January, 2012

January 1, 2012

The Oregon Medical Board suspended a Northeast Portland doctor’s license a year ago, but she will soon face further complications. According to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office, the doctor is the subject of a grand jury investigation into a surgery that resulted in a patient’s death. The panel will decide if…
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January 1, 2012

The parents of a 5-year-old girl will move forward with their medical malpractice lawsuit against their daughter’s doctor, thanks to an appellate court. The parents claim that the doctor failed to diagnose the little girl’s cancer when they first brought it to the physician’s attention. That was just after she was born, her…
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January 1, 2012

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report this week that includes some surprising data about binge drinking. The CDC classifies binge drinking as a public health issue, and the agency has the data to back up the claim. Studies show that binging costs more than 40,000…
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January 1, 2012

We often talk about the special risks drivers face on roads in less urban areas of Oregon. On U.S. Highway 101 in Warrenton, in the northwest corner of the state, motorists may soon notice school buses making stops in the highway lanes to load and unload students. Everyone on that…
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January 1, 2012

The study shows that driving with a cold is as bad as driving after four double shots of whiskey. Among the risky behaviors are diminished reaction time and trouble negotiating curves. Sick drivers also tend to brake suddenly. One driver tells the story of being pulled over by a state…
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January 1, 2012

Another retired NFL player’s life has ended tragically. State police in Polk County, Oregon report that Michael Current’s body was found last week in a national park. The 66-year-old reportedly shot himself in the head. Officials say Current had complained of symptoms related to traumatic brain injury for some time. At six-foot-five…
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January 1, 2012

We are continuing our discussion of Michael Current’s recent suicide. A professional football player during the ’60s and ’70s, Current often complained of headaches and other symptoms consistent with a brain injury. He was in the middle of a serious criminal matter in Oregon when he died earlier this month, but…
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January 1, 2012

Driving up the coast of Oregon can be terrifying if you run into fog. The road disappears, sound is distorted and you lose all sense of direction. If you add smoke from a nearby brush fire to that, you have the conditions that led to a pileup on the East…
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