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Dena O’Leary, M.D., is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and fellowship trained in urogynecology. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and completed her internship and residency training at John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft. Worth.

O’Leary furthered her education with fellowship training in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. Dr. O’Leary is a member of the International Urogynecologic Society, American Urogynecologic Association and International Continence Society.

Audrey Goodwin, M.D., is a board eligible internal medicine and pediatrics physician. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed her residency there, where she was chief resident.

“Good medical care is rooted in a great medical home, which I hope to provide for my patients,” said Goodwin. “Giving my full attention at every visit, letting my patients discuss concerns and addressing their needs are my top priorities. I want my patients to know we’re both working together to achieve the same goals.”

Goodwin joins doctors Doug Haynes, Caroline Merritt, Brooke Nida, Amie Prough and Grand Wong at INTEGRIS Family Care Edmond Renaissance located at 1700 Renaissance. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 844-4300.

Jan Bian, Landon Hester and Ryan Jones, of Edmond, were three of 10 students selected to a competitive summer program working in cancer research laboratories at the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

The Cancer Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) program provides students experience working on nationally funded research projects under the mentorship of senior faculty leaders. This experience prepares students for careers in the field of cancer research and medicine.

Conversations at 119 S. Broadway is offering foundation training classes to aid in solving the tax on the body caused by today’s sedentary lifestyle.

Foundation training is a series of fundamental positions that progress into movements retraining integrated muscle activation, the movements that were developed as active children. The training helps to eliminate pain in movements and the class is offered on a donation basis for $10 per session or $20 per week from noon-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays July 11 through Aug. 4.

Certified Foundation Trainer Jana Journeay is leading the classes. To enroll, email couragegarden@gmail.com or call 269-6698 by July 8.

On Wednesday Jen Bartlett, owner, Edmond Cryotherapy, LLC, will explain the benefits of cryotherapy at noon to the Edmond Kiwanis Club in the Cherokee Room of the Nigh University Center, University of Central Oklahoma, 100 N. University Drive. Lunch is available and visitors are invited to the meeting.

According to Bruce Y. Lee, contributor to the Nov. 23, 2015, issue of Forbes magazine, defines the word cryotherapy. “Cryo- comes the Greek word krous, which means icy, cold or frost. Therapy means treatment. So any use of ice or very cold materials to treat something technically qualifies as cryotherapy.”

The controversial movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe” has been playing in Oklahoma City at the B&B Windsor 10 at 4623 N.W. 23rd St. for the past week. Because of the overwhelming ticket sales and response, the movie will be extended another week through Thursday. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.bbtheaters.com.

“Vaxxed” experienced a rough beginning when it was pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival. Soon, other film festivals followed suit, banning the movie in multiple venues. However, the movie gained momentum and popularity within weeks, taking the screenings from just one theater to theaters across the nation and ultimately internationally. Thousands of Oklahomans have turned out to see the movie in Oklahoma City since June 9 when it opened.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department experts confirm five positive mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus in Oklahoma County.

Residents need to take extra precautions against the mosquito-borne illness by avoiding mosquito bites and reducing habitats where mosquitoes live and breed.

“Getting rid of any sources of stagnant water will certainly help,” says OCCHD Public Health Protection Director Phil Maytubby.

Basics to reduce mosquito habitats: Empty buckets, chimeneas, flower pots, wheelbarrows and old tires from holding standing water. Empty and refill birdbaths and your pet’s outdoor water bowl daily.

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In 2008 Jeff Waldmuller was 24 and a successful musician who loved motorcycles.

After being run over by a semi-truck in Wichita Falls, Texas, everything in Waldmuller’s life changed.

Doctors who told him he would never walk again didn’t know the willpower Waldmuller had.

In December of 2008, he was on his way home to Wichita Falls for Christmas break from the University of Houston when a truck crossed into the lane where Waldmuller was riding his motorcycle.

