The Jefferson Exchange http://ijpr.org en The Value Of Support Groups http://ijpr.org/post/value-support-groups <p></p><p>Disease and injury do not play favorites; you are as likely to be hit by a medical surprise as any other person.</p><p> When ongoing medical issues arise, patients and their loved ones alike gain healthy perspectives from support groups.&nbsp; Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:39:51 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 11335 at http://ijpr.org The Value Of Support Groups Not Just Walking, STOMPing On MS http://ijpr.org/post/not-just-walking-stomping-ms <p></p><p>It's not enough to just take a walk to end multiple sclerosis; the Oregon chapter of the <a href="http://www.defeatMS.com" target="_blank"><strong>National MS Society</strong></a> urges people to "stomp all over MS."&nbsp;</p><p>More than 7500 people in Oregon receive services from the chapter.&nbsp; Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:31:03 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 11334 at http://ijpr.org Not Just Walking, STOMPing On MS He's A Swami. He's A Comedian. He's Both! http://ijpr.org/post/hes-swami-hes-comedian-hes-both <p></p><p>The puns and the laughs just keep coming when <a href="http://wakeuplaughing.com/index.php" target="_blank"><strong>Steve Bhaerman</strong></a> takes the stage.&nbsp;</p><p>Sometimes he's Steve, and sometimes he's the alter ego Swami Beyondanonda, but it's always comedy with a big heart.&nbsp;</p><p>Bhaerman/Beyondanonda is the creator of such terms as the "daily laughsitive" (say it out loud) and the "right to laugh movement."&nbsp; Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:26:36 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 11323 at http://ijpr.org He's A Swami. He's A Comedian. He's Both! Southern Oregon U.'s "Inspire Academy" http://ijpr.org/post/southern-oregon-us-inspire-academy <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>When school is out for the summer, getting more education is the last thing on many kids' minds.</p><p>Maybe that's why Southern Oregon University left the words "school" and "education" out of its summer program: <a href="http://www.sou.edu/youth/academy/index.html" target="_blank"><strong>Inspire Academy.&nbsp;</strong></a></p><p>The academy offers middle school-aged kids an "experience" in many realms, from chess strategy to stage combat to monster anatomy.&nbsp; Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 11249 at http://ijpr.org Southern Oregon U.'s "Inspire Academy" The Politics Of Beer By-Products With Sen. Ron Wyden http://ijpr.org/post/politics-beer-products-sen-ron-wyden <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A change in terminology for beer makers could cost them millions of dollars.&nbsp;</p><p>Brewers often send the spent grain from their operations to ranchers as livestock feed.&nbsp;</p><p>And a proposed federal regulation would require the breweries to dry the grain first, adding considerable costs to them--and potentially, to each bottle of beer.&nbsp; Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 11245 at http://ijpr.org The Politics Of Beer By-Products With Sen. Ron Wyden "Fourteen Stories" From The Hospital http://ijpr.org/post/fourteen-stories-hospital <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>You can bet that anyone who works in an emergency room comes away from the experience with a few stories to tell.&nbsp;</p><p>But in the interest of patient confidentiality, many of those stories go untold.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Jay Baruch works in the ER and teaches medicine at Brown University.&nbsp; Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:10:10 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 11243 at http://ijpr.org "Fourteen Stories" From The Hospital Fire Season (Eventually) Approaches: Getting Ready http://ijpr.org/post/fire-season-eventually-approaches-getting-ready <p></p><p></p><p>Rain and cooler temperatures can't hide the strong possibility of a bad fire season for the region.&nbsp;</p><p>Cool and moist now will eventually give way to hot and dry, perhaps VERY dry.&nbsp;</p><p>Fire agencies are not waiting for the hot days; they're reminding homeowners now of the many ways to make a home fire-resistant.&nbsp; Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 11187 at http://ijpr.org Fire Season (Eventually) Approaches: Getting Ready Guns + Teachers: VENTSday Returns http://ijpr.org/post/guns-teachers-ventsday-returns <p></p><p></p><p>For the first time in three weeks, our VENTSday segment returns to Wednesday's (4/23) Jefferson Exchange.&nbsp; And in the spirit of "go big or go home," we'll talk about guns and teachers.</p><p>The guns chat comes from the recent comments of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who suggested a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-five-extra-words-that-can-fix-the-second-amendment/2014/04/11/f8a19578-b8fa-11e3-96ae-f2c36d2b1245_story.html" target="_blank"><strong>five-word change </strong></a>to the second amendment.</p><p>And California's legislature is again taking up a bill that might make it <a href="http://openstates.org/ca/bills/20132014/AB215/" target="_blank"><strong>easier to fire bad teachers.</strong></a></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 11186 at http://ijpr.org Guns + Teachers: VENTSday Returns The Art Of Tinkering http://ijpr.org/post/art-tinkering <p></p><p></p><p>Once upon a time, a kid could have a great time with a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and a kitchen appliance or radio that no longer worked.&nbsp;</p><p>Hold on; that may still be possible.&nbsp;</p><p>Despite the explosion of choices for places a kid can get information or entertainment, the art of tinkering is still with us.&nbsp; Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:10:10 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 11181 at http://ijpr.org The Art Of Tinkering Earth Day Calling Clean Energy Day http://ijpr.org/post/earth-day-calling-clean-energy-day <p></p><p></p><p>Happy Earth Day to you and your planet!&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It should go without saying, but the planet does require care the other 364 days of the year as well.&nbsp;</p><p>To that end, the youth-led climate change group known as Rogue Climate is setting up for a community art project to observe Clean Energy Day on May 4.&nbsp; Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 11103 at http://ijpr.org Earth Day Calling Clean Energy Day