthopedic surgeons, call (405) 271-2669.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1769Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
OU Research Earns Cover of Prestigious Cancer PublicationUniversity of Oklahoma research pointing to a possible and promising new treatment for one of the deadliest cancers is prominently showcased in the newest edition of a top cancer research publication.  

The research by Altaf Mohammed, Ph.D., and C.V. Rao, Ph.D., of the Stephenson Cancer Center is featured on the cover of the December issue of Cancer Prevention Research--the flagship journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

"It is really a great honor for me to have our work featured on the cover of this prestigious publication," said Mohammed, who also is a faculty member of the OU College of Medicine's Department of Internal Medicine.

Rates of pancreatic cancer have increased slightly over the past decade. According to the American Cancer Society, about 46,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year and more than 39,000 die. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths among American men and women. OU researchers say finding an effective treatment and ultimately a cure is critical.

"Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal cancers," Rao said. "It is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among American men and women; and according to one estimate, it could become the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths by the year 2020."

Rao, Mohammed and their research team at the Stephenson Cancer Center are focused on the impact of a specific drug on pancreatic cancer. The drug already is FDA-approved as a topical treatment for excessive facial hair growth in women and as an injectable treatment for sleeping sickness. However, it has also shown promise in about 20 clinical trials (ongoing/completed) in treating several cancers, including skin and colon cancer. 

The OU team is evaluating the drug's effectiveness against pancreatic cancer in laboratory studies. Their work shows the drug effectively inhibits the growth of pancreatic carcinoma. While more study is needed, the researchers say the laboratory research may point the way toward clinical trials of the drug in patients with pancreatic cancer soon. 

"We believe our work may help move such clinical trials onto the fast track  ̶  perhaps as early as next year, " Rao said. 

Increasing the chance for rapidly moving forward with clinical trials is the fact that the drug has shown no toxicological or human safety concerns in previous clinical trials for other cancers. 

"I am thrilled that other cancer researchers will read of our work," Mohammed said of the publication about their work in Cancer Prevention Research. "This is an important drug, which has been studied for a long time in other cancers, but not for the pancreatic cancer."

The research is supported by funding from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NCI grant N01-CN-53300).

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About the Stephenson Cancer Center 
Oklahoma's only comprehensive academic cancer center, the Stephenson Cancer Center is a nationally recognized leader in research and patient care. The Stephenson Cancer Center annually ranks among the top five cancer centers in the nation for patients participating in National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials, and it is one of 30 designated lead centers nationally in the NCI's National Clinical Trials Network. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the Stephenson Cancer Center is decreasing the burden of cancer in Oklahoma by supporting innovative laboratory, clinical and populations-based research. The Stephenson Cancer Center has 180 research members who are conducting over 100 cancer research projects at institutions across Oklahoma. This research is supported by $28.7 million in annual funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and other sponsors.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1768Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The Holidays: Your "No Diet" ZoneThe holiday season is no time for dieting. That's the word from experts at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma, but that doesn't mean you can't still focus on your health.

"This is the holiday season, you don't want to put yourself on a strict diet or any diet for that matter," said Molly Fernando, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist with the Diabetes Center. 

The fact is "diet" is a four-letter word as far as most health and nutrition experts are concerned. That's because most people associate the word with restrictive eating plans that may even focus on fads that are not healthy and often not designed to produce long-term positive results for your health. 

Yes, the holiday season can be filled with delicious and tempting foods, but Fernando said the key to managing your waistline and your health, even if you are living with diabetes, is to shift your thinking.

"You can make the healthy choices; but you can also indulge a little and have a piece of that holiday cake that you enjoy. You just have to be mindful of what you are putting into your body and remember everything in moderation," she said.

Fernando knows that small changes in the way we think can have a big impact on what we choose to eat or drink and in our activity levels too. They have seen the strategy work for the many Oklahomans who have taken advantage of the Diabetes Center's Small Steps, Big Changes program. It's a program that empowers participants to live healthier through small, easy-to-make changes in both diet and exercise. It helps participants learn how to live fully while making better choices for their health, even during the holidays.

"During the holidays, we may feel like we are inevitably going to overspend, overeat and overtire ourselves, but we don't necessarily have to," Fernando said. "Just remember that you can control what goes into your body, the decisions that you make and the responsibilities that you take on. All it takes is a little planning ahead to maintain your health and still enjoy the holiday season."

