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The CTCA blog

Stay healthy and remember food safety this holiday season

Laurence Altshuler, MD

With the holidays right around the corner there are a few things we should remember to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and healthy.

It is important to practice safe cooking, have a strong immune system and reduce the risk of becoming ill. There are many steps to make sure that your kitchen is safe and contains foods that can support a healthy immune system. Let’s get started because the holidays are quickly approaching.

CTCA hospital receives high honor for excellence in nursing

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It is often said that nurses are the heart of health care. This sentiment holds true this week, as our Chicago-area hospital achieved Magnet Recognition®, the ultimate credential for excellence in nursing.

Granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Magnet status is considered the highest honor a hospital can achieve for its nursing care. Of the nearly 6,000 hospitals in the country, less than seven percent have received Magnet recognition.

Treat yourself to these healthy desserts for the holidays

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The holiday season is here, and with it comes an abundance of desserts full of sugar and fat that can cause us to pack on unwanted pounds. Michell Janah, pastry chef at CTCA in Tulsa, has a few recipes for delicious desserts made with healthy ingredients. Her recipe for hot chocolate is good for the heart and tummy, and her pecan pie recipe has nearly 1,000 fewer calories than traditional pecan pie.

Health insurance marketplaces gaining momentum after fixes

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The roll-out of the online health insurance marketplace, a key piece of federal health reform, was anything but smooth in October. The online marketplaces were billed as an easy way for people to shop for insurance, but few were able to sign up during its first few weeks. Even President Obama admitted it was “poor execution” for his administration to launch a website that didn’t work.

After two months and several fixes to the HealthCare.gov website, Americans without health insurance have been able to sign up. The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, requires most all Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty on their tax returns. 

Delays can be costly for cancer patients

Laurence Altshuler, MD

There is no question that the earlier a cancer is diagnosed, the better the eventual outcome. Yet, delays are quite common. There are several reasons for such delays, most of which can be attributed to both patients and doctors.

On the patient side, you might simply ignore any symptoms or brush them off as being caused by other issues.

The role of spirituality in cancer care and quality of life

Rev. Percy McCray

When individuals and families are faced with a cancer diagnosis, having a strong belief can make all the difference in the world. During difficult times, a spiritual or religious faith can ease tensions, boost attitude and support overall improved health.

Research suggests that individuals and families with religious and spiritual beliefs cope better and enjoy a more positive quality of life before, during and after being diagnosed with cancer. Prayer also leads to optimism, reduces stress and can bolster the immune system.

The secret ingredient in this healthy brownie recipe is...

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Can brownies be good for you and taste good too? It’s possible, says Brooke McIntyre, clinical oncology dietitian and Diabetes Program Coordinator at our hospital in Tulsa. McIntyre will appear on KJRH-NBC Tulsa this morning to discuss healthy substitutions for the holidays.

“My role is to keep patients as healthy as possible during their cancer treatment but also to find healthy substitutions that will help manage their blood sugar if they are diabetic,” she says.

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