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  1. Beautiful story–thank you for sharing it, Maddie.

  2. Maddie, thank you for sharing your touching personal story with us. We are so fortunate to have you on staff. May your sister’s memory touch you in so many special ways throughout your lifetime.

  3. Dr. Starr, a needle mover in the field of cardiac disease. I was born in 61, Dr. Starr Performed the 1st of the 4 he would perform on me as I grew; unable to receive a aortic valve as a child, corrective surgeries would carry me til age 25 where he was able to implant the Starr Edwards stalastic aortic ball valve; 32 years ago; still working like a champ. Thank you Dr.Starr!!

  4. The prime impact of OHSU in cardiovascular field took place in the early 1960s when a synthetic valve was placed in the heart and shown to function better than the diseased one it replaced. Dr. Starr lead the historic first with his support teams spread all across many clinical and research departments alike. An entirely new field was thus created in the annals of medicine with subsequent profound effects.

  5. What a beautiful story and thank you so much for sharing. These are the stories we hear every day that make us proud to work here.

  6. Maddie, I was so proud to be Allison’s aunt and be a (distant) part of her life as she, so bravely and gracefully, fought her battle. And I am so proud of you and to be your (favorite) aunt. You have written a beautiful piece and will keep Allison’s story alive by doing what you are doing.

  7. I remember Allison from her early days with that class, Maddie, and recall very clearly very much her classmates cared about her.

    Thank you for posting this. The very best of luck as you work with her at your side caring for our patients.

  8. Absolutely heartbreaking and beautiful.

  9. Wow.

  10. i’m only 13 and that was very awesome what you did

  11. Congrats to this impressively skilled team. Your passion and enthusiasm for your craft we are all thankful for.

  12. Great tips! I’d add a general winter tip of keeping a set of dry/warm clothes, winter shoes, and a blanket in your car. You never know when you might get stranded.

    This sentence though… Cracked me up. Seems like there’s a missing tip about evacuation.
    “Always try to warm up affected areas before attempting evacuation.”
    Evacuation of frozen parts?!

  13. So nice, thanks for sharing Hunter with staff and patients!

  14. I am so glad to see OHSU is participating in the EcoChallenge again this year. This is a great opportunity to make some positive changes in each of our daily routine.

    I really encourage folks to sign-up!

  15. I’m surprised about the point “Men are diagnosed with melanoma more frequently than women.” I always think maybe women are more easier to suffer it. Now I know what’s going on.–Nanobody (Creative Biolabs)

  16. Thank you for your service Dong Wouk! What a wonderful way to pay it forward, and what amazing work you are doing!!!! Thank you on behalf of the entire community!!!!!!

  17. Enjoy your retirement Carol! It is well deserved!

  18. Thanks for your questions, Susan!
    · Legumes such as dried beans and lentils are high in soluble fiber.
    · Diets rich in soy or soy-containing products appear safe and potentially beneficial. The long-term safety of high doses of soy isoflavone supplements is not yet known. It is not clear whether the estrogen-like activities of soy isoflavones have any negative health risks such as an increased risk of breast cancer, but it’s generally best to avoid these supplements until more research is done. (for more information regarding current research on soy, go here and here).
    · There isn’t a significant nutrient difference between raw or dry-roasted almonds, but beware of the extra calories, saturated fat, sugar, and/or salt in oil-roasted, honey-roasted, or other types of flavored almonds.
    · Most margarines no longer contain harmful trans fats and now have a healthier fat profile than butter. It’s still important to check the ingredient list of margarine (and all foods) for “partially hydrogenated oil,” which means the product does contain some trans fats (if it has less than 0.5 grams per serving, manufacturers are allowed to round down to 0 grams trans fat on the nutrition label). A tablespoon of butter contains 7 grams of saturated fat, while a tablespoon of a trans-fat-free margarine such as Smart Balance contains 2.5 grams of saturated fat. If you still prefer to avoid margarine, you can also find a blend of butter with canola oil (Land of Lakes Butter with Canola Oil contains only three ingredients: butter, canola oil, salt) that reduces the saturated fat to 4 grams per tablespoon; still high, but an improvement over butter. Better yet, choose healthy plant-based fats such as olive oil, avocado, or nut butters instead of butter or margarine.

