Health & Medicine

Health, Medicine

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County’s efforts-- to improve the overall health of its residents-- are paying off.  And community organizations plan to invest more in this initiative that came out of Obamacare.

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PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center is poised to break ground on a new guest house. It will offer lodging to those with loved ones in hospital.

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An annual report shows Lane County has one of the higher rates of sexually-transmitted infections (STI)  in Oregon, and the nation. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Residents in Benton County are the healthiest in the state. That’s according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations’ County Health Rankings report.

Oregon state health officials are urging people to stop using the herbal supplement, kratom. Several test samples have been found to contain the salmonella bacteria. Two people fell ill in Oregon and now those cases are linked to a national outbreak.

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In Lane County, opioid overdose kills more people than car accidents. It’s a crisis public health officials have seen coming. Now, a countywide effort to reduce narcotic prescribing is having dramatic results—cutting opioid use by 40%. It comes down to tapering dosage and offering patients alternative treatments for chronic pain.

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Beginning this week, free walk-in counseling and referral services are being offered at the Eugene Public Library, downtown. It’s part of a one-year project between the library and the White Bird Clinic.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Already this year, there’s been five youth suicides in Lane County. That’s prompted officials to activate what’s known as “incident command structure”. KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

Oregon State University

Following an outbreak of the deadly Meningococcal B disease, Oregon State University instituted a vaccination requirement policy. Students who do not comply will not be allowed to enroll in classes next term. And that’s not all.

Children who show up to Oregon schools and preschools [tomorrow] Wednesday without required vaccinations won't be allowed in.

Oregon State University

After a sixth student in Corvallis contracted Meningococcal disease, Oregon State University established a vaccination requirement for all students under 26. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the deadline is this Thursday.

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So…how are those New Year’s resolutions coming along so far? Two of the most common ones people list are eating healthier, and saving money. But as you may have found out at the checkout lane, these goals can often conflict, given the varying cost of fruit, vegetables, and meat.

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If you’re wondering how Oregon’s restaurants rate for cleanliness, or if the hotel you’re considering staying at is pest-free, there’s a new online tool to help with that. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Linus Pauling Middle School

There is another confirmed case of meningococcal disease in Corvallis. This time it’s a middle school student. Health officials say the bacterial infection is rare to occur in young kids. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

An influx of patients with the flu is putting pressure on medical staff. Hospital systems in many parts of Oregon are currently operating at full capacity.

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Health officials know that the influenza virus spreads from Southern to Northern Hemisphere. That puts Oregon pretty late in the game and means the flu season here doesn’t end until May. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert sits down with Lane County Public Health nurse Cindy Morgan, to talk cold and flu symptoms, possible immunity and flu shot effectiveness.

Oregon Horse Rescue

The founders of a non-profit horse rescue organization near Eugene recently sent a plea to the public for help. They say they will be forced to close their stable doors without donor support for abandoned, abused and neglected horses.

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With overnight temperatures forecast in the 20s tonight, the Egan Warming Centers will open  to offer a warm place for people who are homeless in Eugene and Springfield.

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Oregon State University will now require all its students age 25 or younger to get a vaccine against meningococcal disease by February 15th.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown says Congress needs to help the nation’s 9 million children, and fast.

A program that offers homeless families in Eugene / Springfield a warm place for the night is running out of money.

Recorded On: December 8, 2017

Air Date: December 11, 2017

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The deadline quickly approaches for Oregonians who want coverage through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. There is one week left to enroll.

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With the freezing overnight temperatures continuing in the Willamette Valley, Egan Warming Centers are providing shelter to anyone who needs it. This life-saving outreach requires a constant flow of volunteers.

Fifth OSU Student Treated for Meningococcal Disease

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A student at Oregon State University in Corvallis is being treated for meningococcal disease. The student is an undergraduate and is listed as being in good condition.

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The FDA and Lane County Public Health are urging people not to use Kratom, a botanical supplement sold in stop n shops and dispensaries.

Tiffany Eckert

This is the time of year many of us are looking at health insurance coverage and making decisions. There is a non-traditional medical model being embraced by healthcare policymakers on both the left and the right. One doctor in Eugene offers direct-to-patient care for a flat monthly fee.

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Flu shots are now available at many clinics, drugstores, and supermarkets.  And Lane County officials are urging people to get their shots sooner than later.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.   

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Cases of gonorrhea have more than tripled in Oregon since 2007, according to the Oregon Health Authority. But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, Oregon State University researchers may be nearing the development of a vaccine.

Oregon Women, Infants and Children

Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, is more than a food program. A new study finds while serving families with health and nutrition services, WIC employees frequently recognize and address developmental and behavioral concerns in children.

The study, published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, found WIC staff go outside their scope of work to talk with families about problems beyond nutrition. Study co-author Julie Reeder has been with WIC for 16 years. She says staff members tend to hear most about developmental delays related to speech and behavior.

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