Children wearing multifocal contact lenses had slower progression of their myopia, according to results from a clinical trial funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The findings support an option for controlling the condition, also called nearsightedness, which increases the risk of cataracts, glaucoma and retinal detachment later in life. Investigators of the Bifocal Lenses In Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) Study published the results Aug. 11 in JAMA.

The new state epidemiologist who starts work this month will be Oklahoma’s third person in that role since the state’s response to COVID-19 started in March, raising concerns of inconsistent leadership as the role is diminished inside the state health department. 

OKLAHOMA CITY — A coalition of Oklahomans filed a new initiative petition Monday aimed at stopping lawmakers from manipulating legislative voting districts to guarantee victories at the ballot box.

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced a one-month extension for long-term care facilities and nursing homes to apply for a CARES Act grant from the State to mitigate the presence of COVID-19 in facilities.

As a growing number of districts implement nontraditional schedules or mandate virtual school, parents are facing the difficult dilemma of how to tackle the unexpected full-time responsibilities of educating their children while continuing to financially support their families.

This weekend saw an extended family getting back together, as the annual Hanor Smokin’ Red Dirt BBQ saw hundreds descend on Enid to cook, judge and eat barbecue just like old times.

While most people who call the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center seeking an appointment for a drive-through COVID-19 test have to wait a few days for the next opening, the hospital has offered some “VIP” same-day test.

STILLWATER, Okla. – Scientists and graduate students with Oklahoma State University’s Institute for Biosecurity and Microbial Forensics are helping the COVID-19 response, joining forces with OSU’s Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory to help speed up virus testing for the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 7, 2020) – The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced today it is expanding ongoing contact tracing efforts in Oklahoma with the launch of a new COVID-19 contact tracing and case investigation call center.

This week, there are nine fewer counties in the “orange” risk zone. OSDH continues to monitor closely the statewide hospitalization trends for COVID-19.

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol are encouraging Oklahomans to be safe on the road after speed limits increased on turnpikes and rural interstates.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Cherokee Nation and FireThief Productions, in association with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO), announced the end of production of “ᎢᎾᎨᎢ,” pronounced “Inage’i”, which translates to “In The Woods,” an original animated series for children performed entirely in the Cherokee language.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Avery Frix, R-Muskogee, attended the ceremonial bill signing Thursday for House Bill 3350, which granted cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for retirees in Oklahoma pension plans. Those retirees include teachers, firefighters, police, public employees, justices and judges.

Students heading to college this fall soon will be packing suitcases and loading their vehicles full of mementoes and necessities for their new home away from home.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Educators, school districts and students are struggling to find cleaning supplies as in-person classes prepare to resume later this month, the state’s largest teacher’s union said.

Curious about education options for your children amid the global pandemic? The new school year quickly approaches and many parents are making plans for the coming school year.

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The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) has released the 2019 crash summary for Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) is seeking input from private and public agencies, organizations, private citizens and consumers to monitor and enhance development of an effective statewide comprehensive child abuse prevention plan. 

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Ever since social media became a mainstream phenomenon on the internet, there have been concerns about individuals' privacy, considering all the data that gets put out daily.

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Oklahoma Gas & Electric is warning customers of the potential for scams targeting some customers by phone and e-mail.

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