health

Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Coming Back From Spinal Cord Injury

Credit Wikimedia

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 12, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue August 12, 2014

A Twist Of Lyme

Credit 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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 23, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon June 23, 2014

California Whooping Cough Cases Reach Epidemic

Vaccines had almost eliminated whooping cough as a health issue.
Credit 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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 28, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Healing, And Winning Awards For It

Credit 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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 25, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Diabetes Alert Day

Credit 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.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 25, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Your Body Book

Credit 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... 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 19, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Getting Healthy Together: Community Health Improvement Plans

Credit NIH

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. 

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Follows Executive Order To Protect Health
6:56 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Smoking Ban In Oregon Parks Considered

Credit 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.

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Fundraising Beginning For Satellite
6:42 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Rural Medicine Center Planned For Klamath Falls

OHSU Main Campus in Portland. The Klamath Falls facility will be much smaller.
Credit 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.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 1, 2013
12:18 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Restoring Intimacy And Sex After The Baby Arrives

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 8, 2013
11:02 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Settling Into New Reality At (Asante) Ashland Community Hospital

Ashland Community Hospital, before the Asante name was added
Credit Finetooth/Wikimedia

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 8, 2013
11:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Making Yourself "Disease Proof"

Credit Penguin Books

Don't smoke, eat well, stay active, and maintain a healthy weight. 

Four simple actions can greatly reduce your risk of chronic disease. 

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Canisters Could Ignite
6:54 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Watch Out For Military Markers On The Coast

Look out for military marine markers on the Oregon Coast. That is the warning from Oregon State Police. The markers are silver canisters about 18 inches long and 3 inches wide.

Last week, three of them were found along the Oregon coast.

State Hazardous Device Technicians say it is not unusual to respond to one a month, but three in a week is very unusual.

The devices are dropped by military aircraft to mark the location of something floating in the ocean. The trouble is, they contain white phosphorous, which burns in contact with air.

Jefferson Exchange | September 23, 2013
3:40 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Enter The Future: Genetic Testing/Counseling

Chromosomes segregate in the process of mitosis.
Credit Journal of Cellular Biology

While we argue about insurance and payments, medical science continues to advance into the future.

Genetic testing is now available to patients in the Rogue Valley, through a partnership between Oregon Health & Science University and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center

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Jefferson Exchange | September 20, 2013
12:17 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Coping With Parkinson's Disease

Credit Parkinson's Resources of Oregon

The recent release of a memoir by singer Linda Ronstadt sheds additional light on Parkinson's disease.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 17, 2013
1:55 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Meet The Authors: "How To Age In Place"

Credit Garry Knight

Call it a senior center or an "old folks' home," few people want to go there to live out the remaining days of their lives, no matter how comfortable.

Many seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes, a process called aging in place.

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