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Oklahoma News Report

Teen Smoking

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Oklahoma consistently ranks among the unhealthiest states in the nation. And, a big reason for that is smoking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oklahoma ranks 47th among all states in the number of people who smoke. However, the number of smokers is on the decline. Eleven years ago, Oklahoma’s smoking rate stood at 29%. Since then, it's reached an historic low of 23.7%. Yet, the use of tobacco is growing in one group of the population - the state's youth.

Related Topics: Health Care & Illnesses, Lifestyle, Health

Originally broadcast on February 17, 2012


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Health Insurance for Kids

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A new health care debate is underway in the Oklahoma legislature that ties back to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. How to provide health care insurance for about a thousand families who can't get insurance for their infant children? At the heart of the issue is what works best to fix the problem: the free market or government mandates.

Related Topics: Health Care & Illnesses, Healthy Kids, Government, Health

Originally broadcast on February 10, 2012


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Rural Health

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Health is a big problem in Oklahoma. According to a study published in the new England Journal Of Medicine, Oklahoma ranks as the state facing the most challenged in meeting the health care needs of its citizens in the next few years. Our state doesn't have enough doctors to serve the additional 500,000 patients who will be newly-insured through Medicaid or private insurance by the year 2014. The dilemma caused by lack of doctors is expected to be especially acute in rural Oklahoma. The shortage of doctors isn't the only health care issue facing rural Oklahoma. Dentists for the disabled and elderly in need of treatment, or d-dent as it's commonly known, has been providing free dental care for more than a quarter of a century. Now that service is threatened by a lack of state funding. We with state impact correspondent Logan Layden about the work of D-Dent, and how the loss of funding is putting many Oklahomans' oral health at risk.

Related Topics: Community, Health Care & Illnesses, Health

Originally broadcast on February 3, 2012


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Oklahoma News Report

Youth Addiction

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Oklahoma has the highest reported painkiller abuse in the nation. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs says the number of overdose deaths have increased more than 100 percent in the last ten years. A record 715 people died in Oklahoma just last year from prescription drug overdoses. Law enforcement says it is an epidemic that is now grabbing Oklahoma’s young people and in many cases won't let go.

Related Topics: Health Care & Illnesses, Social Issues, Health

Originally broadcast on January 27, 2012


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DHS Settlement

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The motto for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services is "stronger families build stronger lives". But some families are so broken, they can't be made stronger and it is the children who suffer. A 2008 lawsuit against DHS claimed the state agency was often only making children suffer more abuse at the hands of foster parents and case workers who were supposed to watch over them. A trial examining those allegations has been averted, with DHS agreeing to a settlement that requires the agency to develop a plan to better serve Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens.

Related Topics: Caregiving, Child Development, Issues & Advice, Government, Social Issues

Originally broadcast on January 20, 2012


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Oklahoma News Report

Women in Recovery

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Oklahoma continues to send more women to prison than any other state. 63 percent of them suffer from substance abuse. Despite treatment in prison, many of the women get out, start using again and eventually end up back behind bars. A relatively new therapy is looking at addiction from a gender based perspective. It explores women's childhood traumas as the springboard to their cycle of drug and alcohol abuse.

Related Topics: Community, Health Care & Illnesses, Women, Issues & Advice, Women, Social Issues

Originally broadcast on October 14, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Aging Population

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Just when it looked as if the baby boomer retirement picture couldn't get any worse, it did. The number of workers making "hardship withdrawals" from their 401k plans in 2011 hit a record high. Managers of retirement communities say boomers may need more cash than expected.

Related Topics: Aging, Personal Finance

Originally broadcast on January 6, 2012


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Oklahoma News Report

AIDS Awareness

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It's been 30 years since the first aids case was reported in the United States. Since that time, more than 8,000 Oklahomans have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. December is AIDS awareness month. State and national officials are encouraging those most at risk to take action to stop the spread of this deadly disease.

Related Topics: Community, Health Care & Illnesses, Social Issues, Health

Originally broadcast on December 16, 2011


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Teen Pregnancy

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In 2008 more than twice as many teenage girls gave birth in Oklahoma as were in the combined fall freshman classes of OU and OSU. So far this year more than 5,000 teens have given birth. For one in five it wasn't her first child. That has the health department and some school districts looking for new ways to prevent teen pregnancies. In both 2010 and 2011 the State Health Department spent just under $430,000 on teen pregnancy prevention education. Since participation is not mandatory, only schools in Ottawa and Pittsburg counties used the programs. In January, schools in Hughes, Choctaw and McCurtain counties will begin offering courses. Schools in Tulsa and Oklahoma counties use the federally funded "prep" program.

Related Topics: Women, Education, Healthy Kids, Issues & Advice

Originally broadcast on December 2, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Gambling Addiction

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Gambling is one of the earliest forms of entertainment in human history. It's been tracked back as far as 2300 B.C., and ever since then, there have been problem and addictive gamblers. Here in Oklahoma experts say the proliferation of Indian casinos has increased the odds for thousands of people to fall into the trap of addiction.

Related Topics: Community, Sports & Recreation, Health Care & Illnesses, Social Issues

Originally broadcast on December 2, 2011