Tag Archives: Public Health

Immigrants, fearing Trump crackdown, drop out of nutrition programs

Both documented and undocumented immigrants fear that accepting federal aid could make them ineligible for a green card if rules are changed. Immigrants are turning down government help to buy infant formula and healthy food for their young children because they’re afraid the Trump administration could bar them from getting a green card if they […]
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Health officials worry after HIV outbreak in north Seattle

A cluster of eight people in north Seattle, described as heterosexuals, drug users and recently homeless, has been diagnosed with HIV infections since February, and health officials are worried that their cases could represent a new pattern of transmission for a virus that has been in steep decline. Officials suspect that changes in drug use […]
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E-cigarette tariffs are a threat to public health 

Tariffs on e-cigarettes aren’t just an act of economic self-harm. They’re an active threat to public health. Fifteen years ago, a Chinese pharmacist sparked a global innovation race to end smoking by inventing a safer, more appealing way for smokers to get the nicotine they desire without the smoke that may kill them–the modern day e-cigarette. Thousands […]
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Why smoke gets in your eyes

Rep. Greg Walden claiming that smoke gets in your eyes is the new norm has once again proven to our citizens how his failures snowball exponentially and how quickly he demurs to his standard “I’m working on it, just give me time” response. How long must we wait? Not only is smoke the old norm, […]
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Walden talks smoke

Blue sky showed up in Medford Friday just as U.S. Rep. Greg Walden and the Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 administrator sat down with community members to talk about the negative effects of smoke. The sunbeams making their way into the Jackson Room in the Jackson County Courthouse did little to lighten the mood around […]
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Sewage May Hold the Key to Tracking Opioid Abuse

Public health managers are hoping to pinpoint how and when people abuse drugs in order to prevent deaths The city of Cary, North Carolina, is a charming town of 130,000 in the state’s Research Triangle. With its tree-lined streets and parks, job opportunities, well-ranked schools—not to mention its residents’ relatively high levels of education and […]
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Latest measles patient visited Multnomah Village restaurant

It’s the latest Oregon case of the illness diagnosed in the region since early July. Oregon Health Authority officials confirmed Tuesday a new case of measles in the Portland area. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Latest measles patient visited Multnomah Village restaurant

Health advisory issued for Cullaby Lake after harmful toxins found

Water is unsafe to drink. A health advisory was issued on Tuesday for Cullaby Lake due to a bloom of harmful algae. State public health officials confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria and the toxins they produce at the popular recreational site off U.S. Highway 101 near Warrenton. A similar bloom occurred at Coffenbury Lake in […]
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Oregon sees spike in synthetic opioid overdose deaths

Drug overdose deaths from highly addictive synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, soared last year in Oregon, according to preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released last week. There were 87 predicted deaths in 2017 compared to 42 deaths the year before, a 107 percent increase, the figures show. Source: Oregon sees spike […]
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Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017

Fentanyl is a big culprit, but there are also encouraging signs from states that have prioritized public health campaigns and addiction treatment.