At The Texoma Medical Center Blog you'll find information you can use to improve your overall health and well-being, and stories about our amazing patients and Healthcare Heroes serving our community.

Try These Steps to Defuse Holiday Stress

November 18, 2022

Put self-care at the top of your to-do list. Identify when stress is affecting you and how you can manage it.

8 Tips for Baking Healthier Cookies Everyone Will Love

November 17, 2022

You may be surprised by how delicious cookies can taste even with these healthy substitutions.

Stay Safe This Flu Season

November 16, 2022

Don’t miss any of the holiday cheer, avoid the flu this year.
 

If You Do These Things, Don't Drive

November 15, 2022

Drinking alcohol isn't the only thing that should stop you from getting behind the wheel.

Prediabetes Is Common, Often Unrecognized, and Dangerous

November 1, 2022

It’s more common than you know. Learn how to avoid it turning into diabetes.

4 Ways Quitting Smoking Can Improve Your Life

October 30, 2022

Sometimes the big health reasons to quit smoking are not enough. These small perks might be the push you need to make the commitment. 

A Cheat Sheet for Preparing Healthier Holiday Meals

October 29, 2022

Enjoy holiday favorites with less fat, sodium and calories with these tasty tips.

How to Protect Yourself from Pneumonia

October 27, 2022

Follow these tips to make it less likely you'll develop this potentially serious lung infection.

Breast Cancer Screening Questions Answered

October 1, 2022

Is getting a mammogram at the top of your to-do list? If not, schedule it now. It may save your life!

A New, Comfortable Solution to Sleep Apnea

September 27, 2022

Inspire is a mask-free alternative to traditional CPAP devices that works inside your body while you sleep.

Depression and Aging: Know the Facts

September 27, 2022

Depression is the most prevalent mental health problem among older adults and can lead to a decline in physical, mental and social functioning.

When Should You Get a Flu Shot?

September 26, 2022

Getting a flu shot makes it less likely you'll get sick and has been shown to reduce the severity of illness if you do catch the virus.

5 Benefits of Physical Therapy After Surgery

September 25, 2022

Here's how physical therapy helps you recover more quickly and completely.

Lactation Consultant Helps Underweight Baby

August 29, 2022

Whitney Tavern was thrilled with the care and support TMC gave her and her baby girl Peyton.

What You Need to Know about Monkeypox

August 26, 2022

Here's information about the virus — what it is, how you get it and ways to prevent infection.

How to Recognize an Addiction

August 25, 2022

Here are some signs that someone you know may be battling addiction—and what to do to help.

The 10-Minute Test That Could Save Your Life

August 23, 2022

When it comes to maintaining heart health, early detection and prevention are key. One of the best tools available is the Cardiac CT Calcium Score.

The To-Do Item Men Shouldn't Forget

August 22, 2022

The American Cancer Society estimates 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

The Best Ways to Deal with Back Pain

August 15, 2022

Learn how to better address the world’s most common physical disability.

Have Diabetes? Don't Skip Your Eye Exam

August 13, 2022

Diabetes may affect your eyes, but regular screenings help keep them healthier

Take Action Against Your Arthritis

August 12, 2022

TMC Rheumatologist Pooja Kumari, MD, discusses exercises and dietary choices that can help reduce the pain and discomfort of rheumatoid arthritis.

Why It's a Great Time to Try the Mediterranean Diet

August 11, 2022

Although not technically a "diet," this style of eating helps improve health while being delicious.

Make Mammograms a Priority

August 10, 2022

TexomaCare OB/GYN Arame Thiam-Diouf, MD, speaks on the ages at which women should begin scheduling their annual mammograms.

The Benefits of Urologic Robotic Surgery

August 4, 2022

TexomaCare Urologist Jeremy West, MD, explains the ways robotic surgery can help improve patient outcomes in the field of urology.

Why You Need to Resume Routine Exams

July 19, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a dip in routine checkups. Here's why it's important to curb that trend.

Do Slow and Steady Workouts Win the Race?

July 6, 2022

There's reason to believe that slow and steady cardio is the way to go for weight loss and fat burning.

The ABCs of Hydration

July 6, 2022

Our lives literally depend on water. Are flavored and fizzy options as good for us as straight from the tap?

