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  • MedWatch- CCMH’s annual Starlight Country concert raised enough money for a NICU retina camera

    MedWatch- CCMH’s annual Starlight Country concert raised enough money for a NICU retina camera

    Monday, August 14 2017 1:31 PM EDT2017-08-14 17:31:32 GMT
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    Thanks to generous donations and money raised at this year’s Starlight Country concert, Comanche County Memorial Hospital's NICU now has a new retina camera to examine premature baby’s eyes. Doctors say it is another step towards providing the best care possible. The retina camera is a device that takes pictures of the area in the back of the eye called the retina. 

    Thanks to generous donations and money raised at this year’s Starlight Country concert, Comanche County Memorial Hospital's NICU now has a new retina camera to examine premature baby’s eyes. Doctors say it is another step towards providing the best care possible. The retina camera is a device that takes pictures of the area in the back of the eye called the retina. 

  • MedWatch- Mobi-C cervical disc replacement surgery could change your quality of life

    MedWatch- Mobi-C cervical disc replacement surgery could change your quality of life

    Thursday, August 10 2017 11:02 AM EDT2017-08-10 15:02:24 GMT
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    Numbness, tingling, and weakness in your arm or hand may mean you have a problem with a herniated disc in your neck. But now, thanks to a relatively new surgery, doctors can treat it without taking away any of your mobility. Doctors say the Mobi-C cervical disc replacement surgery could change your quality of life. Comanche County Memorial Hospital has the only doctor in Southwest Oklahoma certified to do it. 

    Numbness, tingling, and weakness in your arm or hand may mean you have a problem with a herniated disc in your neck. But now, thanks to a relatively new surgery, doctors can treat it without taking away any of your mobility. Doctors say the Mobi-C cervical disc replacement surgery could change your quality of life. Comanche County Memorial Hospital has the only doctor in Southwest Oklahoma certified to do it. 

  • MedWatch- Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common form of cancer among men

    MedWatch- Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common form of cancer among men

    Wednesday, August 2 2017 3:30 PM EDT2017-08-02 19:30:59 GMT
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    The American Cancer Society says prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men. Because there are only a few symptoms --- men often don't know they have the disease. The best way to protect yourself is with yearly screenings. One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, but thanks to screening and early detection only one out of thirty-nine men will die from it. 

    The American Cancer Society says prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men. Because there are only a few symptoms --- men often don't know they have the disease. The best way to protect yourself is with yearly screenings. One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, but thanks to screening and early detection only one out of thirty-nine men will die from it. 

  • MedWatch- Snoring

    MedWatch- Snoring

    Monday, July 24 2017 3:20 PM EDT2017-07-24 19:20:46 GMT
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    Snoring is a problem that so many people deal with on a nightly basis. But what if your snoring is actually something more than that, like sleep apnea. Doctors say it can be a serious problem that you might want to get checked out. Snoring, you know that pesky sound that your husband or wife makes at night is more common than you think. In fact, doctors say 44 percent of men, and 28 percent of women will habitually snore. But what causes a person to snore? "Anything that can ca...
    Snoring is a problem that so many people deal with on a nightly basis. But what if your snoring is actually something more than that, like sleep apnea. Doctors say it can be a serious problem that you might want to get checked out. Snoring, you know that pesky sound that your husband or wife makes at night is more common than you think. In fact, doctors say 44 percent of men, and 28 percent of women will habitually snore. But what causes a person to snore? "Anything that can ca...
  • MedWatch- CCMH is a tobacco-free campus

    MedWatch- CCMH is a tobacco-free campus

    Thursday, July 20 2017 3:33 PM EDT2017-07-20 19:33:02 GMT
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    Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death according to the CDC. It leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body which is why Comanche County Memorial Hospital is a tobacco free campus. You might see signs like these posted all around the hospital... No smoking... That's because CCMH is a tobacco free campus. "It's really important that as a healthcare facility, that we put people’s health first." 

    Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death according to the CDC. It leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body which is why Comanche County Memorial Hospital is a tobacco free campus. You might see signs like these posted all around the hospital... No smoking... That's because CCMH is a tobacco free campus. "It's really important that as a healthcare facility, that we put people’s health first." 

  • MedWatch- Spirit of Survival training program kicks off

    MedWatch- Spirit of Survival training program kicks off

    Monday, July 17 2017 2:22 PM EDT2017-07-17 18:22:51 GMT
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    Training has started for Southwest Oklahoma's biggest race, the 12th annual Spirit of Survival. Tonight on MedWatch, we have more on the free 12-week training program to help get you ready for the big day. The training started on Saturday, but Lane Hooten, the Chief Operating Officer for the Cancer Centers of SWOK, says anyone is welcome to come out. 

    Training has started for Southwest Oklahoma's biggest race, the 12th annual Spirit of Survival. Tonight on MedWatch, we have more on the free 12-week training program to help get you ready for the big day. The training started on Saturday, but Lane Hooten, the Chief Operating Officer for the Cancer Centers of SWOK, says anyone is welcome to come out. 

  • MedWatch- Teens get hands-on medical experience during the Volunteen program

    MedWatch- Teens get hands-on medical experience during the Volunteen program

    Wednesday, July 12 2017 1:58 PM EDT2017-07-12 17:58:15 GMT
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    Summer is a time when many teens hang out with their friends and spend time at the pool. But some local teenagers are using their free time this summer to volunteer and help others. It's through a program called “Volun-teens” at Comanche County Memorial Hospital. During the 8-week program, the teens are exposed to many aspects of health care, giving them the opportunity to work hands-on in an area of the hospital they are interested in. 

    Summer is a time when many teens hang out with their friends and spend time at the pool. But some local teenagers are using their free time this summer to volunteer and help others. It's through a program called “Volun-teens” at Comanche County Memorial Hospital. During the 8-week program, the teens are exposed to many aspects of health care, giving them the opportunity to work hands-on in an area of the hospital they are interested in. 

  • MedWatch- Alzheimer’s Disease

    MedWatch- Alzheimer’s Disease

    Monday, July 3 2017 1:18 PM EDT2017-07-03 17:18:51 GMT
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    Alzheimer's is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are more than 60,000 Oklahoman's with the disease. Sadly, that number will keep increasing until a cure is found. 

    Alzheimer's is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are more than 60,000 Oklahoman's with the disease. Sadly, that number will keep increasing until a cure is found. 

  • MedWatch- Childhood Obesity

    MedWatch- Childhood Obesity

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 1:56 PM EDT2017-06-28 17:56:01 GMT
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    In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has doubled in the United States. Because of this trend, more children than ever before are at an increased risk of developing heart disease risk factors like type two diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.   The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children between nine and eleven years of age be screened for high cholesterol due to the growing number of obese children. 

    In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has doubled in the United States. Because of this trend, more children than ever before are at an increased risk of developing heart disease risk factors like type two diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.   The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children between nine and eleven years of age be screened for high cholesterol due to the growing number of obese children. 

  • MedWatch- June is Safety Awareness Month

    MedWatch- June is Safety Awareness Month

    Monday, June 19 2017 1:33 PM EDT2017-06-19 17:33:09 GMT
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    As the temperatures warm up, more accidents are likely to increase now that people are out and about. And with June being Safety Awareness Month, one local medical helicopter crew is preparing for a busy summer. Survival Flight teamed up with Comanche County Memorial Hospital back in December. And it has no doubt been utilized since it's been in service. 

    As the temperatures warm up, more accidents are likely to increase now that people are out and about. And with June being Safety Awareness Month, one local medical helicopter crew is preparing for a busy summer. Survival Flight teamed up with Comanche County Memorial Hospital back in December. And it has no doubt been utilized since it's been in service. 

  • MedWatch- Lawton Farmers Market Annual Tomato Festival

    MedWatch- Lawton Farmers Market Annual Tomato Festival

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 3:26 PM EDT2017-06-14 19:26:38 GMT
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    Whether you say tomato or tomato, you can't argue how this fruit offers plenty of health benefits. And in Lawton, we celebrate the tomato each year with the annual Tomato Festival. A time of celebration, fun competition, and plenty of tasting. "In southwest Oklahoma, everyone thinks about summer, they think about fresh tomatoes,” said Edward Legako, M.D, President of SWOK Growers Association. 

    Whether you say tomato or tomato, you can't argue how this fruit offers plenty of health benefits. And in Lawton, we celebrate the tomato each year with the annual Tomato Festival. A time of celebration, fun competition, and plenty of tasting. "In southwest Oklahoma, everyone thinks about summer, they think about fresh tomatoes,” said Edward Legako, M.D, President of SWOK Growers Association. 

  • MedWatch- Spirit of Survival training kickoff

    MedWatch- Spirit of Survival training kickoff

    Monday, June 12 2017 1:02 PM EDT2017-06-12 17:02:21 GMT
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    We are already a few months away from the Spirit of Survival, and the kickoff for training is happening this Friday. "We'll have early registration for the race. You'll get a discount for doing that. Dick's will have discounts for the entire weekend for people who have signed up for the race. We'll be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, and chips to get people in the mood and get them over here and get them registered,” said Lane Hooton, Chief Operating Office...

    We are already a few months away from the Spirit of Survival, and the kickoff for training is happening this Friday. "We'll have early registration for the race. You'll get a discount for doing that. Dick's will have discounts for the entire weekend for people who have signed up for the race. We'll be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, and chips to get people in the mood and get them over here and get them registered,” said Lane Hooton, Chief Operating Office...

  • MedWatch- Pet Peace of Mind assists patients in caring for their pets during illnesses

    MedWatch- Pet Peace of Mind assists patients in caring for their pets during illnesses

    Friday, June 9 2017 2:06 PM EDT2017-06-09 18:06:27 GMT
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    Comanche County Memorial Hospitals Home Health and Hospice program has teamed up with Pet Peace of Mind to assist patients and families with the care of their beloved pets at a time when they are least able to provide for them. Our pets become family to us, and they comfort their owners much like a close friend or relative. 

    Comanche County Memorial Hospitals Home Health and Hospice program has teamed up with Pet Peace of Mind to assist patients and families with the care of their beloved pets at a time when they are least able to provide for them. Our pets become family to us, and they comfort their owners much like a close friend or relative. 

  • MedWatch- CCMH welcomes their 1st set of triplets

    MedWatch- CCMH welcomes their 1st set of triplets

    Wednesday, June 7 2017 6:09 PM EDT2017-06-07 22:09:47 GMT
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    A little over 1 out of every thousand births, are triplets. While that may sound more common than you think, it's still pretty rare. And up until the beginning of June, Comanche County Memorial Hospital had never delivered a set of triplets. But now that has changed. Meet Melanie, Ma' Lina and Ma' Leah. These three beautiful little girls are the first triplets to be delivered at CCMH. 

    A little over 1 out of every thousand births, are triplets. While that may sound more common than you think, it's still pretty rare. And up until the beginning of June, Comanche County Memorial Hospital had never delivered a set of triplets. But now that has changed. Meet Melanie, Ma' Lina and Ma' Leah. These three beautiful little girls are the first triplets to be delivered at CCMH. 

  • MedWatch- CCMH’s 1st class of resident physicians set to graduate

    MedWatch- CCMH’s 1st class of resident physicians set to graduate

    Monday, June 5 2017 5:28 PM EDT2017-06-05 21:28:39 GMT
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    Comanche County Memorial Hospital's first class of Resident Physicians will graduate this month from the Family Medicine Program, and in just 6 short months, the Residents in the Emergency Medicine program will graduate too. The program started back in 2014. "We have 16 E.R. resident physicians, and 12 family medicine resident physicians," said Sharon Smith, the GME Administrator. 

    Comanche County Memorial Hospital's first class of Resident Physicians will graduate this month from the Family Medicine Program, and in just 6 short months, the Residents in the Emergency Medicine program will graduate too. The program started back in 2014. "We have 16 E.R. resident physicians, and 12 family medicine resident physicians," said Sharon Smith, the GME Administrator. 

  • MedWatch- June is CMV Awareness Month

    MedWatch- June is CMV Awareness Month

    Monday, May 22 2017 3:04 PM EDT2017-05-22 19:04:15 GMT
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    June is national CMV Awareness Month. According to the national CMV website, about one out of every 150 babies are born with congenital CMV infection. While most babies show no signs or symptoms, for some it can cause major health problems, and even worse, death. Cara Gluck found out her son Parker had congenital cytomegalovirus, or CMV after he was born. 

    June is national CMV Awareness Month. According to the national CMV website, about one out of every 150 babies are born with congenital CMV infection. While most babies show no signs or symptoms, for some it can cause major health problems, and even worse, death. Cara Gluck found out her son Parker had congenital cytomegalovirus, or CMV after he was born. 

  • MedWatch- CCMH offers wound care services

    MedWatch- CCMH offers wound care services

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 6:02 PM EDT2017-05-17 22:02:56 GMT
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    The latest technology in wound care is available right here in Southwest Oklahoma. Comanche County Memorial Hospital's Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is helping Texomans heal difficult wounds with the hyperbaric chamber. “It's open, it's clear. There is room to turn, and turn back. I popped a different movie in each day and away I went,” said Betty Sheffield. 

    The latest technology in wound care is available right here in Southwest Oklahoma. Comanche County Memorial Hospital's Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is helping Texomans heal difficult wounds with the hyperbaric chamber. “It's open, it's clear. There is room to turn, and turn back. I popped a different movie in each day and away I went,” said Betty Sheffield. 

  • MedWatch- CCMH now offers a surgical device for treating chronic reflux

    MedWatch- CCMH now offers a surgical device for treating chronic reflux

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 2:14 PM EDT2017-05-16 18:14:28 GMT
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    A new surgical device for treating chronic reflux is now available in Southwest Oklahoma. GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as acid reflux, is one of the most common digestive disorders in the country. Many people can control symptoms with dietary changes or medication, but when those fail, a new surgical alternative called LINX may be able to help. 

    A new surgical device for treating chronic reflux is now available in Southwest Oklahoma. GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as acid reflux, is one of the most common digestive disorders in the country. Many people can control symptoms with dietary changes or medication, but when those fail, a new surgical alternative called LINX may be able to help. 