Dena O’Leary, M.D., will be joining INTEGRIS Women’s Health Edmond. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and fellowship trained in Urogynecology. Her special interests include pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence and mesh complications.

“My goal is to make a positive impact in the lives of my patients and it’s very important for me to create a safe environment so they can discuss their issues and feel comfortable. I pride myself on being present and available for my patients at all times, they are my number one priority.”

The failure for the state Legislature to pass State House Bill 3210, which would place a $1.50 tax per pack on cigarettes is being criticized by the American Cancer Society and other health advocacy groups.

“Oklahoma lawmakers missed an extraordinary opportunity to save 18,000 lives and raise millions in desperately-needed funds, simply by raising the tax on cigarettes. By increasing the price of cigarettes by $1.50, lawmakers could have reduced tobacco use, saved on health care costs, and generated nearly $184 million in revenue for the state,” stated the ACA Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

The founder of the Protect Life and Marriage Initiative, Pastor Paul Blair, had urged Gov. Mary Fallin to pass Senate Bill 1552, an anti-abortion bill that the governor vetoed Friday.

Fallin vetoed what her office called an unconstitutional antiabortion bill. Fallin cited the measure was vague and would not withstand a criminal constitutional legal challenge.

Senate Bill 1552 would have made it a felony for physicians to perform abortions. It also contained a provision to revoke their medical licenses unless the abortion was necessary to save the life of the mother.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Citing concerns about vague wording and about a potential legal battle over its constitutionality, Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed a measure that would have locked up doctors who perform abortions.

“The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors cannot be certain what medical circumstances would be considered ‘necessary to preserve the life of the mother,’” Fallin said in a statement announcing a rare veto on an anti-abortion issue. The measure would have made it a felony for doctors to perform abortions and challenged a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which first legalized the practice.

OU Medical Center Edmond’s medical staff elected Ash B. Bowen, M.D., as Chief of Surgery for the facility. Bowen specializes in urology and is board certified by the American Board of Urology. His clinical office is on Eastern Avenue in Edmond.

A native of Enid, Bowen earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University prior to attending Tulane Medical School in New Orleans. He completed his residency in urology at Tulane Medical Center before joining OU Physicians and the medical staff at OU Medical System in 2012.

Edmond officials learned at the end of the day April 25 that OU Medical Center will not be renewing its 10-month contract with the Edmond School District for athletic trainers. The contract expires May 31.

“We were told that OU Medical Center was not able to renew its contract due to the reduction of Medicaid reimbursement for the state,” School Board President Jamie Underwood said Friday afternoon.

Supt. Bret Towne said, “OU Medical Center is having to look at reductions just like everyone else is, and this is one thing that came up on their cuts list.”

Towne said the district is looking for a partnership with an orthopedic group that will supply trainers with the support the district will need.

Along with communities throughout the country, the City of Edmond is celebrating National Bike Month in May. The Edmond Bicycle Committee and friends of bicycling have multiple opportunities to celebrate May Bike Month 2016 and encourage bicyclists of all ages and abilities to participate.

• 8:30 a.m. Saturday: Third Annual Edmond Family Bike Ride at Mitch Park

• 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 9: City Council proclamation for Bike Month

• 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 12: Bike-Pedestrian counting project

• 10-12 p.m. Saturday, May 14: Bike-Pedestrian counting project

• 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18: Flat Tire Repair Clinic at Al’s Bicycles of Edmond

• 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18: Ride of Silence at Al’s Bicycles of Edmond

Flowers and candy are always a pleasant surprise for mom. But this Mother’s Day week, local families will bond with mom over the new craze of coloring. It all started as a new trend with young adults who use coloring to destress. Now research shows coloring has big health benefits for the elderly, too.

This year a local business will introduce families to a new twist on tradition.

SYNERGY HomeCare of Edmond will celebrate Mother’s Day in a most colorful way, with a fun event coloring book event for elderly moms.

Coloring helps with the six Cs including: coordination, creativity, communication, calmness, capability and connection.

