Health & Medicine

Health, Medicine

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Just in time for summer, when people want to go outside, grass pollen counts in the Willamette Valley are very high. That’s been hard on people with allergies.

OHSU’s primate research center in Beaverton has about 5,000 monkeys.

At any one time, about 120 experiments are being conducted, from developing a vaccine for hepatitis B to learning why some people handle HIV infections better than others.

A ‘Freedom Of Information’ request from the group, ‘Stop Animal Exploitation Now,’ has found that there have been nine serious problems at the center in the last 16 months.

Professor Matt Sanders is a clinical psychologist from University of Queensland in Australia. He developed the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program designed to enhance parental engagement, reduce stigma and encourage positivity.

The Oregon Association of Hospitals announced every health system in the state will now provide a cost estimate for any planned procedure.  

The initiative is expected to reduce “sticker shock” for potential patients.  They say it will help uninsured and out-of-network patients understand the potential costs for services.

Immunization rates are significantly up in Lane County, that's according to new data released today by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Lane County Public Health is getting the word out---mental health is just as important as physical well-being. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports on a community-wide project that encourages every citizen to “mind your mind.”

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People who identify as transgender are more at risk of contracting HIV-AIDS than any other demographic group. Transgender men and women say the biggest reason is a lack of specific information for their sexual behaviors. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, a unique event in a very public place in Eugene is designed to change that.


North Coast Opioid Summit Held In Seaside

May 1, 2016
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Oregon medical officials are looking at ways to curb and reduce the number of opioid deaths. Physicians and medical directors met at a summit in Seaside, Thursday, to discuss options.

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Yesterday PeaceHealth Medical Center caregivers voted to ratify their first union contract. Members of the Service Employees International Union-Local 49 approved it- 533 to 11. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert met with hospital employees and union reps when the decision was announced.

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People who use Oregon and Washington’s Death with Dignity laws have, for years, used a high dose of sleeping pills to end their lives. But that medication has skyrocketed in price over the last year. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald has this personal perspective of a family member choosing to end their life.

Lane County Public Health has recognized seven diverse organizations that went the “extra mile” last year to help achieve healthy populations.

From clean drinking water to vaccination campaigns, public health impacts all people in all communities. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services.

Benton County health officials have confirmed an outbreak of norovirus at Oregon State University.


Oregon’s water is tested for suspended solids, certain chemicals, heavy metals, but not for pharmaceuticals. With prescription drug use on the rise --way too often-- unused meds end up in the landfill or flushed down the toilet. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports on how Lane County agencies are stepping up their message of what to do with unwanted drugs.

The mother of a University of Oregon freshman who died last February has filed a lawsuit against PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. The suit claims the hospital was negligent in treating Lauren Jones who died of Meningococcal disease.

Recorded on: March 10th, 2016

Unable to air on KLCC due to length.

Better Health at Lower Cost: What's a Community to Do? The Social Determinants of Our Health.

Guest Speaker: Joshus Freeman, MD

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Tobacco Use Age May Increase to 21 in Lane County

Mar 2, 2016
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Soon smokers in Lane County may have to wait until age 21 to buy tobacco. County Commissioners backed a proposal Tuesday night to raise the legal age.

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State public health officials are still looking into an outbreak of norovirus that was traced to raw oysters from Yaquina Bay. Oregon Oyster Farms of Newport has issued a recall of oysters with sell-by dates of February 19th through March 8th.

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene Mission is the only drop-in night shelter for homeless adults in Lane County. In recent years, the Christian organization has developed the “Life Change Program” to help people deal with addiction and other problems. It’s not easy.

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Kaiser Permenante officially joined Eugene's healthcare community in January, and since then, the provider has given $290,000 in grants to local non-profits, including two Latino programs.

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Oregon now ranks fourth in the nation for abuse and misuse of opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   U.S. Senator Ron Wyden was in Eugene today (Tuesday) to attend a Summit on chronic pain management and reducing prescription drug abuse.

“Like a wrecking ball.” That’s how Senator Wyden describes the way opioid addiction has hit Oregon.

Wyden: “During a five month period in 2012, 180-thousand prescriptions were written for opioids. That is a very dramatic challenge.”

The Child Center

The Child Center which provides mental health services for youth in Lane County is fundraising to pay for a new building on its Springfield campus.

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As part of a community-wide plan to improve health in Lane County-- hundreds of residents from all walks of life-- got together Wednesday night to simultaneously vote on which health issues they consider top priority. Electronic votes were tallied and KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert was there for the results.


Eugene VA Healthcare Center Officially Open

Jan 16, 2016
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Veterans have a brand new facility to get healthcare in Eugene. After nearly ten years of delays, mismanagement, and funding issues, dignitaries and veterans formally unveiled the new building Saturday (yesterday).

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While the commercial Dungeness crab fishery is the most valuable fishery in Oregon, it’s also a very dangerous occupation. As crab season finally gets underway, researchers at Oregon State University are studying non-fatal injuries among crab fishermen and women.

Indoor Use Of E-Cigarettes No Longer Allowed In Oregon

Jan 2, 2016
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The use of E-Cigarettes, also known as vaping, is no longer allowed indoors in public places in Oregon.

The New Year brings more access to birth control for women in Oregon.
One law allows pharmacists to prescribe oral and patch contraceptives to women 18 and over.

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Update: Egan Warming Centers will activate on the nights of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. They're on standby through Monday, January 4th.

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On any given night, more than one thousand people are without a home in the Eugene/ Springfield area. Many of those are families, with school-age kids. Families can turn to St. Vincent de Paul’s First Place Family Center. With the help of more than 30 area churches, the agency can shelter families each night during the school year.

Rachael McDonald

Monday, some Eugene seniors got a surprise visit from Oregon’s U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. Wyden joined volunteers delivering Meals on Wheels for Food For Lane County.

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Lane County Health Officials are encouraging parents to take advantage of the holiday break by getting their children vaccinated.

Families have several weeks with no school, and for some parents, extended time off. Approximately 30,000 children aren't vaccinated in Oregon, and the primary reason is due to old religious exemptions.

Jason Davis is a spokesman for Lane County Health & Human Services. He says the State ranks first in the nation in allowing the most vaccine exceptions for children, and Lane County is in the top tier.

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