  • MedWatch- CCMH now offers the Orbera weight loss balloon

    MedWatch- CCMH now offers the Orbera weight loss balloon

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 2:40 PM EDT2017-05-10 18:40:59 GMT
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    The Orbera weight loss balloon is becoming a popular option for people who want to lose 30 to 60 pounds and now it is being offered at Comanche County Memorial Hospital.   "It's just a balloon essentially, that takes up room in the stomach that food normally would. So, it should make you feel fuller a lot quicker."   Bariatric general surgeon Dr. Michael Sawyer, says CCMH is the only hospital in southwest Oklahoma that is offering it. 

    The Orbera weight loss balloon is becoming a popular option for people who want to lose 30 to 60 pounds and now it is being offered at Comanche County Memorial Hospital.   "It's just a balloon essentially, that takes up room in the stomach that food normally would. So, it should make you feel fuller a lot quicker."   Bariatric general surgeon Dr. Michael Sawyer, says CCMH is the only hospital in southwest Oklahoma that is offering it. 

  • MedWatch- Comanche County Memorial Hospital Foundation's Walk Program promotes wellness for area children

    MedWatch- Comanche County Memorial Hospital Foundation's Walk Program promotes wellness for area children

    Monday, May 8 2017 12:49 PM EDT2017-05-08 16:49:03 GMT
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    They walked 10,000 steps each day for six weeks. Now, fourth graders from several area schools are being rewarded with a day of fun at the Fort Sill Youth Center. It's all part of the Comanche County Memorial Hospital Foundation's Walk Program. "Walk" stands for wellness and Lawton's kids. "This program started several years ago, and it was just to help in identifying childhood obesity. 

    They walked 10,000 steps each day for six weeks. Now, fourth graders from several area schools are being rewarded with a day of fun at the Fort Sill Youth Center. It's all part of the Comanche County Memorial Hospital Foundation's Walk Program. "Walk" stands for wellness and Lawton's kids. "This program started several years ago, and it was just to help in identifying childhood obesity. 

  • MedWatch- Take precautions this summer to prevent skin cancer

    MedWatch- Take precautions this summer to prevent skin cancer

    Monday, May 1 2017 3:09 PM EDT2017-05-01 19:09:55 GMT
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    Summer is getting closer and that means it's time to start thinking about skin care. Skin cancer is a growing threat with more than one-million cases diagnosed every year. It's a disease that is effecting more and more people, old and young. Whether it's warm spring temperatures or hot summer weather, i/f left unprotected your skin is at risk for sun damage or worse skin cancer. "You need to protect yourself from sun, whether you're inside with a window glass...

    Summer is getting closer and that means it's time to start thinking about skin care. Skin cancer is a growing threat with more than one-million cases diagnosed every year. It's a disease that is effecting more and more people, old and young. Whether it's warm spring temperatures or hot summer weather, i/f left unprotected your skin is at risk for sun damage or worse skin cancer. "You need to protect yourself from sun, whether you're inside with a window glass...

  • MedWatch- Donating blood saves lives right here in our community

    MedWatch- Donating blood saves lives right here in our community

    Monday, April 24 2017 1:39 PM EDT2017-04-24 17:39:04 GMT
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    Forty years ago, a group of doctors got together to address the need for a blood supply in Oklahoma. Surgeries were being canceled because there was no blood for patients who needed it. So, they formed a nonprofit group called the Oklahoma Blood Institute, and they've been saving lives ever since. The Oklahoma Blood Institute provides 95 percent of the blood supply to hospitals in Oklahoma, which is why there is always a need for donations.

    Forty years ago, a group of doctors got together to address the need for a blood supply in Oklahoma. Surgeries were being canceled because there was no blood for patients who needed it. So, they formed a nonprofit group called the Oklahoma Blood Institute, and they've been saving lives ever since. The Oklahoma Blood Institute provides 95 percent of the blood supply to hospitals in Oklahoma, which is why there is always a need for donations.

  • MedWatch- CCMH works to get patients who have suffered a stroke in and treated as quickly as possible

    MedWatch- CCMH works to get patients who have suffered a stroke in and treated as quickly as possible

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 4:49 PM EDT2017-04-19 20:49:01 GMT
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    According to the national stroke association, Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability. Time is brain when it comes to stroke patients. That's why Comanche County Memorial Hospital works to get patients who have suffered a stroke in and treated as quickly as possible. 

    According to the national stroke association, Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability. Time is brain when it comes to stroke patients. That's why Comanche County Memorial Hospital works to get patients who have suffered a stroke in and treated as quickly as possible. 

  • MedWatch- CCMH is a primary stroke center

    MedWatch- CCMH is a primary stroke center

    Monday, April 17 2017 2:46 PM EDT2017-04-17 18:46:33 GMT
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    The National Stroke Association estimates that each year more than 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Comanche County Memorial Hospital is a primary stroke center that works to get patients who have suffered a stroke in and treated as quickly as possible.

    The National Stroke Association estimates that each year more than 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Comanche County Memorial Hospital is a primary stroke center that works to get patients who have suffered a stroke in and treated as quickly as possible.

  • MedWatch- April is Donate Life Month

    MedWatch- April is Donate Life Month

    Monday, April 10 2017 3:18 PM EDT2017-04-10 19:18:24 GMT
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    April is Donate Life Month. It's celebrated to help encourage people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors, and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. "He was looking for a donor, and he asked me 'hey would you be interested if you were a match?' And I said, 'well certainly.'"  28 years ago, Brett Rankin's brother Mark, had kidney failure and needed a transplant. 

    April is Donate Life Month. It's celebrated to help encourage people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors, and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. "He was looking for a donor, and he asked me 'hey would you be interested if you were a match?' And I said, 'well certainly.'"  28 years ago, Brett Rankin's brother Mark, had kidney failure and needed a transplant. 

  • MedWatch- Employee share memories of original CCMH ER during unveiling of renovations

    MedWatch- Employee share memories of original CCMH ER during unveiling of renovations

    Wednesday, April 5 2017 2:28 PM EDT2017-04-05 18:28:11 GMT
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    Comanche County Memorial Hospital held a special ceremony marking the completion of phase 2 of the Drewry Family Emergency Center -- and those in attendance got a little glimpse into the past. Phase 2 was all about renovating old rooms inside the emergency center and creating more space. "There was people in cots laying in the hallway with IV's in them. It looked like a third world country. So we knew we had to do something," said Dennis Butler.

    Comanche County Memorial Hospital held a special ceremony marking the completion of phase 2 of the Drewry Family Emergency Center -- and those in attendance got a little glimpse into the past. Phase 2 was all about renovating old rooms inside the emergency center and creating more space. "There was people in cots laying in the hallway with IV's in them. It looked like a third world country. So we knew we had to do something," said Dennis Butler.

  • MedWatch- 12th Annual Starlight Country Concert

    MedWatch- 12th Annual Starlight Country Concert

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 2:32 PM EDT2017-04-04 18:32:45 GMT
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    The 12th annual Starlight Country Concert was a huge success -- raising more than $230,000 to help support the medical needs of sick children at Comanche County Memorial Hospital.  Lea Ann Chandler, the director of the CCMH foundation says the event had a record number of attendance, and started with a record number of sponsorships. "We were able to start the event with over 100,000 in sponsorships."

    The 12th annual Starlight Country Concert was a huge success -- raising more than $230,000 to help support the medical needs of sick children at Comanche County Memorial Hospital.  Lea Ann Chandler, the director of the CCMH foundation says the event had a record number of attendance, and started with a record number of sponsorships. "We were able to start the event with over 100,000 in sponsorships."

  • MedWatch- Phase 2 of construction at the CCMH ER is complete

    MedWatch- Phase 2 of construction at the CCMH ER is complete

    Monday, March 27 2017 1:33 PM EDT2017-03-27 17:33:46 GMT
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    After weeks of construction, phase two of the new Emergency Room at Comanche County Memorial Hospital is complete, and now all they are waiting on is approval from the state. "Phase 1 was the build of the new ER. Phase 2 is kind of the renovation remodel of our old rooms," Kimberly Bowen, the manager of the Drewry Family Emergency Center, says it was a much-needed expansion.

    After weeks of construction, phase two of the new Emergency Room at Comanche County Memorial Hospital is complete, and now all they are waiting on is approval from the state. "Phase 1 was the build of the new ER. Phase 2 is kind of the renovation remodel of our old rooms," Kimberly Bowen, the manager of the Drewry Family Emergency Center, says it was a much-needed expansion.

  • MedWatch- National Kick Butts Day

    MedWatch- National Kick Butts Day

    Monday, March 20 2017 3:42 PM EDT2017-03-20 19:42:12 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Today is National Kick Butts Day, started by the campaign for tobacco free kids. Every year in March, kids across the nation are encouraged to stand up, speak out against the tobacco industry and companies that target kids to become their replacement smokers. Every day more than 3,000 kids under the age of 18 try smoking for the first time, and 700 kids become new regular, daily smokers. "The tobacco industry does a really good job of making smoking appealing...

    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Today is National Kick Butts Day, started by the campaign for tobacco free kids. Every year in March, kids across the nation are encouraged to stand up, speak out against the tobacco industry and companies that target kids to become their replacement smokers. Every day more than 3,000 kids under the age of 18 try smoking for the first time, and 700 kids become new regular, daily smokers. "The tobacco industry does a really good job of making smoking appealing...

  • MedWatch- Head and neck cancers

    MedWatch- Head and neck cancers

    Monday, March 13 2017 1:27 PM EDT2017-03-13 17:27:28 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Head and neck cancers make up about 3 percent of cancer, and about 75,000 cases are diagnosed each year. Doctors say the earlier the cancer is detected the better chance you have of surviving it and that is what screening is for. While head and neck cancers have usually been linked to people who smoke and drink, research is now showing that the Human Papilloma Virus is becoming a more common cause "It's the same virus that causes warts, and things like that o...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Head and neck cancers make up about 3 percent of cancer, and about 75,000 cases are diagnosed each year. Doctors say the earlier the cancer is detected the better chance you have of surviving it and that is what screening is for. While head and neck cancers have usually been linked to people who smoke and drink, research is now showing that the Human Papilloma Virus is becoming a more common cause "It's the same virus that causes warts, and things like that o...
  • MedWatch- Screening for Lung Cancer saves lives

    MedWatch- Screening for Lung Cancer saves lives

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 6:33 PM EST2017-03-08 23:33:51 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Lung Cancer is the second most common form of cancer among men and women, according to the American Cancer Society. It's the leading cause of cancer deaths-- killing more people than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Doctors say not all lung cancers can be prevented. But there are things you can do that might lower your risk and one of those is getting screened. That's exactly what saved Richard Gamble's life. "It was a typical life, I enjoyed it....

    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Lung Cancer is the second most common form of cancer among men and women, according to the American Cancer Society. It's the leading cause of cancer deaths-- killing more people than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Doctors say not all lung cancers can be prevented. But there are things you can do that might lower your risk and one of those is getting screened. That's exactly what saved Richard Gamble's life. "It was a typical life, I enjoyed it....

  • MedWatch- Palliative care can aid patient suffering towards the end

    MedWatch- Palliative care can aid patient suffering towards the end

    Monday, March 6 2017 5:20 PM EST2017-03-06 22:20:26 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Palliative care is meant to reduce suffering at the end of a person's life. It's not easy making decisions about this type of care but careful planning between doctors, patients and families is a way to provide some relief for everyone in those hard times. The Hospice program at Comanche County Memorial Hospital does just that. "Nobody wants to talk about it, but everybody is going to die at some time. And the question is, are you going to die in pain? Are you...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Palliative care is meant to reduce suffering at the end of a person's life. It's not easy making decisions about this type of care but careful planning between doctors, patients and families is a way to provide some relief for everyone in those hard times. The Hospice program at Comanche County Memorial Hospital does just that. "Nobody wants to talk about it, but everybody is going to die at some time. And the question is, are you going to die in pain? Are you...
  • MedWatch- Peripheral Arterial Disease

    MedWatch- Peripheral Arterial Disease

    Thursday, March 2 2017 4:17 PM EST2017-03-02 21:17:37 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, is blockage of the arteries to the legs, arms, and head. It can be deadly, and doctors say 1 in 5 people will develop it. PAD is similar to coronary artery disease and is most commonly found in the legs. Many people mistake the symptoms of PAD for something else. "The typical symptoms are when you walk a certain distance you have pain in your thigh. You have pain in the calf. That you stop walking and rest for a ...

    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, is blockage of the arteries to the legs, arms, and head. It can be deadly, and doctors say 1 in 5 people will develop it. PAD is similar to coronary artery disease and is most commonly found in the legs. Many people mistake the symptoms of PAD for something else. "The typical symptoms are when you walk a certain distance you have pain in your thigh. You have pain in the calf. That you stop walking and rest for a ...

