Put your facial hair to good use
How would you look with a handlebar mustache? What about a Fu Manchu? Join members of the Oklahoma City Barons hockey team and Integris Men's Health University to celebrate a new look for the month of November.
Movember, a contraction of Move and November, is a monthlong effort to promote awareness of men's health issues. The initiative began in Australia in 2003 but soon spread across the globe. Since 2009, more than $45 million has been raised worldwide.
For the third straight season, the Barons team and coaching staff will grow mustaches to support men's cancer awareness. It's a silly way to achieve a serious goal: prompting private and public conversation about health issues men may not otherwise discuss.
Adult fans with real or fake mustaches will get $4 off their Barons ticket to any game in November. Games will be played on Friday; Saturday; Nov. 13; Nov. 16 and Nov. 17.
The offer is available at the box office on game day.
The Barons will accept donations for the awareness campaign through the Movember website: http://us.movember.com/mospace/1477770.
A “Best Mustache” contest for the public will be held during the Nov. 17 game. Details are not yet available. Check the Barons' Movember page for updates.
Integris Health will offer free men's health information during November Barons games and will hold free men's health lectures during the month. For more information, visit www.integrismenshealth.com.
Voting date extended
Last week in this space, The Oklahoman told you that Integris Health had submitted a video to the National Pink Glove Dance Competition.
The contest, sponsored by a leading manufacturer of medical equipment, aims to spread the word about breast cancer and early detection of the disease. Hospitals, civic groups and individuals were invited to submit dance videos.
The local video was inspired by Monica Rostykus, an Integris employee with breast cancer who impressed those who knew her with her courage and optimism. Rostykus died a short time after participating in the video.
Winners will have donations made to the breast cancer charity of their choice. The winners will be determined partly by online voting.
The deadline to vote has been extended until Friday.
View all the videos and vote for your favorite at www.integris.com/pinkglove.
Test can predict diabetes risk
Knowledge is power, and learning more about your health risk factors can help you take steps to address them before it's too late.
A new screening available from Draelos Metabolic Center in Edmond can give you some idea now of how likely you are to develop Type 2 diabetes within five years.
The new screening, called PreDX, combines seven laboratory tests into one.
“PreDX uses a simple blood test to measure a range of different biomarkers in your body that are linked to the development of Type 2 diabetes,” Dr. Matthew T. Draelos said in a news release. “Combined, these measurements provide you a personalized score of 1 to 10 that reflects your risk.”
A high score signifies increased risk of diabetes. It does not mean you will develop the disease.
Draelos is offering PreDX screenings to the public from 8 to 10 a.m. on three upcoming Fridays: Nov. 2, 9 and 16.
Do not eat or drink anything but water for 10 hours before the screening.
Appointments are not required, but the test is not free. Insurance will be billed. Medicare and most private insurers cover the cost, the release notes, but Medicaid does not.
For more information about the test and potential costs, call the center at 330-2362 or go online to www.draelosmetabolic.com.
Software system streamlines health care decisions
The Oklahoma Heart Hospital is adding state of the art software to help doctors make quick but accurate decisions.
Emerge Clinical Decisions' software will be installed at the Heart Hospital's north and south campus facilities, as well as to its 60 health clinics. The hospital remains on the cutting edge; it was the first all-digital hospital in the U.S. and has fully integrated medical records, according to a news release.
The new software uses a patented algorithm to analyze “complete patient data, history and symptoms to suggest a more refined diagnosis, testing and care paths in seconds,” another release states. “Results merge seamlessly with any electronic system to streamline records administration.
“The software saves patients and doctors time, stress and resources even while it improves health care as a whole. It is so accurate it increases identification of cardiac diseases by as much as 300 percent.”
COMPILED BY KEN RAYMOND, STAFF WRITER