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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Little Kids With Big Hearts Hold The Heart Show Wednesday

Posted by Pat Boyle on March 11, 2014
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Portland, Oregon – Ophelia Belefant and her little brother Dashiell are busy getting ready for a silent auction Wednesday afternoon to raise money for Randall Children’s Hospital pediatric cardiology unit. Her dad, Brian says she learned last year that some kids have hearts that need fixing and she wanted to know what she could do to help.

They  decided she and …

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High School Student Dies Of Bacterial Infection

Posted by Jeremy Scott on March 6, 2014
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PORTLAND — Students and teachers at Central Catholic High School are mourning the sudden death of a student.  Grief counselors are helping them cope with the news of Jacob Parkhurst’s passing.

The 17-year-old junior died Tuesday from a severe invasive bacterial infection.  Doctors will know for sure what it was later this week.  The case was first thought to be meningococcal disease, an …

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