Lawmakers to Outlaw Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors

Posted by Associated Press on May 12, 2015

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Senators advanced a measure Monday banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and requiring the inhalant devices be controlled like tobacco products, joining a vast movement of other states pursuing stricter regulations around “vaping.”

“We know that that nicotine impacts brain development and is highly addictive. And yet young people are targeted through advertisements which promote …

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Horse Flu Postpones State Competition

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on May 11, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon high school equestrian teams have made a decision to cancel the state competition due to EHV-1, a highly contagious virus.  It’s a neurological disease that does not affect humans.  The state meet affects hundreds of student-athletes all over the state.

18-year-old Colleen Frainey

The competition was supposed to happen Thursday through Sunday in Redmond, Oregon.  The Oregon …

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Whooping Cough Returns to Washington

Posted by Rebecca Marshall on April 21, 2015

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Health officials in Washington State say whooping cough, also known as Pertussis, is spiking.  This year alone, there have been 300 cases statewide, including fifty in Clark County.  Compare that to 50 in the entire state this time last year.

In 2012, Washington suffered an epidemic of whooping cough that killed an infant and hospitalized dozens more.

The Oregonian reports that …

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Vaping Under Attack

Posted by Mike Turner on March 23, 2015

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State lawmakers are pushing new restrictions on electronic cigarettes, including banning indoor use and selling to minors.

Also under consideration is a bill that would ban the use of flavors that supporters say would increase the number of minors getting hooked on nicotine.

Officials Urge Meningitis Shots After 6th Case at U of O

Posted by Associated Press on March 19, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. — Public health officials Thursday issued a plea to parents of University of Oregon students to get their children vaccinated against meningitis after a sixth student has been found infected with the bacteria that can cause the potentially fatal disease.

Dr. Paul Cieslak, director of infectious diseases for the Oregon Public Health Division, said the outbreak is far …

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