Basic Books

We all get one, but do we fully appreciate it?  Body, we mean. 

Gavin Francis is well-acquainted with the human body from his work as a surgeon. 

And he appreciates the complexity and simplicity, the mechanics and the poetry, of what our bodies can do. 

He shares the fascination with us in the book Adventures in Human Being

It's billed as a grand tour of the body from top to bottom. 

Algonquin Books

Theresa Brown loves her work as a nurse, and loves to write about it. 

She gives glimpses of the medical world in her New York Times column, and long, unblinking views in her books, including the new The Shift.

The title refers to a single day, one 12-hour shift in which Brown and her colleagues deal with life-and-death matters involving four separate patients. 

It gives a plain and frank look at the situations and decisions faced by medical professionals, and the effects on patients. 


It's a lot easier to say the acronym "STEMI" than to pronounce what it stands for: ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction.

It's the most severe kind of heart attack, the kind of heart attack Ashland resident Finn Honore experienced. 

He's alive to talk about it because he received treatment at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. 

ARRMC just won an award from the American Heart Association for its handling of heart patients. 


The recent triple-digit temperatures across the region arrived with plenty of warnings and advice for how to protect ourselves from heat-related health issues.

These are issues known well to the people at the Human Cardiovascular Control Lab at the University of Oregon. 

They've spent plenty of time looking into the effects of heat on the body, and what those effects will do if left unchecked.

Portland's Sarahjoy Marsh meets a fair number of people with eating and body-image issues. 

And her approach to healing involves using the body itself as part of the process. 

Marsh is trained as a counselor AND in yoga, and she combines the disciplines in her practice.  She's the author of a new book laying out that approach: Hunger, Hope & Healing

Prosthetics For The 21st Century

Feb 9, 2015

Watching a double-amputee run in the Olympics three years ago proved the quality of modern prosthetics. 

They are a far cry from the wooden legs of ages past. 

Forest Sexton is up on the state of the art in prosthetic technology. 

His company Spectrum O & P (Orthotics and Prosthetics) delivers the goods to people who need new limbs. 

Whooping Cough And Chicken Pox Flare Up

Dec 30, 2014

California is seeing more cases of whooping cough (pertussis) than at any time in the last 70 years. 

And Jackson County on the Oregon side is seeing more cases as well. 

Pertussis and chicken pox are both up in number, causing concerns for county health officials. 

Flu Season Deepens

Dec 12, 2014

Not the news anybody was hoping for: this influenza season could be a bad one. 

The federal Centers for Disease Control made the announcement recently. 

Part of the issue is a potential mismatch between this year's flu strains and vaccines. 

The vaccines are prepared well in advance, and the flu making people sick is not always the flu targeted by the vaccines. 


Trauma tends to have effects that last long after the traumatic incident in a person's life. 

Witness the recognition in modern times of PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk started working with stressed-out veterans before PTSD was even an official diagnosis. 

Now he examines the many ways in which stress can alter the body and mind permanently, if not treated propertly. 

Coming Back From Spinal Cord Injury

Sep 30, 2014

Spinal cords get special attention in the month of September, because it is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. 

Jason Roy works to spread the awareness. 

Twice in his life he was seriously injured, his spinal cord damaged. 

A Twist Of Lyme

Aug 12, 2014
Archway Publishing

Andrea Caesar is not alone in suffering the effects of Lyme Disease. 

The tick-borne illness affects at least 30,000 people a year. 

But the disease can be so hard to detect and diagnose that Caesar did not know she actually had it… for 25 years. 

California Whooping Cough Cases Reach Epidemic

Jun 23, 2014
Public Domain

By early June, California already had more cases of pertussis (whooping cough) than in all of last year.

Translation: there's a whooping cough epidemic in California. 

Pertussis is another disease for which there is a vaccination, but the disease has come back from the brink of disappearing. 

Healing, And Winning Awards For It

May 28, 2014
U.S. Navy/Public Domain

There are so many ways to damage a human body. 

And a whole lot of ways to fix bodies, too. 

Asante Ashland Community Hospital just won an award for the success of its Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine. 

Diabetes Alert Day

Mar 25, 2014
American Diabetes Association

March 25 is Diabetes Alert Day across the country. 

For more than a quarter of a century, Americans have used this day to get tested to see if they are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

Your Body Book

Mar 25, 2014
Doranne Long

When the warning light goes on in your car, you reach for the owner's manual, don't you?

It sure would be great if we had that kind of manual for the human body.  Mission accomplished... 


We are often urged as individuals to work to improve our health. 

But can we all get better together, as a community?  The recent news that childhood obesity has dropped sharply confirms the long-held belief that community health campaigns work. 

Oregon Public Broadcasting

A rule to ban smoking out in the open air on hiking trails, picnic areas, and common areas of campgrounds is under consideration by the Oregon Parks Department.

Department official Chris Havel said Wednesday the agency is following through on an executive order from the governor to reduce the public's exposure to secondhand smoke.

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Oregon Health & Science University is planning to create a satellite campus in Klamath Falls, Oregon to focus on rural medicine.

OHSU's provost and vice president announced Wednesday that the campus would become a hub. A dean is expected to be hired by July so that campus planning can begin.

Maybe the birth rate is way off from what it was in the baby boom years, but there's still a lot of attention and industry focused on keeping mothers and babies healthy.

And an event coming to Ashland this weekend focused on the same subject. 


It's been quite a year for what was called Ashland Community Hospital. 

The small hospital needed to find a merger partner, had one, then watched as the merger fell through.