Health Concerns with Heavy Backpacks

EUGENE, Ore. — Another thing to think about as kids ready to go back to school: backpacks. Doctors say carrying too many books and supplies can cause serious health problems for kids. Kids carry various supplies to school — pencils, calculators, and books — but where do they store it all? On their backs in … Continue reading »

Updating Your Child’s Vaccinations

(CNN) — Reading, writing and arithmetic are all important. But when it comes to a student’s well-being, public health officials say vaccines are the best way to ward off diseases. So it’s always good to update your child’s immunization records. That’s because as adolescents get older, some of the protection from their childhood shots begin … Continue reading »

Local Health Officials Hold MERS Meeting

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County public officials want you to know about a potentially deadly respiratory virus that’s being detected in multiple countries. The virus is called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The first case was reported in Saudi Arabia last year but has now spread to European countries. There have been no reports of … Continue reading »

March of Dimes Supporter Honored

EUGENE, Ore. — A long-time March of Dimes supporter, and this year’s chair, was awarded Monday for her work with the organization. Dorinda Dawes has been walking for March of Dimes for more than 40 years. She has been involved in Lane County High Heels for High Hopes, the Tulips for Babies, and Jeans for … Continue reading »

EWEB Hears Smart Meter Health Concerns

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Water and Electric Board tried to clear the air Tuesday night over the implementation of controversial smart meters. EWEB commissioners are considering moving all customers to the radio transmitting meters by 2017, but there are concerns surrounding the change. The EWEB Board of Commissioners heard more than two hours worth … Continue reading »

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 »

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