Health & Medicine

Health, Medicine

Rachael McDonald

Friday is the 7th anniversary of the death of Major Thomas Egan. The Army veteran froze to death on a cold night in Eugene. His passing inspired the creation of The Egan Warming Center which offers a warm place for homeless people to sleep on freezing nights.

Rachael McDonald

The first of two Dusk to Dawn homeless camps approved by the Eugene City Council will open Friday at the St. Vincent de Paul service station.

Tiffany Eckert

When a terminally ill patient decides to stop treatment or finds there are no other curative measures to take-- hospice is ordered. Often, the patient chooses to go home to die. As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, hospice programs serve to alleviate fears and help the very sick on their final journey.

Rachael McDonald

The largest mental health facility in Lane County isn’t a hospital. It’s the county’s only nightly shelter for homeless folks. That’s according to Eugene Mission Executive Director Jack Tripp. Earlier this month, he took county leaders on a tour of the mission.

Mayors from western cities met in Portland this week to discuss issues like homelessness and affordable housing.

Rachael McDonald

At a meeting Wednesday the Eugene City Council and Human Rights Commission talked about ways to move forward to end the homeless crisis in the community.

Enroll by Tuesday for 2016 Health Insurance

Dec 9, 2015

Oregonians have to sign up for health insurance now to have coverage starting January 1st. The December 15th deadline is for those wanting to change their health insurance plan or apply for the first time.

Catholic Community Services

During the recent cold snap around Thanksgiving, Catholic Community Services of Lane County exhausted its supply of motel vouchers for families seeking overnight shelter. Efforts are underway to prepare for the next cold snap.

Jem Raw

A Bend company is issuing a nationwide voluntary recall of its nut butter spreads because they could be contaminated with salmonella.

Egan Warming Center

The Egan Warming Centers in Eugene Springfield were open for 5 nights over this past week of sub freezing temperatures. The shelters were not open last night, Sunday, organizers say, because volunteers were exhausted.

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11/30 10:00 a.m. UPDATE:  The "RED" wood burning advisory for Eugene, Springfield and Oakridge is extended until 4:00 p.m. today.

11/29 8:20 AM UPDATE: The "Red" wood burning advisory for Eugene and Springfield has been extended through Sunday evening, and it now includes Oakridge.

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group, OSPIRG, this week released its 30th annual list of dangerous toys on store shelves.

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council has approved a pilot program that allows homeless people to camp in approved sites overnight.

Egan Warming Center

With temperatures forecast to be at or below freezing, the Egan Warming Centers plan to open Tuesday and Wednesday. They'll be on standby through next Monday [Nov. 30].

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Douglas County Public Health officials report one person has died and another remains hospitalized as a result of meningococcal disease. This is not considered an outbreak and as KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, doctors are confident the disease is contained.  

Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacteria present in the noses and throats of about 10% of the population. When it is  spread—it’s through very close, prolonged personal contact. Symptoms include high fever, headache and stiff neck.

Tiffany Eckert

On Monday, the Eugene City Council is expected to vote for a legal overnight camping spot for homeless people during the winter.

WA Fish & Wildlife

Oregon officials have decided to delay the start of commercial crab season after dangerous toxin levels were found in crabs. Oregon and Washington are joining California which had already delayed the November 15th start of its season.

Rachael McDonald

Wednesday evening, more than 100 people showed up for a town hall meeting about how to help homeless people in Eugene. The theme was YIMBY, Yes in My Back Yard.

Wikipedia

Syphilis has increased by 1,500 % in Oregon since 2007. Public health officials announced the disturbing trend after Lincoln County reported its 12th case this year.

Rachael McDonald

To help homeless people get through the winter, Eugene City Councilors are considering allowing camping on sanctioned property for overnight sleeping.  The Eugene City Council heard public comments Monday evening on the proposal.

Domoic Acid May Delay Dungeness Crab Season

Nov 13, 2015
www.theoceanharvest.com

Dungeness crab season is about to begin. Fishermen are stacking their pots and preparing boats for the season that usually starts in December. But this year, domoic acid levels found in some catch may prove to be a problem. The naturally occurring acid can concentrate in fish and shellfish, and is capable of causing sickness in animals that eat them. Hugh Link is the Executive Director of the Oregon Dungeness crab Commission. He says they test for domoic acid annually, but this year cases are elevated due to a large algae bloom off the west coast.

Community Supported Shelters

White Bird Health Clinic is partnering with Eugene's Community Supported Shelters to provide a temporary shelter for people in mental health crisis. It's at the Roosevelt Safe Spot, a rest stop for the homeless.

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For the first time, Oregon has the lowest premature birth rate in the country, earning an “A” grade from March of Dimes.

The Oregon Health Authority is investigating E. coli cases linked to Chipotle restaurants in Oregon and Washington.

Three people in the Portland area and at least 19 people in Washington have been sickened since October 14. No deaths have been reported but about 1/3 of reported cases were hospitalized.

O.H.A. spokesman Jonathan Modie says people have reported symptoms in Clackamas and Washington counties in Oregon.

Oregonians enrolling or re-enrolling in health insurance for 2016 will face some of the highest rate increases in the country, but their monthly premiums will remain among some of the lowest in the U.S.

Oregon residents will use the federal exchange portal to sign up, renew or change plans.

Federal data shows that from 2015 to 2016, Oregon saw some of the highest rate increases for benchmark silver plans.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via CDC

Health officials say a teen girl from eastern Oregon has contracted the bubonic plague. Officials say the Crook County girl is believed to have gotten the disease from a flea bite during a hunting trip.

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Lane County Health officials say Norovirus is the most likely cause of more than one hundred teachers and students becoming ill Thursday at O'Hara Catholic School in Eugene. The school is closed Friday and likely to re-open next week.

Flu season is upon us. Typically it starts in Southeast Asia and makes its way around the globe. Oregon is one of the last states to see flu outbreaks— they start appearing in mid-October.

People underestimate the common flu—it can be deadly-- especially to those with compromised immune systems. Jason Davis is with Lane County Public Health.

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Incidents of elder abuse are increasing in Oregon. A report from the Office of Adult Abuse Prevention last week documents a 10 percent jump in allegations and investigations.

The most common types of adult abuse are financial, for those living at home, and neglect, for those living in care facilities. Rebecca Fetters of Oregon’s Department of Human Services says the reason for the increase is partially demographic:

Fetters: “We might anticipate continuing to see an increase in those numbers going forward, in part because of the rapid aging of the 65 and older population.”

  “Hello!” Squeals Drea Lake as she enters her husband Tyrone’s room. They have been married for more than 50 years; Tyrone has had Alzheimer’s since 2002. He recently moved into a nursing home in Seattle, where Drea visits him 5 days a week.

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