• Enjoy Coca-Cola: This is what happens to you one hour after drinking Coke

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    No one is under the impression Coca-Cola (or any soda for that matter) is good for us. But we're creatures that, for the most part, value taste before nutrition, and that's why Coke is one of the most popular soft drinks in the world. The Renegade Pharmacist, Niraj Naik, has put together an infographic detailing what happens to our bodies one hour after drinking this delicious beverage: Yeahhh... It doesn't do a body good. At all.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 2 in U.S. for heart disease deaths

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Oklahoma has the second highest rate in the nation of residents dying from heart disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.  The state saw 228 deaths per 100,000 people. Only Mississippi had a higher rate, with 240 heart disease deaths per 100,000 people.  In 2013, a total of 9,721 Oklahoma residents died because of heart disease.  In January, Gov. Mary Fallin highlighted in her inaugural address how serious this issue is in Oklahoma: One of the big indicators of overall health - because it is so closely linked to smoking, obesity, and nutrition - is prevalence of heart disease. Let's set an aggressive goal: to reduce heart disease deaths in Oklahoma by 25

  • Mind Your Own Business: Here's to Martha, her mojitos and words to live by

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Happy Birthday to Martha Collar, my late BFF who would've turned 57 today, if acute leukemia hadn't cut her life short seven and a half years ago. I think of Martha, nearly every day and especially when sipping a mojito, one of her favorite cocktails, making one of her scrumptious dishes, like her Chicken Enchilada Pie (see recipe below), or when I'm remembering Eddie, her husky mix who lived with my daughter and me  until last summer when we had to say good-bye. But I undoubtedly think of Martha, her work ethic, laughter and wisdom on her June 30 birthday.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 17 in births to unmarried mothers

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Oklahoma saw the 17th highest percentage in the U.S. in 2014 of births to unmarried mothers, according to recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  About 42 percent of births in Oklahoma in 2014 — 22,511 births — were to unmarried mothers.  Meanwhile, the nationwide share of births to unmarried mothers decreased in 2014, marking the first decrease in almost 20 years, the Pew Research Center reports. Oklahoma also has one of the lowest rates of children who live with both of their married, biological parents. You can read the full report on births to unmarried mothers here.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin: Obamacare SCOTUS ruling leaves taxpayers with 'deeply flawed' law

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, Gov. Mary Fallin released the following statement: "The Supreme Court’s decision today in King v. Burwell means that taxpayers will be, for the time being, stuck with a law that is deeply flawed, disruptive to the lives of American families and a destructive force in our economy. "As I and others have argued for years, states need flexibility to pursue their own health care solutions tailored to the needs of their constituents; Obamacare does the opposite by pursuing one-size-fits-all policies.

  • Oklahoma Medicaid providers will not see rate cuts this year

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    After fervent feedback from the medical community, state Medicaid leaders decided they will not reduce provider rates as part of the cuts they will make to balance the agency's budget.  Previously, Oklahoma Health Care Authority leaders proposed cutting the amount it pays nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Under the agency's first proposal, these midlevel providers would be paid 85 percent of what the agency pays physicians — medical doctors and osteopathic physicians. However, a few weeks after a heated meeting about the proposed provider rate cuts, the agency announced it would instead recommend cutting the fee-for-service rates for physician assistants and nurse

  • Mind Your Own Business: Is saving $53 worth risking incurable breast cancer?

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Would you risk getting incurable breast cancer to save 53 bucks? Sounds dramatic. But that’s the dilemma I felt I faced last week when I went for my annual mammogram. In addition to having to -- for the umpteenth time – fill out several pages of HIPAA-required privacy information, I had to decide whether I wanted the 3-D mammogram they’d just gotten three weeks ago – or go with the usual 2-D technology. It would’ve been a no-brainer, only the latest technology could come at an additional $53 cost if my insurance didn’t cover it, I was told. Apparently, Medicare as of Jan.

  • Naloxone available in Oklahoma without a prescription

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Over the past 12 years, Oklahoma has seen the overall number of overdose deaths from prescription drugs more than double, and the number of deaths due to hydrocodone and oxycodone more than quadruple. Oklahomans across the state have lost their lives to prescription drug overdose —  moms and dads, brothers and sisters, grandparents and a […]

  • Oklahoma has one of the lowest rates of children in two-parent households

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Only 39 percent of Oklahoma children live with both of their married, biological parents, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census data. As David Leonhardt, New York Times Upshot editor, points out: These patterns -- which come from a new analysis of census data -- are important because evidence suggests that children usually benefit from growing up with two parents. It's probably not a coincidence, for instance, that the states with more two-parent families also have higher rates of upward mobility. Talking about the advantages of two-parent families can be awkward, I realize, because it can seem to dismiss the heroic work that so

  • #WhatIfOKC: Residents tweet about how to make OKC better place for all

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Twitterverse is optimistic today.

