Native American
2:21 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Youth Suicides Plague South Dakota Reservation

The entrance to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Sioux tribe, is pictured on Sept. 9, 2012. (Kristi Eaton/AP)

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 1:21 pm

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Sioux tribe, is wrestling with a sudden surge of teen suicides.

Seven young people have taken their lives since early December, and some fear others are being encouraged do so on Facebook – and with nooses that have been hung near kids’ homes.

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7:53 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Study Finds Kingfisher County Healthiest In Oklahoma, Jefferson County Unhealthiest

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

A new study of county health rankings lists Kingfisher County as the healthiest in Oklahoma.

Kingfisher County snagged the top ranking thanks, in part, to its low rates of smoking, child poverty and single-parent families.

It’s also seen its unemployment rate decline to 3.3 percent since 2010.

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3:13 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

A 'Night Camp' For People With Dementia

Brunhilda Ortiz takes the van to Hebrew Home's night program. (Courtesy of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale)

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 2:12 pm

For many Alzheimer’s patients, the daytime is when they get their sleep and the night hours are when they are most alert. This causes major problems for family members who need their sleep at night.

The night program at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx, New York, offers a place for people with dementia, to spend the evening dancing, doing yoga, arts and crafts and getting physical and occupational therapy overnight.

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6:45 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Oklahoma Education Board OKs Sugary Snack Sales In Schools

Ladybug bake sale cupcakes.
Credit Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma education officials say students can continue to sell snack foods in schools despite concerns that the fundraisers contribute to health problems.

State Board of Education members Thursday granted schools the ability to set local exemptions to a 2010 federal law that limits the sale of foods high in sugar or salt at schools.

The board previously allowed a limited number of fundraiser exemptions per school.

Proponents say the fundraising helps communities and that health decisions should be made locally.

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NPR Story
4:35 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

How Food Ads Get Into Our Brains, And What We Can Do To Avoid Mindless Eating


Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 2:00 pm

If you’re one of the many millions of Americans who put some version of “eat better” on your New Years resolutions list, food advertising, as well as the way your home and workplace are designed, may be working against you.

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4:55 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

'The Recollectors' Gives Voice To Children Who Lost Parents To AIDS

Alysia Abbott and her dad, Steve Abbott, are pictured in San Francisco in 1991. (Courtesy)

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 2:05 pm

When Alysia Abbott was 22, her dad died of AIDS. It was San Francisco, 1992. Even though her dad was out as a gay man at the time, she wasn’t out about his illness.

There was so much shame and stigma, and she didn’t know anyone else who shared her experience. Not until many years later, when she met Whitney Joiner, who had also lost her father to AIDS the very same year, in rural Kentucky.

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1:38 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Is Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine?

In 2014, Americans were eating more sugar than ever before -- on average, about 160 pounds a year. (howzey/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 1:07 pm

The 2015 Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee just released new recommendations to limit added sugars to 10 percent of daily calories. Right now, Americans are eating more sugar than ever before — on average, about 160 pounds a year.

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Oklahoma Watch
2:01 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Roland Clinic Draws Scrutiny From Oklahoma Drug Enforcers

The Wellness Clinic in Roland
Anny Sivilay Sequoah County Times

This story is part of a joint project by Oklahoma Watch and The Oklahoman, examining the state’s high rate of prescription painkiller overdoses.

If there were an official business model for a high-volume pain clinic, drug enforcers say, it would probably resemble the Wellness Clinic in Roland.

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Shots - Health News
4:24 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Vitamin D Tests Aren't Needed For Everyone, Federal Panel Says

People can make vitamin D when exposed to sunshine. But many people in North America never get enough sun to do that.

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 1:55 pm

Should you get a blood test to see if you're deficient in vitamin D? It sounds like such a good idea, seeing as how most people don't get enough sunshine to make vitamin D themselves. And the tests are becoming increasingly popular.

But there are problems with making vitamin D tests a standard part of preventive medicine, a federal panel said. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said Monday there's not enough evidence of benefits or harms to recommend vitamin D testing for all.

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6:21 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

E. Coli Found In Water System In Delaware County

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The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is advising users of a Delaware County water system to boil water before consuming it after E. coli was found in the water system.

DEQ said Wednesday it's notifying users of the Red Dirt Public Water Supply to inform residents that they should boil water for at least one minute or use bottled water for consumption, food preparation, brushing teeth and washing dishes.

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