  • MedWatch- Open Heart Surgery

    MedWatch- Open Heart Surgery

    Monday, February 27 2017 1:35 PM EST2017-02-27 18:35:42 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Open heart surgery, three words that can be scary to hear. For Jerry Sappington, he didn't have much time to even process those words before he was prepped for the operating room. It started when he was experiencing cramps in his legs. "When I would go to mow my yard, what used to take me an hour and a half, was the last time I did it, took me five and a half hours. Because I had to sit down, I couldn't breathe, and my legs were cramping,” explained Sap...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Open heart surgery, three words that can be scary to hear. For Jerry Sappington, he didn't have much time to even process those words before he was prepped for the operating room. It started when he was experiencing cramps in his legs. "When I would go to mow my yard, what used to take me an hour and a half, was the last time I did it, took me five and a half hours. Because I had to sit down, I couldn't breathe, and my legs were cramping,” explained Sap...
  • MedWatch- Testosterone replacements increase heart disease risk

    MedWatch- Testosterone replacements increase heart disease risk

    Wednesday, February 22 2017 4:51 PM EST2017-02-22 21:51:20 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- A low testosterone level often raises concern, especially for men. And sometimes it prompts them to seek hormone replacements to help boost it. But Doctor's say hormone replacement isn't necessarily always the best option.   Low testosterone levels can lead to fatigue, depression, low libido, weight gain, and other symptoms. And many men often turn to testosterone boosters for relief.   "You may cause at first, improvement in some of the symptoms, but...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- A low testosterone level often raises concern, especially for men. And sometimes it prompts them to seek hormone replacements to help boost it. But Doctor's say hormone replacement isn't necessarily always the best option.   Low testosterone levels can lead to fatigue, depression, low libido, weight gain, and other symptoms. And many men often turn to testosterone boosters for relief.   "You may cause at first, improvement in some of the symptoms, but...
  • MedWatch- Reducing your risk of Heart Disease

    MedWatch- Reducing your risk of Heart Disease

    Monday, February 20 2017 1:56 PM EST2017-02-20 18:56:42 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that's 1 in every 4 deaths. Heart Disease remains the number one killer in the U-S in men and women. But doctors’ say there are ways to significantly reduce your risks of developing it. Studies have shown time and time again that there are 5 things that can be done to reduce your risks of heart disease by 80 to 85 percent. "Numbe...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that's 1 in every 4 deaths. Heart Disease remains the number one killer in the U-S in men and women. But doctors’ say there are ways to significantly reduce your risks of developing it. Studies have shown time and time again that there are 5 things that can be done to reduce your risks of heart disease by 80 to 85 percent. "Numbe...
  • MedWatch- Calcium Scoring for Heart Disease

    MedWatch- Calcium Scoring for Heart Disease

    Thursday, February 16 2017 3:07 PM EST2017-02-16 20:07:26 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- It's a newer technology to help detect who's at risk for heart disease. It's called calcium scoring but cardiologists warn this new scan shouldn't be the first line of defense for fighting heart disease. Calcium scoring is a quick and painless test. It is a type of CT scan that measures the amount of calcium in the blood vessels of the heart. "Calcium scoring is a valid screening test for determination of risk factors for Coronary Artery Disease," explai...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- It's a newer technology to help detect who's at risk for heart disease. It's called calcium scoring but cardiologists warn this new scan shouldn't be the first line of defense for fighting heart disease. Calcium scoring is a quick and painless test. It is a type of CT scan that measures the amount of calcium in the blood vessels of the heart. "Calcium scoring is a valid screening test for determination of risk factors for Coronary Artery Disease," explai...
  • MedWatch- Women's Heart Health

    MedWatch- Women's Heart Health

    Monday, February 13 2017 5:07 PM EST2017-02-13 22:07:06 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- About nine years ago, Marcy Moody was told by her doctors during her pregnancy, she had cardiomyopathy,  a hereditary disease that makes it hard for the heart to deliver blood to the body.  She was pregnant with twins at the time. "I remember the first day after I was diagnosed. They sent me home and the nurses said don't worry about the babies we'll take care of them. 

    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- About nine years ago, Marcy Moody was told by her doctors during her pregnancy, she had cardiomyopathy,  a hereditary disease that makes it hard for the heart to deliver blood to the body.  She was pregnant with twins at the time. "I remember the first day after I was diagnosed. They sent me home and the nurses said don't worry about the babies we'll take care of them. 

  • MedWatch-Fully dissolvable heart stent

    MedWatch-Fully dissolvable heart stent

    Wednesday, February 8 2017 2:57 PM EST2017-02-08 19:57:53 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Continuing coverage for heart month, Comanche County Memorial Hospital now offers a breakthrough in cutting-edge technology for heart patients. CCMH is the first hospital in the state to perform a fully dissolvable stent procedure outside of a clinical trial. "There is nothing of this kind that has been developed so far," said Doctor Eugen Ivan. The new technology has only been on the market for about three months but was in the development stages f...

    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Continuing coverage for heart month, Comanche County Memorial Hospital now offers a breakthrough in cutting-edge technology for heart patients. CCMH is the first hospital in the state to perform a fully dissolvable stent procedure outside of a clinical trial. "There is nothing of this kind that has been developed so far," said Doctor Eugen Ivan. The new technology has only been on the market for about three months but was in the development stages f...

  • MedWatch 7- Weight Loss Surgery

    MedWatch 7- Weight Loss Surgery

    Monday, February 6 2017 3:20 PM EST2017-02-06 20:20:21 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Weight loss surgery can be life changing for some people. It's a big decision that should come with a lot of thought and preparation. For one woman, she knew it was a decision she wanted to make. And just a year after the surgery, her results are inspiring. After trying different diet and exercise programs, and seeing no long-term results. Heather Utsinger decided to have weight loss surgery. "I needed to do something extreme because I was unhealthy. I weighe...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Weight loss surgery can be life changing for some people. It's a big decision that should come with a lot of thought and preparation. For one woman, she knew it was a decision she wanted to make. And just a year after the surgery, her results are inspiring. After trying different diet and exercise programs, and seeing no long-term results. Heather Utsinger decided to have weight loss surgery. "I needed to do something extreme because I was unhealthy. I weighe...
  • MedWatch- Therapy dogs are beneficial to your health

    MedWatch- Therapy dogs are beneficial to your health

    Monday, January 30 2017 5:04 PM EST2017-01-30 22:04:01 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- A dog is a man's best friend. You've probably heard that before. But did you know that interaction with dogs can actually be beneficial to your health? One local non-profit is using dogs as a form of therapy to provide comfort and companionship to patients who might need a bit of puppy love. Paws With Love is a non-profit group of volunteer handlers and their therapy dogs out of Lawton. Therapy Dogs promote emotional well-being, healing and overall quality of life....

    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- A dog is a man's best friend. You've probably heard that before. But did you know that interaction with dogs can actually be beneficial to your health? One local non-profit is using dogs as a form of therapy to provide comfort and companionship to patients who might need a bit of puppy love. Paws With Love is a non-profit group of volunteer handlers and their therapy dogs out of Lawton. Therapy Dogs promote emotional well-being, healing and overall quality of life....

  • Medwatch- Living with chronic pain

    Medwatch- Living with chronic pain

    Thursday, January 19 2017 3:59 PM EST2017-01-19 20:59:07 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- For many people, living with pain is a way of life. While medicine has made remarkable advances to get rid of some diseases, cure others and extend life, chronic pain is still one they are struggling to understand and improve. But with new approaches that don't focus only on medication, doctors are able to help patients suffering from chronic pain in many other ways. "If we just took one approach to control pain, it does not work well," said Dr. Samah Han...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- For many people, living with pain is a way of life. While medicine has made remarkable advances to get rid of some diseases, cure others and extend life, chronic pain is still one they are struggling to understand and improve. But with new approaches that don't focus only on medication, doctors are able to help patients suffering from chronic pain in many other ways. "If we just took one approach to control pain, it does not work well," said Dr. Samah Han...
  • MedWatch- January is cervical awareness month

    MedWatch- January is cervical awareness month

    Monday, January 9 2017 1:06 PM EST2017-01-09 18:06:45 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Nearly 80 to 90 percent of women will carry the virus that causes cervical cancer at some point in their life. Researchers estimate about 12 thousand women will get cervical cancer each year. January is cervical awareness month, so we spoke with a radiation oncologist to find out what women and men should know about the importance of early detection and immunization of the disease. According to Doctors, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer for women wor...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Nearly 80 to 90 percent of women will carry the virus that causes cervical cancer at some point in their life. Researchers estimate about 12 thousand women will get cervical cancer each year. January is cervical awareness month, so we spoke with a radiation oncologist to find out what women and men should know about the importance of early detection and immunization of the disease. According to Doctors, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer for women wor...
  • MedWatch- Specialized wound care treatment at CCMH

    MedWatch- Specialized wound care treatment at CCMH

    Monday, January 9 2017 12:43 PM EST2017-01-09 17:43:55 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Taking care of wounds can be a daunting task. Knowing what to do and how to treat your wound is essential in proper healing. Luckily, Comanche County Memorial Hospital offers a service that specializes in wound care treatment. With a 90 percent heal rate, the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine offers Texomans a comprehensive range of wound care services from treating foot problems to managing home health. Barbara McGuffin has been coming to the wound cen...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Taking care of wounds can be a daunting task. Knowing what to do and how to treat your wound is essential in proper healing. Luckily, Comanche County Memorial Hospital offers a service that specializes in wound care treatment. With a 90 percent heal rate, the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine offers Texomans a comprehensive range of wound care services from treating foot problems to managing home health. Barbara McGuffin has been coming to the wound cen...
  • MedWatch- Breast milk is best for babies

    MedWatch- Breast milk is best for babies

    Monday, January 9 2017 12:34 PM EST2017-01-09 17:34:49 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of preterm births in the nation, with one in seven babies born prematurely each year. Breast milk greatly improves the health and growth of these babies, and now with the help of the Oklahoma Mother's Milk Bank, mother's in southwest Oklahoma, who may have trouble breastfeeding, can now get the help they need. For the past month, Comanche County Memorial Hospital has been working with the Oklahoma Mother's Milk Bank to provide ...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of preterm births in the nation, with one in seven babies born prematurely each year. Breast milk greatly improves the health and growth of these babies, and now with the help of the Oklahoma Mother's Milk Bank, mother's in southwest Oklahoma, who may have trouble breastfeeding, can now get the help they need. For the past month, Comanche County Memorial Hospital has been working with the Oklahoma Mother's Milk Bank to provide ...
  • MedWatch- Making women aware of heart disease risk factors

    MedWatch- Making women aware of heart disease risk factors

    Monday, January 9 2017 12:29 PM EST2017-01-09 17:29:43 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- The death of iconic actress and writer Carrie Fisher from a heart attack has put the spotlight on heart disease, which kills women at a higher rate than any other ailment. But it turns out, doctors say heart disease is almost completely preventable and more women should be aware of their risk factors. Dee Anderson didn't think her extreme fatigue was a warning sign until she got to the hospital. "He said, Dee, you're having a heart attack." Like many wo...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- The death of iconic actress and writer Carrie Fisher from a heart attack has put the spotlight on heart disease, which kills women at a higher rate than any other ailment. But it turns out, doctors say heart disease is almost completely preventable and more women should be aware of their risk factors. Dee Anderson didn't think her extreme fatigue was a warning sign until she got to the hospital. "He said, Dee, you're having a heart attack." Like many wo...
  • MedWatch- CCMH’s NICU offers life-saving services to SW OK

    MedWatch- CCMH’s NICU offers life-saving services to SW OK

    Friday, January 6 2017 6:38 PM EST2017-01-06 23:38:37 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- When babies are born pre-maturely they often have complications and specialized needs that require the type of care only available at a neonatal intensive care unit. Comanche County Memorial Hospital's Level 2 NICU is the only one serving Southwest Oklahoma. The next closest is in Oklahoma City. So for mothers like Eumika Thomas of Duncan it was easy to choose the one closest to home. Born at just 35 weeks, baby boy Hayven came a few weeks earlier than expected. W...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- When babies are born pre-maturely they often have complications and specialized needs that require the type of care only available at a neonatal intensive care unit. Comanche County Memorial Hospital's Level 2 NICU is the only one serving Southwest Oklahoma. The next closest is in Oklahoma City. So for mothers like Eumika Thomas of Duncan it was easy to choose the one closest to home. Born at just 35 weeks, baby boy Hayven came a few weeks earlier than expected. W...
  • MedWatch- Palliative care offers comfort towards the end

    MedWatch- Palliative care offers comfort towards the end

    Friday, January 6 2017 6:35 PM EST2017-01-06 23:35:09 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Palliative care is meant to reduce suffering at the end of a person's life. It's not easy making decisions about this type of care but careful planning between doctors, patients and families is a way to provide some relief for everyone in those hard times. The Hospice program at Comanche County Memorial Hospital does just that. Hospice is for terminally ill patients who have been diagnosed by a physician that they are in the last 6 months of their life. The program...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Palliative care is meant to reduce suffering at the end of a person's life. It's not easy making decisions about this type of care but careful planning between doctors, patients and families is a way to provide some relief for everyone in those hard times. The Hospice program at Comanche County Memorial Hospital does just that. Hospice is for terminally ill patients who have been diagnosed by a physician that they are in the last 6 months of their life. The program...
  • MedWatch- CCMH offers cutting edge technology for heart patients

    MedWatch- CCMH offers cutting edge technology for heart patients

    Friday, December 16 2016 4:44 PM EST2016-12-16 21:44:55 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Comanche County Memorial Hospital now offers a breakthrough in cutting edge technology for heart patients.  CCMH is the first hospital in the state to perform a fully dissolvable stent procedure outside of a clinical trial. "There is nothing of this kind that has been developed so far,” explained Doctor Eugen Ivan. The new technology has only been on the market for about three months but was in the development stages for about 6 years. Doctor Ivan...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Comanche County Memorial Hospital now offers a breakthrough in cutting edge technology for heart patients.  CCMH is the first hospital in the state to perform a fully dissolvable stent procedure outside of a clinical trial. "There is nothing of this kind that has been developed so far,” explained Doctor Eugen Ivan. The new technology has only been on the market for about three months but was in the development stages for about 6 years. Doctor Ivan...
  • MedWatch- CCMH is SW OK's major heart attack hospital

    MedWatch- CCMH is SW OK's major heart attack hospital

    Friday, December 16 2016 4:33 PM EST2016-12-16 21:33:29 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Comanche County Memorial Hospital is Southwest Oklahoma's major heart attack hospital. With its advanced heart program and the number of cardiovascular doctors on staff, they work with other area hospitals to make sure the patient gets to CCMH quickly - giving doctors enough time to perform a potentially life-saving procedure during a heart attack. To better serve the patients at both CCMH and Anadarko, they recently went through a mock STEMI transportation. STEMI ...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Comanche County Memorial Hospital is Southwest Oklahoma's major heart attack hospital. With its advanced heart program and the number of cardiovascular doctors on staff, they work with other area hospitals to make sure the patient gets to CCMH quickly - giving doctors enough time to perform a potentially life-saving procedure during a heart attack. To better serve the patients at both CCMH and Anadarko, they recently went through a mock STEMI transportation. STEMI ...
  • MedWatch- CCMH offers breakthrough cancer therapies

    MedWatch- CCMH offers breakthrough cancer therapies

    Wednesday, November 9 2016 5:07 PM EST2016-11-09 22:07:22 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with cancer for the first time in 2016 and just under 600 thousand people will die of the disease in the United States. With cancer being the second leading cause of death in the U.S., a number of different treatments are being used to battle it. Comanche County Memorial Hospital offers Brachytherapy for some cancer treatments. It is a form of radiation that uses a very small ...