Health experts at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center recommend the following 10 tips to focus on improved health this holiday season:
 
1.            Keep Your Doctor's Appointments
The holiday season can be extremely busy with things to do, meals to prepare, shopping and more. Sometimes, regular doctor's visits take a back seat to other things. In order to maintain your health, especially if you are living with a chronic disease like diabetes, it is vital to make keeping those doctor's appointments a priority.
2.            Don't Forget Your Medications
When you get busy, it's easy to get off schedule when it comes to medications, but that can put your health at risk. So remember to take all medications as instructed. If you have diabetes, be sure to test your blood sugar regularly and to adjust your medications accordingly.
3.            Snacking Helps
Eat a healthy snack before attending a holiday function. This can curb your appetite and help you make healthier choices and to avoid overindulging. 
4.            Potluck Those Parties
Oftentimes, everyone brings something to holiday parties and gatherings. So bring something you like, but that is also lower in sugar, calories and fat. This ensures that you will have at least one healthy choice.
5.            Super Small-Size the Plate
Choosing a smaller plate helps trick your mind. That way you fill your plate full with smaller portions of your favorite foods. 
6.            Watch What You Drink 
Many holiday drinks pack a hefty helping of sugar and calories. So choose water or other low and calorie-free beverages like club soda, diet beverages or tea. Alcoholic beverages should be kept to a minimum as they can sabotage both glucose control and healthy decisions.   
7.            Make Physical Activity Fun
Even shopping can help you get up and get moving. Park farther out and take a few extra laps around the mall to "window shop." When families gather, take a walk with a favorite relative to talk and catch up or gather the entire family for a game of football or soccer after the meal. 
8.            Get Your ZZZs
When you are tried, you may be tempted to grab for food to help bolster your energy. Adequate sleep also helps reduce stress.
9.            Just Say NO!
Plan ahead for what you can and can't do during the holidays. We can't do it all. So learn to set boundaries and to politely say "no" when a request exceeds them. 
10.        Manage your stress!
See tips 7, 8 and 9. Regular physical activity, adequate sleep and setting appropriate boundaries will help you reduce your stress and enjoy the holidays more!        
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1764Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Helping Those with Alzheimer's Remain Independent LongerA new grant will help advance research at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center aimed at helping individuals with Alzheimer's retain their independence longer.
 
Alzheimer's affects 60,000 Oklahomans, a number that is projected to grow by more than 25 percent in the next decade. 
 
Now, the Alzheimer's Association has awarded almost $100,000 to the OU College of Allied Health. The grant funds a new phase of research into a method known as Skill-building through Task-Oriented Motor Practice or STOMP, a non-drug therapy that showed promise in earlier research in preserving cognitive function in people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. It is one of only three non-medication studies awarded grants by the Alzheimer's Association this year. 
 
"Based on our previous STOMP clinical and at-home studies, we know that this method of therapy helps patients with dementia or Alzheimer's retain their ability to perform daily life skills," said Carrie Ciro, Ph.D., principal investigator and assistant professor of occupational therapy at the OU College of Allied Health.
 
Developed by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, STOMP utilizes repetitive therapy in an effort to strengthen and preserve procedural memory, the memory that allows individuals to accomplish tasks of daily living.  
 
"Our brain is hard-wired to improve in activities that we practice. While conscious memory for facts and personal information is impaired in dementia, procedural memory -- unconscious memory for activity performance -- is retained later in the disease," Ciro said.
 
The STOMP method allows researchers to identify tasks most important to each individual with Alzheimer's and then practice those tasks on a regular basis. Such activities might include bill paying, operating the microwave, taking medications properly or operating a computer to access Email.
 
In previous studies, Ciro said participants practiced such activities for three hours every day, five days a week for two weeks both in a clinical laboratory, designed to be similar to the home environment, and also in their own homes. 
 
"Now, we want to determine the minimum amount of therapy needed to help these patients sustain those skills and lower their risk of institutionalization," she said.
 
In the newest study, all sessions will be in the participants' homes. Half will participate in the skill-building activities three hours a day, five days a week for two weeks as in the original studies. The other half will do skill-building activities one hour two days a week for two weeks.   
 
