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 »

State of Mental Health in Lane County

EUGENE, Ore. — The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut spurred a nationwide debate surrounding gun control in our nation. The tragedy also highlighted the state of mental health in our country. It forced states to look at their services. Lane County is leading the way when it comes to providing health care. Like many counties across … Continue reading »

Basics of Breast Cancer

(CNN) — Actress Angelina Jolie recently underwent a double mastectomy after learning she had a mutation in a gene that increases the risk of breast cancer. But only a small fraction of women develop breast cancer because of genetic miswiring. Most can take less drastic steps to help prevent the disease. About 5 percent or … Continue reading »

Mammogram Types Explained

(CNN) — Most experts say mammograms are the best way to catch breast cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, regular mammograms are the best tools in early prevention and in some situations can detect cancer up to three years, before a lump can be felt. According to the CDC guidelines, women should have … Continue reading »

Women at Higher Risk of Eye Diseases

(CNN) — Our vision may seem a little blurry with age. However, doctors have a very clear message. “For those who have not had an eye exam, just realize that there are a lot of eye diseases out there and virtually all of them can be slowed or some even prevented if we do an … Continue reading »

Mother Frustrated with Vaccine Problem

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene mother is frustrated to find out a number of her son’s vaccinations may have been ineffective. The Oregon Immunization Program conducted site visits back in 2009 and found that many large clinics in the Eugene and Springfield area had refrigeration problems. Eugene Pediatric Associates says it recently learned it was … Continue reading »

Health Managers Push for Education

EUGENE, Ore. — National Public Health Week is in full swing, and Lane County health managers are pushing education. Each floor of the Health and Human Services Building has a special purpose dedicated to health of the community. Floor one focuses on basic health care. The first thing you see is the Charnelton Health Clinic. … Continue reading »

Benton County: 2nd Healthiest County

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Benton County was ranked Oregon’s second healthiest county in a state-by-state effort by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to promote public health. Rain or shine, people in Corvallis make time to fit exercise into their day. “If it was raining, I’d still be working out. As soon as the sun breaks through, … Continue reading »

Lane County Ranks 17th for Health

EUGENE, Ore. — A new report says Lane County’s health ranking improved since last year. It came in 17th out of Oregon’s 33 counties. There are a lot of factors that play into where the county falls on the list. Lane County health leaders say the ranking is not just how many illnesses are being … Continue reading »

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