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Portland's Health

Photo Credit: COURTESY: ADVENTIST HEALTH - As important as it is to keep your family healthy, making sure you're enrolled in healthcare is equally important.
October 28, 2014

Questions to ask, pitfalls to avoid when enrolling in healthcare

by Adventist Health
Open enrollment season is back and it’s once again time to choose your healthcare plan for the upcoming year. This decision only comes around once each year so it’s important for individuals and…
Dr. Scott Laffee
October 28, 2014

WELLNEWS: Uncounting those fast food calories

by Scott Laffee
Fast food calories just got a little lower. A study out of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reports that the big restaurant chains are adding so many new lower-calorie offerings…
Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Dr. Jon Buchanan is a key physician in the new Concussion Program in Legacy Healths Sports Medicine and Orthopedics division.
October 28, 2014

Getting ahead of the game

by Shannon O. Wells
When it comes to appropriate treatment for sports-related concussions, teenage and young adult patients — whose brains require rest following sudden trauma — often prove to be their own worst…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Even if you're young and healthy, getting a flu vaccine is important.
October 23, 2014

LIFELONG HEALTH: It's easier than ever to get your flu shot

by Dr. David Lipschitz
Compared to the, 36,000 deaths from Influenza that occurred in 2013, the nationwide panic about Ebola is drastically overrated. We should be much more concerned by the fact that less than 50…
Resa Bradeen
October 23, 2014

Providence names new children's services director

by Providence Health & Services
Resa Bradeen, M.D. has been named medical director of children’s services for Providence in Oregon. She is returning to Providence after serving as the interim medical director for the Center…
Photo Credit: COURTESY: RANDALL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL - Decorate costumes and treat bags with reflective tape and bands that glow in the beam of headlights and streetlamps.
October 23, 2014

Don't get tricked this Halloween

by Randall Children's Hospital
Keep your kids healthy and safe with these tips from Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for children. Before kids have a…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Women soccer players such as the Portland Thorns Christine Sinclair (here in a 2013 match) are more prone to concussions than male soccer players.
October 14, 2014

Parents can minimize concussion risk

by Kaiser Permanente
Concussions have been in the news a lot lately. Former NFL players have suffered early onset dementia and other long-term effects from blows to the head, yet the culture of “toughing it out”…
Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Husband and wife Darlene and Franklin Weingarten hug at Meridian Family Care, a clinic they've run for 35 years.
October 14, 2014

The people's doctor retires from practice

by Caitlin Feldman
Over the course of an hour, starting around 9 a.m., Darlene Weingarten got up to answer the phone four times. She'd finish a thought as fast as she could, or if you were talking, she'd look at…
October 14, 2014

Eye and dry

by Scott Laffee
Our almost ceaseless preoccupation with computers, cellphones, tablets and TV may be causing some of us to not see straight — or at least see without a sense that there’s a dust storm blowing…
October 07, 2014

Legacy expands its breast cancer program

by Mark Miller
The acclaimed breast cancer program at Legacy Health is expanding this year, officials at the health care group say. The program’s medical director said it is taking an innovative approach in…

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Oct 07, 2014

We can do much to hold down medication costs

by Dr. David Lipschitz
Recently, the National Institutes of Health urged physicians to prescribe a water pill, called hydrochlorothiazide, as the initial treatment for hypertension. Despite a large study that showed…
Photo Credit: COURTESY: LEGACY HEALTH GROUP - Dr. Shane Kim and Dr. Hema Thakar of Legacy Medical Group, Reconstructive Surgery, are the only surgeons in Oregon who perform DIEP Flap Reconstruction.
Oct 07, 2014

A better method for breast surgery

by Legacy Health
Revolutionary reconstructive surgery doesn't involve silicone implants For Jerilee Dale, 47, it was not “if” but “when” she was going to get breast cancer with four of her maternal relatives…
Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Dr. Miles Hassell, right, and his sister Mea designed 'Good Food, Great Medicine - A Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle Guide,' as a fun, user-friendly way to develop healthy long-term eating, cooking and lifestyle habits.
Oct 02, 2014

A taste of the good life

by Shannon O. Wells
Doctor's nutrition book provides fun, easy path to healthy eating, lifestyle Dr. Miles Hassell is not a diet-and-lifestyle improvement guru of the scary, judgmental and punitive variety. He…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - Recognized - Four members of the Integra team, as well as Heather and Dennis Lewis (right) were honored recently as recipients of Hearts of Golds awards.
Oct 01, 2014

Providence honors locals for their community service

by Seth Gordon
Spurred on by a challenge donation from a local couple, the Providence Newberg Health Foundation had a banner year raising money for its Mike Olberding Education Fund. The local couple pledged…
Dr. Scott Laffee
Oct 01, 2014

If it's not one thing, it's ... Uh-oh

by Scott Lafee
Coping with one chronic illness, such as diabetes or kidney disease, is bad enough; struggling with several measurably shortens life expectancy and, says a new study, may reverse recent gains in…
Oct 01, 2014

Misusing fire has serious consequences

by Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
Since the discovery of fire, humans have been curious about its unique qualities. However, when that curiosity turns into action, the results can be dangerous. This month, an 11-year-old boy…
Sep 23, 2014

Foods that can help fight inflammation

by Adventist Medical Center
Anti-inflammatory foods can help combat many health issues It may be surprising, but our bodies need a healthy level of inflammation, which acts as a natural healing agent in response to injury.…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Robert Gierek used Stupid Cancer to help define myself in the next chapter of life as a cancer survivor, he said.
Sep 23, 2014

Stupid Cancer fills void with resources

by John M. Vincent
Each year, 72,000 adolescents and young adults are diagnosed with cancer, but it can be a challenge to find age-appropriate resources to support the unique needs of the survivors, families and…
Photo Credit: COURTESY: PROVIDENCE HEALTH AND SERVICES - The Rockwood Quilters, including Providence account resolution specialist Andrea Hobgood, standing third from right, gather to sew quilts for Providence Portlands new NICU.
Sep 19, 2014

Providence begins serving tiny patients in neonatal ICU

by Providence
Providence Portland opened its maternity unit 31 years ago, with the hope it would one day deliver 30 babies a month. This year, the hospital will help bring nearly 3,000 infants into the world.…
Photo Credit: COURTESY: PROVIDENCE HEALTH AND SERVICES - Walter Urba, M.D., shows the technology that will be used to map entire cancer tumors, advancing the care and treatment of patients.
Sep 19, 2014

Genomic medicine takes cancer care to new level

by Providence
Providence patients will soon be able to access even more of the most promising cancer treatment options in the world. Providence has announced that Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., internationally…