A total of 770 students stepped into Matthew Knight Arena on Monday to get vaccinated against a contagious bacteria at the center of an outbreak that killed one University of Oregon student and sickened three others.
The sluggish start of the mass vaccination clinic came despite a heavy marketing push by the university through posters, stickers, a website and social media to encourage students to get the new vaccine to protect against meningococcal disease.
Oregon legislators have canceled a meeting to discuss a bill that would eliminate nonmedical exemptions from Oregon's school immunization law, after it became clear that a controversial vaccine researcher who linked the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine with autism was planning to testify.
The Statesman Journal reported Tuesday that Andrew Wakefield, whose 1998 study was retracted from The Lancet and refuted by subsequent studies, was planning a trip to Salem to testify against Senate Bill 442.
Runny noses and itchy eyes can mean only one thing for some Willamette Valley residents: allergy season has begun.
An unusually dry Oregon winter, coupled with several warm days in the Willamette Valley, have created a perfect storm of pollen according to local allergy experts. While the allergy season seems to have arrived a bit early, experts say it's only by a couple of weeks and it's not all that out of character, especially with the the recent weather conditions.
Local law enforcement have had their suspicions, but researchers have now backed them up: there has been a significant increase of people being taken into custody for issues surrounding mental health in recent years. From 2011 to 2012 alone, the number jumped from 144 to 245.
Since recent studies have surfaced about the detriments of sitting all day at a desk, the modern day office has hatched all sorts of ideas to help out employees, like standing desks, telecommuting and treadmill desks. But as it turns out, walking while working is just another fad.
A new study out of Oregon State University found that while treadmill desks can help overweight or obese employees, the increase of activity only has limited results, and in the end, it doesn't help workers get their daily dose of exercise.
The more and more she talks about it, the higher Jodi Fritts-Matthey’s voice gets.
"I just get so frustrated,” Fritts-Matthey said.
The Gold Beach city manager was echoing the frustration and desperation that many of the state's rural officials are struggling with because of the tremendous void of services available for people with mental health issues.
COOS BAY — Treatment for mental health issues is not a simple process.
There is no vaccine, no magic pill and no one right way to provide the right kind of treatment.
Throughout the state, police officers mainly utilize a local hospital or jail for people with mental health issues, who they suspect may either pose a danger to self or others or who have committed a crime.
But in order to enforce any form of treatment, medical providers are either having a difficult time proving danger or there are not enough resources to provide it.
A University of Oregon student who lived in the same on-campus dorm as a student diagnosed with meningococcemia has shown early symptoms of the potentially deadly bacterial blood infection, a Lane County Public Health official said today.
Testing of the student’s blood is underway, and the diagnosis has not yet been confirmed, said Jason Davis, spokesman for the health department.
If confirmed, it would be the third case of a UO student diagnosed with meningococcemia since mid-January, and the second involving a student living on-campus.
Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown sounded the final knockout bell for Measure 92 this week when she certified the defeat of the state initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. But a group of advocates in one Oregon county isn't giving up just yet.
In Benton County, a group called Benton Food Freedom filed signatures this week for a May 2015 ballot measure that would ban genetically engineered crops in the county, according to the Corvallis Advocate.
The Ebola outbreak has exposed gaps in the nation’s ability to deal with severe infectious diseases, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Rich Hamburg of Trust for America's Health says Oregon only managed to meet five of the study's 10 key indicators: "Over the last decade we saw dramatic improvements in state and local capacities to respond to outbreaks and emergencies," he said.