    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with cancer for the first time in 2016 and just under 600 thousand people will die of the disease in the United States. With cancer being the second leading cause of death in the U.S., a number of different treatments are being used to battle it. Comanche County Memorial Hospital offers Brachytherapy for some cancer treatments. It is a form of radiation that uses a very small ...

  • MedWatch- Keeping your children safe on Halloween

    MedWatch- Keeping your children safe on Halloween

    Wednesday, November 9 2016 4:48 PM EST2016-11-09 21:48:55 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- A national publication reports that over a 21-year period 115 pedestrians under the age of 18 were killed on Halloween. Making the holiday by far the deadliest day of the year for young trick-or-treaters. Comanche County Memorial Hospital pediatrician Laura White says there are things parents can do to make sure their children are safe when they go candy hunting on Halloween. "It's important that they be visible when it's dark out,” said Dr. White.

    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- A national publication reports that over a 21-year period 115 pedestrians under the age of 18 were killed on Halloween. Making the holiday by far the deadliest day of the year for young trick-or-treaters. Comanche County Memorial Hospital pediatrician Laura White says there are things parents can do to make sure their children are safe when they go candy hunting on Halloween. "It's important that they be visible when it's dark out,” said Dr. White.

  • MedWatch- CCMH works to make the facilities as patient-friendly as possible

    MedWatch- CCMH works to make the facilities as patient-friendly as possible

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 6:55 PM EDT2016-10-25 22:55:39 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Comanche County Memorial Hospital has a team that works to insure the hospital does all it can to be patient friendly. The members of the Patient and Family Partnership Council for Quality and Safety are former patients, loved ones, and hospital staff. The council meets monthly to talk about ways they can enhance the patient's stay. "When we have a problem or an issue, if we talk it over, we get it solved one way or another. It may not be right away but ...

    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Comanche County Memorial Hospital has a team that works to insure the hospital does all it can to be patient friendly. The members of the Patient and Family Partnership Council for Quality and Safety are former patients, loved ones, and hospital staff. The council meets monthly to talk about ways they can enhance the patient's stay. "When we have a problem or an issue, if we talk it over, we get it solved one way or another. It may not be right away but ...

  • MedWatch- Take precautions to help prevent the spread of the flu virus

    MedWatch- Take precautions to help prevent the spread of the flu virus

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 6:40 PM EDT2016-10-25 22:40:41 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- With flu season upon us, it's important to take the necessary precautions to help prevent you and your family from getting the virus. So far 8 people in Oklahoma have been hospitalized with the flu since the beginning of October. CCMH Infection Preventionist Meagan Garibay says on average, the flu kills around 36,000 people a year and hospitalizes more than 200,000 people. "So you know you have these diseases that are out there. Zika virus and stuff like that...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- With flu season upon us, it's important to take the necessary precautions to help prevent you and your family from getting the virus. So far 8 people in Oklahoma have been hospitalized with the flu since the beginning of October. CCMH Infection Preventionist Meagan Garibay says on average, the flu kills around 36,000 people a year and hospitalizes more than 200,000 people. "So you know you have these diseases that are out there. Zika virus and stuff like that...
  • MedWatch- September is Sepsis Awareness Month

    MedWatch- September is Sepsis Awareness Month

    Tuesday, October 18 2016 3:32 PM EDT2016-10-18 19:32:53 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Doctors and health officials across the nation are trying to get the word out about what it is and how to prevent it.   Sepsis is a severe infection in the tissue, caused by the presence of harmful bacteria, and their toxins, typically caused from infection of a wound. When someone comes into the ER at Comanche County Memorial Hospital, they're screened through a series of questions to see if they could possibly have sepsis...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Doctors and health officials across the nation are trying to get the word out about what it is and how to prevent it.   Sepsis is a severe infection in the tissue, caused by the presence of harmful bacteria, and their toxins, typically caused from infection of a wound. When someone comes into the ER at Comanche County Memorial Hospital, they're screened through a series of questions to see if they could possibly have sepsis...
  • MedWatch- CCMH offers a variety of breast health services

    MedWatch- CCMH offers a variety of breast health services

    Tuesday, October 18 2016 3:31 PM EDT2016-10-18 19:31:19 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- In honor of October being breast cancer awareness month, we've decided to take a look into the center for breast health at Comanche County Memorial Hospital to see the different services they offer.

    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- In honor of October being breast cancer awareness month, we've decided to take a look into the center for breast health at Comanche County Memorial Hospital to see the different services they offer.

  • MedWatch- CCMH is a primary stroke center

    MedWatch- CCMH is a primary stroke center

    Tuesday, October 11 2016 1:31 PM EDT2016-10-11 17:31:30 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Comanche County Memorial Hospital is now a primary stroke center after being certified early September 2016. The National Stroke Association estimates that each year more than 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke.  This certification will help CCMH better treat the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. "It's important to have because stoke is an under-treated and under-diagnosed illness in the United States. Many people are under the im...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Comanche County Memorial Hospital is now a primary stroke center after being certified early September 2016. The National Stroke Association estimates that each year more than 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke.  This certification will help CCMH better treat the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. "It's important to have because stoke is an under-treated and under-diagnosed illness in the United States. Many people are under the im...
  • MedWatch- Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center

    MedWatch- Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center

    Tuesday, October 11 2016 1:52 PM EDT2016-10-11 17:52:22 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Current and past patients, who spent time at the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center last year, gathered at Comanche County Memorial Hospital Tomlinson Medical Complex for the sixth annual rehabilitation reunion. During this reunion, one patient was given the Jim Thorpe courage award. The rehab staff chooses a patient for the award who has gone through a tough battle in rehab but is still positive and an encouragement to others. Teddy Harrison was honored nearly...

    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Current and past patients, who spent time at the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center last year, gathered at Comanche County Memorial Hospital Tomlinson Medical Complex for the sixth annual rehabilitation reunion. During this reunion, one patient was given the Jim Thorpe courage award. The rehab staff chooses a patient for the award who has gone through a tough battle in rehab but is still positive and an encouragement to others. Teddy Harrison was honored nearly...

  • MedWatch- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    MedWatch- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Tuesday, October 11 2016 1:27 PM EDT2016-10-11 17:27:34 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- October is breast cancer awareness month; a time to celebrate survival, honor the fight and remind women 40 and older, to get their yearly mammogram. Breast Cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in women. One in eight will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Dr. Terry Wolf says getting yearly screenings is important. "We know that the best way or the most likely way to survive breast cancer is to find cancer early, before it has had time to gr...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- October is breast cancer awareness month; a time to celebrate survival, honor the fight and remind women 40 and older, to get their yearly mammogram. Breast Cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in women. One in eight will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Dr. Terry Wolf says getting yearly screenings is important. "We know that the best way or the most likely way to survive breast cancer is to find cancer early, before it has had time to gr...
  • MedWatch- Guardian Angel Sponsorship helps pay Spirit of Survival entry fees

    MedWatch- Guardian Angel Sponsorship helps pay Spirit of Survival entry fees

    Tuesday, September 27 2016 11:59 AM EDT2016-09-27 15:59:23 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- If you've ever thought about running or walking in the Spirit of Survival but financial hardships have prevented you from participating, the Guardian Angel Sponsorship may be able to help. Founder Natalie Fitch says the sponsorship is not only for those who could use the help, but also for cancer patients and survivors and anyone who has a disabled child. While attending the Spirit of Survival last year Natalie Fitch says she noticed a need in the community to make...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- If you've ever thought about running or walking in the Spirit of Survival but financial hardships have prevented you from participating, the Guardian Angel Sponsorship may be able to help. Founder Natalie Fitch says the sponsorship is not only for those who could use the help, but also for cancer patients and survivors and anyone who has a disabled child. While attending the Spirit of Survival last year Natalie Fitch says she noticed a need in the community to make...
  • MedWatch- Spirit of Survival offers something for everyone

    MedWatch- Spirit of Survival offers something for everyone

    Monday, September 26 2016 7:00 PM EDT2016-09-26 23:00:44 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- The Spirit of Survival has something for everyone. From the morning's competitive races, to the kids marathon and Spirit Walk when cancer patients, survivors, family members and citizens walk a mile at the end of the day to remind us why the race is done in the first place. "We celebrate the lives of the patients that are no longer with us and we encourage and support the patients that are going through cancer treatment right now," said Andrea Hadley. Ra...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- The Spirit of Survival has something for everyone. From the morning's competitive races, to the kids marathon and Spirit Walk when cancer patients, survivors, family members and citizens walk a mile at the end of the day to remind us why the race is done in the first place. "We celebrate the lives of the patients that are no longer with us and we encourage and support the patients that are going through cancer treatment right now," said Andrea Hadley. Ra...
  • MedWatch- Race director Lori Cummins discusses Spirit of Survival

    MedWatch- Race director Lori Cummins discusses Spirit of Survival

    Monday, September 26 2016 6:52 PM EDT2016-09-26 22:52:48 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Start stretching and grab your tennis shoes because the 11th annual Spirit of Survival is next Sunday. The race raises money for cancer research and helps with clinical trials right here in Southwest Oklahoma. Race director Lori Cummins says when the race started 11 years ago, just over three hundred people participated. Since then, those numbers have risen drastically. They anticipate more than four thousand people will participate this year. "So it is a big...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Start stretching and grab your tennis shoes because the 11th annual Spirit of Survival is next Sunday. The race raises money for cancer research and helps with clinical trials right here in Southwest Oklahoma. Race director Lori Cummins says when the race started 11 years ago, just over three hundred people participated. Since then, those numbers have risen drastically. They anticipate more than four thousand people will participate this year. "So it is a big...
  • MedWatch- Couple finds their happily ever after at Spirit of Survival

    MedWatch- Couple finds their happily ever after at Spirit of Survival

    Monday, August 15 2016 12:12 PM EDT2016-08-15 16:12:05 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Two people running the Spirit of Survival met for the first time just before they cross the finish line and it changed their lives forever.
     

    Two people running the Spirit of Survival met for the first time just before they cross the finish line and it changed their lives forever.
     

  • MedWatch- Improving mobility with Mobi-C cervical disc replacement

    MedWatch- Improving mobility with Mobi-C cervical disc replacement

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 5:07 PM EST2017-01-24 22:07:40 GMT
    Source KSWOSource KSWO
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Numbness, tingling, and weakness in your arm or hand may mean you have a problem with a herniated disc in your neck. But now thanks to a relatively new surgery, doctors can treat it without taking away any of your mobility. Doctors say the Mobi-C cervical disc replacement surgery could change your quality of life and Comanche County Memorial Hospital has the only doctor in Southwest Oklahoma certified to do it. Disc problems can start from over-use, an accident, or...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Numbness, tingling, and weakness in your arm or hand may mean you have a problem with a herniated disc in your neck. But now thanks to a relatively new surgery, doctors can treat it without taking away any of your mobility. Doctors say the Mobi-C cervical disc replacement surgery could change your quality of life and Comanche County Memorial Hospital has the only doctor in Southwest Oklahoma certified to do it. Disc problems can start from over-use, an accident, or...
  • MedWatch-Laughing gas used during childbirth

    MedWatch-Laughing gas used during childbirth

    Tuesday, July 19 2016 7:41 PM EDT2016-07-19 23:41:24 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Having a baby is a joyous occasion, but for many moms-to-be the pains of labor is anything but a celebration. Now, a new way to treat labor pain may have new moms laughing all the way through the birthing process.

    Having a baby is a joyous occasion, but for many moms-to-be the pains of labor is anything but a celebration. Now, a new way to treat labor pain may have new moms laughing all the way through the birthing process.

  • MedWatch- CCMH provides rides to chemotherapy for cancer patients

    MedWatch- CCMH provides rides to chemotherapy for cancer patients

    Tuesday, September 13 2016 11:26 AM EDT2016-09-13 15:26:58 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    A cancer diagnosis can be devastating, but not feeling well enough to drive yourself to appointments can be even worse. That's why Comanche County Memorial Hospital's Cancer Center offers a free service where volunteers drive more than 300 miles round trip to ensure that a patient gets the treatment they need in hopes of curing the disease. "It's lifesaving for almost everyone we bring in,” Jack Bozarth said. “They have no other way to get here and...

    A cancer diagnosis can be devastating, but not feeling well enough to drive yourself to appointments can be even worse. That's why Comanche County Memorial Hospital's Cancer Center offers a free service where volunteers drive more than 300 miles round trip to ensure that a patient gets the treatment they need in hopes of curing the disease. "It's lifesaving for almost everyone we bring in,” Jack Bozarth said. “They have no other way to get here and...

  • MedWatch -Lawton woman urges citizens to support those with cancer

    MedWatch -Lawton woman urges citizens to support those with cancer

    Monday, August 29 2016 6:08 PM EDT2016-08-29 22:08:02 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Since 2013 a Lawton woman has spent a lot of time in the hospital and at the Cancer Center while battling colon cancer, and while her battle continues, she says this year she's decided to join others fighting a similar battle by walking in the Spirit of Survival.

    Since 2013 a Lawton woman has spent a lot of time in the hospital and at the Cancer Center while battling colon cancer, and while her battle continues, she says this year she's decided to join others fighting a similar battle by walking in the Spirit of Survival.

  • MedWatch-Lawton walk hopes to help find cure for Alzheimer's

    MedWatch-Lawton walk hopes to help find cure for Alzheimer's

    Thursday, August 25 2016 2:23 PM EDT2016-08-25 18:23:36 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Sixty-five-thousand Oklahomans have Alzheimer's Disease. 

    Sixty-five-thousand Oklahomans have Alzheimer's Disease. 

  • MedWatch- Spirit of Survival helps those to cope with the loss of loved ones

    MedWatch- Spirit of Survival helps those to cope with the loss of loved ones

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 2:21 PM EDT2016-08-23 18:21:30 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    In the late 1990s, Nancy Lombardo's mother unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack.

    In the late 1990s, Nancy Lombardo's mother unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack.

  • MedWatch- The Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Joint Replacement System

    MedWatch- The Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Joint Replacement System

    Thursday, August 18 2016 12:23 PM EDT2016-08-18 16:23:37 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Comanche County Memorial Hospital has new technology that will make surgeries more precise for doctors.

