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During pregnancy, the placenta plays a critical role in supplying a growing fetus with nutrients and water. The placenta also makes a variety of hormones to maintain the pregnancy. In early pregnancy, hormones can cause increased insulin secretion and decreased glucose produced by the liver, which can lead to hypoglycemia (low blood glucose levels). As the pregnancy progresses, some of these hormones (estrogen, cortisol, and human placental lactogen) can have a blocking effect on insulin, a condition called insulin resistance.

As the placenta grows, more of these hormones are... Read More »

A new total knee replacement procedure is now available for nearly all patients requiring knee replacement surgery. This procedure requires a smaller incision, speeds recovery and offers a more natural feel than more traditional knee replacement systems. The ConforMIS iTotal G2 patient-specific knee replacement system utilizes the latest in 3D-printing technology to reconstruct the patient’s knee based on a CT scan of their current knee. A 3D printer manufactures cutting blocks specific to the patient’s knee, reconstructing the dimensions of their knee previous to arthritis. Specialized... Read More »

Vitamins are essential nutrients our bodies require to function properly.

After bariatric surgery, it is not possible to absorb all the vitamins your body needs.  It is important when you commit to bariatric surgery, that you also make a life-long commitment to take vitamins. There are a few things to consider to make sure you are not only staying safe, but also financially aware of your vitamin consumption. It starts with understanding the difference between water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins.

Of the variety of vitamins and supplements on store shelves, your body only... Read More »

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified a fast-moving virus, hitting the Midwest, as EV-D86. It was first discovered in the 1960s in California and has remained somewhat dormant until recently. More than 80 cases of EV-D86 have been reported this month. It is one of about 100 types of Enteroviruses, which are typically prevalent throughout the summer and early fall. However, most types are similar to the common cold. EV-D86, on the other hand, is presenting with predominant respiratory problems severe enough to cause hospitalization for many affected patients. ... Read More »

Dietitian Rene Norman, RD/LD, joins us on the blog today to talk about the benefits of cauliflower and how to prepare it so the whole family can enjoy this good-for-you "white food."

The “no white foods” diet is still around. People following it don’t eat white bread, white rice, white pasta or white potatoes. These foods typically raise blood sugars.  However, cauliflower is not one of those white foods. One cup of raw cauliflower has 27 calories, 77 percent daily value for vitamin C, 5 grams carbohydrate, 2.5 grams fiber, 2 grams protein and is a good source of potassium, folate,... Read More »

 There is nothing quite like watching the final pair come down the back nine Sunday afternoon with an unlikely victor about to sink the winning put. From the elusive green jacket Phil Mickleson won in 2004 (clinching his first major championship), to great comebacks as the 1999 U.S Ryder Cup team overcoming a 10-6 deficit going into Sunday and most recently Ben Crane’s St. Jude Classic win – his first since 2011. While it is remarkable to watch the pros play at a level most of us can only dream, we somehow know exactly what they feel like with a taste of victory. “Oh my gosh, it just keeps... Read More »

“It’s a reflection of everybody as a whole,” says Owasso Fire Department Captain Aaron Greenburg of being recognized as the recipient of the Bailey Medical Center Community Star Award. “We just happened to be on duty that day. You can call anyone here, church or other organization, and you would have gotten the same response, if not more. It is the spirit of Owasso.” 

It was a cold winter day in 2013, when a man walked into the Emergency Department at Bailey Medical Center cold and wet from the storm. He had been living on the streets of Owasso, passing through town. ED staff... Read More »

Easter week is right around the corner – secretly known as one of the biggest weeks of the year for candy manufactures. Did you know 70 percent of all chocolate sales for the year occur the week leading up to Easter? That’s right. While we are fans of chocolate and candy on Valentine’s Day, it appears we really can’t resist these goodies wrapped up as cute bunnies, ducks or eggs. Easter comes in right behind Halloween for candy sales, 71 million pounds and 90 million pounds sold, respectively. So what’s really in your child’s Easter basket? Plenty of sugar. 

Health care providers... Read More »