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2008-07-15 09:01:34

By Kim Archer, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 15--Jacqueline Wilson squeezed her friend's hand as Dr. Nora Doyle prepared to push the needle into her belly. "We're trying to find a place where there's no baby," the doctor said, watching the baby wiggle on the ultrasound monitor. "It takes longer to plan our trip than it does to take the trip." Doyle pushed the needle and began to draw the clear, yellow liquid from the sac surrounding Wilson's fetus. At two months pregnant, Wilson said she began...

2008-07-01 09:01:11

By Kim Archer, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 1--Jerome Gilley timed his paramedic training just right. Under a new Emergency Medical Services Authority program, Gilley is getting paid for nearly two years of training at Tulsa Technology Center to become a paramedic. "They actually pay me to go to school," he said. "You can't beat that." While working as an emergency medical technician for EMSA for nearly a year, Gilley saw co-workers struggle to work full time while fitting in paramedic...

2008-07-01 09:00:00

By Kim Archer, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 1--Tulsa-area doctors are wondering if this might be the first year since 2002 that Congress won't intervene to avoid a cut to Medicare payments to doctors, since lawmakers failed to pass legislation before leaving for their July Fourth recess. The Bush administration said Monday it will delay Medicare payments to doctors for 10 business days to give Congress time to reach a deal to block the cut. If the 10.6 percent cut had taken effect as...

2008-06-27 12:03:09

By Kim Archer, Tulsa World, Okla. Jun. 27--The Hispanic women at the east Tulsa health clinic call them "parteras." But in any language, the certified nurse-midwives at Community Health Connection provide intimate, personalized prenatal care and birthing assistance for women with low-risk pregnancies. "We're nurses with master's degrees. Sometimes they don't know we're educated in nursing and medicine," said Lynne Burson, a certified nurse-midwife at the clinic and a member of the...

2008-06-21 12:00:12

By Kim Archer, Tulsa World, Okla. Jun. 21--Neglected swimming pools from which hordes of mosquitoes are spawned violate city code because they endanger public health, said Harold Adair, the neighborhood abatement coordinator for the city of Tulsa. "It is a nuisance violation. You can't maintain a pool of stagnant water," he said. As a health issue, the Tulsa City-County Health Department has joint jurisdiction with the city over such complaints, said John Baker, the agency's manager of...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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