Remember Your Ears On The Fourth

Posted by Steve Leader on July 2, 2014
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Children are more sensitive to extremely loud noises than adults.  That’s according to Christi Sperry.   The audiologist specialist with Providence Women’s and Children’s Services says if your child is startled by the sound of a firework, that’s usually a good indicator it’s too loud.

Sperry says fireworks are among the loudest environmental noises that we endure.  She says adults …

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Sex Diseases Exploding In Oregon

Posted by Steve Leader on May 30, 2014
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The syphilis rate in Oregon is nearly twice the national average. (10 per 100,000, compared with 5.3 nationally.)

The Statesman Journal quotes figures from the Oregon Health Authority showing early syphilis cases are at their highest level since 1989. Syphilis is most contagious during the first year.

According to the Health Authority, gonorrhea cases jumped 18% from 2012 to 2013.

State health officials …

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New Study On Washington’s Expanded Liquor Sales Confirms Lawman’s “Worst Concerns”

Posted by Steve Leader on May 29, 2014
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A preliminary report for the Washington State Liquor Control Board ties an increase in emergency room visits in the Seattle area to expanded liquor sales.

The study found a 50% increase in hospital visits in King county, related to alcohol, from June, 2012 (when liquor began being sold in private stores) and September, 2013.  During roughly that same time researchers also …

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Portland Biotech Startup May Help Wipe Out Malaria

Posted by Steve Leader on April 15, 2014
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Mosquitoes like this one spread malaria

Malaria was once under control.  But was before the malaria parasite became resistant, in many parts of the world, to the drug that had long been used to treat it, chloroquine.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant of nearly $3 Million to a Portland biotech startup, DesignMedix, Inc. President  Sandra Shotwell, Ph.D, says …

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State, Contractor Faulted for Cover Oregon Fiasco

Posted by Associated Press on March 20, 2014
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SALEM — An independent review of Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange has found that a breakdown of management, an overly ambitious scope, and low quality of work by technology contractor Oracle Corp. are some of the reasons for Cover Oregon’s failed launch.

Details of the investigation were announced by Gov. John Kitzhaber at a press conference on Thursday.

Kitzhaber lashed out at …

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