Protect Yourself While Enjoying the Summer Sun

June 13, 2022

Here are some tips for how to stay safe.

What to Do When a Wound Won't Heal

June 2, 2022

Dr. Jamison Alexander, Medical Director of the TMC Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine, explains chronic wounds and the importance of having them treated.

Enjoy Summer Safely

May 30, 2022

Paying attention to the most common types of injury can help keep you and your family safe while getting the most out of the warm months ahead.

6 Things You'll Hear at the Doctor That May Save Your Life

May 16, 2022

Hate going to the doctor? What you hear while there may be life-saving.

What is Aphasia?

May 16, 2022

This communication disorder forced Bruce Willis into early retirement.

9 Essential Screenings for Men

May 10, 2022

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month! Regular check-ups and screenings can help men stay healthy by indicating preventive health needs and catching issues before they become more serious.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Mental Health

May 10, 2022

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on mental health. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, here are ways to identify issues and get help.

How Common Are Mental Health Disorders Among U.S. Adults?

April 25, 2022

You may be surprised to find out 1 in 5 American adults are affected.

Watch Out for These Health Issues If You're a Woman

April 25, 2022

Here's how to lower your risk of common health conditions affecting women.

5 Ways to Lessen Seasonal Allergies

April 24, 2022

Whether your allergy symptoms are frustrating or debilitating, there are steps you can take to enjoy rather than dread spring.

Recognition for Our Remarkable Nurses

April 23, 2022

Nurses are on the frontline of most every healthcare interaction. We celebrate nurses everywhere during May, which is National Nurses Month.

Answers to 5 Common Cancer Questions

March 25, 2022

Here's information about a disease that affects millions of Americans each year.

How to Take Control of Your Neurological Health

March 24, 2022

Everyone should know the signs of an impending stroke or seizure, and more.

When You Need Care, Make the Smart Choice

March 24, 2022

Learn when to visit the emergency room versus urgent care.

Doing This One Thing May Improve Kids' Mental Health

March 23, 2022

Help kids combat stress and depression with these tips to get them exercising more.

Joint Replacement – Is It for You?

February 15, 2022

If you suffer from chronic joint pain and medications are no longer working, you may be a candidate for joint replacement.

Is Diabetes Putting You at Risk for Chronic Wounds?

February 15, 2022

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, talk to your doctor about ways to address and prevent chronic wounds associated with the disease, such as diabetic foot care. 

Heart Attack Symptoms – What’s Different for Men and Women

January 12, 2022

Knowing the signs and symptoms can save your life!

Could You Have Atrial Fibrillation?

January 12, 2022

What to know about this sometimes silent condition.

Collaborative Care for Pregnant Mother with COVID-19

January 12, 2022

Breanna Pratt was looking forward to the birth of her first child when she contracted a severe case of COVID-19. The care she received at TMC saved both their lives.

What Is HPV?

December 27, 2021

You've likely heard this acronym before, but do you know how HPV may affect you?

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 16, 2021

Want a fresh start for 2022? Create realistic, reasonable goals to set yourself up for success.

Could You Have Seasonal Depression?

December 16, 2021

Winter blahs and holiday stress have you down? Read more for helpful strategies to lighten your mood.

How Can I Protect Myself from Omicron?

December 16, 2021

Here's what we know about the new variant and what you can do now.

How Many Calories Should I Eat a Day?

December 16, 2021

Follow this guide to figure out how much to eat based on your specific body and goals.

3 Ways to Avoid Weight Gain After You Quit Smoking

December 16, 2021

These tips will keep your weight in check after you stop smoking.

Breathing Easy After Decades of Emphysema

December 6, 2021

For much of her life, Martha Morse has struggled with shortness of breath. She's now back to enjoying the activities she loves thanks to the Zephyr® valve procedure she received at TMC.

Kids Ages 5 to 11 Can Now Get COVID-19 Vaccines

November 23, 2021

Younger kids are now eligible for the shots. Here's what parents need to know.

How to Pump Up Your At-Home Workout

November 23, 2021

Need some inspiration for a well-rounded workout at home? Here it is.

Does Handwashing Really Prevent Illness?

November 23, 2021

You likely washed your hands at the start of the pandemic. But do you still need to do it so much?