    Comanche County Memorial Hospital has new technology that will make surgeries more precise for doctors.

  • MedWatch- Vaccinations protect your child and community

    MedWatch- Vaccinations protect your child and community

    Thursday, August 11 2016 11:21 AM EDT2016-08-11 15:21:12 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    With the start of the school year, parents are getting their children's vaccinations up to date. Whether children are newborns or school aged, doctors say it's important to get them vaccinated.

    With the start of the school year, parents are getting their children's vaccinations up to date. Whether children are newborns or school aged, doctors say it's important to get them vaccinated.

  • MedWatch- Spirit of Survival improves the health of participants

    MedWatch- Spirit of Survival improves the health of participants

    Monday, August 8 2016 3:10 PM EDT2016-08-08 19:10:31 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    A Lawton native, whose helped with the Spirit of Survival in years past, has decided to walk the 5K in October for the first time.

    A Lawton native, whose helped with the Spirit of Survival in years past, has decided to walk the 5K in October for the first time.

  • MedWatch- Preparing for the Spirit of Survival

    MedWatch- Preparing for the Spirit of Survival

    Thursday, August 4 2016 4:31 PM EDT2016-08-04 20:31:29 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    On average, more than four thousand people participate in the Spirit of Survival every year walking or running in different events.

    On average, more than four thousand people participate in the Spirit of Survival every year walking or running in different events.

  • MedWatch- Hand washing prevents the spread of the flu

    MedWatch- Hand washing prevents the spread of the flu

    Thursday, August 4 2016 12:45 PM EDT2016-08-04 16:45:31 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    With flu season just a few months away Comanche County Memorial Hospital is encouraging good hand hygiene not only for staff but for visitors too to help ensure that their patients don't get a hospital stay infection.

    With flu season just a few months away Comanche County Memorial Hospital is encouraging good hand hygiene not only for staff but for visitors too to help ensure that their patients don't get a hospital stay infection.

  • MedWatch-Lawton Tomato Festival

    MedWatch-Lawton Tomato Festival

    Friday, July 22 2016 4:40 PM EDT2016-07-22 20:40:42 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Regardless of how you say tomato, this juicy fruit has many health benefits.

    Regardless of how you say tomato, this juicy fruit has many health benefits.

  • MedWatch-Zika virus on the rise

    MedWatch-Zika virus on the rise

    Friday, July 22 2016 4:40 PM EDT2016-07-22 20:40:42 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    The number of Zika virus cases is on the rise, but what is the Zika virus, who is at risk and how can you protect yourself?

    The number of Zika virus cases is on the rise, but what is the Zika virus, who is at risk and how can you protect yourself?

  • MedWatch-Drewry Family Emergency Center

    MedWatch-Drewry Family Emergency Center

    Friday, July 22 2016 4:40 PM EDT2016-07-22 20:40:42 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Emergency room…by very definition it’s the department of a hospital that provides immediate treatment for acute illnesses and trauma.

    Emergency room…by very definition it’s the department of a hospital that provides immediate treatment for acute illnesses and trauma.

  • MedWatch-Actress Shannen Doherty battles breast cancer

    MedWatch-Actress Shannen Doherty battles breast cancer

    Thursday, July 21 2016 6:20 PM EDT2016-07-21 22:20:58 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Breast cancer claimed more than 40,000 lives last year alone with more than 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer have been recorded worldwide.

    Breast cancer claimed more than 40,000 lives last year alone with more than 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer have been recorded worldwide.

  • MedWatch-Mountain climbing after weight loss

    MedWatch-Mountain climbing after weight loss

    Monday, July 18 2016 7:55 PM EDT2016-07-18 23:55:39 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    For many Americans, the quest to lose weight is often lost. At 400 pounds, one woman's determination to climb to the top of a mountain changed her body and spirit.

    For many Americans, the quest to lose weight is often lost. At 400 pounds, one woman's determination to climb to the top of a mountain changed her body and spirit.

  • MedWatch-Training for the Spirit of Survival

    MedWatch-Training for the Spirit of Survival

    Thursday, July 14 2016 6:24 PM EDT2016-07-14 22:24:03 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    It's time to train for Southwest Oklahoma's largest race, the 2016 Spirit of Survival, and there’s a free, 12-week training program to help get you ready for the big day.

    It's time to train for Southwest Oklahoma's largest race, the 2016 Spirit of Survival, and there’s a free, 12-week training program to help get you ready for the big day.

  • MedWatch-Medical marijuana

    MedWatch-Medical marijuana

    Thursday, June 30 2016 8:06 PM EDT2016-07-01 00:06:20 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    According to the National Conference of State Legislators, 23 states have comprehensive medicinal marijuana laws in place. Although the Oklahoma medicinal marijuana program has a very limited scope, legislators are looking at other states, like Pennsylvania, that have effective program already in place.

    According to the National Conference of State Legislators, 23 states have comprehensive medicinal marijuana laws in place. Although the Oklahoma medicinal marijuana program has a very limited scope, legislators are looking at other states, like Pennsylvania, that have effective program already in place.

  • MedWatch-Hip replacements

    MedWatch-Hip replacements

    Tuesday, June 28 2016 10:23 PM EDT2016-06-29 02:23:01 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    According to the CDC, about three-quarters of a million total hip replacements are performed in the United States each year. And all of those surgeries were done in the hospital where the patient will stay for days after the procedure. Now, an orthopedic clinic is changing the way hip replacement surgeries are done by offering the first outpatient hip replacement surgery.

    According to the CDC, about three-quarters of a million total hip replacements are performed in the United States each year. And all of those surgeries were done in the hospital where the patient will stay for days after the procedure. Now, an orthopedic clinic is changing the way hip replacement surgeries are done by offering the first outpatient hip replacement surgery.

  • MedWatch-Advances in pacemakers

    MedWatch-Advances in pacemakers

    Thursday, June 2 2016 1:01 PM EDT2016-06-02 17:01:50 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma has the third highest death rate in the nation from heart disease, and it’s the leading killer in Oklahoma, surpassing any other diseases.

    According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma has the third highest death rate in the nation from heart disease, and it’s the leading killer in Oklahoma, surpassing any other diseases.

  • MedWatch-Binaural sound waves

    MedWatch-Binaural sound waves

    Wednesday, April 6 2016 2:00 PM EDT2016-04-06 18:00:57 GMT
    Wednesday, May 18 2016 6:06 PM EDT2016-05-18 22:06:01 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    A diagnosis of cancer is tough for patients and families, and coping with the disease is even more difficult.

    A diagnosis of cancer is tough for patients and families, and coping with the disease is even more difficult.

  • MedWatch-Boy fights cancer

    MedWatch-Boy fights cancer

    Thursday, May 12 2016 4:32 PM EDT2016-05-12 20:32:59 GMT
    Thursday, May 12 2016 6:15 PM EDT2016-05-12 22:15:06 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    A 7-year-old California boy spent the last two years growing out his hair to help children battling cancer. Now, he's fighting cancer himself.

    A 7-year-old California boy spent the last two years growing out his hair to help children battling cancer. Now, he's fighting cancer himself.

  • MedWatch-Smoking and prostate cancer

    MedWatch-Smoking and prostate cancer

    Wednesday, May 11 2016 7:01 PM EDT2016-05-11 23:01:11 GMT
    Wednesday, May 11 2016 7:01 PM EDT2016-05-11 23:01:10 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    We know there are many reasons to quit smoking, but now new research provides one more, and men, it might surprise you.

    We know there are many reasons to quit smoking, but now new research provides one more, and men, it might surprise you.

  • MedWatch-Antibiotics and the common cold

    MedWatch-Antibiotics and the common cold

    Monday, May 9 2016 6:33 PM EDT2016-05-09 22:33:52 GMT
    Monday, May 9 2016 6:33 PM EDT2016-05-09 22:33:52 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Not getting a prescription for antibiotics may be the most effective treatment for the common cold.

    Not getting a prescription for antibiotics may be the most effective treatment for the common cold.

  • MedWatch-Mediterranean diet

    MedWatch-Mediterranean diet

    Friday, April 29 2016 9:02 PM EDT2016-04-30 01:02:10 GMT
    Friday, April 29 2016 9:02 PM EDT2016-04-30 01:02:09 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Following a plant based, Mediterranean diet has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, but does this type of diet also help preserve memory?

    Following a plant based, Mediterranean diet has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, but does this type of diet also help preserve memory?

  • MedWatch-Running

    MedWatch-Running

    Thursday, April 28 2016 11:42 AM EDT2016-04-28 15:42:34 GMT
    Thursday, April 28 2016 11:42 AM EDT2016-04-28 15:42:34 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    More and more people are on the run…literally. A recent study found that participation in the 100 largest road races in the United States grew 77 percent over the past 14 years.

    More and more people are on the run…literally. A recent study found that participation in the 100 largest road races in the United States grew 77 percent over the past 14 years.

  • MedWatch-High cholesterol in children

    MedWatch-High cholesterol in children

    Wednesday, April 27 2016 6:51 PM EDT2016-04-27 22:51:05 GMT
    Wednesday, April 27 2016 6:51 PM EDT2016-04-27 22:51:05 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has doubled in the United States. Because of this trend, more children than ever before are at an increased risk of developing heart disease risk factors like type two diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

    In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has doubled in the United States. Because of this trend, more children than ever before are at an increased risk of developing heart disease risk factors like type two diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

  • MedWatch-Cardiac rehab

    MedWatch-Cardiac rehab

    Tuesday, April 26 2016 4:14 PM EDT2016-04-26 20:14:54 GMT
    Tuesday, April 26 2016 4:14 PM EDT2016-04-26 20:14:54 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    People who undergo heart surgery or suffer a cardiac event are typically prescribed a cardiac rehabilitation program as part of their recovery process, but less than 13 percent of those who are eligible to participate actually do.

    People who undergo heart surgery or suffer a cardiac event are typically prescribed a cardiac rehabilitation program as part of their recovery process, but less than 13 percent of those who are eligible to participate actually do.

  • MedWatch-Infertility

    MedWatch-Infertility

    Monday, April 25 2016 5:33 PM EDT2016-04-25 21:33:49 GMT
    Monday, April 25 2016 5:33 PM EDT2016-04-25 21:33:49 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    You may not realize it, but chances are someone you know is struggling with the heartbreak of infertility.

    You may not realize it, but chances are someone you know is struggling with the heartbreak of infertility.

  • MedWatch-Adult coloring books

    MedWatch-Adult coloring books

    Friday, April 22 2016 3:21 PM EDT2016-04-22 19:21:33 GMT
    Friday, April 22 2016 3:21 PM EDT2016-04-22 19:21:32 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    It may strike you as an activity for kids only, but coloring books are making a big comeback, and they're saturating the market as a form of relaxation for adults, but do they work?

    It may strike you as an activity for kids only, but coloring books are making a big comeback, and they're saturating the market as a form of relaxation for adults, but do they work?

  • MedWatch-Hospitals feel effect of Medicaid cuts

    MedWatch-Hospitals feel effect of Medicaid cuts

    Thursday, April 21 2016 5:55 PM EDT2016-04-21 21:55:06 GMT
    Thursday, April 21 2016 5:55 PM EDT2016-04-21 21:55:05 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    We've been hearing a lot about cuts in our state due to shortfalls in the budget. These cuts have already been felt in hospitals after Medicaid rates were cut earlier this year, leaving hospitals at a shortfall and it could get much worse.

    We've been hearing a lot about cuts in our state due to shortfalls in the budget. These cuts have already been felt in hospitals after Medicaid rates were cut earlier this year, leaving hospitals at a shortfall and it could get much worse.

  • MedWatch-CCMH gives nurses extra training

    MedWatch-CCMH gives nurses extra training

    Wednesday, April 20 2016 5:50 PM EDT2016-04-20 21:50:59 GMT
    Wednesday, April 20 2016 5:50 PM EDT2016-04-20 21:50:58 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Comanche County Memorial Hospital is happy to have filled many nursing positions in their critical care units and are now offering all current and future nurses the opportunity to get additional training in critical care and other areas of the hospital to provide the best possible service.

    Comanche County Memorial Hospital is happy to have filled many nursing positions in their critical care units and are now offering all current and future nurses the opportunity to get additional training in critical care and other areas of the hospital to provide the best possible service.

  • MedWatch-Concussions in soccer

    MedWatch-Concussions in soccer

    Tuesday, April 19 2016 3:09 PM EDT2016-04-19 19:09:57 GMT
    Tuesday, April 19 2016 3:09 PM EDT2016-04-19 19:09:56 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    When it comes to sports that carry a risk of head injury, high impact sports such as football or hockey often come to mind, but there are other sports that carry risks.

    When it comes to sports that carry a risk of head injury, high impact sports such as football or hockey often come to mind, but there are other sports that carry risks.

  • MedWatch-Diabetes and mouth health

    MedWatch-Diabetes and mouth health

    Monday, April 18 2016 8:29 PM EDT2016-04-19 00:29:16 GMT
    Monday, April 18 2016 8:29 PM EDT2016-04-19 00:29:16 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Did you know gum disease is a common side effect of diabetes?

    Did you know gum disease is a common side effect of diabetes?

  • MedWatch-Exercise-induced asthma

    MedWatch-Exercise-induced asthma

    Friday, April 15 2016 4:04 PM EDT2016-04-15 20:04:32 GMT
    Friday, April 15 2016 4:04 PM EDT2016-04-15 20:04:32 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Being out of breath while you exercise happens all the time, but for some it's more than just pushing yourself too hard.

    Being out of breath while you exercise happens all the time, but for some it's more than just pushing yourself too hard.

  • MedWatch-CCMH ICU back open

    MedWatch-CCMH ICU back open

    Thursday, April 14 2016 3:23 PM EDT2016-04-14 19:23:54 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 3:23 PM EDT2016-04-14 19:23:53 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Most people don’t consider how the nursing shortage could affect them personally, but the national nursing crisis is having a ripple effect on the entire nation, and it has been felt in Lawton.

    Most people don’t consider how the nursing shortage could affect them personally, but the national nursing crisis is having a ripple effect on the entire nation, and it has been felt in Lawton.