    Hope this helps! – Tracy

  19. Thank you for this information, Tracy. Very helpful. A couple of questions, when you say “beans” regarding soluble fiber, do you mean green beans, legumes, or something else? At what intake of soy does the estrogenic effect start to occur? Regarding almonds, is there a nutritional difference between raw and roasted? Finally, it’s my understanding that margarines are NOT heart healthy and should never be eaten. Would you expand on this? Thanks so much.

  20. Wonderful advice from a wonderful doctor!

  21. Wonderful tips on ways to take better care of your eyes! Eyes are one of the most important parts of our bodies so we must take care of them. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Great work!

  23. Thank you! Not just to OHSU nurses, but to all nurses everywhere. Doctors tend to get most of the credit for curing and helping people, when really it’s the nurses working behind the scenes and in between operations and treatments that enable the “healthcare machine” to operate as smoothly and efficiently as it does. Without nurses, doctors wouldn’t be able to do what they do! :)

  24. I am so glad to hear about the global partnership between researchers and practitioners. This is how the best work and progress is made.

  25. Hi Myralee,

    You’re right – it’s Saturday, May 30, not Sunday. It’s been corrected. Thanks for keeping us on our toes!

  26. Your article leads off with date of event as, Sunday May 30th. I am assuming it is Saturday, correct?

  27. Dr Thornburg and all at the Moore Institute are to be commended on a truly spectacular summit! Their work brings to light nutritional deficits that affect girls and young women everywhere and directs a focus to working together toward improvement. Congratulations!

  28. I want to thank Martina Dunbar for being a great GI nurse. I have experienced GI symptoms for years and put off being worked up due to a fear of the idea of things done to me such as occurs with manometry testing. Martina Dunbar is one of our OHSU nurses who does manometry. I would not wish manometry on anyone but if you have to have it done you want Martina to be your nurse. She is very knowledgeable, skilled, and kind at the same time. Thank you Martina for being my nurse:)

  29. GOD bless all of you and the health care providers that made this happen. Yes, it is a process, but, so worth it.

    I too am a Kidney Donor, but of a different kind. I chose to donate one of my kidneys to a person I did not know. It was thru the NON direct organ donation program thru the U of M in Minnesota. It will be 11 years on May 11th. Back in 2004, they did not have this program that the six of you shared. I chose to not meet my the person that received my kidney, for a few reasons. Back then you could not meet or have any contact with the individual for one year, and after that time BOTH had to agree to meet. After all we were given “2” kidneys at birth, and that was for the reason of sharing “1” with someone in need..

    All the best to all, and take care of that precious gift.

  30. Congratulations, Christina! Thank you for your courage in this situation.

  31. My Uncle’s son is a current dental student at OHSU in Portland and they are organizing a lobby day at the end of this month. They will be individually meeting with several members of the Oregon legislature to talk to them about our concerns/ideas regarding dentistry.

    He was wondering what are some important, powerful points that he can bring to their attention so that he can make the most out of this opportunity.

    Any advice or tips is Gr8full

  32. Thank you for your question. Simvastatin and pravastatin are drugs of the same class (statins) and with an identical mechanism of action (block production of cholesterol). They are both generic, covered by most insurances, and very inexpensive. They have both shown to be able to reduce heart attacks and stroke in clinical trials. To find differences between the two we need to look at potency of cholesterol reduction (40 mg of simvastatin is more powerful than 40 mg pravastatin) and safety of the compound (pravastatin is less frequently associated with muscle pain). For more information, we recommend reaching out to your health care provider. You can also visit us here: – Dr. Fazio

  33. What do you recommend: simvastatin or pravastatin? Or there isn’t too much difference between statins?

  34. I have been dealing with the same thing my entire life. I am 31 and to have spent most of my life at OHSU. I was born with 3 congenital heart defects and have had 5 open heart surgeries so far. I am so happy to see that your story is starting to help bring awareness to CHD!!! Thank you for sharing your life story.

