Tag Archives: Health

Study: When it comes to dying, it’s better to be in Oregon

When it comes to dying, people are better off in Oregon. Two-thirds of Oregonians die at home compared with about half in Washington state and nearly 40 percent nationwide, according to findings published Wednesday. Source: Study: When it comes to dying, it’s better to be in Oregon | OregonLive.com

Protesters decry GOP health care plan

Local cardiologist Dr. Jun-Yang Lou said he sees firsthand what happens when people without health insurance forgo preventive care. Under the Affordable Care Act, 25,173 Jackson County residents gained health insurance subsidized mainly by the federal government, with a portion paid by the state of Oregon, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Source: Protesters decry […]
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Nearly 2,000 Oregon State students vaccinated against meningococcal strain

Oregon State University hosted a two-day mass vaccination in Corvallis last week to boost immunity on campus to a strain of meningococcal disease that had sickened three students in the past four months. Source: Nearly 2,000 Oregon State students vaccinated against meningococcal strain | OregonLive.com

As marijuana becomes legal, doctors worry about teen addiction

At Bruce Randolph School, a majority Hispanic high school in a gang-plagued neighborhood in north Denver, there’s always a waiting list to see Amanda Ingram and her therapy dog, Pauletta. As marijuana legalization sweeps the nation, physicians and public health officials are sounding alarms about its potentially harmful effects on young people. And counselors like […]
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Bacon, soda and too few nuts tied to big portion of U.S. deaths

Gorging on bacon, skimping on nuts? These are among food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Overeating or not eating enough of the 10 foods and nutrients contributes to nearly half of U.S. deaths from these causes, the study suggests. Source: Bacon, soda and too few nuts tied […]
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Report: Portland lacks sufficient hygiene facilities for homeless people

Forty percent of 550 homeless people surveyed said they developed staph infections, scabies, endocarditis and urinary tract infections because they didn’t have a reliable way to stay clean. Many of them said their appearance and lack of hygiene had prevented them from getting a hot meal or shelter. Source: Report: Portland lacks sufficient hygiene facilities […]
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Legislative update: Roseburg med ed college could get boost from bill

A proposed four-year college that would train nurses and medical technicians could get a big boost from legislation proposed by Rep. Dallas Heard, R-Winston. Heard was expected to put a draft of his bill forward today. It would establish a task force on rural medical training facilities. The task force would specifically be charged with […]
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FamilyCare accuses state of trying to put it out of business

A Portland coordinated care organization, which furnishes health care to 175,000 poor Medicaid members, has sued the state again, accusing the Oregon Health Authority of trying to put it out of business. Source: FamilyCare accuses state of trying to put it out of business | OregonLive.com

Kate Brown to Greg Walden: Don’t kill progress made under Affordable Care Act

Gov. Kate Brown met with U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., Monday afternoon at his Capitol Hill office to lobby the congressman on preserving health care benefits granted under the Affordable Care Act. Walden told The Oregonian/OregonLive through his deputy chief of staff that his meeting with Brown was “friendly and frank” and touched on Oregon’s […]
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Trillium and other Oregon Health Plan insurers oppose plan to make Oregon CCOs nonprofits

State lawmakers on Monday kicked off what could be lengthy and combative negotiations this year on reforms to Oregon’s 16 coordinated care organizations, which provide government-funded health care to low-income residents. Lawmakers’ interest in revisiting the 2011 rules establishing CCOs was sparked by the sale of Lane County’s for-profit CCO, Trillium Community Health Plan, to […]
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