The magic bullet for heart health?

If you knew there was a “magic bullet” that would reduce your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) by 92% and lower your risk of other cardiovascular risk factors, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, by 66%, would you take it? A recent large, prospective study showed what appears to be the key to drastically reducing the risk for heart disease in women aged 27-44, potentially preventing more than 70% of CHD and … Read More

Student perspective: OHSU School of Dentistry

Since 1899, the OHSU School of Dentistry has produced Dentists, Dental Specialists, and Dental Hygienists, as well as participating in research, patient care, outreach and community service throughout the region. This month, we hear from Farielle Houran, who is nearing the end of her four-year D.M.D student journey.  How did you pick Dentistry? I grew up in southwest Portland, graduating from Beaverton High School, and then Pacific University with a bachelor of science in biology, and … Read More

6 easy tips for fueling during a run

There is so much that goes into running well. Good form, flexibility, strength, endurance, training, and good shoes. An often neglected aspect of running well is nutrition. There are two main aspects of fueling on a run: hydration and fueling. The main goal is to maintain energy levels for actively working muscles. Every runner has a unique “fuel economy” for a given pace, there is no one-size fits all approach for the perfect on-run fueling … Read More

Set SMART Resolutions for 2015

Are you one of the millions of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions, or have you sworn them off since they never seem to stick? Studies show that 45% of Americans make at least one resolution every year, yet only 8% of these people are actually successful in meeting their goal. By setting a specific goal rather than making a generic resolution, you will be 10 times more likely to achieve your goal in 2015. … Read More

The promise of gene therapy for inherited eye disease

I first learned about inherited blinding disorders as a freshman in college, when I got a summer job with Dr. David Birch, a leading scientist who has been studying retinitis pigmentosa (RP) for many years. At that time, there were no treatments for genetic conditions like RP, which damage the eye’s light-sensing retina and cause progressive vision loss and blindness. Now, after working in this field for many years, it’s exciting to know we are … Read More

Your health questions answered: Kids and technology use

You ask. OHSU health experts answer. This month, our pediatric and and pituitary specialists are on the hot seat. Q. When is my child old enough to use an iPad or tablet? A. In general, consider any child younger than two years old too young. Tablets may prevent infants and toddlers from engaging in the give-and-take of everyday exchanges with family, as well as the “real” world of playing with physical objects that require and … Read More

Winter recipes packed with cancer-fighting nutrients

Winter time is full of delicious fruits and vegetables that are flavorful and rich in cancer-fighting nutrients. Every fruit and vegetable contains their own cancer fighting compounds, including fiber. Aim for 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily to reap the rewards of these low calorie, high nutrient quality foods. Try out these fall and winter recipes, then check out the American Institute for Cancer Research Test Kitchen for more ideas. Roasted root vegetables with … Read More

Know Your Healthy Heart Score

Do you try to follow a healthy lifestyle but wonder how good of a job you’re actually doing? If you’re not sure where to begin, there’s a great new tool called the Healthy Heart Score from the Harvard School of Public Health that will help estimate your 20-year risk of a heart attack or stroke. Although cardiovascular disease is largely preventable, it remains the leading cause of death in the world. This easy quiz looks … Read More

OHSU’s Most Read Blog Posts of 2014

OHSU’s President, Dr. Joe Robertson, recently noted that the year has been filled with stories that will be “noteworthy 50 years from now.” And it’s true. From the unprecedented, national support for our $1 Billion Knight Cancer Challenge to global health outreach and preparation around the devastating Ebola virus outbreak, here’s what you may have missed; a round-up of our most read blog posts of the year: 1. 8 Things to Know About Ebola Although the odds … Read More

GET FIT trial leads to improved health, better habits for one patient

Patty McWayne became depressed after being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004. In 2013, Patty received an invitation to join the GET FIT trial, which aims to improve of the lives of women cancer survivors through regular exercise. This is her story. My doctors helped me live a normal life after diagnoses of heart disease and diabetes in the 1990s, but I became depressed when diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004. The depression was enough … 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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