Emergency Rooms Overflowing With Sick People

Posted by Jeremy Scott on January 14, 2014

PORTLAND — Hospitals across the state have been busy for weeks with an increase of people sick from the flu and now the norovirus.

The numbers have been fluctuating, but OHSU was treating about 25 influenza patients as of Tuesday.

“One thing you can predict about influenza is that it’s going to be unpredictable.  But generally once it hits in a big …

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H1N1 Flu Strand Claims Another Oregon Life

Posted by Brett Reckamp on January 8, 2014

53-year-old Suzie Mahaffey died in a Salem hospital Tuesday morning.  She reportedly came down with Bronchitis on December 29th and never got better.

Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Justin Denny says the number of flu cases are not up, but the severity of the cases is far worse than in recent years.  He says this year’s H1N1 Strand is the same …

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Flu Blamed For Deaths and Illnesses

Posted by Jeremy Scott on January 6, 2014

PORTLAND — Emergency rooms around the metro area have been swamped with flu victims of late.  Doctors say H1N1, also known as swine flu, which caused a pandemic in 2009 is back.

At least seven people have died in Oregon and around 180 have been hospitalized.  One of the deaths was a 5-year-old Eugene boy who got sick on Christmas day and …

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4-Year-Old Oregon Boy is a Medical Mystery

Posted by Jim Ferretti on January 1, 2014
Corban Durant

Corban Durant is perfect in his mothers eyes.  A 4 year old boy who loves his Ninja Turtles, motorcycles and cars.  That being said his mom Natasha says he’s a medical mystery.

Corban has a heart defect, his lungs and liver are both sick, he can’t blink or move his eyes and the part of Corban’s brain that controls muscle movement …

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New Law: Placentas OK’d To Be Taken Home

Posted by Dan Mitchinson on December 31, 2013


Beginning in the new year, new mothers will be able to take their placentas home after giving birth. Up until now, the organ wasn’t allowed to leave the hospital, because it was considered medical waste.

“It’s what feeds the growing fetus all its nutrients” says Dr. Michelle Berlin with OHSU. In some cultures, eating the sac that feeds the …

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