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Thank you to OHSU’s “Godmother of Midwifery”

By Ariane Le Chavallier, OHSU Communications  How lucky I am to have known someone who was so hard to say goodbye to! This month, we celebrate the retirement of Dr. Carol Howe, Associate Dean for Practice at OHSU’s School of Nursing and Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program. Dr. Howe has served OHSU for over 35 years and her remarkable contributions to midwifery and women’s health, not only at OHSU, but all across Oregon are truly … Read More

Simple steps to maximize heart health

By now, we’ve all heard the recommendations for a heart-healthy diet – reduce your saturated fat intake, avoid trans fats, cut back on salt. But did you know there are specific foods you can eat that can help lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol even further? Researchers have created a “portfolio” of cholesterol-lowering foods, that, when eaten together along with a heart-healthy diet, are even more effective at reducing LDL cholesterol than a low-saturated fat diet alone. Follow … Read More

Women’s health: 9 tips for better eye care

Recently, comedienne Roseanne Barr announced that she has macular degeneration and glaucoma, and is losing her vision. Unfortunately, this is an all too common occurrence. A recent study by Prevent Blindness America showed that women are at higher risk than men for most eye diseases that cause vision loss, including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic eye disease, among others. Of the 20.6 million Americans 18 and older who experienced vision loss in 2014, … Read More

A better way to document patient end-of-life treatment wishes

For decades, Oregon has led the country in systems change to assure the treatment wishes of those nearing the end of life are consistently honored. The last thing any patient wants is to have clearly documented their wishes through a delicate and thoughtful conversation with their health care professional and family members, and by filling out Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form, and then not have those wishes honored. That’s why Oregon Health & Science … Read More

Skin care event brings together researchers, registry participants

Join us Saturday, May 30, at the OHSU Center for Health & Healing for our Skin Cancer Research Expo and Sun Safety Event! The expo differs from many other health events in that it will give community members an opportunity to take part in ongoing research. The research expo is our first major OHSU melanoma-related event since Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s Melanoma Research Program and chair of the OHSU … Read More

Your health questions answered: Managing stress and seasonal allergies

You ask. OHSU health experts answer. This month, our psychology and pharmacy experts are on the hot seat. Q. How can I better manage my stress? A. Stress affects our lives through worry, comparison and perfection around issues including finances, parenting, work performance, relationships, health and self-esteem. Small amounts of anxiety may propel us to move forward. But when it becomes chronic, our ability to manage stress lessens. This affects our most basic functions: sleep, … Read More

Breaking new ground in global health for girls and women

What happens when you get nutrition scientists and nutrition program practitioners from around the globe together? It turns out these two groups rarely interact, resulting in both having less than a full picture of the barriers each face in implementing their work. The OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness  recently hosted the International Summit on the Nutrition of Adolescent Girls and Young Women. The summit brought together 67 delegates from 17 … Read More

10 things we love about OHSU nurses

National Nurses Week is May 6-12. We adore our nurses, which made it very difficult to narrow the list of things we love about them to only ten. Here are just a handful of the many reasons these hard-working, skilled and dedicated men and women are so good at what they do. 1. They put patients first. Our nurses consistently put patients at the center of everything that is done here — every patient, every time. 2. They heal. … Read More

Research Week: Three Questions for OHSU’s Evan Lind, Ph.D.

Research Week, a university-wide annual event celebrating research performed by students, faculty, research-ranked employees, postdocs and staff, launched today! We’re marking the occasion by featuring a question-and-answer session with Evan Lind, Ph.D., an assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology with an appointment in the Department of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology and a researcher with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Lind spoke with the OHSU School of Medicine about the importance of research relating … Read More

A glimpse of Heartopia at the Heart & Stroke Walk

In a perfect world, what would you do for your heart? Would you exercise more? Manage your stress better? We asked our experts at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute what they think a perfect cardiovascular world would look like. They said things like “diets would be based on science, not fads” and “meetings would take place on treadmills, instead of sitting at tables.” Me? In a perfect world I would see more money spent on … Read More

Why 96,000 Square Miles?

OHSU Health Fair at Pioneer Square.

President Robertson is fond of saying that OHSU has a 96,000 square mile campus, serving Oregonians “from Enterprise to Coos Bay, from Portland to Klamath Falls.”

This blog aims to highlight that breadth. 96,000 Square Miles (96K for short) will focus on the people of OHSU, the Oregonians we serve and the ripple effect of our work in Oregon and beyond.

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