Physicians Asked To Prescribe Fewer Pills For Back Pain

OPB | Feb. 26, 2017

The American College of Physicians has updated its guidelines for treating lower back pain. The hope is to reduce opioid dependency.

Some Are Nervous About Bill To Completely Overhaul Oregon's CCOs

OPB | Feb. 22, 2017

The head of the Oregon Health Authority, Lynne Saxton, said she’s open to changes in the way coordinated care organizations work.

Gov. Brown Working To Secure Health Insurance For All Oregon Kids

OPB | Feb. 21, 2017

As the Trump Administration works to repeal the Affordable Care Act, in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown is trying to expand health care to all children.

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OHA Concerned About Syphilis Epidemic In Oregon

OPB | Feb. 20, 2017 10:05 a.m. | Portland

Oregon is in the midst of a syphilis epidemic according to the Oregon Health Authority. Cases of the disease have increased 2,000 percent over the last decade.

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Small Oregon Credit Union Offers Banking To Marijuana Businesses

OPB | Feb. 17, 2017 midnight | Portland

One small Willamette Valley credit union is opening accounts for marijuana businesses, despite a federal ban.

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Oregon Bans Marijuana-Infused Alcohol

OPB | Feb. 16, 2017 11:22 a.m. | Portland

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has issued a ban on marijuana-infused alcoholic beverages.

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Oregon Wants Doctors To Do Full Patient Evaluation Before Recommending Medical Marijuana

OPB | Feb. 15, 2017 3 p.m. | Portland

The State of Oregon wants doctors to conduct a full patient evaluation when recommending medical marijuana.

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PSU Study Finds Vaping Generates 15 Chemicals

OPB | Feb. 15, 2017 2 a.m. | Portland

A new Portland State University study finds that e-cigarettes produce 15 compounds — even when their liquid doesn’t contain nicotine or flavorings. It’s the largest number of compounds reported so far.

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Politicians, Hospitals Differ Over What Constitutes A 'Community Benefit'

OPB | Feb. 14, 2017 2:30 p.m. | Portland

Oregon announced that hospitals spent nearly $2 billion on community benefits in 2015.

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Oregon Goes It Alone To Lower Prescription Drug Costs

OPB | Feb. 9, 2017 10:52 a.m. | Portland

A large coalition of nurses, teachers, health advocates, unions and consumer groups are fighting to lower the cost of prescription drugs in Oregon.

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Health Experts: Parasite Cryptosporidium Not Established In Portland Water Supply

OPB | Feb. 8, 2017 4 p.m. | Portland

On average, five to 10 Portland residents get sick from cryptosporidium — a microscopic parasite — every month. City water bureau officials say the bug isn’t established in the water supply despite recent positive tests.

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Oregon Bill To Provide 'Peer Services' To Mentally Ill Gets First Hearing

OPB | Feb. 2, 2017 2:42 p.m. | Portland

People in the mental health community are pushing a bill in Salem this session to mandate “peer services.”

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Oregon Lawmakers Consider Measure To Raise Smoking Age To 21

OPB | Feb. 1, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Some Oregon lawmakers want to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. The measure would make Oregon one of three states with a tobacco age limit that high.

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