"The goal is to determine whether the amount of therapy makes a difference in the retention of procedural memory," Ciro said.  
 
"For Oklahomans with Alzheimer's and their more than 200,000 caregivers, I believe this research at OU will drastically help in their daily lives," said Nellie Windsor, communications director, Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. 
 
Recruitment for the newest STOMP clinical trial is already underway. To qualify for the study, individuals must:
-          Be between the ages of 55 and 80
-          Have mild to moderate dementia
-          And live at home with a spouse or caregiver
 
Participation in the study is limited. To learn more about the study, call (405) 271-2131.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1760Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Student UCARD | Win Prizes! | Various Campus Events

The Student UCARDS are a fun and interactive way for students to experience all that this campus has to offer along with gaining chances to win FREE STUFF! Come to events sponsored by HSC Student Affairs, Suite 300, to receive your card or punches on your card. 5 punches=FREE T-Shirt, 10 punches=Entered to win an IPad Mini. Come and enjoy your time here at HSC!!!

Student UCARD Eligible Events:

·         #HSCWOW

·         Sweets in the Suite

·         Leadership Lunches

·         Social Hours

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Pathologist Joins OU Physicians
Pathologist Rachel Conrad, M.D., has established her practice with OU Physicians. She is also a assistant professor of pathology with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 
      
Conrad is board certified in pathology and cytopathology (the branch of pathology that studies and diagnoses diseases on the cellular level). She completed a cytopathology fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her residency in anatomic/clinical pathology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California, where she also earned her medical degree. 
      
Conrad is a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology, the College of American Pathologists, U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology and the American Society of Cytopathology.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1747Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Keep HSC GreenHelp the Health Sciences Center live Green!

 
Members of the campus community are encouraged to recycle the below items at the David L. Boren Student Union:
  • Plastic
  • Newspaper
  • White paper
  • Aluminum

Please be mindful of the helpful hints from the HSC Green Team.
 
Computers
 
  • Screen savers DO NOT save energy. Instead put your computer into “sleep mode” by enabling power saving features. When not actively in use, your monitor and hard drive will go into a low power mode.
  • Turn OFF your monitor when going to lunch, taking a study break or attending a meeting.
  • If your computer must be left on, turn off the monitor.
  • Use the “print preview” option to find potential errors before printing, because saving paper saves energy.

General Office Equipment
 
  • Enable power-saving features on all equipment.
  • Use power strips, but turn equipment on and off individually.
  • Buy office equipment with the “Energy Star” label. Energy Star products meet or exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s energy efficiency criteria.
  • Schedule energy-intensive activities in the morning hours to avoid peak electrical rates, such as running large numbers of copies or prints, experiments, etc.

Your Environment
 
  • Keep window shades and blinds closed when the sun is directly on the windows.
  • Limit the use electric space or radiant heaters; they are a fire hazard and consume enormous amounts of energy.
  • When gone for extended periods of time, unplug personal refrigerators and/or microwaves.
  • There are certain electronic devices that continue to use power even though they are not turned on, lovingly called "Phantoms". To help save electricity in your home or office remember to unplug your phone, laptop, camera, iPod, and/or power tool charger.
 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=534Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Nephrologist Joins OU PhysiciansUsman Z. Bhutta, M.D., has established his practice at OU Physicians. Nephrologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the kidneys. 
      
Bhutta is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in nephrology. He completed a nephrology fellowship at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where he also completed an internal medicine residency. He earned his medical degree in Pakistan.
      
Bhutta is a member of the American Society of Nephrology.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1741Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Hand Surgeon Joins OU Physicians Yuri Lansinger, M.D., a fellowship-trained hand surgeon, has established her medical practice with OU Physicians.
      
Lansinger sees adult and pediatric patients with hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions. She also sees patients with general orthopedic conditions. 
      
She completed a hand surgery fellowship through the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., where she also earned a master's degree in physiology. She earned an additional master's degree in Biblical studies from Westminster Seminary California, Escondido.
      
Lansinger is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, International Congress for Joint Reconstruction and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.     
      
