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Teen’s spring break nightmare

Ashley Elton survives toxic shock

MCMC infection rates low

Federal study misrepresents data

In-home care agency expands to TD

Helping Hands Home Care Northwest HHHC of Portland added a branch office in The Dalles in November, expanding their service area to include Wasco and Sherman counties as well as Hood River county. Company president Toby Forsberg said in a news release, “In a growth industry and with the demand we have seen throughout our service territory, it made perfect sense to add a branch in the growing communities of Hood River and The Dalles.

Health department: Measles vaccination rate case for concern

BEND (AP) — The vaccination rate for measles in Oregon has fallen low enough to cause a state public health official to worry about the spread of the highly infectious disease. The vaccination rate among toddlers has been falling in Oregon for 15 years as an increasing percentage of parents claim either religious or philosophical exemptions from state vaccination requirements.

Go red events planned

Heart disease kills more women each year than all forms of cancer combined and organizers of the annual Go Red campaign have put together a variety of activities and programs to fight back.

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Medical scare changes woman’s life

Mother of two has made exercise a priority

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Family fights bad heart history

Diet, exercise play key role in battle

Ask Dr. K: Addiction risk from painkillers is usually low

DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor has prescribed prescription painkillers — opioids — for my severe back pain. They relieve my pain, but how can I reduce my risk of becoming hooked? DEAR READER: Simply being aware of the risk of addiction is a good first step in ensuring that you do not become addicted to prescription painkillers. I’ll explain a little bit about painkillers. Then I’ll describe some steps you can take to prevent addiction.

Health worker training course available free

The Nuestra Comunidad Sana, a program of The Next Door, is bringing Community Health Worker (CHW) training to the gorge region. Participants who complete the rigorous 90 hour course requirements are eligible for certification as CHWs in Oregon.

Portland agency to serve Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties

A Portland based in-home care company has added a branch in Hood River, and will be serving The Dalles, Hood River and surrounding areas. Helping Hands Home Care NW president Toby Forsberg said in a press release, “In a growth industry with the demand we have seen throughout our service territory, it made sense to add a branch in the communities of Hood River and The Dalles.

Letter to the editor: Don’t let fear rule

To the editor: After reading the letters to the editor regarding the tie plant, it becomes quite obvious that “fear” rules the thinking (It’s the What Ifs). It’s not “rocket science” to correct the problem!

Letter to the editor: Stay healthy

To the editor: Each year 1 of every 3 women die from heart disease or stroke compared to 1 in 30 from breast cancer.

Psychological first aid training available

The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps is hosting a Psychological First Aid Training in The Dalles on Friday, Jan, 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue.

Health district split proceeding

Kathy Schwartz, a former director of the then-Wasco-Sherman Health Department, has volunteered to help Wasco County as it prepares to leave the regional public health district. Schwartz, an RN with a master’s degree in public health administration, joined the department in 1991 and was its director from 1999 to 2007. She still works in health care locally.

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Rethinking obesity

Childhood obesity local “epidemic,” state taskforce seeks cause, cure

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