  • MedWatch-Spring cleaning

    MedWatch-Spring cleaning

    Wednesday, April 13 2016 7:41 PM EDT2016-04-13 23:41:50 GMT
    Wednesday, April 13 2016 7:41 PM EDT2016-04-13 23:41:50 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Spring cleaning is a necessary evil this time of the year, but if you're not careful you could end up nursing a serious injury until summer.

    Spring cleaning is a necessary evil this time of the year, but if you're not careful you could end up nursing a serious injury until summer.

  • MedWatch-Foodborne illnesses

    MedWatch-Foodborne illnesses

    Tuesday, April 12 2016 2:34 PM EDT2016-04-12 18:34:32 GMT
    Tuesday, April 12 2016 2:34 PM EDT2016-04-12 18:34:31 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    About nine percent of foodborne illness outbreaks occur in the home, but it's almost impossible for most people to know where the bacteria may live.

    About nine percent of foodborne illness outbreaks occur in the home, but it's almost impossible for most people to know where the bacteria may live.

  • MedWatch-Food interactions

    MedWatch-Food interactions

    Monday, April 11 2016 5:39 PM EDT2016-04-11 21:39:10 GMT
    Monday, April 11 2016 5:39 PM EDT2016-04-11 21:39:10 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Some foods, even the good-for-you ones, can interfere with how certain medications work.

    Some foods, even the good-for-you ones, can interfere with how certain medications work.

  • MedWatch-Thyroid

    MedWatch-Thyroid

    Thursday, April 7 2016 3:50 PM EDT2016-04-07 19:50:06 GMT
    Thursday, April 7 2016 3:50 PM EDT2016-04-07 19:50:06 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    The thyroid gland makes hormones that regulate metabolism. The thyroid also has other important effects throughout the body.

    The thyroid gland makes hormones that regulate metabolism. The thyroid also has other important effects throughout the body.

  • MedWatch-Yoga

    MedWatch-Yoga

    Wednesday, April 6 2016 4:11 PM EDT2016-04-06 20:11:57 GMT
    Wednesday, April 6 2016 4:11 PM EDT2016-04-06 20:11:57 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Having a healthy heart comes down to lifestyle, a healthy diet and exercise, but you might want to consider adding yoga to the mix.

    Having a healthy heart comes down to lifestyle, a healthy diet and exercise, but you might want to consider adding yoga to the mix.

  • MedWatch-Birth defects

    MedWatch-Birth defects

    Tuesday, April 5 2016 5:46 PM EDT2016-04-05 21:46:30 GMT
    Tuesday, April 5 2016 5:46 PM EDT2016-04-05 21:46:30 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Birth defects affect around one in every 35 babies each year and are responsible for one in five infant deaths.

    Birth defects affect around one in every 35 babies each year and are responsible for one in five infant deaths.

  • MedWatch-Screen time

    MedWatch-Screen time

    Monday, April 4 2016 5:02 PM EDT2016-04-04 21:02:05 GMT
    Monday, April 4 2016 5:02 PM EDT2016-04-04 21:02:05 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Researchers with the American Academy of Pediatrics say kids are spending as many as seven hours a day in front of screens. This unhealthy habit is addicting for some kids.

    Researchers with the American Academy of Pediatrics say kids are spending as many as seven hours a day in front of screens. This unhealthy habit is addicting for some kids.

  • MedWatch-Metabolic syndrome

    MedWatch-Metabolic syndrome

    Friday, April 1 2016 5:15 PM EDT2016-04-01 21:15:41 GMT
    Friday, April 1 2016 5:15 PM EDT2016-04-01 21:15:40 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    The possible complications from diabetes are many and severe: blindness, amputations, kidney damage and more.

    The possible complications from diabetes are many and severe: blindness, amputations, kidney damage and more.

  • MedWatch-Smart foods

    MedWatch-Smart foods

    Thursday, March 31 2016 1:50 PM EDT2016-03-31 17:50:14 GMT
    Thursday, March 31 2016 1:53 PM EDT2016-03-31 17:53:10 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Eating well is good for your mental as well as your physical health.

    Eating well is good for your mental as well as your physical health.

  • MedWatch-Oral, head and neck cancer

    MedWatch-Oral, head and neck cancer

    Wednesday, March 30 2016 1:40 PM EDT2016-03-30 17:40:54 GMT
    Wednesday, March 30 2016 1:40 PM EDT2016-03-30 17:40:53 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    More than 48,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral, head and neck cancer this year.

    More than 48,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral, head and neck cancer this year.

  • MedWatch-Spring allergies

    MedWatch-Spring allergies

    Tuesday, March 29 2016 2:15 PM EDT2016-03-29 18:15:13 GMT
    Tuesday, March 29 2016 2:15 PM EDT2016-03-29 18:15:13 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Spring has sprung. While many will enjoy the warmer temperatures, others will be battling spring allergies.

    Spring has sprung. While many will enjoy the warmer temperatures, others will be battling spring allergies.

  • MedWatch-Colorful eating

    MedWatch-Colorful eating

    Friday, March 25 2016 3:36 PM EDT2016-03-25 19:36:20 GMT
    Tuesday, March 29 2016 11:02 AM EDT2016-03-29 15:02:52 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Colorful fruits and vegetables are an essential source of nutrients for children.

    Colorful fruits and vegetables are an essential source of nutrients for children.

  • MedWatch-Work stress

    MedWatch-Work stress

    Monday, March 28 2016 6:54 PM EDT2016-03-28 22:54:40 GMT
    Monday, March 28 2016 6:54 PM EDT2016-03-28 22:54:40 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Jobs and careers are an important part of most people's lives. Along with providing a source of income, jobs help us fulfill our personal goals, build our networks and serve our communities, however, jobs can also be a major source of emotional stress.

    Jobs and careers are an important part of most people's lives. Along with providing a source of income, jobs help us fulfill our personal goals, build our networks and serve our communities, however, jobs can also be a major source of emotional stress.

  • MedWatch-Pregnancy cravings

    MedWatch-Pregnancy cravings

    Thursday, March 24 2016 3:16 PM EDT2016-03-24 19:16:15 GMT
    Thursday, March 24 2016 3:16 PM EDT2016-03-24 19:16:15 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    If you're pregnant, it may seem like everyone has advice to share about what you can and cannot do while you're expecting...especially when it comes to what you eat.

    If you're pregnant, it may seem like everyone has advice to share about what you can and cannot do while you're expecting...especially when it comes to what you eat.

  • MedWatch-Kick Butts Day

    MedWatch-Kick Butts Day

    Wednesday, March 23 2016 5:44 PM EDT2016-03-23 21:44:51 GMT
    Wednesday, March 23 2016 5:47 PM EDT2016-03-23 21:47:28 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    National Kick Butts Day is celebrated every March.

    National Kick Butts Day is celebrated every March.

  • MedWatch-Migraines

    MedWatch-Migraines

    Tuesday, March 22 2016 12:31 PM EDT2016-03-22 16:31:17 GMT
    Tuesday, March 22 2016 12:31 PM EDT2016-03-22 16:31:17 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Migraines can take their toll, but as they're about to start, there may be other non-drug related ways to manage the disorder.

    Migraines can take their toll, but as they're about to start, there may be other non-drug related ways to manage the disorder.

  • MedWatch-Rheumatoid arthritis

    MedWatch-Rheumatoid arthritis

    Monday, March 21 2016 4:17 PM EDT2016-03-21 20:17:13 GMT
    Monday, March 21 2016 4:17 PM EDT2016-03-21 20:17:13 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Living with rheumatoid arthritis is a challenge, however, living with RA as an active person in your 20s can be disheartening.

    Living with rheumatoid arthritis is a challenge, however, living with RA as an active person in your 20s can be disheartening.

  • MedWatch-Fatty foods

    MedWatch-Fatty foods

    Friday, March 18 2016 3:33 PM EDT2016-03-18 19:33:10 GMT
    Friday, March 18 2016 3:33 PM EDT2016-03-18 19:33:10 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    For decades, we've been told to avoid fat or use low-fat products, but that mindset has changed.

    For decades, we've been told to avoid fat or use low-fat products, but that mindset has changed.

  • MedWatch-Stress

    MedWatch-Stress

    Thursday, March 17 2016 4:49 PM EDT2016-03-17 20:49:06 GMT
    Thursday, March 17 2016 4:49 PM EDT2016-03-17 20:49:06 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Stress can be harmful not only mentally, but physically as well. It can be especially bad for your heart.

    Stress can be harmful not only mentally, but physically as well. It can be especially bad for your heart.

  • MedWatch-Low testosterone

    MedWatch-Low testosterone

    Wednesday, March 16 2016 5:31 PM EDT2016-03-16 21:31:51 GMT
    Wednesday, March 16 2016 5:31 PM EDT2016-03-16 21:31:50 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    The male hormone testosterone decreases as men age. Low testosterone can contribute to many health problems, but there is a way to treat this problem.

    The male hormone testosterone decreases as men age. Low testosterone can contribute to many health problems, but there is a way to treat this problem.

  • MedWatch-What to do when a cold is coming on

    MedWatch-What to do when a cold is coming on

    Tuesday, March 15 2016 1:01 PM EDT2016-03-15 17:01:28 GMT
    Tuesday, March 15 2016 1:01 PM EDT2016-03-15 17:01:27 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average adult will catch two-to-three colds this year, but there is something you can do when you feel one coming on.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average adult will catch two-to-three colds this year, but there is something you can do when you feel one coming on.

  • MedWatch-Brain health

    MedWatch-Brain health

    Monday, March 14 2016 2:36 PM EDT2016-03-14 18:36:09 GMT
    Monday, March 14 2016 2:36 PM EDT2016-03-14 18:36:08 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    We all know the importance exercise has on our bodies, but what about workouts that target organs, like our brains? While you can't really grow your brain, you can help keep it as sharp as possible as you age with some simple steps.

    We all know the importance exercise has on our bodies, but what about workouts that target organs, like our brains? While you can't really grow your brain, you can help keep it as sharp as possible as you age with some simple steps.

  • Medwatch-Nail fungus

    Medwatch-Nail fungus

    Friday, March 11 2016 4:20 PM EST2016-03-11 21:20:40 GMT
    Friday, March 11 2016 4:20 PM EST2016-03-11 21:20:40 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    It's an ugly problem many people don't want to talk about…nail fungus. 

    It's an ugly problem many people don't want to talk about…nail fungus. 

  • MedWatch-Weighing yourself

    MedWatch-Weighing yourself

    Thursday, March 10 2016 1:52 PM EST2016-03-10 18:52:25 GMT
    Thursday, March 10 2016 1:52 PM EST2016-03-10 18:52:25 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    If you're trying to lose weight, the bathroom scale can sometimes feel like your enemy, but research is saying that maybe we shouldn't fear the scale so much after all.

    If you're trying to lose weight, the bathroom scale can sometimes feel like your enemy, but research is saying that maybe we shouldn't fear the scale so much after all.

  • MedWatch-Brachytherapy

    MedWatch-Brachytherapy

    Wednesday, March 9 2016 8:14 PM EST2016-03-10 01:14:56 GMT
    Wednesday, March 9 2016 8:14 PM EST2016-03-10 01:14:55 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    The Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center in Lawton now has a newer type of radiation therapy that will be used to treat certain types of cancer.

    The Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center in Lawton now has a newer type of radiation therapy that will be used to treat certain types of cancer.

  • MedWatch-Lead poisoning

    MedWatch-Lead poisoning

    Tuesday, March 8 2016 4:43 PM EST2016-03-08 21:43:25 GMT
    Tuesday, March 8 2016 4:43 PM EST2016-03-08 21:43:25 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Lead is a poisonous metal and is especially dangerous for babies and young children.

    Lead is a poisonous metal and is especially dangerous for babies and young children.

  • Medwatch-Lupus

    Medwatch-Lupus

    Monday, March 7 2016 3:59 PM EST2016-03-07 20:59:56 GMT
    Monday, March 7 2016 3:59 PM EST2016-03-07 20:59:56 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Lupus is a common disease that can be life changing for people who are diagnosed with it.

    Lupus is a common disease that can be life changing for people who are diagnosed with it.

  • Medwatch-Acupuncture

    Medwatch-Acupuncture

    Friday, March 4 2016 4:12 PM EST2016-03-04 21:12:45 GMT
    Monday, March 7 2016 11:17 AM EST2016-03-07 16:17:18 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Research has shown the practice can reduce nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy and it can also relieve pain. Now, doctors are looking to see if it can help certain breast cancer patients.

    Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Research has shown the practice can reduce nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy and it can also relieve pain. Now, doctors are looking to see if it can help certain breast cancer patients.

  • Medwatch-Epilepsy

    Medwatch-Epilepsy

    Friday, March 4 2016 5:11 PM EST2016-03-04 22:11:05 GMT
    Sunday, March 6 2016 7:00 PM EST2016-03-07 00:00:15 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Close to 40,000 Oklahoman's are living with epilepsy, a neurological disorder that causes nerve cell activity in the brain to become disrupted resulting in seizures.

    Close to 40,000 Oklahoman's are living with epilepsy, a neurological disorder that causes nerve cell activity in the brain to become disrupted resulting in seizures.

  • Medwatch-Posture

    Medwatch-Posture

    Thursday, March 3 2016 2:31 PM EST2016-03-03 19:31:09 GMT
    Thursday, March 3 2016 2:31 PM EST2016-03-03 19:31:08 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Is there a quick fix to look slimmer, taller and more confident all while improving your health? Turns out there is, and you don't have to be a movie star to get it.

    Is there a quick fix to look slimmer, taller and more confident all while improving your health? Turns out there is, and you don't have to be a movie star to get it.

  • Medwatch-Colon cancer

    Medwatch-Colon cancer

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 2:48 PM EST2016-03-02 19:48:33 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2016 2:48 PM EST2016-03-02 19:48:33 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma are offering free screening kits.

    March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma are offering free screening kits.

  • Medwatch-Crohn's disease

    Medwatch-Crohn's disease

    Tuesday, March 1 2016 2:22 PM EST2016-03-01 19:22:08 GMT
    Tuesday, March 1 2016 2:22 PM EST2016-03-01 19:22:08 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Imagine having a stomach ache that never seems to go away, or intestinal distress a dozen times or more a day. That's the harsh reality for anyone living with Crohn's disease, an inflammatory condition that can affect the entire gastrointestinal tract.