Lansinger sees patients at the OU Physicians building, 825 N.E 10th Street, Oklahoma City. For an appointment with an OU Physicians orthopedic hand surgeon, call (405) 271-2663.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1740Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Setting Errant Heart Rhythms RightResearchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center are exploring the effectiveness of a new high-tech treatment for atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder.

Atrial fibrillation affects more than 2.5 million Americans. With atrial fibrillation, rapid, disorganized electrical signals cause the heart’s two upper chambers to beat very fast and irregularly.  Atrial fibrillation can cause strokes and death.

Current treatments involve drugs or surgery, but a new approach is being investigated that focuses on stimulating the vagus nerve, a nerve that exists on both sides of the body and plays an important role in helping the heart beat within a safe range.
  
"It's been shown that people who have a greater vagal tone are less likely to suffer a heart attack, are less likely to have sudden cardiac death or an adverse outcome following a heart attack,” said Stavros Stavrakis, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of Cardiology at the OU College of Medicine and member of the OU Heart Rhythm Institute.

Stavrakis and his team are evaluating the therapeutic potential of low-level vagus nerve stimulation in the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

The approach utilizes a stimulator surgically implanted around the vagus nerve.
   
"So you just do a small incision in the neck; put that in; and then the stimulator communicates wirelessly with an external generator,” Stavrakis said.

The hope is that by stimulating the vagus nerve at a level that is not slowing the heart rate and is not noticeable by the patient, the device will be able to prevent episodes of atrial fibrillation, thereby regulating and restoring a more normal heart rhythm.

If successful in the laboratory, the developers of the device believe clinical trials could begin in the United States as early as next year. The company already is in the process of testing a prototype in patients in Europe.

While commercial availability of the device in this country is still probably five to ten years away, Stavrakis said it is promising technology and may provide a way to offer a minimally invasive treatment for atrial fibrillation. However, he emphasizedthe technology would likely be used to complement, rather than replace, current atrial fibrillation treatments.

The research is being conducted in conjunction with Rosellini Scientific with funding from a $75,000 NIH Small Business Innovation Research grant.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1738Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Accidental Injury Can be the Real Scare on HalloweenHalloween brings costumes, gatherings and trick-or-treating, but it can also pose hidden dangers for children.

"Every year about 42 million get involved with trick or treating for Halloween and they go to about 110 billion houses across the United States," said Kirk Verbrugghe, an emergency room physician at Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. "In all of the excitement, accidents sometimes happen. That's why it's important to take steps ahead of time to help protect your children from accidental injury."

Verbrugghe and fellow E-R physicians at Children's say pedestrian versus vehicle accidents result in some of the most serious injuries they see. 

"Everyone just needs to slow down and pay extra attention on Halloween night," Verbrugghe said. "You've had a long day at work and you are coming home. It's right around the time that all the little ones are going to be trick or treating. So you just really, really need to slow down throughout your neighborhood. Make sure there are no distractions.  Turn your radio off. Turn your cell phone off. Don't text and just keep a close eye out for the kids."

Here are other tips to help keep your Halloween festivities safe: 

Make sure costumes are not too long and are made of flame-resistant materials
Face paint or makeup is preferable to masks, but if wearing a mask enlarge the eye holes to allow full vision.
Make sure costumes are not too long, which can cause trips and falls
Make sure your child carries a flashlight and consider adding reflective tape to costumes for better visibility. 
Don't wear costume contact lenses as they can cause injury or infection to your eyes.
Don't allow children under the age of 12 trick-or-treat without adult supervision.
If children over 12 are going out alone, make sure you know where they are going, what route they will take and have them check in regularly.
Instruct your children to only visit houses that are well lit and to NEVER enter a house.
Stay on the sidewalk and don't cut across lawns, which may have hidden tripping dangers.
Remind your children not to eat their treats until you have had a chance to check them over at home.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1735Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Radiologist Joins OU Physicians Divya Gunda, M.D., a neuroradiologist, has established her medical practice at OU Physicians. Neuroradiology is a subspecialty of radiology focusing on the diagnosis and characterization of abnormalities of the central and peripheral nervous system.
      
Gunda is board certified in radiology. She provides neuroradiology services for both adult and pediatric patients. She completed a neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and completed her diagnostic radiology residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadephia. She earned her medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
      
Gunda is a member of the American Society of Neuroradiology, American College of Radiology and Radiological Society of North America.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1734Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
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