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  1. 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

  2. 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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

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

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

  17. 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)

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

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

  21. I would also like to thank Dr. Druker for this wonderful, lifesaving drug. I too was diagnosed with CML 2 yrs ago and had an 11 year old son to raise who was a miracle himself. Without Dr. Druker I would not be alive today to raise my son. I and my family thank you from the bottom of my heart for working so hard for making this treatment possible!!!

  22. Why not think beyond veggie burgers? How about a shish kebob made with marinated tempeh cubes (marinade of 1/2 c. full fat coconut milk, zest and juice of one lime, 2 T. curry powder and 1/4 t. sea salt). Marinade for 2+ hours. Place on skewers with pineapple chunks, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts and red onion chunks. Brush with marinade while grilling. Yum! Dessert: Blend one large bag mixed, frozen Oregon berries and four bananas with one cup almond milk.

  23. This is fantastic. I think telemedicine will revolutionize the way we provide care for patients throughout the country. Well done.

  24. My drink of choice? Seltzer water with lime. Yum always does the trick!

  25. Thanks for sharing Judy’s story! Her courage and participation in the clinical trials for Gleevec have inspired CML patients worldwide for the past 15 years. Please continue to spotlight remarkable individuals like Judy whose stories give hope to those newly diagnosed with leukemia every year.

  26. It is so important to reach out to our teenagers to try to instill good eating habits. However, I agree that one of the most important ways to reach kids is by modeling healthy eating ourselves. If we don’t have the parents engaged in eating healthy, it will be difficult to get the children to do so. A whole food diet for the whole family can be trans-formative for everyone.

  27. Are there any non-cardiovascular protective effects of statins? Alzheimers, cancers, etc?

  28. What a great outcome!

  29. What are the long term side effects of statins?

  30. That is a great question. It is in fact true. However, this is a phenomenon that is generally only noticeable in elite athletes performing very high levels of exercise. In most individuals, this effects is not noticeable. Exercise is extremely important even if you take a statin. It provides myriad benefits well above and beyond its positive effects on cholesterol. – Dr. Michael Shapiro

  31. Thank-you Jon, for this and all that you do. Mike

  32. Is it true that statins have a negative impact on aerobic exercise and on strength training? If so, is there any benefit in exercising if you’re on statin medications, or does it become moot?

  33. 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.”

  34. 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.

  35. Absolutely! Thanks, Peggy.

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

  37. 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.

  38. 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

  39. 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?

  40. 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

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

  42. 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.

  43. 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?

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

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

  46. 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.

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

  48. 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

  49. 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.

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

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