Eugene Goes Gluten Free

EUGENE, Ore. — More people across the country are going gluten free and a new study shows Eugene is one of the top places in the country to go on this diet.  Local restaurants said this trend is helping their business. Grub Hub, an online takeout service, conducted a study across the country to find … Continue reading »

Cancer Prevention Study-3 Begins

EUGENE, Ore. — The American Cancer Society kicked off its Cancer Prevention Study-3 campaign in the Eugene-Springfield area, Wednesday. It’s the first time in the Pacific Northwest was invited to take part in a long-term study to better understand what’s causing cancer and what prevents it. Anyone between the ages of 30-65 years old and … Continue reading »

PeaceHealth Faces Financial Struggles

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County’s largest health provider is bracing for major cuts. PeaceHealth says it needs to find a way to fill a $130 million gap for the 2014 fiscal year. It’s suspending hiring immediately for open positions and reviewing them on a case by case basis. PeaceHealth’s president issued a statement today saying … Continue reading »

Cancer Cure Challenge

EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene’s Health and Fitness Director is taking health and fitness one step further; his mission to get rid of cancer. Steve Auferoth, 58, is the Eugene’s Health and Fitness Director and teaches classes and inspires healthy life styles. Healthy city employees translates to fewer doctor visits, meaning savings on … Continue reading »

Mental Health Facility to Open in 2014

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — After years of planning, it’s full speed ahead for a new mental health facility. The Oregon legislature approved full funding for the project Monday. The secure, three-story state mental health hospital will serve 174 patients. Most of the patients in the state system have been convicted of a crime, but found … Continue reading »

Boy Prepares for Brain Surgery

EUGENE, Ore. — A 5th grader from Eugene suffering from a rare disorder is about to undergo a major surgery to remove a portion of his brain. When James Dahl began having seizures a year and a half ago, his mother said she never expected the problem to be so serious. When medication didn’t help … Continue reading »

New Dental Clinics to Open

EUGENE, Ore. — Young children in need can now get dental care free of charge in the towns of Cottage Grove and Oakridge. Lane County’s Women Infants and Children (WIC) program and Community Health Centers of Lane County have joined together to open up dental clinics there. Right now there are only two in the … Continue reading »

Mental Health Resources Available

EUGENE, Ore. — In light of recent events, like the tragedy in Newtown, mental health is becoming an important issue across the country. Lane County Public Health wants to make sure people know about mental health resources that are available. Overall, 33 percent of Oregon adults report poor mental health. In Lane County in 2005 … Continue reading »

Bill Bans Smoking in Cars with Kids

EUGENE, Ore. — Smokers in Oregon could get a $250 ticket if they light that cigarette up with their kids in the back seat. The House passed a bill allowing officers to ticket smokers, but they must be pulled over for another offense. Lane County Public Health administrators say this law will help protect children … Continue reading »

Gonorrhea Cases Up in Douglas County

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Douglas County Public Health says it has seen a recent increase in the number of gonorrhea cases. County health officials say they see about two cases each year, but since Jan. 1 of this year, 14 cases have been reported in the county. They say the sexually-transmitted disease is common. The Centers … Continue reading »

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