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  1. I think it is so great that this conversation is happening. I know I ate terribly as a teen- especially school lunches. I have young friends and friends with kids and I really hope they make better choices and get the supportive environment they need. It’s hard to undo years of bad habits, and harder to turn your back on so-called “comfort food.”

  2. Thank you so much for the all the information. I start my day in a same way. Oat meal, walnut, flax seed and raisins with soymilk and lots of fruits and vegetables. Rain or Shine I go for walk and make my own dinner for the family. As usual Rice, lentil soup and vegetables. I say goodbye to red meat, deep fried chips and high sodium diet.

    I do share my recipes to others to eat healthy diet. Health comes first everything follows after that.

    Thank you so much once again for the public awareness diet.

  3. Absolutely! Thanks, Peggy.

  4. Wonderful and truly “heart-warming” story. And how fortunate that Dr. Chesnutt and the other “team members” were on the plane that day. Congratulations

  5. Hi Tim. Great question. Of course, the answer depends upon each person’s specific health needs. If you’ll send us an email at we can connect you with our cardiology experts for a more helpful response.

  6. Hi Tim. Thanks for your comment. I am skeptical of any meal plan or diet that eliminates major food groups, as this will limit a person’s intake of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The Paleo diet eliminates whole grains, legumes, and dairy, which can all be part of a healthy diet. A person can certainly eliminate these foods and still maintain a healthy diet, but it takes a lot more planning to ensure they are meeting all of their nutrient needs. I do like the focus on eliminating processed foods, refined grains, and refined sugar and on increasing intake of vegetables, but this can be done while still including whole grains and legumes which are useful sources of fiber and plant-based protein. The Paleo diet can be high in fat, so there is a great need to choose lean protein sources such as fish and skinless poultry. Anyone choosing to follow this diet should probably take a multivitamin & calcium supplements to help ensure they are meeting their micronutrient needs. – Tracy Severson

  7. I couldn’t find a link to the original US News and World Report article, but I’m wondering if the Paleo Diet made the list and what your, or others, thoughts are on this diet?

  8. I have heard that it is even more important to have, and maintain, high levels of HDL cholesterol, than it is to reduce overall levels of cholesterol. Maybe this isn’t true, or maybe it is more nuanced than that, but do you have any recommendations for actually raising HDL levels? Thanks

  9. Hi Louise. Thanks for your question. You’ll find more information on Admission for our School of Nursing here: Good luck to you.

  10. I remember Dr. Dotter well. He was very charismatic–a skinny, energetic, brilliant man. He himself benefitted from this new technology, which at the time was a radical new procedure. Much like the first bone marrow transplant, also done at the U. Oregon Medical School. And the pioneering work of Brian Druker on imatinib at OHSU. Bravissimo! It makes me proud to be an alumnus.

  11. I would like more information on the nursing program. I was in the national guard for six years in the pass. I have three kids and would like to know about the family housing. Is their a two year nursing program?

  12. Thank you Jackie. I wonder how many of those students or faculty or others involved have also chosen to be donors.

  13. This is a great group, and very up-lifting to listen to. Very moving.

  14. I’m happy for you Stephanie. A gift of sight is the most meaningful and special gift you could ever give this Christmas. Doing a volunteer work does not only helps many communities but also lets you practice and helps your profession as an ophthalmologist. I wish that there would be more talent of volunteers around the world who are willing to share their time to help patients regain their eyesight. In our place, we are hugely thankful to our compassionate volunteers who help bring sight by fundraising in their own communities to deliver excellent eye care services.

  15. This is such a great story! Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your faculty appointment.

  16. This was an issues for me and my family regarding a Sister who was abused by a family members, during the holidays as child.. She starts to eat heavily during this time. She re-lives her abuse during time during this time.

    Thank you

  17. Dr. Redden has joined our neonatology group in southern Oregon. This is a NICU that functions both as a spoke and a hub in terms of being both a unit that needs to refer patients to the top level units in Portland as well as a regional center for smaller facilities scattered out through the bottom third of the state. We are keenly aware of the benefits of telemedicine to maximize the precious resources of subspecialists that are concentrated in large metropolitan centers.

  18. Nice. But I’ll save my cheering for the succesful human trials.

  19. Wow, that sandwich looks pretty awesome!!!

  20. Great article, really agree with setting a schedule – once I got into a real routine I found it so much easier to make time for my meals.

  21. Richmond Clinic requires its walk-in patients, even if they call ahead first, to register before they can be seen by using a designated telephone located in the wide open space of the waiting room. PHI including your place of employment, monthly income, address and social security number must be given with full audio access to anyone in the room without any regard for privacy. Would it be too much trouble to put up a screen, move the phone to a back room or allow you to call from home? It is as if under-insured, lower income individuals ought not to complain or expect respect or dignity because they might be getting the only medical assistance they can afford.

  22. Best of luck to the OHSU clinic!

  23. Thank you, Jessica and Dr. Redden for sharing the care delivery experience through Remote Presence Telemedicine. It’s valuable to hear the perspective of the user and to know that the quality of lives are being improved!

  24. Gray Winkler sent us this lovely haiku:

    Hard steel, soft purpose:
    Share peace with those who stop by
    Love from long ago.

    Thanks, Gray!