    Imagine having a stomach ache that never seems to go away, or intestinal distress a dozen times or more a day. That's the harsh reality for anyone living with Crohn's disease, an inflammatory condition that can affect the entire gastrointestinal tract.

  • Medwatch-Congenital heart defects

    Medwatch-Congenital heart defects

    Monday, February 29 2016 3:46 PM EST2016-02-29 20:46:43 GMT
    Monday, February 29 2016 3:46 PM EST2016-02-29 20:46:43 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    National Heart Month coverage concludes Monday with a report about congenital heart defects.

    National Heart Month coverage concludes Monday with a report about congenital heart defects.

  • Medwatch-Cardiac catheterization

    Medwatch-Cardiac catheterization

    Friday, February 26 2016 6:15 PM EST2016-02-26 23:15:47 GMT
    Friday, February 26 2016 6:15 PM EST2016-02-26 23:15:47 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    A blocked artery in the heart can lead to chest pain and eventually cause a heart attack. A certain procedure allows cardiologists to see exactly how much damage is in the artery.

    A blocked artery in the heart can lead to chest pain and eventually cause a heart attack. A certain procedure allows cardiologists to see exactly how much damage is in the artery.

  • Medwatch-Coronary artery disease

    Medwatch-Coronary artery disease

    Thursday, February 25 2016 4:38 PM EST2016-02-25 21:38:50 GMT
    Thursday, February 25 2016 4:38 PM EST2016-02-25 21:38:50 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Experts say coronary artery disease is the most common form of cardiovascular disease.

    Experts say coronary artery disease is the most common form of cardiovascular disease.

  • Medwatch-Valvular heart disease

    Medwatch-Valvular heart disease

    Wednesday, February 24 2016 5:53 PM EST2016-02-24 22:53:10 GMT
    Thursday, February 25 2016 4:35 PM EST2016-02-25 21:35:57 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Valvular heart disease is affecting more and more American's, mostly due to the increasing age of our population, and the most common valvular condition is called aortic valve stenosis.

    Valvular heart disease is affecting more and more American's, mostly due to the increasing age of our population, and the most common valvular condition is called aortic valve stenosis.

  • Medwatch-Pacemakers

    Medwatch-Pacemakers

    Tuesday, February 23 2016 7:33 PM EST2016-02-24 00:33:08 GMT
    Tuesday, February 23 2016 7:33 PM EST2016-02-24 00:33:07 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    You've probably heard about pacemakers when it comes to the care of patients suffering from heart disease. Pacemakers help improve quality of life, but now there are more advances that are making an even bigger difference.

    You've probably heard about pacemakers when it comes to the care of patients suffering from heart disease. Pacemakers help improve quality of life, but now there are more advances that are making an even bigger difference.

  • Medwatch-Calcium scoring

    Medwatch-Calcium scoring

    Monday, February 22 2016 1:30 PM EST2016-02-22 18:30:28 GMT
    Monday, February 22 2016 1:30 PM EST2016-02-22 18:30:27 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    It's a newer technology to help detect who's at risk for heart disease...it's called calcium scoring. But cardiologists warn this new scan shouldn't be the first line of defense for fighting heart disease.

    It's a newer technology to help detect who's at risk for heart disease...it's called calcium scoring. But cardiologists warn this new scan shouldn't be the first line of defense for fighting heart disease.

  • Medwatch-Aspirin

    Medwatch-Aspirin

    Friday, February 19 2016 8:01 PM EST2016-02-20 01:01:24 GMT
    Friday, February 19 2016 8:01 PM EST2016-02-20 01:01:24 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Many Americans at risk for heart attacks and strokes use aspirin to help prevent them from happening. But does aspirin work for everyone? One Lawton cardiologist says people don't realize how much aspirin really helps.

    Many Americans at risk for heart attacks and strokes use aspirin to help prevent them from happening. But does aspirin work for everyone? One Lawton cardiologist says people don't realize how much aspirin really helps.

  • Medwatch-Heart attacks

    Medwatch-Heart attacks

    Thursday, February 18 2016 5:25 PM EST2016-02-18 22:25:06 GMT
    Thursday, February 18 2016 5:25 PM EST2016-02-18 22:25:06 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    When you’re having a heart attack, time is muscle. The faster you get treated, the better chance you have of survival and recovery.

    When you’re having a heart attack, time is muscle. The faster you get treated, the better chance you have of survival and recovery.

  • Medwatch-Smoking

    Medwatch-Smoking

    Wednesday, February 17 2016 8:14 PM EST2016-02-18 01:14:13 GMT
    Wednesday, February 17 2016 8:14 PM EST2016-02-18 01:14:13 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    It's a topic that we've already heard a lot about this Heart Month, and doctors will say the same thing...if you want to prevent heart disease, you have to quit smoking.

    It's a topic that we've already heard a lot about this Heart Month, and doctors will say the same thing...if you want to prevent heart disease, you have to quit smoking.

  • Medwatch-Peripheral arterial disease

    Medwatch-Peripheral arterial disease

    Tuesday, February 16 2016 4:06 PM EST2016-02-16 21:06:36 GMT
    Tuesday, February 16 2016 4:06 PM EST2016-02-16 21:06:36 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    A potentially deadly, yet very common condition called peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, can be a warning sign of a stroke, heart attack or other very serious problems. PAD is treatable, and all it takes is a simple test to help assess your risk.

    A potentially deadly, yet very common condition called peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, can be a warning sign of a stroke, heart attack or other very serious problems. PAD is treatable, and all it takes is a simple test to help assess your risk.

  • Medwatch-The importance of sleep

    Medwatch-The importance of sleep

    Monday, February 15 2016 1:17 PM EST2016-02-15 18:17:27 GMT
    Monday, February 15 2016 1:17 PM EST2016-02-15 18:17:26 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    It’s something we all need in order to keep our hearts, our minds and our bodies healthy…sleep.

    It’s something we all need in order to keep our hearts, our minds and our bodies healthy…sleep.

  • Medwatch-CPR

    Medwatch-CPR

    Friday, February 12 2016 2:07 PM EST2016-02-12 19:07:28 GMT
    Friday, February 12 2016 2:07 PM EST2016-02-12 19:07:27 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Cardio pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is a lifesaving technique that everyone should know.

    Cardio pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is a lifesaving technique that everyone should know.

  • Medwatch-Dangers of e-cigarettes

    Medwatch-Dangers of e-cigarettes

    Thursday, February 11 2016 12:50 PM EST2016-02-11 17:50:11 GMT
    Thursday, February 11 2016 12:50 PM EST2016-02-11 17:50:11 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    If you were once a cigarette smoker but switched to e-cigarettes thinking they were better for you, they may be doing just as much harm to your body as regular cigarettes.

    If you were once a cigarette smoker but switched to e-cigarettes thinking they were better for you, they may be doing just as much harm to your body as regular cigarettes.

  • Medwatch-Modifying your lifestyle to reduce heart disease

    Medwatch-Modifying your lifestyle to reduce heart disease

    Wednesday, February 10 2016 12:57 PM EST2016-02-10 17:57:40 GMT
    Wednesday, February 10 2016 2:07 PM EST2016-02-10 19:07:20 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    We know that heart disease is the number one killer, and it's still on the rise in men and women. It turns out, people aren't modifying their lifestyles to reduce their risks. This is a growing problem right here in Oklahoma.

    We know that heart disease is the number one killer, and it's still on the rise in men and women. It turns out, people aren't modifying their lifestyles to reduce their risks. This is a growing problem right here in Oklahoma.

  • Medwatch-Sudden cardiac death

    Medwatch-Sudden cardiac death

    Tuesday, February 9 2016 1:09 PM EST2016-02-09 18:09:45 GMT
    Tuesday, February 9 2016 1:09 PM EST2016-02-09 18:09:44 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    It's responsible for half of all heart disease deaths…sudden cardiac death. It occurs when your heart abruptly stops, so no blood is pumped to the rest of your body.

    It's responsible for half of all heart disease deaths…sudden cardiac death. It occurs when your heart abruptly stops, so no blood is pumped to the rest of your body.

  • Medwatch-Stents

    Medwatch-Stents

    Monday, February 8 2016 2:29 PM EST2016-02-08 19:29:44 GMT
    Monday, February 8 2016 2:31 PM EST2016-02-08 19:31:08 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Stents are devices which are implanted during an angioplasty to treat coronary artery disease. These small tubes are used to prop open clogged arteries. Over the past 30 years or so, advancements to these devices have made them an even better tool in the treatment of heart disease.

    Stents are devices which are implanted during an angioplasty to treat coronary artery disease. These small tubes are used to prop open clogged arteries. Over the past 30 years or so, advancements to these devices have made them an even better tool in the treatment of heart disease.

  • Medwatch-Heart disease risk factors

    Medwatch-Heart disease risk factors

    Friday, February 5 2016 4:39 PM EST2016-02-05 21:39:11 GMT
    Friday, February 5 2016 4:39 PM EST2016-02-05 21:39:11 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    We continue our coverage of National Heart Month by breaking down your risk factors for heart disease, so you know how to protect yourself.

    We continue our coverage of National Heart Month by breaking down your risk factors for heart disease, so you know how to protect yourself.

  • Medwatch-Blood pressure

    Medwatch-Blood pressure

    Thursday, February 4 2016 1:06 PM EST2016-02-04 18:06:31 GMT
    Thursday, February 4 2016 1:06 PM EST2016-02-04 18:06:31 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Managing your blood pressure is important, no matter your age. Do you know what a healthy blood pressure is for you?

    Managing your blood pressure is important, no matter your age. Do you know what a healthy blood pressure is for you?

  • Medwatch-Atrial fibrillation

    Medwatch-Atrial fibrillation

    Wednesday, February 3 2016 5:18 PM EST2016-02-03 22:18:02 GMT
    Wednesday, February 3 2016 5:18 PM EST2016-02-03 22:18:01 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 2.7 million American's are living with a heart condition known as atrial fibrillation.

    According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 2.7 million American's are living with a heart condition known as atrial fibrillation.

  • Medwatch-Heart healthy numbers

    Medwatch-Heart healthy numbers

    Tuesday, February 2 2016 1:50 PM EST2016-02-02 18:50:13 GMT
    Tuesday, February 2 2016 1:50 PM EST2016-02-02 18:50:13 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Continuing with National Heart Month, certain numbers, like heart rate, cholesterol and blood pressure, can be improved.

    Continuing with National Heart Month, certain numbers, like heart rate, cholesterol and blood pressure, can be improved.

  • Medwatch-Aortic valve replacement

    Medwatch-Aortic valve replacement

    Monday, February 1 2016 7:49 PM EST2016-02-02 00:49:56 GMT
    Monday, February 1 2016 7:49 PM EST2016-02-02 00:49:56 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    February is National Heart Month.

    February is National Heart Month.

  • Medwatch-Treating depression

    Medwatch-Treating depression

    Friday, January 29 2016 5:52 PM EST2016-01-29 22:52:02 GMT
    Friday, January 29 2016 5:52 PM EST2016-01-29 22:52:02 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Depression is a common but serious medical condition that affects about one in 10 American adults.

    Depression is a common but serious medical condition that affects about one in 10 American adults.

  • Medwatch-Thyroid Awareness Month

    Medwatch-Thyroid Awareness Month

    Thursday, January 28 2016 7:50 PM EST2016-01-29 00:50:12 GMT
    Thursday, January 28 2016 7:50 PM EST2016-01-29 00:50:12 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    January is Thyroid Awareness Month.

    January is Thyroid Awareness Month.

  • Medwatch-Southwest Oklahoma Amputee Program

    Medwatch-Southwest Oklahoma Amputee Program

    Wednesday, January 27 2016 12:34 PM EST2016-01-27 17:34:08 GMT
    Wednesday, January 27 2016 12:34 PM EST2016-01-27 17:34:08 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    According to the Amputee Coalition, there are nearly 2 million people living in the U.S. who have had an amputation.

    According to the Amputee Coalition, there are nearly 2 million people living in the U.S. who have had an amputation.

  • Medwatch-Radon

    Medwatch-Radon

    Tuesday, January 26 2016 3:46 PM EST2016-01-26 20:46:00 GMT
    Wednesday, January 27 2016 11:53 AM EST2016-01-27 16:53:01 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    You can't see, smell or taste radon gas, but the silent killer could be lurking in your home. Radon is actually the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and causes more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year.

    You can't see, smell or taste radon gas, but the silent killer could be lurking in your home. Radon is actually the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and causes more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year.

  • Medwatch-Overweight children

    Medwatch-Overweight children

    Monday, January 25 2016 2:12 PM EST2016-01-25 19:12:39 GMT
    Monday, January 25 2016 2:12 PM EST2016-01-25 19:12:39 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Studies involving children and their weight are not yielding encouraging results. What's worse, kids are setting themselves up for health problems later in life even earlier.

    Studies involving children and their weight are not yielding encouraging results. What's worse, kids are setting themselves up for health problems later in life even earlier.

  • Medwatch-Keep your baby's crib clear

    Medwatch-Keep your baby's crib clear

    Friday, January 22 2016 1:16 PM EST2016-01-22 18:16:57 GMT
    Friday, January 22 2016 1:16 PM EST2016-01-22 18:16:56 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Crib bumpers may seem like the perfect finishing touch for an infant's nursery, but beware. The popular padded crib accessory poses a suffocation risk for small babies.

    Crib bumpers may seem like the perfect finishing touch for an infant's nursery, but beware. The popular padded crib accessory poses a suffocation risk for small babies.

  • Medwatch-Energy drink concerns

    Medwatch-Energy drink concerns

    Thursday, January 21 2016 1:24 PM EST2016-01-21 18:24:39 GMT
    Thursday, January 21 2016 1:24 PM EST2016-01-21 18:24:38 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Energy drinks are growing in popularity, but not everyone should drink them.

    Energy drinks are growing in popularity, but not everyone should drink them.

