OHSU Gets Live-Saving Gift

Posted by Jeremy Scott on July 28, 2014
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PORTLAND — Oregon Health and Science University’s Knight Cancer Institute is a whole lot closer to its $1 billion fundraising goal to enter the next generation of cancer detection and treatment.

An anonymous donor handed over $100 million in what is the one of the largest pledges ever to OHSU.

“We embrace the opportunity and responsibility of using this investment to take the …

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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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