Health

Southeast Kansas town is almost out of water, and signs of crisis are everywhere

BY: - October 31, 2023

CANEY — It’s hardly a question of whether the water will run out for one town on the Kansas-Oklahoma border. It’s a matter of when. The stubborn drought that has hung over southeast Kansas for close to two years has brought Caney, a town of less than 2,000 people, within weeks of reaching the end of […]

COMMENTARY

Opinion: President Carter’s many months on hospice highlight a surprising truth

BY: - October 30, 2023

I saw a clip last month of President Jimmy Carter, now 99 years old, taking a ride with his wife through a peanut festival in their hometown. That’s a happy story for many reasons. As the former president approaches his eighth month on hospice care, it’s also a chance to clear up a common myth. […]

Report: Abortions up nationwide following U.S. Supreme Court Dobbs ruling

BY: - October 27, 2023

The number of abortions nationwide increased in the year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, with abortions surging in states including Oregon that don’t limit the procedure, according to a report released Tuesday. The WeCount report, backed by the Colorado-based Society of Family Planning, is the fourth in a series of quarterly reports […]

Clinic opening highlights growing need for Oklahoma veteran mental health services

BY: - October 25, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — For U.S. Army combat veteran Ryan Pitts asking for mental health treatment was the hardest thing he ever had to do. “My biggest regret is that I didn’t get help sooner,” he said. Pitts told his story to a crowd gathered under a rain-soaked tent outside the new Steven A. Cohen Military […]

‘Historic agreement’ reached between VA, Cherokee Nation to expand veterans care in Oklahoma

BY: - October 16, 2023

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Cherokee Nation have entered into a “historic agreement” that officials said could serve as a “roadmap” for how rural America can work with tribes to increase care for veterans. Through the partnership, the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System plans to open a new 1,300-square-foot clinic inside […]

Oklahoma providers, advocates worry as trans youth face gender care restrictions

BY: - October 13, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Transgender youth who receive hormone medications as part of their gender-affirming care will have their access cut off next month. Advocates and providers are worried about what full implementation of a new state law that bans gender-affirming care for minors could mean for transgender youth who will soon be prohibited from accessing […]

Oklahoma’s anti-abortion laws spur greater demand for vasectomies

BY: - September 27, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — When Oklahoma City urologist Dr. Basel Hassoun saw the news last summer that the U.S. Supreme Court had overturned Roe v. Wade, he never expected the ruling could impact his job. But about six months after the high court’s decision, he began to see an uptick in the number of patients seeking […]

Food benefits for at risk for thousands of Oklahoma families, White House says

BY: - September 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — As Congress barrels toward a partial government shutdown, the White House Monday warned that a program that helps millions of low income families afford healthy food could see substantial cuts. The White House released a state-by-state breakdown, estimating that nearly 7 million people who rely on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, […]

A new COVID booster is here. Will those at greatest risk get it?

BY: - September 25, 2023

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends new COVID-19 booster vaccines for all — but many who need them most won’t get them. About 75% of people in the United States appear to have skipped last year’s bivalent booster, and nothing suggests uptake will be better this time around. “Urging people to get boosters […]

Anti-abortion Democrat runs for president to show graphic imagery in campaign ads

BY: - September 25, 2023

The morning of March 25, 2022, had started out like any other workday for Terrisa Bukovinac, as she and fellow anti-abortion activist Lauren Handy headed over to protest the Washington Surgi-Clinic in Washington, D.C. — until they asked the driver of a medical waste truck for a box that would change their lives. Inside that […]

Women with serious pregnancy complications sue over state abortion bans

BY: - September 14, 2023

Women and physicians in Idaho and Tennessee have sued their home states after they say they were denied abortion care despite being diagnosed with serious, life-threatening medical conditions while pregnant. The lawsuits are led by the Center for Reproductive Rights, an advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., which also helped a patient in Oklahoma file […]

After being denied life-saving abortion, Oklahoma woman files hospital complaint

BY: - September 13, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma woman who says she was turned away from a local hospital system when seeking an abortion due to life-threatening pregnancy complications has filed a federal complaint against OU Health. Just a few months into her pregnancy, Jaci Statton, of Meeker, found herself suffering from vaginal bleeding and nearly fainting due […]