ENID — Integris Medical Network revealed Tuesday how the network’s cost-reduction measures will impact Enid.

Catherine Gann, director of foundation and business development for INTEGRIS, issued a press release Tuesday, outlining 33 position cuts in Enid.

A total of 102 INTEGRIS positions were eliminated statewide, Gann said.

INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center will eliminate six staff positions, which currently are open and will not affect any employees. Other INTEGRIS entities in Enid also are effected.

INTEGRIS Medical Group would like to announce that Joshua Carey, M.D. and Patrick Bell, M.D. will be moving to a new clinic location. The new address will 4833 INTEGRIS Parkway, Suite 350 in the medical office building adjacent to INTEGRIS Health Edmond.

Both are general surgeons who have worked with INTEGRIS since 2011. Their former office was at the INTEGRIS Family Care Renaissance location located at 1700 N. Renaissance Blvd.

The duo will begin seeing patients at their new location Monday. They have retained their phone numbers: 844-4364 for Dr. Carey and 844-1199 for Dr. Bell, both are accepting new patients.

General surgery services include: gall bladder, appendectomy, thyroid, parathyroid, hernia and colon surgery.

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100.1 Edmond/88.5 Oklahoma City The House FM was recognized by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters (OAB) as a Community Service Award recipient. This is the 14th year in a row that the radio networks have been a recipient of the award.

The House FM is the only noncommercial network to receive the award this year. Jamie Olivas, promotions director at the radio stations said, “It’s an honor to be employed at a ministry that consists of helping the community and sharing the love of Christ in every way we can.”

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Dodgers and INTEGRIS Health will kick off the 2016 “Home Run for Life” series Friday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark by recognizing kidney transplant recipient Greg Hall and donor Jason Henley of Edmond.

The lives of Hall and Henley are forever intertwined after the work acquaintances underwent a successful kidney transplant at INTEGRIS Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute in the fall of 2015.

“Home Run for Life” recognizes individuals in the Oklahoma City community who have overcome a significant medical event with the help of their families, physicians and health care professionals. To symbolize the end of their battle against adversity, honorees take a home run “lap” around the bases during an in-game ceremony.

A student group at Oklahoma Christian University is rallying members of the community to put an end to blood cancer.

The Eagles Health Initiative organization will host a “Delete Blood Cancer” event Thursday through Saturday. People can come be swabbed to see if they can help someone in need of a bone marrow transplant or blood transfusion.

Earl Young, a 1960 gold medalist sprinter who is a leukemia survivor, will speak in OC’s Chapel service Thursday to share the importance of bone marrow donation.

“Every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with blood cancer,” said India Loyd, Eagles Health Initiative member and organizer of the event. “These diseases, such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, are often treated with bone marrow transplants. However, each patient must find a donor that closely matches certain genetic markers in order for the transplant to be successful.”

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Mike Kastl wants to spread the word that men can survive prostate cancer.

Kastl had his yearly physical in 2009 when his PSA prostate test determined he likely had prostate cancer. His urologist confirmed the diagnosis, but it had not metastasized, Kastl said.

Kastl opted not to have a conventional surgical procedure or radiation. His choice was a noninvasive procedure at ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City. He was the first prostate patient to undergo treatment at the center that opened seven years ago. Proton therapy worked for Kastl without damaging surrounding tissue, he said.

The American Cancer Society estimates that of the 1.6 million new cancer cases that will be diagnosed in 2016, nearly 20,000 of those will be Oklahomans. February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and ProCure Proton Therapy Center is encouraging all Oklahomans to guard their health by familiarizing themselves with the risks, symptoms and appropriate screenings surrounding cancer.

Late Tuesday, the Oklahoma Retail Liquor Association (RLAO) filed paperwork with the Oklahoma Secretary of State that would place a question on the ballot in November to allow full-strength beer in grocery stores and convenience stores, but virtually eliminate grocery stores’ ability to obtain wine licenses. In addition, wine would not be sold in convenience stores under the proposal.

