Last week, The Barometer described OSU as a campus littered with thousands of cigarette butts and hundreds of students who refused to heed school rules. According to Arturo Segesman, the inconvenience of OSU’s smoking ban was met only with frustration, overwhelming any favorable improvements it caused in students’ lives.
Eugene may launch an outdoor smoking ban in a small part of the downtown in about three months.
The Eugene City Council on Wednesday wasn’t ready to pursue a smoking ban on city-center sidewalks and other outdoor public spaces. However, councilors learned that the city could outlaw smoking in the downtown Park Blocks, perhaps as early as September.
The Park Blocks are a magnet for groups of people who congregate, and, often, smoke.
One of Oregon's coordinated care organizations, FamilyCare, has notified the state it intends to sue over the way health insurance rates are set.
Under Oregon's health care experiment, the federal government has given the state flexibility to sets rates.
For example, last year Portland-based FamilyCare had its rates reduced by about 9 percent. The head of the CCO, Jeff Heatherington, says that translated to a loss of more than $4 million a month - and the state won't tell him why it reduced the rates.
In the late 1990s you could have taken what hospitals charged to administer inpatient chemotherapy and bought a Ford Escort econobox. Today average chemo charges (not even counting the price of the anti-cancer drugs) are enough to pay for a Lexus GX sport-utility vehicle, government data show.
The Oregon Senate approved legislation Thursday banning "conversion therapy" for minors.
The controversial practice, also known as "reparative therapy," aims to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity and is based on the view that homosexuality is a mental disorder.
"Conversion therapy at its core, I believe, is an act of violence on a young person's self," Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, said. "Every leading mental health professional organization opposes conversion therapy."
A report by Disability Rights Oregon has found that prisoners in the Behavioral Health Unit at the State Penitentiary are routinely tasered, pepper-sprayed, isolated, and denied access to adequate mental health care.
Disability Rights Oregon is authorized by the federal government to protect the legal rights of people with disabilities here.
For it's report, it toured the Behavioral Health Unit, reviewed hours of video and interviewed 19 prisoners.
Usually, the more competitive a market, the lower the price. But that hasn’t happened over the last couple of decades for multiple sclerosis drugs.
Back in the 1990s, when the first drugs to slow multiple sclerosis came to market, they cost about $10,000 a year. Doctor Dennis Bourdette, the chair of neurology at Oregon Health & Science University, says he expected that price to drop over time, but now it’s about $60,000 a year.
With 72 percent of nurses filing cards in support, a union effort is moving forward at Providence's only non-union hospital in the state
For years, nurses at Providence Newberg Medical Center saw it as a point of pride that they were not part of a union.
“We felt we had this great relationship with the administration, we worked together really well,” said Valerie Whitmore, a nurse at Providence for 12 years both at the medical group and at various clinics. “There was that community focus, it just wasn’t something we felt we needed.”