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The Human Immunodeficiency Virus--HIV--is no longer the death sentence it once was. 

But modern drugs still can't shrink distances, so treatment can be difficult for HIV patients in rural areas. 

The HIV Alliance, based in Eugene, is ramping up a "telehealth" program to provide services to HIV patients in rural Southern and Eastern Oregon. 

Riding Beyond Cancer

Jul 16, 2014

Horseback riding is not for everybody, but it's good for a lot of people. 

Horses, like therapy dogs, can be helpful companions for people with a variety of health challenges. 

The organization Riding Beyond pairs up horses with women dealing with breast cancer treatments... with some encouraging results. 

The Doctor Will See You Now...

Jul 11, 2014
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The next time you wait just a little too long for the doctor, consider the fate of our Victorian ancestors. 

Maybe the waits were shorter, but what was the quality of their care? 

That question, and others, are answered by a "Victorian Medical Practices" tour offered at the Beekman House in Jacksonville. 

Tuberculosis In History: "The Remedy"

May 23, 2014
Penguin Books

More than a century ago, a diagnosis of tuberculosis meant almost certain death for the patient. 

Medical science desperately searched for a cure. 

Then physician Robert Koch announced success: he could stop TB.

Another physician, Arthur Conan Doyle, took great interest. 

Reforming Health Care, Continued

May 7, 2014
NIH/Public Domain

The national debate about reforming the health care system tends to veer automatically into politics. 

But there are important realms left behind when that happens: medicine and economics.

"Fourteen Stories" From The Hospital

Apr 24, 2014
U.S. Navy/Public Domain

You can bet that anyone who works in an emergency room comes away from the experience with a few stories to tell. 

But in the interest of patient confidentiality, many of those stories go untold. 

Dr. Jay Baruch works in the ER and teaches medicine at Brown University. 

Theresa Chan/Project Hope

The modern world is taken for granted in our region.

But it has barely penetrated into remote areas in other parts of the world. 

Excuse Me, Doctor...

Jan 29, 2014
Xlibris

Even before anybody uttered the phrase "Obamacare," we were peppered with advice about how to navigate the health care system. 

The advice included directions on how to take more control of our health care--not just our insurance.  That bit of advice is still being given, even by the MDs themselves. 

Getting Insured Means Getting To The E.R.

Jan 9, 2014
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The name of a recent study make its point clear in its title: "Medicaid Increases Emergency Department Use."

The study is the latest in a series that tracks the effects of bringing previously uninsured people into Oregon's version of Medicaid, the Oregon Health Plan. 

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.

Making Yourself "Disease Proof"

Oct 8, 2013
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.