  • Medwatch-Skin-to-skin contact with baby

    Medwatch-Skin-to-skin contact with baby

    Wednesday, January 20 2016 1:55 PM EST2016-01-20 18:55:51 GMT
    Wednesday, January 20 2016 1:55 PM EST2016-01-20 18:55:51 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    The first hours of a newborn’s life are some of the most precious, but for new parents it can also bring a lot of questions.

    The first hours of a newborn’s life are some of the most precious, but for new parents it can also bring a lot of questions.

  • Medwatch-Vitamin-rich food important for health

    Medwatch-Vitamin-rich food important for health

    Tuesday, January 19 2016 3:57 PM EST2016-01-19 20:57:48 GMT
    Tuesday, January 19 2016 3:57 PM EST2016-01-19 20:57:48 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    You've heard that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” According to registered dietitians, there is a lot of truth behind the old saying.

    You've heard that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” According to registered dietitians, there is a lot of truth behind the old saying.

  • Medwatch-Toddler bedtime routine

    Medwatch-Toddler bedtime routine

    Tuesday, January 19 2016 11:29 AM EST2016-01-19 16:29:26 GMT
    Tuesday, January 19 2016 11:29 AM EST2016-01-19 16:29:25 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Establishing a good bedtime routine for a toddler sets an important precedent for future health. That's usually easier said than done. However, there are ways to help your little one to consistently get to sleep.

    Establishing a good bedtime routine for a toddler sets an important precedent for future health. That's usually easier said than done. However, there are ways to help your little one to consistently get to sleep.

  • Medwatch-Gut health

    Medwatch-Gut health

    Monday, January 18 2016 6:34 PM EST2016-01-18 23:34:25 GMT
    Monday, January 18 2016 6:34 PM EST2016-01-18 23:34:25 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Many diseases get their start in your digestive system, so some doctors are going there to treat them. 

    Many diseases get their start in your digestive system, so some doctors are going there to treat them. 

  • Medwatch-Menopause and depression

    Medwatch-Menopause and depression

    Friday, January 15 2016 3:03 PM EST2016-01-15 20:03:01 GMT
    Friday, January 15 2016 3:03 PM EST2016-01-15 20:03:01 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Depression can come in many shapes and sizes, and tends to affect women more often than men. Now, new research shows there may be a link between the age when a woman enters menopause and whether she develops depression.

    Depression can come in many shapes and sizes, and tends to affect women more often than men. Now, new research shows there may be a link between the age when a woman enters menopause and whether she develops depression.

  • Medwatch-How autism affects the whole family

    Medwatch-How autism affects the whole family

    Thursday, January 14 2016 1:49 PM EST2016-01-14 18:49:30 GMT
    Thursday, January 14 2016 1:49 PM EST2016-01-14 18:49:29 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    For children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, every day can be a challenge. The number of diagnosed cases is on the rise, as the CDC estimates nearly one in 45 U.S. children have some form of autism.

    For children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, every day can be a challenge. The number of diagnosed cases is on the rise, as the CDC estimates nearly one in 45 U.S. children have some form of autism.

  • Medwatch-Lottery Fever

    Medwatch-Lottery Fever

    Tuesday, January 12 2016 3:54 PM EST2016-01-12 20:54:59 GMT
    Tuesday, January 12 2016 3:54 PM EST2016-01-12 20:54:59 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    With lottery jackpots at historical highs, many people are succumbing to 'lottery fever.’

    With lottery jackpots at historical highs, many people are succumbing to 'lottery fever.’

  • Medwatch-Sports injuries

    Medwatch-Sports injuries

    Monday, January 11 2016 8:10 PM EST2016-01-12 01:10:44 GMT
    Monday, January 11 2016 8:10 PM EST2016-01-12 01:10:44 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    With so many NFL athletes ending the regular season on injured reserve, it's easy to recognize the inherent risk of high impact sports such as football. But you don't have to be a professional athlete, or play a high-impact sport, to suffer an injury that could knock you out of the game.

    With so many NFL athletes ending the regular season on injured reserve, it's easy to recognize the inherent risk of high impact sports such as football. But you don't have to be a professional athlete, or play a high-impact sport, to suffer an injury that could knock you out of the game.

  • Medwatch-The risk involved with vitamins and supplements

    Medwatch-The risk involved with vitamins and supplements

    Friday, January 8 2016 6:30 PM EST2016-01-08 23:30:25 GMT
    Friday, January 8 2016 6:30 PM EST2016-01-08 23:30:25 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Vitamins and supplements are big business, but there is a downside. Researchers estimate supplements are responsible for more than 23,000 emergency room visits every year, and 10 percent of them were serious enough to require hospitalization.

    Vitamins and supplements are big business, but there is a downside. Researchers estimate supplements are responsible for more than 23,000 emergency room visits every year, and 10 percent of them were serious enough to require hospitalization.

  • Medwatch-Seasonal allergies

    Medwatch-Seasonal allergies

    Thursday, January 7 2016 12:24 PM EST2016-01-07 17:24:22 GMT
    Thursday, January 7 2016 12:24 PM EST2016-01-07 17:24:22 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    A change in seasons can be a burden for people who suffer from seasonal allergies.

    A change in seasons can be a burden for people who suffer from seasonal allergies.

  • Medwatch-HPV

    Medwatch-HPV

    Tuesday, January 5 2016 5:57 PM EST2016-01-05 22:57:00 GMT
    Tuesday, January 5 2016 5:57 PM EST2016-01-05 22:57:00 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    The HPV vaccine was first recommended for girls in 2006. Since then, infections in teen girls from human papillomavirus, or HPV, have gone down 56 percent according to the CDC. But the vaccine is not just for girls.

    The HPV vaccine was first recommended for girls in 2006. Since then, infections in teen girls from human papillomavirus, or HPV, have gone down 56 percent according to the CDC. But the vaccine is not just for girls.

  • Medwatch-Gestational diabetes

    Medwatch-Gestational diabetes

    Monday, January 4 2016 4:45 PM EST2016-01-04 21:45:27 GMT
    Monday, January 4 2016 4:45 PM EST2016-01-04 21:45:27 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Gestational diabetes is one of the most common conditions in pregnancy; affecting almost 10 percent of women. In most ways, it's just like regular diabetes.

    Gestational diabetes is one of the most common conditions in pregnancy; affecting almost 10 percent of women. In most ways, it's just like regular diabetes.

  • Medwatch-Nighttime snack options for kids

    Medwatch-Nighttime snack options for kids

    Friday, January 1 2016 3:02 PM EST2016-01-01 20:02:53 GMT
    Saturday, January 2 2016 7:00 PM EST2016-01-03 00:00:14 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Who doesn't love a little snack before bed? Evening snacks can be fun for kids, but some choices are better than others.

    Who doesn't love a little snack before bed? Evening snacks can be fun for kids, but some choices are better than others.

  • Medwatch-More women are boxing for fitness

    Medwatch-More women are boxing for fitness

    Friday, January 1 2016 12:11 PM EST2016-01-01 17:11:18 GMT
    Friday, January 1 2016 12:11 PM EST2016-01-01 17:11:18 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    An old sport is getting new interest as more women start picking up the boxing gloves and stepping in the ring.

    An old sport is getting new interest as more women start picking up the boxing gloves and stepping in the ring.

  • Medwatch-Tips for a healthy 2016

    Medwatch-Tips for a healthy 2016

    Thursday, December 31 2015 5:38 PM EST2015-12-31 22:38:10 GMT
    Thursday, December 31 2015 5:38 PM EST2015-12-31 22:38:09 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    If you're stressing over New Year's resolutions for 2016, fret no more! Dr. Michael Roizen, one of the country's leading wellness experts and best-selling author, says health resolutions are the way to go. Here are his top tips that'll leave you feeling younger, healthier and more energetic in the new year.

    If you're stressing over New Year's resolutions for 2016, fret no more! Dr. Michael Roizen, one of the country's leading wellness experts and best-selling author, says health resolutions are the way to go. Here are his top tips that'll leave you feeling younger, healthier and more energetic in the new year.

  • Medwatch-The importance of foot care

    Medwatch-The importance of foot care

    Wednesday, December 30 2015 3:20 PM EST2015-12-30 20:20:47 GMT
    Wednesday, December 30 2015 3:20 PM EST2015-12-30 20:20:47 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Millions of Americans suffer from foot pain each year. Turns out, more and more people are having to seek medical attention for these problems.

    Millions of Americans suffer from foot pain each year. Turns out, more and more people are having to seek medical attention for these problems.

  • Medwatch-Pregnant women and flu shots

    Medwatch-Pregnant women and flu shots

    Tuesday, December 29 2015 4:57 PM EST2015-12-29 21:57:19 GMT
    Tuesday, December 29 2015 4:57 PM EST2015-12-29 21:57:19 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    The CDC says there's a growing trend among pregnant women, more moms-to-be are getting their flu shots. That's good news because influenza, or the flu, can be dangerous during pregnancy.

    The CDC says there's a growing trend among pregnant women, more moms-to-be are getting their flu shots. That's good news because influenza, or the flu, can be dangerous during pregnancy.

  • Medwatch-Repeated concussions and CTE

    Medwatch-Repeated concussions and CTE

    Monday, December 28 2015 7:39 PM EST2015-12-29 00:39:16 GMT
    Monday, December 28 2015 7:39 PM EST2015-12-29 00:39:16 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    As the National Football League and collegiate football programs face continued pressure regarding concussions, a new poll is showing that most Americans believe football teams need to do more to protect players from head injuries.

    As the National Football League and collegiate football programs face continued pressure regarding concussions, a new poll is showing that most Americans believe football teams need to do more to protect players from head injuries.

  • Medwatch-Holiday heart syndrome

    Medwatch-Holiday heart syndrome

    Thursday, December 24 2015 12:30 PM EST2015-12-24 17:30:14 GMT
    Thursday, December 24 2015 12:30 PM EST2015-12-24 17:30:13 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    The holidays can often lead to overindulgence. We eat more, we drink more and we run on less sleep. For some, it can lead to excess strain on the heart.

    The holidays can often lead to overindulgence. We eat more, we drink more and we run on less sleep. For some, it can lead to excess strain on the heart.

  • Medwatch-Are e-cigarettes safer?

    Medwatch-Are e-cigarettes safer?

    Wednesday, December 23 2015 6:02 PM EST2015-12-23 23:02:19 GMT
    Wednesday, December 23 2015 6:02 PM EST2015-12-23 23:02:18 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    If you think using e-cigarettes is safer than smoking regular cigarettes...think again, because this has not been proven. But what we do know for sure is that the substance the nicotine is dissolved into, called propylene glycol, is not something you want in your body.

    If you think using e-cigarettes is safer than smoking regular cigarettes...think again, because this has not been proven. But what we do know for sure is that the substance the nicotine is dissolved into, called propylene glycol, is not something you want in your body.

  • Medwatch-Thyroid cancer

    Medwatch-Thyroid cancer

    Tuesday, December 22 2015 7:25 PM EST2015-12-23 00:25:08 GMT
    Tuesday, December 22 2015 7:25 PM EST2015-12-23 00:25:07 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)
    Thyroid cancer is the most common cancer of the endocrine glands and is the fastest rising cancer in women and second in men in the U.S.

    Thyroid cancer is the most common cancer of the endocrine glands and is the fastest rising cancer in women and second in men in the U.S.

  • Medwatch-Healthy holiday food options

    Medwatch-Healthy holiday food options

    Monday, December 21 2015 7:26 PM EST2015-12-22 00:26:03 GMT
    Monday, December 21 2015 7:26 PM EST2015-12-22 00:26:03 GMT
    Holiday dinners can be difficult for diabetics because everything you eat affects your blood sugar. However, reading labels before you cook can keep your holiday feasts festive.

    Holiday dinners can be difficult for diabetics because everything you eat affects your blood sugar. However, reading labels before you cook can keep your holiday feasts festive.

  • Medwatch-What to do for heartburn

    Medwatch-What to do for heartburn

    Thursday, December 17 2015 7:18 PM EST2015-12-18 00:18:23 GMT
    Thursday, December 17 2015 7:18 PM EST2015-12-18 00:18:22 GMT
    Many of us have that favorite meal that leaves us with an unpleasant burning sensation in your chest we all know as heartburn and there are several options to help ease the pain.

    Many of us have that favorite meal that leaves us with an unpleasant burning sensation in your chest we all know as heartburn and there are several options to help ease the pain.

  • Medwatch-Keeping Christmas toys safe

    Medwatch-Keeping Christmas toys safe

    Wednesday, December 16 2015 5:48 PM EST2015-12-16 22:48:09 GMT
    Wednesday, December 16 2015 5:48 PM EST2015-12-16 22:48:13 GMT
    Children can't think of Christmas without toys. But for parents, many of these toys come with dangers to children of all ages.

    Children can't think of Christmas without toys. But for parents, many of these toys come with dangers to children of all ages.

  • Medwatch-Staying away from germs during the holidays

    Medwatch-Staying away from germs during the holidays

    Monday, December 14 2015 4:06 PM EST2015-12-14 21:06:22 GMT
    Monday, December 14 2015 4:06 PM EST2015-12-14 21:06:21 GMT
    The holiday season is a busy time of year between holiday parties, shopping and family get-togethers, we are surrounded by people and, unfortunately, germs.

    The holiday season is a busy time of year between holiday parties, shopping and family get-togethers, we are surrounded by people and, unfortunately, germs.

  • Medwatch-E. Coli

    Medwatch-E. Coli

    Friday, December 11 2015 6:58 PM EST2015-12-11 23:58:05 GMT
    Friday, December 11 2015 6:58 PM EST2015-12-11 23:58:05 GMT
    E.coli is bacteria that can be found almost anywhere, and while most strains are harmless, others can make you very sick.

    E.coli is bacteria that can be found almost anywhere, and while most strains are harmless, others can make you very sick.

  • Medwatch-Dietary changes may help with prostate cancer

    Medwatch-Dietary changes may help with prostate cancer

    Thursday, December 10 2015 2:45 PM EST2015-12-10 19:45:47 GMT
    Thursday, December 10 2015 2:45 PM EST2015-12-10 19:45:47 GMT
    According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. But research shows men with prostate cancer can make small dietary changes that could impact their cancer survival.

    According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. But research shows men with prostate cancer can make small dietary changes that could impact their cancer survival.

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