health http://kgou.org en New Health Report Shows Oklahoma Ranks 44th In The Nation http://kgou.org/post/new-health-report-shows-oklahoma-ranks-44th-nation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2014 State of the State's Health Report released by the Oklahoma State Board of Health shows Oklahoma ranks </span>44th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in overall health status of its residents compared to other states in the nation. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors such as low physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption, along with a high prevalence of smoking and obesity, contribute to most of the state's leading causes of death. Significant health disparities among many of the state's population also contribute to Oklahoma's health status.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report says, “Overall, Oklahoma has the fourth highest rate of death from all causes in the nation, 23 percent higher than the national rate. Perhaps more disturbing is the fact that while Oklahoma’s mortality rate dropped five percent over the past 20 years, the U.S. mortality rate dropped 20 percent. So, Oklahoma is not keeping up with the rest of the nation.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.ok.gov/health/pub/boh/state/index.html" target="_blank">annual study </a>reports on a range of factors and details information by county.</span></p><p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:34:03 +0000 KGOU Staff 31379 at http://kgou.org New Health Report Shows Oklahoma Ranks 44th In The Nation World Views: May 2, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-may-2-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Suzette </span>Grillot<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Joshua Landis, and Rebecca Cruise discuss this week's national elections in Iraq, and the growing ethnic tensions and violence in Western China.</span></p><p>Later, a conversation with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">historian and geographer <a href="http://www.tc.umn.edu/~ahneely/Abigail_H._Neely_Homepage/Abigail_Neely.html">Abigail Neely</a>. Tuberculosis and HIV co-infection is one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest health challenges, but she questions how closely they’re related, and h</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ow poverty affects the immune system.</span></p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Joshua Landis, Nick Aguilera & Brian Hardzinski 28456 at http://kgou.org World Views: May 2, 2014 Reimagining HIV/AIDS And Healthcare In South Africa http://kgou.org/post/reimagining-hivaids-and-healthcare-south-africa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">HIV/AIDS is commonly considered an individual affliction, however </span><a href="http://www.tc.umn.edu/~ahneely/Abigail_H._Neely_Homepage/Abigail_Neely.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Abigail Neely</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says that HIV/AIDS needs to be considered within the social, cultural, and economic environment of South Africa.</span></p><p>In South Africa, HIV/AIDS is endemic. Neely says that over 30 percent of the population is infected with HIV, however co-infection with tuberculosis is also prevalent.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 15:02:00 +0000 Nick Aguilera & Suzette Grillot 28453 at http://kgou.org Reimagining HIV/AIDS And Healthcare In South Africa Experimental Paralysis Treatment Hailed As 'Groundbreaking' http://kgou.org/post/experimental-paralysis-treatment-hailed-groundbreaking Four paralyzed men who underwent an experimental treatment involving electric current were able to move their limbs and regain some control of their bowel and bladder function.<p>The revolutionary new treatment is being hailed as &#8220;groundbreaking&#8221; by experts. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:25:43 +0000 editor 26830 at http://kgou.org Experimental Paralysis Treatment Hailed As 'Groundbreaking' Oklahoma Program Seeks To Improve Heart Health http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-program-seeks-improve-heart-health <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A new public-private initiative is working to reduce heart attacks and stroke in a five-county area in southeastern <font color="red">Oklahoma</font>.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:06:18 +0000 Associated Press 23271 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Program Seeks To Improve Heart Health New Heat Treatment Has Changed Lives For Some With Severe Asthma http://kgou.org/post/new-heat-treatment-has-changed-lives-some-severe-asthma If you've ever tried to drink something through one of those little red coffee stirrers instead of a full-sized straw, you know what it's like to breathe with asthma.<p>Twenty-five million Americans have been diagnosed with <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/asthma.html">asthma</a>. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:22:00 +0000 Lauren Silverman 22919 at http://kgou.org New Heat Treatment Has Changed Lives For Some With Severe Asthma Can Probiotics Help Soothe Colicky Babies? http://kgou.org/post/can-probiotics-help-soothe-colicky-babies When Melissa Shenewa and her husband imagined their first weeks with their new baby, they pictured hours of cuddling. Instead, they're enduring hours of inconsolable crying.<p>Their 6-week-old son, Aladdin, is a colicky baby. He cries for hours, usually in the middle of the night. They've tried everything they could think of. Nothing helps.<p>"Being a parent when your child is screaming in pain for hours on end and there's nothing you can do, you feel helpless," says Shenewa, 24, who lives in Houston. "You feel like you're not a good parent."<p>The Shenewas are far from alone. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:39:00 +0000 Rob Stein 21502 at http://kgou.org Can Probiotics Help Soothe Colicky Babies? Oklahoma Health Department Says 12 Have Died From Flu http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-health-department-says-12-have-died-flu <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ok.gov/health/"><font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;Department of Health</a> says influenza has claimed 12 lives and forced the hospitalization of 399 people since the ongoing flu season began.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:18:00 +0000 Associated Press 21293 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Health Department Says 12 Have Died From Flu Saving Babies' Lives Starts With Aquarium Pumps And Ingenuity http://kgou.org/post/saving-babies-lives-starts-aquarium-pumps-and-ingenuity <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0rGMRdZiOY</p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Joe Palca 20471 at http://kgou.org Saving Babies' Lives Starts With Aquarium Pumps And Ingenuity Gene Therapy Keeps 'Bubble Boy' Disease At Bay In 8 Children http://kgou.org/post/gene-therapy-keeps-bubble-boy-disease-bay-8-children Researchers say they are achieving success in curing the genetic defect that causes some children to be born without immune defenses, a rare condition made famous in the 1970s by a Texas boy who lived most of his short life in a sterile "bubble."<p>Scientists now report that 8 out of 9 young children given gene therapy for a type of severe combined immunodeficiency disease, called <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18046520">SCID-X1</a>, are alive and living amid the everyday microbial threats that would otherwise have killed them. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 15:03:00 +0000 Richard Knox 18696 at http://kgou.org Gene Therapy Keeps 'Bubble Boy' Disease At Bay In 8 Children