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Early start for flu season

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN)– Federal health officials say nearly every state is dealing with the flu. The CDC released its latest report on the virus’s activity Monday. Flu season got off to an early start this year and is already considered deadly. According …

Motorcyclists ride for National COPD Awareness Month

ASHLAND, Ore.– November is National COPD Awareness Month. So for the first time ever, local motorcyclists rode from Ashland to Medford to raise awareness. Hosted by Lincare and D&S Harley Davidson, riders wore orange ribbons to signify chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. According …

New data shows STDs at an all-time high in JaCo

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — Sexually transmitted diseases continue to rise across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its latest report shows the highest increase in the three most commonly reported cases the CDC has ever seen. Jackson …

Businesses worry about possible vaping ban

MEDFORD, Ore. –Brent Kenyon has been running “Oregon Original” in Medford for two years. As an oil and product manufacturer of cannabis, their product is used in vape pens. He says their products are state-regulated and safety is their top priority. Kenyon …

Oregon agency supports flavored e-cig ban, businesses prepare

MEDFORD, Ore.– The Trump administration’s proposed federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes has received the support of Oregon’s state health agency. The Oregon Health Authority weighed in on the health concerns surrounding vaping and e-cigarettes and announced on Thursday it supports the ban. Some retail …

The flu virus might be living on your phone

MEDFORD, Ore. — The average cellphone user touches their phone over 2600 times a day, and health experts say it could be a breeding ground for germs. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than six million people have been hit …

Central Medford life expectancy rate 66 years

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority put out a research study on Monday that shows Central Oregon has the lowest life expectancy rate in the State. The states average is 79.6 years whereas central Medford falls nearly 13 years under that …

Oregon health care providers adopt new opioid Rx guidelines

Medford, Ore. — Oregon doctors say new guidelines for prescribing opioids will save lives. A task force recently announced it’s adopting the CDC’s guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. It includes its outline for evaluation, consultation and documentation. “They’ve spent years …