A Guide to Less Stressful Get-Togethers

November 23, 2021

Keep stress in check whether you're the host or a guest with these effective stress-busting tips.

Are You More Likely to Get Sick When the Seasons Change?

October 22, 2021

Here are some of the reasons why more people get sick at this time of year.

Can You Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

October 17, 2021

Here's how healthier habits may help some people reverse or better manage the disease.

What Are the Signs of Lung Cancer?

October 17, 2021

Learn about symptoms, screenings and prevention to lower your risk of this common cancer.

Can Exercise Lower Breast Cancer Risk?

September 29, 2021

As if you needed another good reason to move more, here's one worth smiling about.

How to Tell What's Causing Your Symptoms

September 29, 2021

If you're feeling under the weather, here's how to determine what may be to blame.

Do You Have These Signs of Depression?

September 29, 2021

Depression is a very real but treatable illness. Knowing the signs can help you start feeling better.

Returning to Service After Neurosurgery

September 20, 2021

A major spinal injury put Lt. Col. Peter Chambers’ military and personal life on hold. The exceptional care he received at TMC resolved his pain and returned his functionality.

An End to Decades of Severe Back Pain

September 2, 2021

A long struggle with back pain left Justin Hall feeling physically and emotionally defeated. A 90-minute spine surgery helped him recover to an extent he did not think possible.

Can AFib Cause a Stroke?

September 1, 2021

This common heart arrhythmia can lead to serious complications, including stroke.

How to Lower Your Risk of Prostate Cancer

August 26, 2021

Take these steps to help protect yourself from this common cancer in men.

Is Less Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery Right for You?

July 29, 2021

Here are pros and cons to traditional and less invasive techniques for hip replacement surgery.

Why You Shouldn't Skip Recommended Vaccines

July 29, 2021

Vaccinations protect you from serious diseases – and here's why you need them.

7 Tips to Prepare for the Coming School Year

July 29, 2021

This year may require more preparation to get into school mode, but these tips can help.

5 Tips for Healthier To-Go Lunches

July 29, 2021

Get tips that give your lunch staying power so you don't suffer an afternoon slump.

Ongoing Care and Support After a Stroke

July 29, 2021

Lisa Walker’s journey to recovery is a long one. Fortunately, her care providers and stroke support group have been there for her every step of the way.

Ask the Doctor: What Is Interventional Oncology?

July 22, 2021

Read what an interventional radiologist has to say about this unique medical practice and the potential benefits it offers for cancer patients.

Understanding Stroke Care

July 19, 2021

Every year, more than 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke. Read what a neurosurgeon has to say about this medical emergency.

Considering Weight-Loss Surgery?

July 14, 2021

Dr. Cody Starnes explains what sets the hospital apart as a weight-loss surgery provider and details who makes for an appropriate candidate for the procedure.

Robotic-Assisted Joint Replacement

July 8, 2021

If a major hip or knee problem is keeping you from the activities you love, this innovative procedure can help you get back on your feet faster than with traditional surgery.

Here for You When Sudden Injury or Illness Strikes

May 12, 2021

A sudden illness or injury can’t always wait for you to make a doctor’s appointment, which is why TexomaCare offers three urgent care locations.

This WATCHMAN Keeps an Eye on Your Heart

November 12, 2020

Lee Skinner had been on blood thinners for years to treat a chronic heart condition when a dangerous complication made him look at other options.

Healthcare Heroes Create Specialized ICU/COVID-19 Unit

June 24, 2020

To care for those critically ill with COVID-19, medical staff created a self-contained area, eliminating potential exposure.

First Grayson County COVID-19 Patient Goes Home From Rehab

June 22, 2020

Hospitalized for COVID-19 for 35 days and 33 more days at TMC Reba McEntire® Center for Rehabilitation, local resident goes home to his family.

A COVID-19 PPE "Win-Win" for the Hospital and Community

June 19, 2020

As a national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) loomed, TMC’s staff found and sourced a local business, saving lives and jobs.

How to Get Mental Health Support for Your Teen

June 17, 2020

The struggle is real for many teens, especially in these challenging times. The Adolescent Recovery Program can help provide extra support.

The Importance of Liver Health

April 11, 2020

The liver is responsible for many functions in the body. But did you know that it is your largest and heaviest organ?