Michelle Dennison-Farris Susan Sisson

Understanding Obesity in American Indian Children in Oklahoma

When it comes to measuring obesity in American Indian youth in Oklahoma, the numbers are in and they show work still needs to be done. That's the conclusion of recently published findings by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in collaboration with the Native Youth Preventing Diabetes Coalition. To read the entire article, click here.

OSDH Provides Tips to Avoid Injury from Flooded Areas

As storms with elevated levels of rainfall continue to be a threat to the state, the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s (OSDH) Emergency Preparedness and Response Service reminds residents that flooding can cause fatalities and serious injuries for people who are trapped or swept away by wading in, or driving through floodwaters. To read the entire article, click here.

OU Medicine Launches Breast Health Network; Stresses Importance of Annual Mammograms

Despite many controversial and conflicting messages about when and how often women should get mammograms, OU Medicine experts stand firm: healthy women should be screened yearly starting at age 40. The resoluteness of OU Medicine’s breast radiologists is in concert with recommendations from the American Cancer Society and the American College of Radiology, and comes as OU Medicine launches its new Breast Health Network. To read the entire article, click here.


May 2015

Free Oklahoma City Zoo Tickets Offered to Blood Donors This Summer

Blood donors get a free trip to the zoo, just by giving this summer with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). May 17 through August 30, each person who donates at a donor center or blood drive will receive a voucher redeemable for two free admissions to the Oklahoma City Zoo. The zoo covers 119 acres and is home to more than 1,800 animals. T-shirts that feature the Zoo’s popular Asian elephants and celebrate the zoo’s support will also be given to all who donate. To read the entire article, click here. 

OSDH and ODMHSAS Help First Responders Prevent Overdose Deaths 

In an ongoing effort to reduce opioid overdose deaths, the Oklahoma State Department of Health OSDH) has partnered with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) to expand the availability of a life-saving drug that can prevent such tragedies. To read the entire article, click here.

Research teamwork: Balancing love, life and the lab 


Scott and Kendra Plafker have been married for 17 years. But this year marked a milestone that precious few couples ever celebrate: Their first scientific paper co-authored by just the two of them. To read the entire article, click here.

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