Tag Archives: Public Health

Salem mom warns others after baby’s sudden meningitis death

Summer Poff knew something was wrong with her 7-month-old son, Blaize, early in the morning on May 11. He was fussy, feverish and wouldn’t go to sleep. The Salem mom tried to soothe her baby and gave him Tylenol, but at 3 a.m, she knew she needed to take him to the hospital. Source: Salem mom warns […]
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Editorial: Spring brings an uptick of hazards

As we head into what forecasters believe will be a sunny weekend throughout the mid-valley, this seems like a good time to remind you of some of the horrible things that can happen when the weather turns warmer. On the top of the list is a new warning from our friends at the federal Centers […]
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HVAC systems spread thirdhand smoke

Old smoke causes new problems. People all over could be breathing in the lingering particles from years-old smoke breaks, researchers reported Wednesday. They found evidence that lingering smoke particles — called thirdhand smoke — can be picked up and spread all around buildings by forced air HVAC systems. Source: HVAC systems spread thirdhand smoke

Third-hand smoke may be lurking in nonsmoking areas, study finds

Scientists found that in an empty, nonsmoking classroom, nearly 30 percent of the tiny particles in the air were linked with cigarette smoke. Harmful cigarette smoke residue may be lurking in rooms where no one has ever lit up, researchers report. In a new study, scientists from Drexel University in Philadelphia found that in an […]
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Calorie counts on menus are good for business and our health

Some chains are complaining about new menu calorie labeling rules. But they’re good for our health and they’ll be good for business competition. When I walk into a Starbucks or a Dunkin Donuts these days, the calorie count on my favorite cruller or apple fritter or frappe glares at me across the aisle, and I […]
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Punishment, eleventh-hour interventions are shortsighted fixes for opioid crisis: Guest opinion

The opioid epidemic claims the lives of 115 people in the United States every day, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Here at home, around three Oregonians die each week from an overdose of prescription opioids. This crisis has a devastating and wide-ranging impact on our state. It’s evident in our classrooms, on […]
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Overdose antidote in short supply

Advocates push for great use of lifesaving naloxone. Reversing an opioid overdose with the medication naloxone is one of the more dramatic experiences in medicine. A person can go from unconscious and not breathing to fully awake and alert in a matter of seconds. It’s also one of the few life-saving interventions that can be […]
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Google Street View Images Could Help Us Address a Public Health Crisis

Google Street View (GSV) images could help public health officials estimate transportation habits and craft policies designed to support “active transport.” You can see a lot of Google Street View (GSV). It’s an excellent way to catch a glimpse of modern life in all its weird, wonderful glory. According to a new study, it could also […]
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Diseases spread by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas more than tripled in the U.S. since 2004

The growing number and spread of these diseases pose an increasing risk in the United States. The warmer weather of spring and summer means the start of tick and mosquito season and the diseases they transmit, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, West Nile and Zika. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control […]
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Understanding Childhood Trauma – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Public health researchers have found that ACEs, or Adverse Childhood Experiences, have a huge impact on later health and well being. What are Oregon practitioners doing with that awareness? In 1998, researchers from the CDC and Kaiser-Permanente put out a groundbreaking study. They catalogued a variety of what they called ACEs. It stands for “Adverse […]
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