Rx: Pain – An In-Depth look at Drug Prices in America

Posted by Chris Brown on July 24, 2015
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PORTLAND, Ore. – Amber is 23. She has twice beaten cancer; Bone cancer at 15, and Leukemia at 20. She has also accumulated a massive medical debt, in no small part through the nearly two dozen pills she was prescribed at the height of her latest battle with cancer. Amber says she reached a point where many of the drugs …

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Tests Confirm Toxic Algae in Ross Island Lagoon

Posted by Jeremy Scott on July 9, 2015
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PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has confirmed that samples taken from the Ross Island Lagoon in the Willamette River last week are positive for toxic blue-green algae, also known as “cyanobacteria”.

The algae appears to be contained to an south of the Ross Island Bridge.  The Oregon Health Authority has issued a health advisory.  They recommended …

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Oregon Pharmacists Will Be Able to Prescribe Birth Control

Posted by Associated Press on July 7, 2015
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SALEM, Ore. — Oregon women will no longer have to visit a health clinic for a birth control prescription starting next year.

Instead, they can head straight to their pharmacist for contraception under a measure signed into law Monday by Gov. Kate Brown.

Advocates said the measure gives Oregon women the easiest access to birth control in the nation. Rep. Knute Buehler, …

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OHSU Meets Knight Cancer Challenge

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on June 25, 2015
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PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Health & Science University has set a fundraising record by meeting the $1 billion challenge from Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny.

“Penny and I have total confidence in Brian Druker and the entire OHSU Knight Cancer Institute team to put a stop to a disease that touches each of our lives,” said Phil Knight.

$508 …

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Obama Health Care Law Survives Second Supreme Court Fight

Posted by Associated Press on June 25, 2015
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sent a clear message Thursday that President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of Americans.

Whether you call it the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, or in the words of a dissenting justice, SCOTUScare, Obama’s signature domestic achievement …

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