Tag Archives: Health

Pat yourself on the back, America. Your cholesterol levels are holding steady, CDC says.

The past 17 years have seen a steady, sustained decline in rates of total high cholesterol. When it comes to our health as a nation, we’re not doing so great. Some cancer rates are climbing sharply. Nearly one in eight Americans has diabetes. And we are ballooning in weight, with obesity rates at record highs. Amid that grim picture, […]
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Homelessness Compounds Health Challenges for Transgender Portlanders

A lack of data has led to funding cuts for some programs that otherwise might support these individuals, while others — such as OHSU — seek to boost their offerings. In her 31 years, Willow Paloma has had many identities: train-hopping hobo, Buddhist, activist, herbalist, self-described “crusty punk” and “queer separatist.” But one part of […]
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State health assessment community meeting in Madras

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is holding community meetings to get input on the state health assessment. Source: State health assessment community meeting in Madras – KTVZ

 Oregon Health Authority: Avoid being outside during smoky conditions

As wildfires ravage the Columbia River Gorge just east of Portland and in other areas of the state, the Oregon Health Authority has issued a number of steps people can take to reduce health effects from the smoke and ash. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon Health Authority: Avoid being outside during smoky conditions

New rules seek to ease antibiotic resistance

Farmers, docs disagree over drugs’ use on farms. It’s no surprise farmers give their animals antibiotics when they’re sick. But many also give herds the medications on a large scale — either in their feed or water — to prevent illness. The latter is a controversial practice, and a perennial topic of debate at the […]
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Rural poor need better access to healthy food | Opinion

Imagine you’re living in a small Oregon town with $10 to feed your family of four. Your options are limited to burgers from the local fast-food chain or snack food from the corner convenience store. Either way, you can’t win. Source: Rural poor need better access to healthy food | Opinion | Eugene, Oregon

Republican Pushes for Ballot Referendum on Oregon Health Plan Funding Deal

Rep. Julie Parrish is threatening to derail the provider tax, which was negotiated behind closed doors with the healthcare industry, requiring it to come up with most of the state’s matching funds to draw down federal money to support the Oregon Health Plan — and continue a critical flow of money to hospitals. Source: Republican […]
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Antibiotics can be harmful

One out of 5 patients who received antibiotics while in the hospital experienced an adverse side effect, according to a new study from researchers at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Moreover, the study showed that nearly a fifth of those patients didn’t actually need antibiotics. Source: Antibiotics can be harmful;

For Type 2 diabetics, lowering blood sugar poses dilemma

Some drugs increase risk of heart attacks and strokes. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people with Type 2 diabetes. Surely, then, the way to dodge this bullet is to treat the disease and lower blood sugar. Well, maybe. Growing evidence suggests that the method by which blood sugar is lowered may […]
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Oregon Senate Passes Provider Tax, OHA Budget, with Ferrioli’s Support

The Senate Republican Leader scoffed at the notion that the GOP never supports tax increases or turns a cold shoulder to the state’s most vulnerable citizens, even as Congressional Republicans have vied to end the Medicaid expansion. Source: Oregon Senate Passes Provider Tax, OHA Budget, with Ferrioli’s Support | The Lund Report