Horse Flu Postpones State Competition

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on May 11, 2015
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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.

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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
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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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Read Your E.O.B.

Posted by Steve Leader on March 18, 2015
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The explanation of benefits (E.O.B.) form that comes with medical insurance claims can be boring and hard to read.  But checking the document can help prevent medical identity thieves from taken you for a long, expensive, ride.

Premera Blue Cross is offering its members 2 years of free credit monitoring after announcing Wednesday a cyberattack that may have …

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