“Unfortunately, SQ 785 doesn’t fully encompass the issues most important to consumers,” said Sen. Clark Jolley, of Edmond. “With no provision for wine to be sold in convenience stores and substantial limits on licensing of grocery stores, this measure is exclusionary and protectionist.

Lexi Gregg, a recreational therapist with OU Medical Center Edmond, was named the “Outstanding Young Professional” by the Therapeutic Recreation Association of Oklahoma at its annual conference Feb. 13. Recipients of the award are nominated and voted on by recreation therapy professionals within the association.

Gregg’s impact on the Autumn Life Center for Geriatric Behavioral Health led to her recognition. In the past year, Gregg spearheaded efforts to introduce the innovative “Music and Memory” program to patients experiencing the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. The Autumn Life Center is currently the only hospital in the Oklahoma City metro to have a certified Music and Memory program.

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Pauline Mullins turned 100 years young last week. Mullins was born Jan. 22, 1916, in Frederick.

When she was 8 years old her family moved to Missouri where she lived until 92 years of age. Her daughter, Marilyn Van Hoose, moved her to Edmond where she now resides at Copper Lake Estates.

Debra Deckard wants to make Edmond a safer place when it comes to ensuring prompt medical attention when dealing with ambulance services, she said.

Deckard wrote in a letter to the City of Edmond that in 2014, a life-threatening kidney stone caused an infection that caused her husband and her daughter-in-law to opt to transport her to the hospital to save her life. The Edmond Fire Department was there, but Deckard said waiting beyond the 45 minutes she had to wait was too long to wait for EMSA.

“The pain was so intense. These firemen we professional, compassionate and so apologetic for the length of time it was taking for the ambulance to get to me — 45 minutes. No pain medication. All they could do was monitor me and keep apologizing for the delay. They did not have the tools to at least ease my suffering,” said Deckard, a registered nurse for 20 years.

INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center and INTEGRIS Health Edmond have both received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics. This evidence-based designation is the only award that identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital.

Hearing aids can be a costly investment for people who have limited financial resources. You can help others enjoy the sounds many of us take for granted. Donating a hearing aid no longer being used, can make a big difference in someone else’s life.

Join INTEGRIS during the month of January in our quest to provide hearing aids to those in the community who otherwise cannot afford one. All donations will be sent to the local SHARP (Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycle Program) to be cleaned and refurbished, and provided to residents within the community.

Three locals will be representing Oklahoma in the 2016 Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. Maj. Kelley Chase and Ralph Howell, both of Edmond, and Rae Ann Gossett, of Shawnee, will all be a part of the Donate Life Float featured in the parade.

Every year, LifeShare of Oklahoma helps sponsor the Donate Life Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day to spread the message about organ, eye and tissue donation. As a sponsor, LifeShare is able to send one recipient to ride the float and one donor portrait to be honored on the float.

As an added bonus this year, Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, also sponsored the float and is being represented by a living donor.

This January, Oklahoma will be represented by the following three individuals:

Jonie suffers from chronic pain, which made working out difficult for her. She was having a hard time finding a program that would let her work out pain-free until she found PiYo. She lost an amazing 63 pounds and a total of six sizes in eight months! Hear her story in her own words below:

I suffer from chronic pain and being overweight was not aiding in my ability to manage my pain. My chronic pain causes depression. When you add in a lack of self-confidence because of your weight, how you look, and the size of clothing you are putting on, that depression can hit hard.

I am so proud of Patrick Keeler, who lost 29 pounds with P90x3. Here is his story:

I was always a person who stayed in pretty decent shape. Then something just happened. Call it life or whatever you want. I just got lazy, and my body became totally soft and just plain unhealthy. I hated what I started to become and what I saw in the mirror.

