SALEM — Companies that would be exempt from a proposed corporate gross receipts tax say the exemption could undermine the reputation of a movement to encourage environmentally and socially responsible businesses.
The union-backed tax measure planned for the 2016 ballot would require certain corporations to pay a 2.5 percent tax on sales in Oregon greater than $25 million. The measure exempts companies registered with the state as “benefit companies.”
Lots of human tissue is frozen, from blood to embryos.
But the size and complexity is constrained by ice crystals that form when frozen. Crystals can damage and even destroy a cell.
Researchers use what’s called a cryoprotectant, like the stuff you put in a car to stop the radiator water from freezing to reduce that damage. But cryoprotectants are toxic.
Now, Adam Higgins with Oregon State University says they’ve developed a new way of using cryoprotectants, “The way to reduce toxicity is to intentionally cause the cells to swell, but not swell too much," he said.
The National Remedy Review Board is meeting in Portland this week to consider the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) current strategy to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site.
The 11-mile stretch of the Willamette River was designated a Superfund site in 2000, and the EPA is charged with coming up with a strategy for cleaning it up. Other nonprofits, community groups, tribes, municipalities and industry groups have already submitted their comments to the review board.
LONG BEACH, Wash. — A growing number of terminally ill residents have chosen to die on their own terms since the Death with Dignity Act went into effect in 2009. However, a recent report suggests that few minority, lower-income and rural Washington residents have taken advantage of the law. It may be more difficult for residents in rural parts of the state, including Pacific County, to participate because they don’t have easy access to participating doctors and pharmacists.
Open Enrollment can be 'terrifying,' but grants, subsidies allow for free advice
With all of the health insurance options available to consumers during the current Open Enrollment period, it’s understandable that folks might appreciate some guidance in finding the plan that’s right for them.
That’s where experts like Victoria Bramley and Greg Osborne come in.
A study looking at mental health care among states has ranked Oregon dead last.
The president of Mental Health America, Paul Gionfriddo, said researchers considered 13 elements for the ranking: from the number of residents with mental illness to access to care.
“Oregon does generally poorly on the prevalence of mental illness ranking," he said. "In other words, there are more children and adults with mental illnesses; with dependence on alcohol or drugs; with serious thoughts of suicide.”
Several members of the PeaceHealth communications team in the Eugene-Springfield area have left PeaceHealth, with one indicating on social media that his job was eliminated as a result of restructuring at the nonprofit health system.
Jenny Ulum, who over the years has held communications and government relations leadership positions for PeaceHealth, joined King Estate Winery as managing director of strategic communications in late October.
While hosting public hearings on the prospect of initiating a license structure for tobacco retailers, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners also discussed increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21.
The board first discussed the concept of retail licensing in late September, with reducing cigarette sales to minors the dominant concern. In Multnomah County, the rate of sale to minors is nearly 32 percent.
Board members had hoped the Oregon Legislature would address the issue.
The state has voted to restructure health care premiums for its employees, to avoid paying the federal government’s new "Cadillac Tax."
The Cadillac Tax goes into effect in a few years. It will take money from people who have high-end health insurance plans to help pay for all the additional people who now have insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
The state’s existing individual employees plans would trigger the tax, costing the state more than $300 million.
A Lane County jury has returned a $12.2 million verdict against PeaceHealth and doctors responsible for causing brain damage to a Springfield man who was administered 18 times the prescribed dose of a medication after his heartbeat became unstable following surgery in March 2011.
Lee Lyman, 56, was the victim of a drug medication error “of a magnitude never seen before” involving amiodarone, said Portland attorney Sam Freidenberg, Lyman’s court-appointed conservator.
Amiodarone is a drug used to restore normal heart rhythm.