Health & Medicine http://nwpr.org en Virtual Urgent Care: The Doctor Will Skype You Now http://nwpr.org/post/virtual-urgent-care-doctor-will-skype-you-now <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Telemedicine has been around for a long time to connect rural health care providers to specialists in the big city. This month, Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System took telemedicine to a broader realm. It became one of the first hospital networks in the country to offer "virtual" urgent care. A video chat could replace a hectic trip to a medical clinic for a patient who prefers this convenience.</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:34:32 +0000 Tom Banse 34634 at http://nwpr.org Virtual Urgent Care: The Doctor Will Skype You Now Decision ‘Clears The Runway’ For Oregon Health Care Overhaul http://nwpr.org/post/decision-clears-runway-oregon-health-care-overhaul <p>Oregon health officials say Thursday&rsquo;s U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act &ldquo;clears the runway&rdquo; for big changes to the state&rsquo;s health care system. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 01:46:44 +0000 Colin Fogarty 10836 at http://nwpr.org Wash. Gubenatorial Candidates On Healthcare Decision http://nwpr.org/post/wash-gubenatorial-candidates-healthcare-decision <p>Both of Washington&rsquo;s gubernatorial candidates claimed victory today [Thursday] after the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Healthcare Act.</p><p>Republican candidate Rob McKenna was one of 26 Attorney Generals arguing that it was unconstitutional to force uninsured people to buy insurance. This morning [Thursday] the Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate is in fact constitutional. Democrats called it a defeat for McKenna. They said the decision could hurt his run for governor against Democratic Congressman Jay Inslee. But McKenna disagreed. KUOW&#39;s Leslie McClurg reports. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 01:26:59 +0000 Leslie McClurg 10834 at http://nwpr.org Sea Change In Cancer Treatment: Get On The Treadmill http://nwpr.org/post/sea-change-cancer-treatment-get-treadmill <p>When you get cancer, hopping on a treadmill is probably the last thing on your mind. But a growing pile of evidence shows exercise is precisely what doctors should advise you to do.</p><p>The American Cancer Society has released new guidelines urging patients to get active, even as they endure exhausting chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This is a big change, one that some believe isn&rsquo;t happening fast enough.</p><p>Laura Rosencrantz is a personal trainer for Inpower Fitness in Portland. She&rsquo;s certified to work with a specialized group, cancer patients. Sat, 02 Jun 2012 00:17:09 +0000 Julia Flucht 9319 at http://nwpr.org Sea Change In Cancer Treatment: Get On The Treadmill State Audit Finds Unexplained Gaps In Children's Mental Health Care http://nwpr.org/post/state-audit-finds-unexplained-gaps-childrens-mental-health-care <p>Oregon needs to do a better job at making sure that low-income children are getting the mental health services they&rsquo;re eligible for. That&#39;s the finding of a new audit by the Oregon Secretary of State&#39;s office.<br /><br />The report applauds the Oregon Health Authority for bringing tens of thousands of additional children into the Medicaid-funded Oregon Health Plan over the past three years.</p><p>But auditors found that some groups of children were using mental health services at a disproportionately low rate. They include girls under age 13, and Hispanic youth of all ages. Fri, 25 May 2012 23:48:17 +0000 Chris Lehman 8957 at http://nwpr.org State Audit Finds Unexplained Gaps In Children's Mental Health Care