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OHSU Course Gives Doctors ‘Basic Training’ to Provide Care in Developing World

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Retired Salem ophthalmologist, creator of the course, wins national award for his work

 December 8, 2011 -- After a career spent as an ophthalmologist in Salem, Andy Harris, M.D., was ready to give back by being a doctor in an entirely different way. He hoped to travel to developing countries to offer basic medical services to people in dire need.

But there was a problem: he realized to be truly helpful, he needed a refresher on primary care, and some training on practicing medicine in the often difficult circumstances doctors find in low-income countries. And, looking around, he could find no way for U.S. medical professionals to get such training.

Yale Chooses Oregon Evidence-Based Practice Center for Review of Bone Growth Product

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Center will analyze data on patients given controversial product as part of spinal surgeries

December 5, 2011 -- Yale School of Medicine has chosen the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center at Oregon Health & Science University as one of two research centers that will independently review all clinical studies of a controversial product used in spinal surgeries to promote bone growth.

The selection of the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center comes after Yale had entered into an unusual agreement with Medtronic, the manufacturer of the bone growth product — called bone morphogenetic protein-2 — to independently review the product.

OHSU Mirror Therapy Expert to Provide Free Training in Vietnam

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Pain specialist wins grant to teach therapy for amputees in nation with high prevalence of people who've lost limbs

November 16, 2011 -- Oregon Health & Science University's Beth Darnall, Ph.D., is an international expert on a novel therapy for "phantom limb pain" — real pain suffered by people who have had an arm or leg amputated. Darnall has studied and treats people with "mirror therapy," which lessens or eliminates the pain by tricking the amputee's brain into believing there was no amputation.

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