May, 2012

May 1, 2012

Hang gliding, drag racing, sky diving, bungee jumping, volcano boarding — people of all ages engage in extreme sports like these. The fun is in the danger, and, for some, the more danger the better. A group of Oregon researchers recently published a study about a dangerous activity that pre-teens…
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May 1, 2012

We are finishing up our discussion of a study that was recently published in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers surveyed 5,400 Oregon eighth-graders about their experiences with the choking game. Players either strangle themselves or have someone else strangle them to cut off the flow of blood and oxygen to the…
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May 1, 2012

The heartbreaking effects of Alzheimer’s disease have been well-documented. For families in Oregon that are concerned about the health of older loved ones, the mere suspicion that something is wrong is stressful; a doctor’s news that the brain scan confirmed the diagnosis can be devastating. It was with interest, then,…
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May 1, 2012

The results of a study published this month in the American Journal of Surgery will certainly strike some of us as counterintuitive. The researchers looked at the effect of sleep deprivation on surgical residents and found that sleepiness does not affect performance of a previously learned task. For patients at…
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May 1, 2012

One of the most disconcerting things to see as you are wheeled into surgery is your surgeon yawning. The worry is not that the surgeon will fall asleep during the procedure; it is that the surgeon is not at his or her best. We assume that a sleepy surgeon is…
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May 1, 2012

It’s been just a little more than a year since Bret Michaels filed a lawsuit against the organizers of the Tony Awards. The singer suffered a serious head injury in 2009 after he and his band Poison performed on the live telecast. Just this week, the parties announced they had reached a…
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May 1, 2012

The Albany Fire Department gathered together personnel from a number of local police and fire departments earlier this month to practice performing water rescues on the Calapooia and Willamette rivers. Anticipating a number of fatal accidents, the department’s fire chief characterized the weeks leading up to Memorial Day as the beginning…
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May 1, 2012

Although Segway vehicles are not as popular as motorcycles, riders are still vulnerable because they lack the protection of a car body around them. Cities like Portland are replete with Segway tours, which allow visitors to see landmarks without exhausting walks. It is for this reason that drivers need to…
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May 1, 2012

The victim was 35 years old when she died of a gunshot wound in 1981. Her children were 15, 14 and 12. The three, now in their 40′s, believe their mother’s boyfriend at the time, a former police officer, was responsible for her death, but the criminal justice system disagreed. In…
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