  35. My granddaughters has ushers, and has been to the casey hospital the last 3 years and i will be jioning her this summer in portland, just wanted to say thanks for all your doing and i know in time that this will be figured out

  36. Being a colon cancer survivor myself I felt very inspired by her story and look forward to starting a new healthier life with lots of veggies and fruits and walking lots with my dog.

  37. Dr. Petering.

    I appreciate these very practical tips – now I have no excuses and must keep my New Years resolution to complete the Shamrock run…..

    Thank you

    Dr. Crawford

  38. Thanks for your question, Sarah. Yes, in general as a group, hormones affect all of those functions. – Dr. Milas

  39. Shon’s experience with skin cancer is really inspiring! Great to see folks helping educate others. As a sun care company we believe in the importance of sun protection education and also living safely in the sun. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US and we think the Melanoma Care Update and Patient Dialogue is a great event to expose people to this topic. Thanks for spreading the cause.

  40. Thank you for the commitment you bring to balancing hormones for both men and women.
    The more I come to understand the endocrine system, the more fascination ensues. One of my yoga teachers told us in class that our hormones determine; how well we feel; our amount of energy; how well we digest food; how our bodies process and store emotions; our ability to focus and think clearly; and regulating our menstruation and reproductive organs. Is this true?

  41. Penni, I think the 80 year reference was specifically about the ACNM organization. It dates to 1929. Though I totally see how that sentence reads like it’s talking about all midwifery. I like that you made the comment because it prompted me to read a little history. I learned something new! In 1716 New York City required licensing of midwives. How interesting!

  42. This is a very nice commentary about us and our practice, but I am compelled to say that midwifery in the USA has a very much longer history than 80 years. Midwives came over to the Jamestown Colony and on the Mayflower, and were probably caring for Native women before that.

    We are Nurse Midwives, and that “brand” opf midiwfery has a shorter history everywhere, but let’s pay tribute to the Sisters who came before us.

  43. Thank you all for your comments and support. Our team can not do this work with out the support from the community of caring people such as yourselves.

  44. Dr Nardos – Your work is absolutely incredible and I am excited to follow Footsteps to Healing in the future.

  45. The Billion dollar deal is amazing! I can’t wait to see who steps up next…

  46. It’s very wonderful to know that there are a lot of people out there ready to do some act of charity.

  47. The surgeries performed on the women of Ethiopia is to be applauded as well as the education to remind them that beside too many births without gynecological care..that too much heavy lifting can cause prolapse as well.(e.g.: My mother(An African American) who rec’d care in the 80’s…who loved moving her furniture around for different visual effects when she had been younger…suffered ‘prolapse’ at an ‘older age’ & which due to her intolerance to surgery(e.g. : she was only able to have teeth pulled awake with numbing not asleep), had a pessary for many years…her GYN specialist doctor, a Dr Clinton Turner(referred by her PCP Ana Eujol-McKee) had to schedule her every 3 months for cleaning of the pessary and reinsertion..She stopped having a pessary when she was bed ridden … her new PCP(Dr James Shepard) said it was no longer a need for one since she would no be discomforted while in laying on sitting position with the prolapsed uterus…They actually had trouble finding a pessary when it was need to et oen since all they had were round gauze rings accessible with he new GYN specialist , Dr Parrot (Presbyterian Medical Center) when Dr Turner(Private Practice) relocated to another state.Her HMO paid very little for the Pessary diagnosis and treatments ..I suppose they felt surgery was the better treatment for long term. abj (zip 19050)

  48. Dear Rahel

    It is heart wrming to read that you have returned back to Your land With Your colleagues to support the needy and the underprivilaged. I am so happy of Reading such wonderful Samaritan activities. I am social worker and community Health Professional in Oslo, Norway. I am willing to support in Your future activities. I would like you to add me in your nettwork. God bless you!

  49. What a wonderful program! Readers might be interested to learn about a School of Medicine student who considers Dr. Nardos a mentor and is currently in Ethiopia doing a maternal health assessment project. Read about it on OHSU StudentSpeak.

  50. Mmmm that quinoa and snap pea salad sounds divine! Also +1 for Joie’s comment above :)

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