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Toxic air, sick leave reform and childcare took center stage at a local candidate’s forum in Portland recently

March 19, 2012 -- Family Forward Oregon and the Mother PAC brought mayoral and city council candidates together recently to discuss family-related issues in Oregon's largest city. Six candidates participated in the weekend event, held at Harriet Tubman Leadership Academy for Young Women, a public middle school in Portland.

Mar 19 2012
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Sandra Steingraber’s talk comes on the heels of toxic regulation stalling in the Legislature

March 19, 2012 -- The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides will host a nationally influential environmental health activist when author Sandra Steingraber gives a free talk from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 at the Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave. in Portland.

Mar 19 2012
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Johns Hopkins study finds patients "walking in blind" with little access to quality and outcomes data

Mar 19 2012
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New evidence that physician attitudes and stereotypes about race, even if unconscious, affect the doctor-patient relationship in ways that may contribute to racial disparities in health care

March 16, 2012 -- Primary care physicians who hold unconscious racial biases tend to dominate conversations with African-American patients during routine visits, paying less attention to patients' social and emotional needs and making these patients feel less involved in decision making related t

Mar 16 2012
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Oregon receives high marks for its focus on end-of-life issues for medical trainees

March 16, 2012 -- Oregon Health & Science University is pleased to announce an important addition to its nationally respected Center for Ethics in Health Care. Dr. David Barnard, Ph.D., J.D., will join the university and ethics center as the Miles J. Edwards Chair in Professionalism and Comfort Care. The position is named after the late Dr. Miles J. Edwards, M.D., a distinguished doctor and ethicist at OHSU. Edwards died in 2006 following an extended battle with cancer. His final weeks were chronicled in a series of articles in The Oregonian.

Mar 16 2012
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For the second legislative session in a row, the bill could not overcome opposition from the insurance industry

March 15, 2012—Legislation requiring state agencies to purchase their prescription drugs through the Oregon Prescription Drug Program (OPDP) once again was unable to overcome staunch opposition from the pharmaceutical industry and insurance lobbyists.

 

Mar 15 2012
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They want to see clear definitions of terms, and guidelines on reimbursement and provider capacity in these coordinated care organizations

March 15, 2012—Alternative health providers, including naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists and acupuncturists, are turning to the Oregon Health Authority’s rule making process for coordinated care organizations (CCOs) to make certain their provider groups are on board.

 

Mar 15 2012
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Advocates wonder if legislators consider tobacco prevention merely lip service

March 15, 2012 -- Facing budget cuts, legislators reduced the amount of money going toward tobacco education and prevention before they adjourned, which set a dangerous precedent, according to advocates.

 

“Tobacco is one of the major cost drivers to the (healthcare) system,” said Brett Hamilton, executive director of the Tobacco Free Coalition of Oregon. “I recognize that Oregon, like the rest of the country, is struggling with the global economic recession and is facing numerous budget challenges for 2011-13.

 

Mar 15 2012
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Discussing birth outcomes on a week-by-week basis may account for the dip in C-section births

March 15, 2012 – Last month 21.7 percent of the babies born at Oregon Health & Sciences University were delivered via Cesarean section – slightly fewer than the number of C-section births statewide (28.2 percent in 2008) and lower than the national average of 32.3 percent (also in 2008), according to numbers released by the March of Dimes.

Mar 15 2012

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