Mississippi Child Thought Cured Of HIV Shows Signs Of Infection

Scientists hoped the baby's apparent cure would lead to similar treatments in infants worldwide. But with the child still HIV-positive, some question the ethics of a large study in other children.

Deloitte Gets $18 Million Contract From Cover Oregon

OPB | July 01, 2014 4:12 p.m.

The Oregon Health Authority has awarded Deloitte Consulting an $18 million contract to set up websites to replace Cover Oregon's failed site.

Many Oregonians Express Outrage Over Hobby Lobby Ruling

OPB | June 30, 2014 10:39 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow Hobby Lobby and other closely held, for-profit corporations to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions for no-cost birth control has ignited debate across the country — and Oregon is no exception.

How Many Companies Will Be Touched By Court's Contraception Ruling?

NPR | June 30, 2014 3:46 p.m.

The Supreme Court says owners of closely held corporations may exercise their religious beliefs. That covers a majority of firms, but experts question how many would want to assert religious views.

Study: 1 In 9 Oregon Deaths Involves Alcohol

OPB | June 27, 2014 2:51 p.m.

Excessive drinking accounts for one in every nine deaths in Oregon, according to a study out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Guidelines for Gay Men: A Daily Anti-HIV Pill

NPR | July 11, 2014 12:44 p.m.

The World Health Organization strongly recommends that men who have sex with men consider a daily pill that would prevent HIV infection. That seems like a drastic measure — but is it?

If Exercise Is Work, Mindless Snacking May Follow

NPR | July 11, 2014 12:01 p.m.

The idea that sacrificing at the gym entitles us to a reward seems to be embedded in our collective thinking. Researchers set out to test how this affects how we eat after a workout.

Suicide Attempt Survivors Seek A Voice In Helping Others At Risk

NPR | July 11, 2014 11:23 a.m.

People who have survived a suicide attempt often have trouble finding a place to talk about suicide risk or a way to help others. So they are going public with their experiences.

Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

NPR | July 11, 2014 9:24 a.m.

The president says he's working on addressing the surge of unauthorized border crossings into the U.S. But is his decision to not visit the border an epic mistake? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

Why We Published A Photo Of A 16-Year-Old In A Diaper

NPR | July 11, 2014 7:25 a.m.

Readers responded strongly to our series about caregiving, especially one photo of a father caring for his son with cerebral palsy. Some said it was demeaning. Others said it revealed great love.

A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers

NPR | July 11, 2014 7:22 a.m.

Servicemen and women are prescribed narcotic pain killers three times as often as civilians. For some vets, dependence on those pills becomes a bigger problem than their original ailment.

Ebola 101: The Facts Behind A Frightening Virus

NPR | July 11, 2014 6:17 a.m.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest and deadliest on record. But many may not understand how the virus works, how painful the symptoms are, and why some victims are able to recover.

Register-Guard: Oregon Blood Drives Spotlight Gay Ban

The Register-Guard | July 10, 2014 8 p.m.

The Lane Blood Center is joining with the National Gay Blood Drive to host a blood collection event Friday calling attention to the current federal ban on gay men donating blood.

Warning: High Levels Of Fecal Bacteria On Some NW Beaches

OPB | July 10, 2014 5:57 p.m.

Health advisories were issued today for several Northwest beaches. Among them, Washington’s Vancouver Lake, and on the Oregon coast, D River Beach and Heceta Beach.

Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples

NPR | July 10, 2014 4:07 p.m.

Homosexual men are 20 times more likely to pass HIV to a partner than heterosexual couples are. Now scientists have found a clue to why: Only particular versions of HIV can pass from a woman to a man.

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