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Oklahoma medical briefs for Feb. 2, 2014.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: February 2, 2014


Teen births remain high

Oklahoma's teen birthrate among 15- to 19-year-olds ranked second-highest in the nation, according to a 2012 birth data report from the National Center for Health Statistics. The report, based off the most recent statistics available, also showed that Oklahoma had the third-highest rate for younger teens, ages 15 to 17 years old, and had the highest birthrate for older teens, ages 18 and 19. The older group represents the majority of teen births, according to an analysis from the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. The national report highlighted the historic low teen birthrates in the U.S., which declined 6 percent from 2011 to 2012. Oklahoma's teen birthrate remained basically unchanged during this same period, even though the total number of teen births fell 3.5 percent between 2011 and 2012, and has decreased 32 percent compared to five years ago.

Pollen, mold count is back

The Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic pollen and mold counting device is operational again. The counts were stopped due to roof repair at the main clinic building at the Oklahoma Health Center. The pollen/mold count device had to be removed in order to install the new roof. Due to unexpected weather, the roof replacement took longer than anticipated. Daily counts are now again available at the clinic website — — and through social media, including on Facebook and via Twitter. The counts are currently low, but as warmer conditions develop that will change, experts suggest.

Risks of falls get attention

Students and staff at the University of Central Oklahoma and Ntouch Therapeutic Massage are hoping to help reduce the risk of falling for area residents by partnering to offer a series of free classes for older adults on balance training. Each year, one-in-three adults ages 65 and older fall, and 20 to 30 percent of those who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it harder to get around or live independently, and increase risk of early death. Classes will begin Feb. 11 and run for four weeks at Ntouch, 1413 S Boulevard. The second class will begin March 11 and run through April 8. Two sessions will be offered. The early class will begin at 9:40 a.m. and the second class will begin at 10:15 a.m. Space is limited, so those interested should sign up early. Sign-up information is available by calling Ntouch at 330-1311 or going to and clicking “Monthly Specials.”

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