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  • Yukon, Oklahoma, woman saluted for volunteer work

    By Robert Morris,, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Juanita Attebury won a Salute to Senior Service award from a senior care organization

  • Oklahoma City-area community news in brief

    Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    COMMUNITY Donation benefits pet adoption efforts Hudiburg Subaru presented the Central Oklahoma Humane Society a donation of more than $3,000 to support the organization and its efforts to eliminate the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals in Oklahoma City. Brad Smicklas, general manager of Hudiburg Subaru, made the presentation to Amy Shrodes, director of marketing and development for the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. The funds will be used to continue to place homeless animals, as well as to pay for food, vaccinations, microchipping and other needs. Retirement seminar planned EDMOND — Retirement adviser Jared Hopkins will present a free seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Edmond Historical

  • Blanchard panel tables decision on home for addicts

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The Blanchard planning commission Thursday night tabled its decision on whether to recommend rezoning land for a 90-day residential home for men recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.

  • Lab-grown vaginas and nostrils work, doctors report

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Scientists who grow body parts in labs have reached two new milestones, creating normally functioning vaginas for four young women and new nostrils for five skin-cancer patients, according to USA TODAY. While the techniques are not ready for widespread use, the two reports published Friday in Lancet show progress in a field that has already produced lab-grown bladders, urethras and windpipes. The vaginal surgeries were performed on teenage girls born with absent or underdeveloped vaginas because of a rare condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome. The surgery might also work for women who need vaginal reconstruction because of cancer, trauma or other conditions, researchers say.

  • Advocates of people with disabilities will rally at Oklahoma Capitol

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Development Disabilities Awareness Day will bring together advocates and other supporters Thursday to hear addresses from Oklahoma legislators and others.

  • My Family Stopped Eating Sugar for a Year and This is What Happened

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    According to several experts, sugar is the thing that is making so many Americans fat and sick. One in seven Americans has metabolic syndrome. One in three Americans is obese. The rate of diabetes is skyrocketing and cardiovascular disease is America's number one killer, according to Yahoo Shine. Eve O. Schaub took all of this newfound knowledge and formulated an idea. She wanted to see how hard it would be to have her family spend an entire year eating foods that contained no added sugar. She'd cut out anything with an added sweetener, be it table sugar, honey, molasses, maple syrup, agave or fruit juice. Schaub also excluded anything made with fake sugar or sugar alcohols. Unless the sweetness was attached to its original source (e.g., a piece of fruit), they didn't eat it.

  • Oklahoma wildfire smoke prompts health advisory

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    A health advisory is in effect for people in parts of Oklahoma Friday. Smoke from a wildfire extends from central Oklahoma to Osage County

  • Possible compromise is reached on 'doctor-shopping' legislation

    By Phillip O’Connor, The Oklahoman, and Warren Vieth, Oklahoma Watch | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Oklahoma doctors would be required to check their patients’ drug histories only once a year before writing a narcotic prescription under a potential compromise reached Thursday at the state Capitol.

  • Bill banning e-cigarette sales to minors clears Oklahoma House

    By Randy Ellis, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    A bill that would make it illegal to sell electronic cigarettes and similar vapor products to individuals younger than 18 years old was approved Thursday by the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

  • Shawnee mobile home park to close due to elevated uranium levels in water

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Residents at Meadow Ridge Mobile Home Park in Shawnee received notices this week telling them to vacate the property by June 10. The trailer court has shown elevated levels of uranium in its water since 2007, said Skylar McElhaney, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Boy's bracelets raise over $8,000 to help cure kids like him of cancer

    Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    At first, it was a crafty way for a 10-year-old boy with a rare melanoma to kill time on trips to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., about two hours away from his home, according to The Today Show. Now, Graham Fowler's hobby of making colorful bracelets has raised more than $8,000 — money he’s donating to childhood cancer research “so they find a cure and no one goes through this,” he told Graham was diagnosed with spitzoid melanoma, a rare skin cancer, in April 2013, after a small, red spot on his arm wouldn't stop bleeding when he picked at it. After numerous tests, doctors discovered it was a rare tumor, and that his cancer was already advanced.

  • KOCO: Cancer struggle unites Oklahoma families in viral photo

    Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    If most pictures are worth a thousand words, one in particular is worth a million, says KOCO. Three Oklahoma girls, seemingly so peaceful in the image, are all battling cancer and though they never met before the photograph was taken ...

  • Moore teacher to be honored at RedHawks game

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Karen Marinelli will be the first “Home Run for Life” honoree during Friday’s RedHawks game

  • Norman area news briefs

    Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Norman area news briefs for April 10.

  • Oklahoma City-area community news in brief

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Community briefs

  • Disability reviews won't save Social Security program from shortfall, official says

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    During a hearing of Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford’s subcommittee, lawmakers continued to explore the various aspects of Social Security disability programs that are facing financial shortfalls in just two years.

  • 5 Things A Trip To The Bathroom Can Tell You About Your Health

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Discussing bodily functions is a well-ingrained part of any physician's vernacular. As a nephrologist, or kidney specialist, I often find myself talking about urine, because well, one of the main jobs of the kidneys is to filter wastes and toxins from our bloodstream. And all those wastes and toxins need somewhere to go once they have been removed from our systems. The result? Urine.

  • Record Low Teen Birth Rate Not Low Enough, CDC Says

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The number of young teens having babies has plummeted by two-thirds since 1991, but still, 1,700 girls aged just 15 to 17 deliver babies every week in the U.S., according to NBC News. Why? Ignorance, mostly — they’re not talking to their parents, they're not being properly educated about birth control and when they do try to use it, they use the least effective methods, such as condoms alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. There are giant state-by-state differences in the birth rates, as well as ethnic differences, showing that good education and good parenting can help keep young girls safe from pregnancy, CDC experts said. Failed abstinence-only programs in states such as Texas and Mississippi are helping keep those states at the very top of the teen birth rate list, other experts said.

  • Yale University Drops Threat to Kick Out Student for Being Too Skinny

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    A 92-pound Yale University student has finally ended her face-off with school officials who spent months insisting that she either gain weight or be suspended. And Frances Chan, 20, who contends she never had an eating disorder to begin with but is simply genetically thin, could not be more relieved, according to Yahoo Shine. “It felt really bad to be this powerless,” the student told the New Haven Register Sunday. “I ate ice cream twice a day. I ate cookies. I used elevators instead of walking up stairs. But I don’t really gain any weight.”

  • TV Host Samantha Harris Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Former "Entertainment Tonight" correspondent Samantha Harris is battling breast cancer, according to Yahoo Celebrity. The 40-year-old television personality got choked up as she revealed the heartbreaking news on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday. Harris initially detected a lump during a self-examination last fall, but her mammogram results came back clean earlier in the year. However, she says something still didn't feel right, which lead her to consult a breast cancer specialist several months later. Following a needle biopsy and a lumpectomy, specialists diagnosed her with breast cancer.