Residents of Guthrie and Logan County will now have convenient access to orthopedic medical services with the opening of Edmond Orthopedic Group’s Guthrie clinic. Edmond Orthopedic Group is affiliated with OU Medical Center Edmond and consists of orthopedic surgeons Greg Zeiders, D.O.; and Stephen Conner, M.D.; and physician assistant Kristen Hodges, PA-C.

The new clinic opens Jan. 4 and is located at 2219 Woodlawn Road in Guthrie. Dr. Stephen Conner and Kristen Hodges will be the medical providers assisting patients at the Guthrie location.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to a two-year delay of the 40-percent excise tax on employer plans, which is included in the fiscal year 2016 spending omnibus package.

General surgeon Timothy W. Weaver, M.D., has joined the medical staff at OU Medical Center Edmond. Weaver specializes in general surgical procedures including gall bladder removal, hernia repair, laparascopic surgery, breast surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, dialysis access procedures, and thyroid/parathyroid removal among many others.

Weaver earned his doctorate of medicine degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at the OU Health Sciences Center, where he served as chief resident of the General Surgery department. He was recognized for his outstanding academic accomplishments and leadership during his medical training.

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Life.Church Oklahoma City representatives renewed their partnership made last year to Edmond Mobile Meals as they presented a grant to the organization Thursday.

The $12,000 check was an extension of the pledge started by Life.Church OKC to build a community relationship.

The donation is based on volunteers and the impact the organization has in their community. Life.Church engages resources and grants to help the organization, said Ashley Winkler, Life.Church OKC LIfeGroups/LifeMissions administrative assistant.

There are 24 campuses across the U.S. which have made 43 partnerships in their communities.

I just want to brag on someone today that I’m so proud of. Judith Christman, age 55, lost 92 pounds with the 21-Day Fix.

This is her story:

I had an annual physical and my doctor told me I was extremely obese. I had borderline high blood pressure, was pre-diabetic, borderline high cholesterol, and just felt horrible. My doctor advised me that I needed to do something about my health now.

As a part of OU Medicine’s statewide source for the most comprehensive breast health care network, patients are given availability to the highest level of preventative medicine, early detection and individual treatment at Breast Health Network Edmond, formerly Breast Imaging of Oklahoma.

Breast Health Network is the state’s largest, most comprehensive group of physician radiologists and breast specialists, working together to bring Oklahomans the highest level of breast care.

OU Medical Center Edmond is the first hospital in the Oklahoma City metro area to provide a certified “Music and Memory” program for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. The Autumn Life Center for Geriatric Behavioral Health recently completed the certification to provide this exciting, customized music therapy program to its patients.

Music and Memory utilizes iPods with customized playlists to the individual patient to potentially unlock memories that have not been lost to the dementia process.

Mayor Charles Lamb said he hopes the groundbreaking of Spring Creek Trail will foster fundraising for Arcadia Lake Trail.

Saturday morning marked the groundbreaking for the 3.1-mile Spring Creek Trail in Edmond. The groundbreaking was at the site of a proposed wellness park where the trail will begin at the intersection of Fox Lake Lane along the Interstate 35 Frontage Road.

“Trails are a big part of who Edmond is,” Lamb said.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office will not likely relocate to the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma if state legislators want to save taxpayers $17 million, state Sen. Clark Jolley said. An agreement has been made to relocate the office to the Oklahoma County Health Department in Oklahoma City.

“The price tag of the ME’s office at UCO is more that $40 million for their construction and their equipment and for the instructional space that UCO would require to finance it through the Master Lease Program,” Jolley said.

Residents at home who live on Sixth Street between Rankin and Boulevard were told to make sure there was no standing water around their houses.

According to Leslie Buford, director of community relations and volunteer services with the OU Medical Center in Edmond, a case of West Nile Virus has been reported in Edmond.

Residents answering their doors Thursday living within the area of the infected person were told to make sure there was no standing water around their homes.

INTEGRIS Health Edmond is hosting a bicycling event Saturday at INTEGRIS Health Edmond from 9-11 a.m., 4833 INTEGRIS Parkway.

