New Placenta Law in Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. – The new year brought what many consider a bizarre law to Oregon: allowing mothers to legally bring home their babies placenta. The placenta is the organ that provides a baby nourishment in the womb. In some cultures, it holds great meaning. For instance, the Navajo and other native tribes bury it during … Continue reading »

Lane County Facing Doctor Shortage

EUGENE, Ore. — Insurance plans are starting to kick in for people who signed up on Cover Oregon, many of whom didn’t have insurance before. Now, the search is on for doctors to treat everyone. Peacehealth officials say there’s a major shortage of primary care doctors in Lane County, and with the influx of customers … Continue reading »

First Flu Cases Confirmed

MEDFORD, Ore. — Providence Medical Center is reporting what appears to be the first confirmed flu cases of the season for Jackson County. There have been 35 total in the state. Jackson County health experts say the disease usually starts showing up in late January to early February. Each year, the flu vaccine is made … Continue reading »

Photographer Donates Pictures to Hospice

ASHLAND, Ore. — A Southern Oregon photographer is sharing his work for those who are spending their last moments at a hospice. Mark Lunn donated several posters of his work to Skylark Assisted Living. By 2014 his goal is to reach all 6,000 hospices across America. He got the idea from his wife who is … Continue reading »

NASCAR Driver on Blood Clot Risk Factors

Each year up to 900,000 Americans experience a DVT or deep vein thrombosis.   That leads to some 300,000 deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association. Newswatch 12 This Morning spoke live with NASCAR driver Brian Vickers about his own experience with blood clots.  Vickers says a blood clot was found in his … Continue reading »

Asante Receives Funding for Child Health

MEDFORD, Ore. - Members of the community and the Kohl’s Cares program donated thousands of dollars to Asante’s Children’s Miracle Network on Saturday. Five years ago, Chloe Staten would have never been able to volunteer at the mall during the holidays. After she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer Chloe went through six months … Continue reading »

Kids Learning CPR

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Fire District 3 is teaming up with local middle schools to teach CPR. On Wednesday, the White Mountain Middle School in White City became the third to get the “CPR Anytime” training. The training is based on new findings from the American Heart Association suggesting that seventh graders are at the … Continue reading »

Possible Birth Control Link to Glaucoma

MEDFORD, Ore. — According to a study by the University of California, San Francisco, women taking birth control pills long-term are twice as likely to develop glaucoma. Researchers examined more than 30,000 women who were 40 and older. Those who used the pill for more than three years had a doubled risk of developing glaucoma. … Continue reading »

Measles Case in Washington County

MEDFORD, Ore. — Hospitals across Oregon are asking you to be on alert. A case of the measles has been confirmed in Washington County. The person with the confirmed case received medical care at the Kaiser Beaverton Medical Office and the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The Jackson County Public Health Department is asking emergency departments … Continue reading »

FDA Moves to Ban Trans Fat

MEDFORD, Ore. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking to ban trans fat included in foods. Trans fat enhances the flavor and makes the food taste better but ingesting it comes at a health risk. “When they get into our digestive system, it turns to sludge. So, trans fats cause an increase in … Continue reading »

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