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OHSU Study: Misdiagnosis of MS is Costing Health System Millions Per Year

Study finds most MS experts surveyed have seen patients in last year who've been misdiagnosed

May 9, 2012 -- It is relatively common for doctors to diagnose someone
with multiple sclerosis when the patient doesn't have the disease — a
misdiagnosis that not only causes patients potential harm but costs the
U.S. health care system untold millions of dollars a year, according to a
study published online today in the journal Neurology.

The study is based on a survey of 122 multiple sclerosis specialists
nationwide and was conducted by researchers at Oregon Health
& Science University and the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical

Two Risk Factors May be Most Relevant in Determining When to Start Regular Breast Cancer Screening

A family history of breast cancer and dense breast tissue each indicate a twofold increase in breast cancer risk for women in their 40s, according to a study led by an Oregon Health & Science University investigator

April 30, 2012 -- A family history of breast cancer and dense breast tissue each increase the risk of breast cancer by at least twofold for women in their 40s, according to a study led by an Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) researcher. The importance of these two risk factors could help determine when women should start having regular screening mammograms.

OHSU Appoints Michael Tom as Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Director

April 17, 2012 -- Oregon Health & Science University has named Michael Tom its Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Director (AAEO). The AAEO department at OHSU plays an important role as a resource for patients, staff, faculty, students and employment applicants to support diversity and prohibit discrimination across the university's missions of patient care, education, research and outreach.

Research Highlights Pitfall of Psychiatric Drug Development

Publication bias may provide physicians with an incomplete picture

March 21, 2012 -- Physicians who prescribe antipsychotic medications may be basing their decisions on incomplete information, according to new research published by scientists at Oregon Health & Science University. The study is published in PLoS Medicine, a peer-reviewed open-access journal published by the Public Library of Science.

Internationally-Respected Medical Ethicist and Palliative Care Expert to Join OHSU

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.

Oregon memorial service for former OHSU/UO leader Allan Price set for March 23 in Portland

March 7, 2012 -- Family, friends and colleagues will celebrate the life of the late Allan Price, former OHSU Foundation president and OHSU senior vice president for advancement, at a public memorial at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.

Price, who was 56, drowned Feb. 17 while vacationing with his wife in Mexico.

Price assumed his jobs at OHSU and the OHSU Foundation, OHSU's nonprofit fundraising affiliate, in 2008.

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation Board Elects New Members

February 10, 2012 – The Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation today announced the incoming officers and new and returning members of its Board of Directors for 2012.

Board officers:

  • Kelly J. Johnson, president. Johnson is executive vice president of wealth management at Umpqua Bank.

  • Dirk T. Davis, executive vice president. Davis is vice president, sales, Pacific Northwest at Unified Grocers.


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