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Three Common Misconceptions about Melanoma

Former President Jimmy Carter shared recently that he is being treated for four spots of melanoma on his brain, sparking a national conversation and revealing some misconceptions that persist about melanoma. In light of this conversation, we asked renowned melanoma researcher Dr. Sancy Leachman to dispel some of the most common myths she hears about this disease. Myth #1: Brain cancer starts in the brain. Fact: Often, people think that cancers that are in the brain start in the brain, but many … Read More

Intel & OHSU Announce Collaborative Cancer Cloud at Intel Developer Forum

Each year millions of people all over the world, including more than 1 million patients in the United States, learn that they have a cancer diagnosis. Instead of going through painful chemotherapy that can kill healthy cells along with cancerous cells, what would happen if those patients were able to be treated as individuals based on their specific genome sequencing, and a precision treatment plan could be tailored specifically for their disease? And what if … Read More

Three Questions for OHSU’s Dr. Karen Oh

Meet Karen Oh, M.D., associate professor of diagnostic radiology in the OHSU School of Medicine and Director of Breast Imaging at OHSU. Dr. Oh functions as part of a multidisciplinary breast team that includes subspecialized breast surgeons, radiation oncologists, hematologic oncologists, genetic counselors and breast health nurses. Dr. Oh recently spoke with the OHSU School of Medicine about developments in diagnostic radiology – including the passage of new legislation that aims to educate patients on … Read More

Memories of a White Coat

Last Friday, it was my pleasure to serve as the emcee for the M.D. Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony and the J.S. Reinschmidt Lecture. The white coat is a time honored tradition in the medical field, marking an important step in each future physician’s journey. I remember when I was sitting in that seat, during my own White Coat Ceremony at the University of Utah Medical School. I was filled with plenty of emotions … Read More

Childhood hearing loss inspires OHSU researcher’s breakthrough

As a child, Peter Steyger, was cured of meningitis. Unfortunately, the same drug that saved him caused significant and long-lasting hearing loss. Now a neuroscience researcher at OHSU, Dr. Steyger and his team have found patients stricken with dangerous bacterial infections are at greater risk of hearing loss than previously recognized. We sat down with Dr. Steyger to learn some more about his research. That’s a great photo of you with your speech therapist. Can … Read More

Thank you to OHSU’s “Godmother of Midwifery”

By Ariane Le Chevallier, 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

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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