"What's it like" medical procedure stories

  • What's it like: To sign up for health insurance through the federal marketplace

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Feb 16, 2014

    The health insurance marketplace was created through the Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as “Obamacare.” The marketplace is, in part, a website where health insurance companies list the plans they will offer under the marketplace guidelines.

  • What's it like: To develop hypothermia

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Feb 9, 2014

    During severe hypothermia, your body can build up toxins, which damage your organs and take a long time to recover. In extreme cases, people who suffer from hypothermia have extensive kidney damage and might have to start dialysis because their kidneys no longer function properly.

  • What's it like: To get breast implants

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Feb 2, 2014

    Why get breast implants? A woman might choose to get breast augmentation, or implants, for a variety of reasons. For one, a younger woman might seek out breast augmentation because she had one breast that did not develop fully, and it's difficult for her to wear clothing without a visibly...

  • What's it like: To receive cochlear implants

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 26, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: Cochlear implants differ from hearing aids in that they do not simply amplify sound. Instead, cochlear implants directly stimulate the auditory nerve.

  • What's It Like: To have a heart attack

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 19, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: What leads up to a heart attack is nothing that happens over night. It's a buildup over time, and a lot of times it can be prevented.

  • What's it like: To start a yoga routine

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 15, 2013

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: Yoga can help you improve your flexibility. It can also build your muscle strength and improve posture. And it might also improve your stress levels and give you an overall feeling of wellness.

  • What's it like: To get a sleeve gastrectomy

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 8, 2013

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: Sleeve gastrectomy is a type of weight-loss surgery.

  • What's it like: To get the flu

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 1, 2013

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: Oklahoma's flu season generally runs from mid-November to May, with the number of people catching the flu peaking in January or February.

  • What's it like: To use a nasal irrigation system

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Nov 17, 2013

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: Oklahoma is generally not kind to allergy sufferers. Oklahoma City and Tulsa both rank usually high in spring and fall allergies. Some allergy sufferers don't want to use a lot of medication and would instead prefer to use a more natural approach. That's where nasal irrigation...

  • What's it like: To have a brain tumor removed

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Nov 10, 2013

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: It's not always recommended that a brain tumor be removed. Your doctor might recommend you have a brain tumor removed if it's affecting your central nervous system.



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