Tag Archives: Public Health

Polio-like Illness AFM Tests an Overstretched Public Health System

State and federal governments largely have stopped making new investments in public health. The mysterious, polio-like disease that has struck 414 people — mostly young children — across the United States since 2014 comes at a time when the public health system already is overstretched. Reported in 39 states and Washington, D.C., acute flaccid myelitis, […]
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Neighbors question state study giving clean bill of health to area surrounding Precision Castparts

State toxicologists say studies of air, soil and water near SE Portland plant showed no health concerns, at least since 2016. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Neighbors question state study giving clean bill of health to area surrounding Precision Castparts

Metals released near Precision Castparts not a human health threat

State toxicologists say studies of air, soil and water near SE Portland plant showed no health concerns, at least since 2016. Based on environmental samples collected in 2016 and 2017, a state agency reported this week that metals and other chemicals in the air, soil and water near Precision Castparts’ Southeast Portland plant are not […]
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DEQ data reveals record poor air quality in wildfire season

Data recently released by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality shows that the number of unhealthy and very unhealthy air quality days in Klamath Falls hit an all-time high in 2018. The data also shows these poor air quality days were confined to the wildfire season, and the number of unhealthy and very unhealthy air […]
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Oregon Health Authority seeks tax increase on alcohol, cigarettes – Capital Bureau

State health officials say they want a substantial tax to drive down smoking and binge drinking, two leading causes of preventable death for Oregonians. About 20 percent of Oregonians smoke, exceeding the national average and increasing their risk for strokes, lung cancer and heart disease. It’s the state’s highest cause of preventable death. And in […]
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Treating Childhood Trauma Becoming a Public Policy Priority

States and cities are trying to use science to create better policies and programs. New federal foster care rules are complicating their efforts. There’s a lot that’s indisputable about childhood trauma. Emotional or physical abuse early in life impacts health outcomes as children grow up. Community- and family-based approaches to dealing with trauma are better […]
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CLEAN AIR: Breathing wildfire smoke

Breathing in wildfire smoke has become an annual event here in southern Oregon. Unfortunately there still isn’t any specific studies on the possible long term repercussions of inhaling smoke year after year. Source: CLEAN AIR: Breathing wildfire smoke. | Mail Tribune

6 Children From Washington Hit With Rare Disease Similar To Polio

A rare disease similar to polio appears to be spiking. Six children from Washington have been hospitalized so far this year. All told, 16 states have confirmed a total of 38 cases of acute flaccid myelitis in 2018. It’s not a new condition, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the increase is not normal. Source: […]
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A quiet rise in unvaccinated children could put the U.S. at risk of outbreaks

For the third consecutive year, unvaccinated communities have grown, the CDC reported Thursday. One school in Oregon has toddler vaccination rates lower than those in Venezuela. Vaccine exemption rates among infants and school-aged children have been quietly rising, creating volatile pockets of unimmunized individuals, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. […]
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OHSU pediatric neurologist cautions parents about mysterious illness

There is growing concern about a rare condition that has caused paralysis in young children in certain parts of the country. A sixth child in Washington has come down with symptoms of AFM or Acute Flaccid Myelitis. “The main symptom is weakness of the lower and upper extremities that presents pretty rapidly almost overnight,” said […]
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