A Healthcare Game Even Ron Wyden Can Play

OK, it was a stellar three-day weekend, and nobody's ready to be back at work. Here's an online time-killer that can help waste three minutes of your afternoon and get you pissed off again about the state of American healthcare. The time peg? As Jeff Mapes reports, a town-hall meeting Sunday with U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in Forest Grove got interrupted by surgical mask-wearing protesters ...   More
Tuesday, May 26, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

One Senator Just Says No to Smoking Candy

Do not be alarmed, Portland, this is only a test. Along with Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio, we are a test market for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco's latest attempt to cash in on the smokeless tobacco sales boom, as WW reported last week. This isn't tobacco you chew and spit though. No, no no, the Camel Orb's are candy. And according to U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), every design element was nefariously ...   More
Friday, May 22, 2009 Megan Brescini

Fashion with a hint of panic

Who knew shielding half your face from the dreaded swine flu could be so fashionable? The pandemic of panic surrounding the mutated flu has created an entirely new must-have accessory—the face mask. Companies like MedExSupply may have simply had too much time on their hands when its worker bees found rubber gloves and face masks in all colors of the rainbow (some featuring Disney characters) ...   More
Friday, May 1, 2009 Heather Morse

Local Schools Respond to Swine Flu

Portland Public Schools is telling students, teachers and parents to take precautions to prevent the spread of swine flu. One local school, Sabin K-8 in Northeast Portland, is going a step further. ----- Forwarded Message ---- From: "sabinpta@comcast.net" To: sabinpta@comcast.net Cc: Richard Schafer Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2009 1:41:03 PM Subject: Global Experience Event - Thursday, May ...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Multnomah County Reports First Probable Case of Swine Flu

Oregon health officials are reporting their first probable case of swine flu - and it's right here in Multnomah County. What few details that there are about this case are here, as are these helpful tips for prevention: Covering your cough or sneeze (with inside of elbow or sleeve, not hand) Frequent hand-washing Staying home when you are sick Avoid bringing sick children to public places ...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2009 HANK STERN

First Came Swine Flu, Now Come the Scams

As if swine flu wasn't scary enough, now Attorney General John Kroger is warning (PDF) about scams inspired by the disease. Kroger's office is encouraging people to be vigilant about screening e-mails from unknown sources and not to follow links to bogus medical sites or sites that pitch defenses against swine flu. "We are trying to warn people before they get burned by these scams, because ...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Budget Cuts Cause County Immunization Clinic to Reduce Walk-In Hours And Move

The community immunization clinic for Multnomah County will move from Northeast Portland to 426 SW Stark Street downtown and reduce its walk-in hours from two days a week to one day a week. The Health Department's Immunization Clinic, now at 5329 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. will join some of the department's other offices — starting June 22 — on the third floor at 426 SW Stark ...   More
Monday, June 8, 2009 Katie Litvin

NW Oregon Labor Council Backs Single-Payer Health Plan

More bad news for U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon's embattled health care plan: The largest central labor council in Oregon has endorsed House Resolution 676, the single-payer health care bill introduced by Michigan Congressman John Conyers. Here's the council's explanation of why single-payer is the best plan. For Wyden's views on a so-called public option and how it fits with his Healthy ...   More
Monday, July 13, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Protesters Demand Wyden Include A Public Health Care Option

Dozens of protesters chanted outside Sen. Ron Wyden's office (1220 SW 3rd Avenue) this afternoon for 30 minutes to demand the Oregon Democrat consider a public health care option. Wyden has worked for a long time on a health care system overhaul, as he explained in this WW interview, in hopes of providing individuals with more and cheaper health care options. But he has taken a good deal of ...   More
Thursday, July 9, 2009 Katie Litvin


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