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2008-09-24 09:00:13

By KIM ARCHER A study shows that doctors needn't fear prescribing pain medicine. Many physicians underprescribe pain medications for patients who need them out of fear of prosecution, but a national study shows that few of the nation's doctors ever get in trouble for prescribing narcotics improperly. The study, which appeared in the Sept. 9 edition of the journal Pain Medicine, shows that only one-tenth of 1 percent of the nation's nearly 700,000 practicing physicians were prosecuted...

2008-09-09 12:00:41

By KIM ARCHER OSU's leader says medical education programs will make the transition. St. Francis Health System agreed Friday to take on Oklahoma State University's medical residency program beginning July 1, 2009, to ensure the longevity of OSU's osteopathic medical school. But the fate of its primary teaching hospital, OSU Medical Center, is unclear. "We are extremely pleased with this agreement," said OSU President Burns Hargis. "OSU will transition its graduate medical education...

2008-09-09 12:00:41

By KIM ARCHER Oklahoma State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine is trying to get St. Francis Hospital to take on its residency program, a deal that could mean the end of the city's de facto public hospital for the indigent, the OSU hospital's former chief of staff said Thursday. "I am concerned about the impact this will have on our community, our state and the osteopathic profession," said Dr. Ken Calabrese, whose private nephrology practice is affiliated with OSU Medical...

2008-08-22 15:00:17

By KIM ARCHER Coweta and Wagoner schools adopt a nutrition and exercise program. Even the superintendent of Coweta Public Schools expects his youngest children, Hanna and Hunter, to teach him a thing or two about healthy nutrition and exercise. "They will be nagging me, I know," said Jeff Holmes, who was on hand to announce that Coweta and Wagoner Public Schools started the CATCH program this year. "My 13-year-old son, Hayden, will probably put his two cents' worth, too." CATCH, which...

2008-08-20 12:00:15

By KIM ARCHER State accused of not reporting Lyme disease cases. Lyme disease is caught up in a swirl of confusion and controversy across the nation, and Oklahoma is no exception. The controversy has arisen over disagreement about diagnosis, testing, treatment and prevalence of this complex disease. Janet Segraves, facilitator for the Lyme Disease Support Group of Oklahoma, said the Oklahoma State Department of Health refuses to report hundreds of Oklahomans with Lyme disease to...

2008-08-07 12:00:18

By KIM ARCHER Pharmacies offering free diabetes tests to help curb disease Next time you're picking up a pack of gum or a prescription at your neighborhood pharmacy, you might check out your risk of developing diabetes. The University of Oklahoma has launched a research project offering free diabetes risk assessments for adults at more than 40 pharmacies in the state. That number is expected to grow to 150 by year's end. "Community pharmacies are accessible. You've got them...

2008-07-28 12:00:00

By KIM ARCHER Oklahoma 8th in the nation in obesity; 28.8% of Oklahomans are obese Too many chicken-fried steaks and not enough exercise. Apparently, that prescription has landed Oklahoma with the eighth- highest obesity rate in the nation, with 28.8 percent of its population considered obese. But the state isn't alone in that. The whole nation has gotten fatter. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its most recent data on the nation's obesity, and, as usual,...

2008-07-28 12:00:00

By KIM ARCHER Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the consumption of gluten. Eric Gentry can feel it almost immediately when he "gets glutened." His stomach starts bloating and gurgling with pain. "I feel it within five minutes; probably even less," he said. After a year or more of looking for answers about what was wrong with him, Gentry and his wife, Stacie Gentry, found it online: celiac sprue disease. It is a lifelong autoimmune disorder triggered by the consumption...

2008-07-26 15:00:43

By Kim Archer, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 26--Radious Guess thought her son's school administrators knew that he had sickle cell disease and what that meant for his education. But they didn't. She found that out when she got a letter after her son's first-grade year. Despite the fact that little Paul was an excellent student, school officials wanted to hold him back. The reason? Pain crises and hospitalizations from sickle cell anemia had caused him to miss too much school. "I...

2008-07-25 09:00:33

By KIM ARCHER Morton is only the second health center in the state to receive the honor. After nearly a year of exhaustive work, Morton Comprehensive Health Services has become only the second federally qualified health center in Oklahoma to attain Joint Commission accreditation, said Robert Sanders, Morton chief executive officer. "This is the highest stamp of quality. It strengthens the community's confidence in us," he said. The Joint Commission is the primary accreditation...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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