  • Even with budget cuts, mental health commissioner expects no Oklahomans will fully lose services

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Last year, the state’s mental health agency faced cutting about $20 million from its budget after not receiving its full budget request from the Legislature. Leaders at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services estimated that thousands would lose services if the Legislature didn’t provide $21 million in additional state appropriations. The agency proposed […]

  • Oklahoma floods: Tips for evacuating flooded areas

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. May was the rainiest month ever recorded in Oklahoma. Floodwaters can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries. It’s important to be prepared as the state continues to see more and more rainfall. The state Health Department provided the following tips to stay safe during the rainy weather: Be prepared to evacuate flood-prone areas. An evacuation plan should consist of multiple escape routes in case roads are blocked. Evacuation plans should also take into account people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, pets and even livestock. When evacuation is not possible before floodwaters reach a your immediate area, it is important to first call 911

  • Nurse practitioners, physician assistants face 5 percent rate cut from state Medicaid agency

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    The state’s Medicaid agency updated its list of proposed budget cuts, including how much of a rate cut nurse practitioners and physician assistants could face in the coming state fiscal year. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority will recommend lowering the fee-for-service rates for physician assistants and nurse practitioners by 5 percent. In May, health care providers expressed concerns about the Oklahoma […]

  • Oklahoma hospital charges patients almost 10 times cost of care, report says

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    A Durant hospital charges uninsured patients almost 10 times the actual cost of their medical care, the Washington Post reports. The Medical Center of Southeast Oklahoma is among 50 hospitals across the United States that have the “highest markup of all 5,000 hospitals in the United States,” Gerard Anderson, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg […]

  • Chiropractor who practiced in OKC admits to $2M real estate scam

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    A Yorba Linda-based chiropractor pleaded guilty Monday to soliciting more than $2 million from investors in a real estate scheme while spending victims' money on himself, according to the FBI, MyNewsLA.com reports. Bobby Hamby, 55, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud in federal court, according to the news website. Hamby solicited some investors for about $150,000 to acquire laser equipment for his office, according to the FBI, the website reports. The Oklahoma State Board of Chiropractic Examiners revoked Hamby's license in April. Hamby applied for that license in September 2013. While in Oklahoma City, Hamby held seminars, titled "Can type 2 diabetes be reversed?," advertising the workshops for people with the disorder .  When filing for his Oklahoma chiropractic license, Hamby did not report that the Florida Department of Professional Regulation revoked his license in 1991, according to the Oklahoma board's records. The Florida revocation came after Hamby didn't pay fines regarding a complaint the Florida agency filed against him, according to board records.  Also, Hamby forfeited his chiropractor's license in California in March 2014. Two months later, the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners cited him for "exceeding the scope of his practice; unprofessional conduct -- gross negligence; and participation in fraud/misrepresentation," board records show.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 46 in senior health, placing it among worst in nation

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Oklahoma ranks No. 46 in senior health, meaning residents 65 and older have some of the worst health outcomes in the U.S. but also receive some of the worst medical care in the nation, a newly released report shows. The state ranked poorly in America’s Health Rankings’ senior health report, in part, because Oklahoma has a high […]

  • Let's talk about mental health, suicide prevention

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Mental Health Association Oklahoma hosted a Twitter chat Wednesday to discuss mental health and suicide prevention. Below is a transcript of the chat.

  • What’s the plan to reduce Oklahoma County’s teen births by one-third?

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Oklahoma County has one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation. A coalition of health leaders hope to change that. The Central Oklahoma Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaboration rolled out a plan this week to reduce teen births in Oklahoma County by one-third by 2020. Although Oklahoma’s teen birth rate has decreased over the past […]

  • Oklahoma sees significant decline in adults smoking cigarettes, CDC reports

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Oklahoma has seen a significant decrease in the number of adults who smoke cigarettes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. In 2011, 26 percent of Oklahoma adults 18 and older smoked cigarettes. By 2013, that number decreased to about 24 percent. Oklahoma health officials celebrated this decline last year, when Oklahoma saw its smoking […]

  • How Sophie, a 120-pound German Shepherd, helps an Oklahoma veteran find peace

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Edward Shepherd wasn’t leaving his home. The paranoia was too much to handle, leaving him unable to perform simple tasks. Friends and family brought him groceries. He hardly slept, startled by the loud noises of living in a city. The crashing sound from the 3 a.m. garbage truck was his least favorite. Shepherd was back after almost five […]