February, 2012

February 1, 2012

The Oregon Legislature is back in session, but only for a short time. This is an even-numbered year, and that means the session cannot exceed 35 days. According to the governor, that is not enough time to tackle medical malpractice liability reform. Gov. John Kitzhaber was responding to a challenge from Republican…
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February 1, 2012

“If you can’t stand the heat, you’d better get out of the kitchen,” President Harry S. Truman famously said. He was referring to the pressure of making political decisions. The quotation remains memorable, decades after it was uttered. But the cooking imagery almost seems tepid compared to the blood-and-guts, life-and-death…
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February 1, 2012

A hospital stay can be scary, but we go through with it anyway. We want to get better. No matter how many stories we hear, we do not expect to leave the hospital worse off than when we came in; neither do we expect to pick up a potentially fatal…
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February 1, 2012

Portland drug stores may be swamped this weekend by parents who are returning bottles of Johnson & Johnson’s Infants’ Tylenol. The company issued a nationwide recall this week when it realized the recent redesign of the bottle is defective. About 574,000 units were in stores or consumers’ medicine cabinets at the…
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February 1, 2012

An $8 million wrongful death suit was filed in Multnomah County, Ore., Circuit Court on Feb. 9, 2012, by the relatives of two 53-year-old women slain in a 2010 murder-suicide in Gresham, Ore. The person who caused the deaths – and also that of his wife – was a 47-year-old…
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