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OHSU celebrates 125 years with new exhibit

By Bob Applegate Did you know: OHSU was not the first medical school in Oregon? In fact what became OHSU was started 125 years ago by dissident faculty who left Willamette University School of Medicine. The land OHSU sits on was originally going to be developed by a local shipping company until they figured out it sat on steep slopes. Instead, the company donated it to their company surgeon, who, incidentally, was also the dean of the University of Oregon … Read More

Telestroke patient benefits from effort to extend the window for stroke treatment

By Wayne Clark, M.D. Most everyone knows how important it is to seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing stroke symptoms. Clot buster medications (TPA) are most effective when given within three hours of a stroke and newer clot removing devices (stent retrievers) are approved for use up to eight hours after known stroke onset. However, patients and families cannot always get to the emergency room in time. Examples include if the stroke occurs … Read More

Eat right, your way, every day: National Nutrition Month

By Tracy Severson, R.D., L.D. Some people celebrate the holidays in December, but dietitians tend to get excited about March—it’s National Nutrition Month! This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” which, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website, “encourages personalized healthy eating styles and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices.” So what does that mean for you? To me … Read More

I never imagined I would be diagnosed with cancer at age 23

By Katie Wilkes My name is Katie. OHSU employees may know me as the editor of OHSU Research News or the person you email when you need help finding grant funding. What they probably don’t know is that the first week I started working at OHSU, I was diagnosed with the most deadly type of skin cancer: melanoma. While it’s not always easy sharing such a personal story, when I found out OHSU was supporting … Read More

Developmental biology in action

By Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. For those of you who don’t know me, I am an uber nerd. I love graphs, am conversant with Star Trek and Star Wars, and was even a Mathlete in high school. (Amazingly enough, I did have a date to junior prom, but in all honesty I probably would have been happier if I stayed home and watched the X-Files.) I lean towards quantitative science, and have always found comfort in … Read More

How to eat produce in the winter

By Tracy Severson, R.D., L.D. As we settle into winter here in the Pacific Northwest, a common complaint I hear from my patients is the lack of appealing fresh produce this time of year. Are you letting the gray, chilly days serve as an excuse not to eat your five-a-day? If so, keep reading! There are plenty of ways to boost your produce intake until spring arrives with its fresh crop of fruits & veggies. … Read More

Our children deserve stronger protections from cancer-causing tanning devices

By Brian Druker, M.D. Early on in my career, I promised cancer patients and their families that I would do everything I could to find new ways to treat and prevent this complex and deadly disease. That promise shapes my priorities, and because of it, I am compelled to act when I see a gap between our actions and our knowledge. Skin cancer remains a highly preventable form of the disease that impacts a disproportionate … Read More

Why we need standardized telemedicine credentialing

By Miles Ellenby, M.D. In a matter of a few years, telemedicine has made it possible for OHSU stroke neurologists, pediatric and neonatal intensive care physicians, genetics specialists, psychiatrists and other medical experts to treat patients almost anywhere in the state without leaving Portland. Indeed, the OHSU Telemedicine Network has expanded its offerings to the point that patients in a dozen communities have access to our services minutes after they arrive in their local emergency … Read More

How to quit smoking in 2013

By Wendy Bjornson, M.P.H. Editor’s note: This is the second in a short series of posts on resolutions. We selected resolutions to feature based on comments left by our Facebook fans in December. Every year at this time I hear from people who want to quit smoking and wonder what might work the best for them. What a good question! In general, the best approach is to get some help from the stop smoking experts … Read More

Three tips for eating right in 2013

By Tracy Severson, R.D., L.D. Editor’s note: This is the first in a short series of posts on resolutions. We selected resolutions to feature based on comments left by our Facebook fans in December. ‘Tis the season for making New Year’s resolutions—are you one of the millions of Americans resolving to lose weight or eat better in 2013? Generic resolutions without a game plan are much more likely to fall by the wayside before the … Read More

OHSU Health Fair at Pioneer Square.

Why 96,000 Square Miles?

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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