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TMC goes smoke free

Updated: 11/20/2008 - DENISON, TX ― Thursday was the Great American Smoke Out. Texoma Medical Center, along with other hospitals nationwide, is going smoke free and encouraging people to kick the habit.

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Oklahoma fights childhood obesity

Posted: 11/19/2008 - ARDMORE, OK ― As childhood obesity numbers continue to rise across the country, Oklahoma Legislators are addressing the problem at home. Daniel Armbruster has more.

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New procedure to relieve lower back pain

Posted: 11/18/2008 - SHREVEPORT, LA ― Lower back pain could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new procedure that promises relief. The Louisiana Spine Institute in Shreveport hopes the Dascor Arthroplasty System will help millions of people who suffer from degenerative disc disease.

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TMC Medical Minutes: “Rescue” Inhalers

Posted: 11/17/2008 - An estimated 40 million people with respiratory disorders rely on lifesaving asthma medication commonly referred to as rescue inhalers. But changes to the types of inhalers that will be available in the future is changing soon. Registered Respiratory Therapist Shannon Powell joins us today to discuss what to expect starting next year.

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TMC Medical Minutes: Prematurity

Posted: 11/17/2008 - A normal pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, but some babies are born earlier. This premature birth may or may not be cause for concern. Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Kinion Whittington joins us today to discuss what families can expect with the premature delivery of an infant.

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TMC Medical Minutes: A Parent’s Role in Preventing Medical Errors

Posted: 11/17/2008 - Medical errors are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the US, but these errors don’t just affect adults. Dr. Lanna McClain joins us today with information on how parents can lead a more active role in preventing medical error in their children.

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TMC Medical Minutes: Alzheimer’s vs. “Normal” memory loss

Posted: 11/17/2008 - Many older adults complain about memory loss and think it is the first sign of Alzheimer's disease. But this may not always be the case. TMC Chaplain Dianna Niemann-Harris, who is also the Texoma Area Family Services Manager for the local Alzheimer’s Association Chapter, joins us today with info on the differences between Alzheimer’s and normal age-related memory loss.

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Mylicon infant drops recalled

Updated: 11/14/2008 - Johnson & Johnson and Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Company are recalling about 12,000 units of infants’ Mylicon gas relief dye free drops.

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TMC Medical Minutes: Heart Disease & Diabetes

Updated: 11/07/2008 - Heart disease is the leading cause of death in those with diabetes. Joining us to discuss strategies that can limit heart disease in those with diabetes is Endocrinologist Dr. Larry Whitfield.

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TMC Medical Minutes: Motion Sickness in kids

Updated: 11/07/2008 - Nothing can ruin a trip in the car like a case of motion sickness and when it happens to our kids, it seems even more unfair! Dr. Lanna McClain joins us today with tips on preventing this condition.

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TMC Medical Minutes: Retinal Detachment

Updated: 11/07/2008 - If you suddenly begin to notice spots, floaters and flashes of light in your sight, you may be experiencing the warning signs of retinal etachment, a serious sight-threatening condition. Ophthalmologist, Dr. Larry Wood joins us to give more information on why this condition may occur and who may be at risk.

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TMC Medical Minutes: Pre-Diabetes

Updated: 11/07/2008 - At least 54 million people in the United States have a condition called pre-diabetes. Endocrinologist Bryan Kahl joins us today to talk about what this diagnosis means and why it’s so important to take steps to reverse it.

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TMC Medical Minutes: What is CABG?

Updated: 11/07/2008 - You may have heard the term “cabbage” when it comes to heart surgery and weren’t sure exactly what that meant. TMC Cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Vicky Chappell joins us today to discuss this common type of procedure.

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TMC Medical Minutes: Domestic Violence

Posted: 11/07/2008 - An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault in the US each year. Family medicine physician, Dr. Angela Latham joins us oday to discuss how to spot the signs of domestic violence and what we can do to encourage women to report these abuses.

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Possible new treatment for Alzheimer's

Updated: 10/30/2008 - BOSTON, Mass. -- Five million Americans are suffering with Alzheimer's Disease and that number is expected to grow. There's been a huge push to develop a drug tat can slow down the disease, and now researchers near Boston believe they've found an answer.

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TMC Medical Minutes: HealthCare Quality

Posted: 10/27/2008 - We all expect quality and safe healthcare, but as patients, what can we do to help ensure this quality? Joining us today is TMC President nd CEO Dr. Mackey Watkins to discuss ways that each and every one of us can get involved.

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TMC Medical Minutes: Prostatitis

Posted: 10/22/2008 - One of the most common urological conditions in men of all ages is prostatitis. Urologist Dr. Steve Johnson joins us today to discuss the symptoms and treatment options for it.

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TMC Medical Minutes: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Posted: 10/22/2008 - One in every 10 American women is affected by a condition called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, the leading cause of infertility. Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Dr. Jeffrey Herman joins us today to discuss this condition and how treating it early can reduce the chances of other health problems.

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TMC Medical MInutes: Better Hearing and Speech Month (Swallowing Disorders)

Posted: 10/22/2008 - Approximately 10 million Americans are evaluated each year for swallowing difficulties; difficulties that can negatively impact quality of life. TMC Speech-Language Pathologist Terry Taylor joins us today to discuss causes, ways we can spot the signs and what treatment is currently available.

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TMC Medical Minutes: SIDS

Posted: 10/22/2008 - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the leading cause of death among infants who are 1 month to 1 year old, claiming about 2,500 infants each year in the United States. While the cause remains unknown despite years of research, Pediatrician Dr. Joseph Lipscomb joins us today to discuss steps you can take to reduce it.

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TMC Medical Minutes: Hypothyroidism

Posted: 10/22/2008 - About 20 million Americans suffer from some sort of thyroid disease. But where is our thyroid and what trouble can a dysfunctional thyroid cause? Joining us with information on this important gland is Endocrinologist Dr. Bryan Kahl.

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TMC Medical Minutes: Psychiatric Medications in the Elderly

Posted: 10/22/2008 - Medications have had a remarkable impact in helping to manage many diseases and certainly those for mental issues; often keeping patients out of the hospital, but sometimes “too much of a good thing” can actually backfire. Psychiatrist Dr. Judy Cook joins us today to discuss this problem.

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