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Mercy, Blue Shield contract still in dispute (1)

November 21, 2014 — 

Mercy Medical Center officials said Wednesday they believed they had reached a contract agreement with Regence Blue Shield. On Thursday, Blue Shield officials begged to differ. Mercy spokeswoman Kathleen Nickel …

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Ask a Dietitian: How to keep fruit, vegetable count up in winter (2)

November 19, 2014 — 

Q: Now that the summer fruits and vegetables are finished, I am not sure I’m getting all the vitamins, like vitamin C, and nutrition I need in the winter. Help. …

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Ford Family Foundation awards $5 million for OHSU cancer program (3)

November 13, 2014 — 

The Roseburg-based Ford Family Foundation has awarded a $5 million grant to the Oregon Health and Science University’s Knight Cancer Institute in Portland. The institute will use the money to …

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Your Health: Flu is more dangerous than common cold (4)

November 12, 2014 — 

“The flu” or seasonal influenza, is the illness caused by the influenza virus. In the U.S., flu season occurs in the fall and winter, usually reaching its peak from late …

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Mental Health: Breast cancer impacts mental health (5)

November 5, 2014 — 

As October came to an end, we were left with another joining together for breast cancer awareness. All over this county people have given their time, money and tears to …

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Mercy staff gear up for Ebola but say a case unlikely in Douglas County (6)

October 29, 2014 — 

Though no Ebola cases have surfaced in Oregon, nurses and doctors at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg are training on how to prevent the African illness from spreading if they …

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Mercy, Blue Shield contract dispute could mean bigger hospital bills (7)

October 22, 2014 — 

A hospital visit could get a lot more expensive for Douglas County patients with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plans next year. Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg and Regence Blue …

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Ask the Dietitian: Is diet soda better than regular? (8)

October 15, 2014 — 

Q:Which is better, a regular soda or diet soda? A: Let’s start with regular soda ingredients. A 12-ounce can of cola will contain carbonated water for fizz, approximately 38 grams …

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Health briefs: Boot camp moves indoors (9)

October 15, 2014 — 

DOUGLAS COUNTY Medicare help line offered Mercy Medical Center has launched a help line to help patients weigh their options when choosing a Medicare plan. The new help line, serviced …

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Your Health: Pink everyone’s color in October (10)

October 8, 2014 — 

Everyone looks good in pink during the month of October. That’s because there’s a universal meaning and understanding behind the color. October is, and has been for almost 30 years, …

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Mental Health: Adolescent mental health issues are often undiagnosed (11)

October 1, 2014 — 

“How do I know if my child’s behavior is normal for a teenager, or if it is something I should be worried about?” At some point or another, every parent …

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Health briefs: ‘Dig Hope’ fundraiser set Oct. 14 (12)

October 1, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG RHS volleyball team digs hope The Roseburg High School volleyball team will hold its annual “Dig Hope” event to raise money for Douglas County Cancer Services. Members of the …

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Mental Health: How marijuana can affect your mind (13)

October 1, 2014 — 

Many of the medications prescribed by physicians have come from plants. The ancient Egyptians used autumn crocus to treat joint pain, whereas modern physicians have used colchicine extracted from the …

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Myrtle Creek cancer patient gets last-wish Tom Petty concert (14)

October 1, 2014 — 

MYRTLE CREEK — Since she was in high school, Tiffany Copelin, 30, has loved listening to Tom Petty songs. So when her best friend called to say she had tickets …

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Breast cancer survivor to model at fashion show on Sunday (15)

September 24, 2014 — 

Teaching fitness classes at the YMCA of Douglas County was Shirley Northcraft’s version of retirement. She was in good shape and came from a family that’s cancer free. So she …

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Health Journeys: Man working back to Marine fitness (16)

September 24, 2014 — 

Meet Miguel Ramirez. Miguel was born in a small town in Mexico and moved to California with his family when he was 2 years old. Now, 47 years later, he …

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Baby with big heart Baylee Roles still waiting for heart transplant (17)

September 17, 2014 — 

She’s been dubbed the “little girl with the great big heart” by family and supporters. It’s a name which fits 6-month-old Baylee Brynn Roles especially well, suiting both her sunny …

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Safe Travels: Drivers and cyclists must be aware and follow the rules of the road to be safe (18)

September 17, 2014 — 

Drivers and cyclists make mistakes that contribute to crashes, but when a crash happens involving a cyclist and a vehicle, it is often the cyclist who is injured or killed. …

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Ask the Dietitian: Vitamins can’t beat vegetables (19)

September 17, 2014 — 

Question: I recently saw an advertisement which said people should take vitamins because most Americans aren’t getting all the nutrients they need from food alone. Do you agree? Are vitamins …

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To Your Health: Addiction can be treated (20)

September 10, 2014 — 

Fifteen percent of Douglas County adults drink alcohol excessively. For women, that is defined as consuming an average of more than two alcoholic beverages per day. For men it means …

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