HealthWatch: Concussions vs. Privilege

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Concerns about concussions are leading the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) to issue a new recommendation to it’s doctors.  They say in certain situations it’s ok to breach patient confidentiality. Specifically, in cases of young athletes who have had a head injury. So, doctors could start getting young athletes to sign waivers … Continue reading »

Golf Tournament to Battle Breast Cancer

Medford, Ore. — This weekend you can tee it up to battle breast cancer.  It’s all part of the Tee It Up to Battle Breast Cancer Golf Tournament. The proceeds will go to the Providence Assistance Program.  The program helps pay for mammograms and other screenings for women. The event is happening at the Rogue Valley … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Hookah Smoking and Kids

(CNN) — A new study in the journal Pediatrics shows hookah smoking is gaining popularity among high school seniors. The study say nearly one out of five used the water pipe device sometime within the last year. Researchers studied more than 55-hundred high school seniors between 2010 and 2012. The study also says that living … Continue reading »

Where to Find Healthy Recipes

Medford, Ore. — Eating healthy can be a challenge between the planning and the cost, but there are several websites designed to make things a little easier. Clinical Dietitian at Rogue Regional Medical Center, Sherri Sexton, has put together a go-to list for people trying to find healthy meals. That includes Food Hero, a website … Continue reading »

150 Firework-Related Injuries in Oregon

Medford, Ore. — The 4th of July is a holiday spent with family and friends enjoying our freedom.  However, it can be a dangerous, and even deadly holiday. In fact, officials say Oregon averages about 150 firework-related injuries every single year.  Last year, there was also a death in Oregon related to fireworks. That’s why … Continue reading »

Cooling Patients’ Bodies to Save Lives

MEDFORD, Ore. — “Suspended Animation” may sound like something out of science fiction, but it could be a reality to treat trauma victims. The process involves cooling patients’ bodies to as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit to slow down blood flow to give doctors more time to save a life. Trials are currently under way … Continue reading »

Alzheimer’s Awareness for “Longest Day”

Medford, Ore. — The longest day of the year is coming up and as it does, the Alzheimer’s Association wants you to consider what any given day of the year is like for someone with the disease. Alzheimer’s Association’s Southern Oregon Regional Program Coordinator, Lori Stanton said, “We really ask people to think about those who … Continue reading »

Secondary Drowning

Medford, Ore. — When we head out to the lake or the pool we know there is the risk of drowning, but there is another warning about secondary drowning.  It’s something that can happen once you’ve left the pool. Providence Medford Medical Center’s Brian Marlia-Larsen said it is uncommon, but it is real.  He said … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Health Insurance for Grads

(CNN) — A lot has happened on the health care front since 2010. And when exchanges under the Affordable Care Act finally opened last fall, it also opened a lot of new options for this year’s college grads. Most campus insurance plans will run until at least the end of the summer. After that, graduates … Continue reading »

Whooping Cough Outbreak at Middle School

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Scenic Middle School has had two confirmed cases of whooping cough in the last few weeks. Both students have been treated with antibiotics for the disease and one has returned to classes, while the other is still out recovering. Since the disease is very contagious and in some cases, fatal, the … Continue reading »

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