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A Year After Spinal Surgery, A $94,031 Bill Feels Like A Backbreaker


A service called neuromonitoring can cut the risk of nerve damage during delicate surgery. But some patients are receiving large bills they didn't expect.

When Surgeons Are Abrasive To Co-Workers, Patients' Health May Suffer


A new study shows a link between how surgeons act around coworkers and their patients' outcomes. Turns out rudeness and other unprofessional behavior isn't just obnoxious, it may be dangerous.

Change To Oregon Smoke Rules Seeing Early Results For Prescribed Burns


We’re not getting nearly enough prescribed fire on the ground to restore forests and manage the risk of severe wildfire. Oregon's new smoke rules are intended to change that trend.

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Florida Wants To Import Medicine From Canada. But How Would That Work?

A bill Gov. Ron DeSantis signed this month would let Florida make bulk purchases of prescription drugs from Canada. It's now law, but still faces big hurdles that could keep it from becoming reality.

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Salem's Water Is Safe To Drink, But City Continues Testing For Algae

City of Salem officials are now testing blue-green algae levels seven days a week.

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When People With Mental Illnesses Go To The Hospital, Sometimes They End Up In Jail

Disability Rights Oregon looked at one year’s worth of trespass arrests made by the Portland Police at several local hospitals. They found 142 cases.

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Oregon Lawmakers Tout Local Mental Health Programs, But Cuts Might Be Coming

The Oregon budget currently contains a $15.4 million cut that advocates say could wreak havoc on state's overwhelmed mental health system.

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1st Herbicide Barrel Removed From Oregon's Wallowa Lake

Despite initial fears about Agent Orange, the barrels seem to have been full of lake water, though the EPA is waiting for test results to confirm that the water and barrels are indeed clean.

Health | World

How A Baby Caused A Revolutionary Change In Pakistan

It all began when a member of the Balochistan assembly brought her 8-month-old son to a session.

Health | Election | Business

Tobacco's 'Special Friend': What Internal Documents Say About Mitch McConnell

The Senate majority leader wants to raise the age for tobacco sales to 21. An NPR review of once-secret documents shows how closely McConnell has worked with the industry over decades.

Health | Nation

Architecture For Possible Nationwide Opioid Settlement Unveiled

Such a deal, if reached, could funnel tens of billions of dollars to communities struggling with the addiction crisis, while restoring stability to one of the country's biggest industries.

Health | Science

Pass The Brazier: Early Evidence Of Cannabis Smoking Found On Chinese Artifacts

Humans have been smoking pot to get high since the first millennium B.C. Archaeologists have found early evidence of cannabis use from wooden bowls exhumed from ancient tombs in western China.

Health | World | Arts

Oh Dear: Photos Show What Humans Have Done To The Planet

Some scientists say we've entered a new geological epoch — the anthropocene era — defined by the human impact on the global landscape. Three artists traveled to 22 countries to see what we've wrought.

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