Health & Medicine

Health, Medicine

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An Oregon State University student is hospitalized with a confirmed case of meningitis. Officials are seeking any individuals who’ve been in close contact with the student.

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A blood-fueled battle between two major Oregon universities is underway.  However, as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this civil war will do more good than harm.  

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Health Authority has issued a public health advisory about pesticide-tainted marijuana that was sold at dispensaries in Eugene, North Bend, and Salem. They’re asking customers to return or dispose of the affected products.

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In September, the Women's Foundation of Oregon released a startling report on the status of women and girls. This Friday, leaders from across the state will hold a summit to discuss solutions.

Recorded on: October 28, 2016

Air Date: October 31, 2016

Coordinator: Joel Korin

In 1998, Oregon became the first state in the nation to enact a Death with Dignity law, allowing physician-assisted suicide. The law’s use has steadily increased since then. In 2013, approximately 130 prescriptions were written, and about 70 were used to end life.

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Since 2010, the case rate of syphilis has increased in Lane County by nearly 1000%, according to health officials.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council received an earful last night (Monday) during its public forum about a recent police incident at the downtown park blocks. Last Friday, when police arrested two men for drug dealing, a large crowd gathered, yelling obscenities and taunting officers. 

These days, we openly discuss a lot of things that used to be considered too delicate for polite company: sex, money, childbirth …  If there’s one taboo left, it’s the subject of death. Recently, JPR’s Liam Moriarty attended a social gathering held specifically to talk about the end of life. 

Tiffany Eckert

One in five people in Lane County qualifies for food stamps. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, bases eligibility on monthly income and provides vouchers or an electronic benefits transfer card to buy food items. To make money stretch each month, families often end up consuming cheaper, less nutritious foods. As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, a program at the Lane County Farmer's Market is designed to change that.   

Oregon Health Authority

With marijuana legal for adults 21 and over in Oregon, parents may not know how to talk to their kids about it. The state has produced an online toolkit to help initiate the conversation.

Tiffany Eckert

Horse lovers everywhere know the healing comfort of riding and just being with these majestic animals.  A non-profit outside of Eugene--called RideAble-- brings people with special needs together with their equine friends.

KLCC

Some faucets at four University of Oregon residence halls have tested positive for lead. The dorms were all built around the same time,.

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The term narcissist has been bandied about of late. The media have used the label to describe Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. National Institutes of Health reports about 8% of men and 5% of women have the condition. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert takes a look at Narcissistic Personality Disorder and the effects it can have on others.

Over the last five years, the ratio of students to school nurses has nearly doubled in Oregon.  According to a new report released Wednesday, the shortage of healthcare professionals leaves thousands of vulnerable students at risk during the school day.

Rachael McDonald

Researchers from Portland State University are in Eugene Friday to find the city’s hot spots. Their study of urban “heat islands” can help planners to improve conditions during heat waves like the one we’re experiencing.

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A new program in Eugene has already reversed at least one opioid overdose. That's according to HIV Alliance. In the last month they began distributing the drug Naloxone as part of their syringe exchange.

Why not start by giving homeless people a place to live?

Aug 18, 2016
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Seattle was one of the cities that pioneered a strategy to fight homelessness called “Housing First.”
That meant getting people into housing before they were sober, or their mental illness had stabilized. The most famous example was housing for chronic inebriates that opened in 2005. Letting alcoholics drink in their rooms was controversial at the time. But “housing first” is now a broadly accepted strategy.

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A bird found dead in Eugene has tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first case reported in Lane County in 2016.

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Lead in Oregon's largest school district has forced out a superintendent, delayed a possible bond measure, and uncovered major management problems. And Portland Public Schools may have a legal fight on its hands soon. A family blames the district for their child’s health problems.

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Senator Ron Wyden met with Eugene health officials to talk about Zika research today (Tuesday). The Oregon Senator sought help and guidance from local officials in order to garner support around funding research for Zika.

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As part of a national campaign to stop the use of antibiotics in factory farm-raised meat, an Oregon advocacy group is targeting KFC chickens.

Springfield Schools

District officials plan to replace the underground water system at Page Elementary School in Springfield. Six classrooms were found to have higher-than safe lead levels.

Lane Blood Center

Lane Blood Center in Eugene has issued an urgent plea for donations.

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Katelyn Carey is an Ashland nurse on a mission: to provide comfort and hope to people with breast cancer.

Eat your vegetables! It’s a refrain parents tell their children all the time.

Government guidelines recommend kids eat three to five servings of vegetables a day—as much as a cup of veggies with every meal. But are Oregon children eating any vegetables?

We sent reporter Jennifer Margulis on a mission to find out.

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HIV-aids kills more than 13,000 Americans every year. The Center for Disease Control estimates if every person knew their HIV status, there would be a 96 percent drop in the spread of the virus.

Rachael McDonald

St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County is in the early stages of creating housing for homeless youth. They want to renovate a church in south Eugene.

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Lane County’s Board of Commissioners wants to raise the tobacco sale age to 21. Earlier this month the board asked staff to develop a policy proposal. Local efforts may be a precursor to a statewide initiative.

Eugene Parents Lobby Theater To Show VAXXED

Jun 10, 2016
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Friday June 10th the documentary film VAXXED comes to the David Minor Theater in Eugene. The movie has been called controversial because it asserts the MMR vaccine may cause autism.

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The Eugene 4J School District found slightly elevated lead levels in water from a sink at Roosevelt Middle School Monday.  As of Tuesday, it’s providing bottled water out of what it calls an abundance of caution.

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