Younger lupus patients at risk for shingles

In a risk-versus-reward analysis, many patients with lupus or other autoimmune diseases are better off getting a shingles vaccine, said Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Eliza Chakravarty, M.D. To read the entire article, click here. 

Hantavirus Death Confirmed in Texas County 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced May 22 that a Texas County adult has died due to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). This is the first case confirmed in Oklahoma during 2014, and the fifth Oklahoma case since hantavirus was first recognized in the United States in 1993. During 2013, two cases of HPS occurred in Oklahoma; both individuals died as a result of this disease.  To read the entire article, click here.  

Text4baby Provides Free Health Messages to Pregnant Women & New Moms

A woman’s health before, during, and between pregnancies can have a profound impact on the health of both mother and baby.  For this reason, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, and more than 20 partners of the “Preparing for a Lifetime, It’s Everyone’s Responsibility” initiative are working to improve birth outcomes  and prevent infant mortality in Oklahoma through multiple efforts, including promoting health education to pregnant women and new moms through the Text4baby initiative. To read the entire article, click here.

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May 2014

Outstanding Public Health Employees and Programs Recognized

The Oklahoma State Board of Health and Oklahoma State Department of Health recognized outstanding employees and programs at the Ninth Annual Employee Recognition and Appreciation Ceremony held May 13 in Oklahoma City. Nine awards were given noting outstanding services provided by public health employees at their workplace and in their communities. To read the entire article, click here. 

Falls Prevention Urged for Older Oklahomans

Falls are the leading cause of death for persons 65 years of age and older in Oklahoma. More than 350 Oklahomans die from a fall each year. Nearly 7,000 Oklahomans are hospitalized from a fall-related injury including hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries. Hospital charges for acute care alone can total more than $237 million annually. To read the entire article, click here. 


Please join the Stephenson Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society for our Relay For Life “Kick Off” fundraising event!


Friday, May 23 11 AM—2 PM

OUHSC Campus 8th & Phillips NW Parking Lot

10% of all proceeds benefit Relay for Life



Smokin’ Okies

Big Truck Tacos

Taste of Soul Eggroll

Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs

Roxy’s Ice Cream Social

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