Flu Shot Less Effective This Year

MEDFORD, Ore. — Doctors and clinics in Southern Oregon received an advisory on Thursday. It is from the CDC and warns physicians that the flu vaccine is falling short of the predicted impact on influenza. 52 percent of flu samples were not a good match for the current vaccine, and this year’s strain, the H3N2, is especially bad. This … Continue reading »

Oregon’s “Aid in Dying” Law One of Five

MEDFORD, Ore., — Oregon is one of just five states which have a “Death with Dignity” law. The law which was established in 1997 legally protects a patient’s right to end their own life.  However, the process to get to that point is purposely very specific and includes several qualifications.  A doctor must determine the … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Healthy Sleep Habits

(Wexner Medical Center) — Most Americans who spend part of the year on daylight saving time look forward to the extra hour of sleep when it’s time to “fall back” to standard time. We are a nation of sleep-deprived people, and experts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say all ages suffer in … Continue reading »

Chocolate May Reverse Memory Loss

CNN – An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but if that doesn’t work you might want to try a chocolate bar. A study published in “Nature Neuroscience” found a link between a natural compound in cocoa and reversing age-related memory loss. The compound, called Flavanol, increased blood flow and neural connections in … Continue reading »

Providence Offers Employee Mammograms

MEDFORD, Ore. — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and medical professionals are making a push for all women to get regular mammograms this month and year round. At Providence Medford Medical’s Breast Center, administrators are encouraging staff to lead by example to get mammograms by offering free exams for all employees all day. The … Continue reading »

Doctor Eases Enterovirus D68 Concerns

Medford, Ore. — There are growing concerns as a rare virus spreads across the country, even sending some children to the hospital.  Enterovirus D68 has been reported in the Midwest, with unconfirmed reports in Idaho.  However, local doctors said it is not reason for panic, saying it is like the common cold. Dr. Barbara Sibley … Continue reading »

Local Response to Enterovirus Outbreak

MEDFORD, Ore. -Public health officials issued warnings about a severe respiratory illness doctors said could be a nationwide outbreak. Officials said hundreds of children across several states are coming down with enterovirus 68. In many cases it starts with common cold symptoms, but then rapidly worsens and forces kids to be hospitalized. “This virus certainly appears … Continue reading »

Sugar Consumption Adds Up

Medford, Ore. — Our country is dealing with an expanding waistline and one reason may be because of our sugar-heavy diets. A 3″ cookie has 4.5 grams or 1 teaspoon of sugar in it.  Clinical Dietitian Sherri Sexton with Rogue Regional Medical Center said that would take a  15 min walk to work off. A … Continue reading »

“Pulse Point” App Helping Teach CPR

MEDFORD, Ore. — A new app is being used to help people dealing with a cardiac emergency. The app is designed by a non-profit group and sets off an alert when there’s an emergency near you. Even if you don’t know CPR, the app shows you how to do it with visuals. “If anything can … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Body Image Issues in Kids

(CNN) — Many overweight kids don’t seem to see themselves that way, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost a third of children and teens between the ages of  8 and 15 put themselves in the wrong weight category.  That’s a little more than 9 million young people. … Continue reading »

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