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More Access To Birthcontrol Starts Jan. 1

OPB | Dec. 28, 2015

The law allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control takes effect in the new year.

Oregon Could Go Back To State-Based Health Exchange

OPB | Dec. 17, 2015

Costs will go up if Oregon sticks with the federally run healthcare.gov. So, the state is exploring other options.

Washington State's Special Commitment Center Faces New Challenge

OPB | Dec. 09, 2015

The center houses people deemed to be violent sexual predators who have served their sentences, but whom a judge has found likely to reoffend.

Chronic Pain Patient Shares His Struggle With New Guidelines

OPB | Dec. 08, 2015

An Oregon man who says he's struggled with pain for more than a dozen years says one of his biggest challenges is dealing with doctors.

Where Can You Get Paid Parental Leave?

OPB | Dec. 09, 2015

The city of Portland is the latest employer to add paid parental leave to its list of benefits for city employees.

Delays For Pain Managment Alternatives For OHP Patients

OPB | Dec. 02, 2015

The state has put off implementing a new policy to discourage opioids and encourage alternative therapies for Oregon Health Plan patients with back pain.

Moda Health Faces Challenges

OPB | Nov. 24, 2015

Moda Health has had a roller coaster couple of weeks.

Should A Minor Be Allowed To Refuse Life-Saving Care?

OPB | Nov. 10, 2015

Isolde Raftery shares a story of a young Jehovah's Witness in Washington state who was allowed to refuse a life-saving blood transfusion.

More Help On The Way For Service Members With TBI, Other Injuries

OPB | Nov. 05, 2015

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has broken ground on a new privately funded clinic to diagnose and treat service members for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), PTSD, and other psychological health conditions. 

Conversations About Guns

OPB | Oct. 29, 2015

We take a look at guns and gun laws in Oregon from a variety of perspectives.

Talking Business

OPB | Oct. 20, 2015

Erik Siemers, managing editor of the Portland Business Journal, joins us for our regular business news update.

PSU Researchers Say They've Discovered A Possible '1-Pill Cure' For Malaria

OPB | Oct. 08, 2015

Researchers at Portland State University say they may have discovered a cure for one of the world's most severe public health problems.

How Healthy Is Too Healthy? Americans Face Off Over School Nutrition Requirements

OPB | Sept. 23, 2015

For the past three years, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 has been phasing in stricter nutritional standards for federally funded school lunch programs.

The Challenges ALS Patients Face In Using Death With Dignity

OPB | Sept. 18, 2015

ALS patients face some specific challenges when it comes to using Oregon and Washington's Death with Dignity laws, which require patients to self-administer the medication that will end their lives.

Union Members Voice Concern Over Correctional Officers' Working Conditions

OPB | Sept. 01, 2015

Long, stressful hours have high costs for Oregon corrections officers.

Could This University Of Oregon Professor Restore Vision To The Blind?

OPB | Aug. 03, 2015

University of Oregon professor Richard Taylor and his collaborator Simon Brown recently patented a new technology that could restore vision to the blind - and that's just the tip of the iceberg. 

Oregon's High Hepatitis C Infection Rate And Why It Matters

OPB | July 31, 2015

A recent report by the state's health agency shows that Oregon's rate of hepatitis C is 50 percent higher than the national average. We talk to a public health worker about why it matters and what can be done about it.

Should Doctors Be Using Their Smartphones In The Operating Room?

OPB | July 30, 2015

Do smartphones help or hinder healthcare professionals?

Chronic Pain Patients Try Alternatives But Keep Mum

OPB | July 20, 2015

A new study out published in a national health care journal indicates that a large number of patients suffering from chronic pain try alternative care but don't talk to their doctors about it. 

Report Shows Some Tobacco Retailers Are Not Following The Law

OPB | July 17, 2015

Multnomah County's report shows tobacco products are easily accessible to youth and more prevalent in neighborhoods with high percentages of people of color.