Activities include: 

• Kids bicycle rodeo and helmet giveaway (first come, first served)

• Bicycle maintenance clinic with Al’s Bicycles

• Stretching and flexibility techniques with INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe physical therapists

• Healthful snack demo and tasting with Pam Patty, registered dietitian

• Health information and Ask-a-Doc with Chris Shadid, M.D.

• Learn about trail accessibility throughout the city of Edmond

A deadline of Oct. 1 has been set for public comments on the proposed pollinator plan, according to Kenny Naylor, Director of Consumer Protection Services for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF).

Prior to that deadline, the fourth and final regional public hearing will be held in Hugo to gain input on the proposed pollinator plan. The public hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Kiamichi Technology Center, North Seminar Room, 107 S. 15th St., Hugo.

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe released the following statement Thursday calling for Congress to continue the fight to defund and investigate Planned Parenthood:

“A ninth video surfaced this week exposing the horrific practices of Planned Parenthood harvesting the organs of the vulnerable unborn for alleged financial gain. These videos show that this is not one or two clinics acting on their own, but these practices are a part of the Planned Parenthood business model.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host an open audition for the 2015-16 Thunder Girls dance team Saturday at the INTEGRIS Blue Development Center in Edmond. Auditions will begin at 10 a.m. and are open to participants only.

To prepare for the audition, 12 optional prep classes took place from May-July. Each 90-minute prep class included a warmup, across-the-floor technique, choreography, audition tips and question-and-answer sessions with Thunder Girls Manager Paige Carter and fitness trainer Steve Clausen.

The Edmond Kiwanis Club is hosting the 3rd Annual ‘Miles of Miracles (Bike) Tour’ starting at 7 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Edmond 66 Park Softball Complex. All proceeds from the tour benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“Join fellow bike riders on a tour of the countryside east of Edmond, Oklahoma, including other communities such as Spencer, Jones, Luther and Arcadia,” Steve Brooks, ride director and Edmond Kiwanis Club president, said.

The Affordable Care Act survived a second challenge in the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday morning.

Justices ruled 6-3 in the King vs Burwell case to uphold the federal government’s right to provide health coverage subsidies to people in states that rely on the federal insurance exchange.

Chief Justice John Roberts authored the opinion for the majority, “In a democracy, the power to make the law rests with those chosen by the people. Our role is more confined — ‘to say what the law is.’…That is easier in some cases than in others. But in every case we must respect the role of the Legislature, and take care not to undo what it has done. A fair reading of legislation demands a fair understanding of the legislative plan. Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.”

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Eating healthy food instead of junk food gives 10-year-old Talon McCollom and his family more energy to do more outdoor activities together, he said.

“I like that our family spends time together outside instead of sitting around the TV,” Talon said.

Sunday is Father’s Day and Talon thanks his dad for motivating his Edmond family to be athletic. Dr. Brendon McCollom and his wife, Amy, have four children, that also includes 9-year-old Karston and 6-year-old twins, Brooks and Chapel.

“Exercising together lets us workout while also having family time. It makes working out fun,” Karston said.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund now contains more than $1 billion with receipt of the state’s annual payment from the tobacco industry under the national Master Settlement Agreement, State Treasurer Ken Miller announced Tuesday.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Every year, Guthrie resident Donna Romine is diligent about getting her mammogram. In 2014, her diligence may have saved her life.

“One year it wasn’t there, the next year it was,” said Romine, 76, of her breast cancer.

Since doctors caught her cancer early and it was small (less than three centimeters) and not yet in her lymph nodes, she was a candidate for a unique radiation treatment, called a strut adjusted volume implant (SAVI), which preserves the tissue around the tumor, helps prevent scarring and radiation burns, and reduces treatment time.

Unlike traditional radiation that shoots radiation beams through the skin, often burning and scarring the skin, a breast surgeon surgically implants the SAVI device through a small incision in the breast after surgically removing the tumor.