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A bird found dead in Eugene has tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first case reported in Lane County in 2016.

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Lead in Oregon's largest school district has forced out a superintendent, delayed a possible bond measure, and uncovered major management problems. And Portland Public Schools may have a legal fight on its hands soon. A family blames the district for their child’s health problems.

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Senator Ron Wyden met with Eugene health officials to talk about Zika research today (Tuesday). The Oregon Senator sought help and guidance from local officials in order to garner support around funding research for Zika.

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As part of a national campaign to stop the use of antibiotics in factory farm-raised meat, an Oregon advocacy group is targeting KFC chickens.

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District officials plan to replace the underground water system at Page Elementary School in Springfield. Six classrooms were found to have higher-than safe lead levels.

Lane Blood Center

Lane Blood Center in Eugene has issued an urgent plea for donations.

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Katelyn Carey is an Ashland nurse on a mission: to provide comfort and hope to people with breast cancer.

Eat your vegetables! It’s a refrain parents tell their children all the time.

Government guidelines recommend kids eat three to five servings of vegetables a day—as much as a cup of veggies with every meal. But are Oregon children eating any vegetables?

We sent reporter Jennifer Margulis on a mission to find out.

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HIV-aids kills more than 13,000 Americans every year. The Center for Disease Control estimates if every person knew their HIV status, there would be a 96 percent drop in the spread of the virus.

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St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County is in the early stages of creating housing for homeless youth. They want to renovate a church in south Eugene.

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Lane County’s Board of Commissioners wants to raise the tobacco sale age to 21. Earlier this month the board asked staff to develop a policy proposal. Local efforts may be a precursor to a statewide initiative.

Eugene Parents Lobby Theater To Show VAXXED

Jun 10, 2016
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Friday June 10th the documentary film VAXXED comes to the David Minor Theater in Eugene. The movie has been called controversial because it asserts the MMR vaccine may cause autism.

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The Eugene 4J School District found slightly elevated lead levels in water from a sink at Roosevelt Middle School Monday.  As of Tuesday, it’s providing bottled water out of what it calls an abundance of caution.

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Just in time for summer, when people want to go outside, grass pollen counts in the Willamette Valley are very high. That’s been hard on people with allergies.

OHSU’s primate research center in Beaverton has about 5,000 monkeys.

At any one time, about 120 experiments are being conducted, from developing a vaccine for hepatitis B to learning why some people handle HIV infections better than others.

A ‘Freedom Of Information’ request from the group, ‘Stop Animal Exploitation Now,’ has found that there have been nine serious problems at the center in the last 16 months.

Professor Matt Sanders is a clinical psychologist from University of Queensland in Australia. He developed the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program designed to enhance parental engagement, reduce stigma and encourage positivity.

The Oregon Association of Hospitals announced every health system in the state will now provide a cost estimate for any planned procedure.  

The initiative is expected to reduce “sticker shock” for potential patients.  They say it will help uninsured and out-of-network patients understand the potential costs for services.

Immunization rates are significantly up in Lane County, that's according to new data released today by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Lane County Public Health is getting the word out---mental health is just as important as physical well-being. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports on a community-wide project that encourages every citizen to “mind your mind.”

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People who identify as transgender are more at risk of contracting HIV-AIDS than any other demographic group. Transgender men and women say the biggest reason is a lack of specific information for their sexual behaviors. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, a unique event in a very public place in Eugene is designed to change that.


North Coast Opioid Summit Held In Seaside

May 1, 2016
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Oregon medical officials are looking at ways to curb and reduce the number of opioid deaths. Physicians and medical directors met at a summit in Seaside, Thursday, to discuss options.

Tiffany Eckert

Yesterday PeaceHealth Medical Center caregivers voted to ratify their first union contract. Members of the Service Employees International Union-Local 49 approved it- 533 to 11. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert met with hospital employees and union reps when the decision was announced.

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People who use Oregon and Washington’s Death with Dignity laws have, for years, used a high dose of sleeping pills to end their lives. But that medication has skyrocketed in price over the last year. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald has this personal perspective of a family member choosing to end their life.

Lane County Public Health has recognized seven diverse organizations that went the “extra mile” last year to help achieve healthy populations.

From clean drinking water to vaccination campaigns, public health impacts all people in all communities. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services.

Benton County health officials have confirmed an outbreak of norovirus at Oregon State University.


Oregon’s water is tested for suspended solids, certain chemicals, heavy metals, but not for pharmaceuticals. With prescription drug use on the rise --way too often-- unused meds end up in the landfill or flushed down the toilet. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports on how Lane County agencies are stepping up their message of what to do with unwanted drugs.

The mother of a University of Oregon freshman who died last February has filed a lawsuit against PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. The suit claims the hospital was negligent in treating Lauren Jones who died of Meningococcal disease.

Recorded on: March 10th, 2016

Unable to air on KLCC due to length.

Better Health at Lower Cost: What's a Community to Do? The Social Determinants of Our Health.

Guest Speaker: Joshus Freeman, MD

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Tobacco Use Age May Increase to 21 in Lane County

Mar 2, 2016
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Soon smokers in Lane County may have to wait until age 21 to buy tobacco. County Commissioners backed a proposal Tuesday night to raise the legal age.

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State public health officials are still looking into an outbreak of norovirus that was traced to raw oysters from Yaquina Bay. Oregon Oyster Farms of Newport has issued a recall of oysters with sell-by dates of February 19th through March 8th.

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