  25. Planning ahead is an important part of eating healthy on the road. Then there is no need to stop for fast food.

  26. Great article about summer grilling. These are great tips, Tracy, to maintain food safety but still keep grilling flavorful. Some of my favorite things to grill are vegetables, especially asparagus. I also really like the tip on marinating. Marinating is not only good for antioxidants, but also helps with flavor of course and tenderness. One of my favorites recipes, inspired by Chef Hugh Acheson is a marinated flank steak. Thanks for a timely and informative post.

  27. Yes I think walk in clinic is the best option for the people, who don’t have time to take appointment and wait for the whole day at the doctors clinic. I think people should prefer the best & affordable clinic,Austin urgent care to other clinics, where we have to wait for long time.

  28. This is a huge step for OHSU and Richmond Clinic and a much needed service to the community.

  29. I agree that more and more people are discovering that they are gluten intolerant or completely allergic to it with celiacs disease.

    Though wheat, made into bread, has been called “the staff of life”, I think that most of us make it unnecessarily a major part of our diet.

    It has been noticed that those with an allergy to gluten seem to end up feeling much better. It leaves them with a clearer head, more energetic, not as bloated, and all around healthier.

    Like mentioned in the article try substituting millet, quinoa or amaranth when you have those carb cravings.

    Thanks for the article!

  30. Thanks for being brave and sharing your story. I was diagnosed with skin cancer in my early twenties as well.

  31. Remarkable story and excellent treatment. Hopefully we will see more cases like this in the future.

  32. If you have a hard time sticking to your plan try to find a support group locally or online so you can share your feelings and experiences. Even using the tips above you may find that giving up smoking for you still seems impossible.

  33. Thank you Katie, your message is so important! My nephew, who had light skin,eyes and hair died of melanoma at age 27, 2 months after his wedding. He never used a tanning bed-just had what was considered “normal” sun exposure in his lifetime. Know the risks of exposure, family history and your own risk factors, a tan is not worth your life.

  34. Hi Katie,

    Remember me from Ferguson Wellman?:o) Thank you for sharing your story. I am grateful you caught your cancer early on and will pray you remain cancer free. You look beautiful ‘pale’! My daughter Ava is now 8 and is very fair. This story reminded me of the importance of not letting her tan as a teen even if she begs and pleads to!

    Take care and God bless,

  35. thanks for sharing your story, Katie!

  36. Katie, you are an inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing your story and hope this message gets across to todays youth! AND, you are beautiful!

  37. Amazing story – you are an inspiration!

  38. Katie, your story is very powerful! I admire your strength and want to thank you for testifying on this important public health issue.

  39. Never stop trying to being a non-smoker. Get what ever help you need, whether it be from patches, gum, or Natural Ways To Stop Smoking. It’s okay to be a Quitter.

  40. Thank you! Right now I’m dying to know exactly when he’ll be arriving!

  41. Great article, will keep this in mind!

  42. We meal plan (obviously, lol) so we have a certain number of fruits and veggies planned into each day. Pretty much a piece of fruit with every meal, and the habit forms pretty quick.

    We try to stay seasonal, so in the off months we try new things, get creative, or buy frozen.

    I actually have a lot of fun with my 5y/o daughter, picking a seasonal fruit that neither of us recognize, and then coming home and searching cookbooks (and Google) to see what we can do with it.

    -Chef Perry

  43. I see you sometimes on bus 64. congratulations on your coming baby!

  44. Hi William,

    Thanks for writing in. I got this response from Mark Lovgren, director of OHSU Telehealth Services:

    OHSU recognizes the ways telemedicine can reduce unnecessary and costly travel for people who are dealing with chronic health conditions. We are working to extend telemedicine services to diabetes patients, chronic heart failure patients and others. This includes using telemedicine to connect to OHSU patients in their own homes as well as in outpatient clinics and hospitals.

  45. 96,000 square miles – that’s awesome. We live only 23 miles from Coos Bay but I have not been able to find where the connection to OHSU Telemedicine is located.

    I have experience hosting WebEx video conferencing; is there any chance that this technology could be used for telemedicine? My wife has been a Type I Diabetic for 56 years and we have driven the 256 miles to OHSU for a consult, but at our age it takes 2 nights in a motel so we can not afford to come often enough.

  46. My wife has worked to control her Type I Diabetes since she was diagnosed in November 1957. Now, even with 56 years experience she needs more help from a Certified Diabetes Educator who is familiar with Type I. The best are in the Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center but it would take us two 5 hour drives from Bandon to the Center and back. Telemedicine would be an ideal solution to this problem except that no medical facilities in our area are equipped and credentialed. No special medical equipment would be needed for this education so WebEx would provide all the connectivity needed. Is there any chance?

  47. Telemedicine is great I have used a service fir a few years now. It is great to be able to pick up the phone and talk to a doctor. They can even call in a prescription if I need.

  48. This is wonderful news. I think this bill really has a chance, and I’m sure Dr. Druker’s endorsement will have a huge impact on the outcome.

  49. Hypnosis can help smokers in the ultimate cessation of the addiction. It would make them stop smoking and stay stopped.

  50. I love the concept of the flipped classroom. I think the best part of the set up is empowering medical students and putting them in charge of the material for mastery. Higher level of thinking cannot be achieved my lecture alone. I also love the team building idea of students and the educators all helping each other achieve the same level of knowledge. Takes away that negative competition aspect of medical students and shows that by working together, we can all become better doctors.

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