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Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear

January 31, 2009 --

Weekend Health Quick Quote:

HealthDay News — When used to treat pain, acupuncture offers only limited relief that may not be clinically relevant.  So say Danish researchers who examined data from 13 acupuncture pain studies that included more than 3,000 patients. The studies compared real acupuncture, placebo acupuncture and no acupuncture for a wide range of painful conditions such as knee osteoarthritis, migraine, low back pain and postoperative pain.

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Nature Watching…It is Amazing!

January 30, 2009 --

Guest Submission

A nuthatch takes a sunflower seed from your bird feeder. You watch as it flies to a nearby branch, and, using its beak, hammers the seed open. (Its name, “nuthatch,” is derived from nut hack or nut hatchet because of this behavior.)

You watch it repeat this action over and over, one seed at a time. What is your reaction? Does this bring a smile to your face? Do you feel more at ease?

Those few moments spent watching the nuthatch are valuable. Maybe you learned something new about how a nuthatch feeds, or maybe it simply brought a moment of calmness and satisfaction. Whatever your response, you benefitted from observing that small part of nature.

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Volunteers in Oregon, the backbone of our economy

January 29, 2009 --

by Kay Helbling

The backbone of the U.S. economy is not stocks and bonds or even low unemployment rates and productivity levels, the backbone of the economy is the volunteer. No one understands that more than the stay-at-home moms or even working moms for that matter. If we’d have to pay workers to perform the hours that are given freely by those who deliver food to the needy, care for the elderly, coach the children, or teach the students, our markets competitive edge in the global community would take a beating.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics, without volunteers we’d be paying over 60 million people who performed over 8.1 billion hours of service last year.  I’ll do the math. At the estimated U.S. volunteer labor rate of approximately $20 an hour, that is $162 billion of saved salaries. And that is just those reported service hours.

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Adventures in E-cycling

January 28, 2009 --

By Erika Weisensee

The beginning of a new year is always a good time to get organized. Motivated to start actually using my home office again, I spent some time these past few weekends sorting through papers and photos and other random stuff that clutters my intended workspace. I filed things away, put photos in a storage box, rearranged bookshelves, and boxed up things I no longer wanted.

My husband helped out, sorting through his own papers and reorganizing the desk drawers. As we were doing this, we realized that our once tidy office had become a depository for broken or obsolete electronics. Our den was an e-graveyard!

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Fiber: If you’re on a roll…make sure its whole wheat

January 27, 2009 --

If you’re on a roll…make sure its whole wheat
Fiber and Your Health.
By Olivia C. Rossi, RN, MSN, ACSM,

You’ve heard it before.  Eat more fiber.  Do you know why?  Do you know what it is?  Do you think you need more fiber as you get older?  Are you aware of the health benefits of fiber, the types of fiber and how much you need each day?  I’m going to answer these questions for you and also give you some specific “fiber options” that you can make a part of your day because fiber is an essential ingredient of a healthy diet.

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Oregon’s lipstick revolution — The story of Abigail Scott Duniway

January 26, 2009 --

By Naomi Inman

A little lipstick goes a long way.  If you voted in this last election, you can thank Abigail Scott Duniway, Oregon’s architect of women’s suffrage, who lived one of the most remarkable lives I’ve ever known.  On the day she was born in 1834, her mother sobbed over the fact that she had brought another woman in the world, to endure a life “almost too grievous to be borne”—that is, the life of a woman.

Yet Abigail’s life work amounted to a reversal of this gloomy forecast.  A product of both the tragedy and triumph of the Oregon Trail, Abigail landed in the Willamette Valley in 1852 at age 18, where she lived out 63 faithful and furious years.  She married a good man, had six children, farmed hundreds of acres, churned butter, taught school, wrote weekly articles, wrote a novel, established a millinery shop and other business, and established a weekly newspaper.  She did all this by her late thirties and was only getting started.

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Certain Facial Injuries Point to Domestic Violence

January 24, 2009 --

Quote of the Week
Provided by Daily Health News

“Distinct patterns of facial injury occur in women who suffer domestic violence, U.S. researchers report.  The findings could help health-care workers identify victims of intimate partner violence, they added.   Dr. Oneida A. Arosarena, of the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and colleagues reviewed the medical and dental records of 326 women (average age 35) treated for facial trauma. Of the 45 (13.8 percent) patients who were assault victims, 18 were documented victims of domestic abuse, while 24 of the 26 remaining assault victims could not or did not identify their attackers.   Other common causes of facial injuries among the women in the study included motor vehicle crashes (42.6 percent), falls (21.5 percent), and unknown or undocumented causes (10.7 percent). The researchers found that assault was typically associated with jaw (mandible) fractures, complicated cheekbone fractures (zygomatic complex fractures), cracks or breaks in bones surrounding the eyes (orbital blow-out fractures), and brain injury.”

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Did You Say Karaoke? I Should Have Known!

January 23, 2009 --

Submitted by: Gienie Assink, Springfield Oregon

You know what I love BEST about Thursday nights??

You guessed it.. AH HAH… Karaoke at The Embers Bar and Grill off of Hwy 99 in Eugene.

Soo…I’m sure you have all gathered by now, I’m a little “loud” natured, and you could also probably guess the crowd I hang with rolls the same way. 

So what do loud people do in their spare time! We Karaoke of COURSE

Now, I’m SURE there are other places around Oregon that have Karaoke on Thursdays.. BUT in my humble opinion…The Embers is the best! Why.. you ask??

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Portland’s hottest fashion show—a thrift shop

January 22, 2009 --

Submitted by Kay Helbling

The Albertina Kerr Center in Portland is not a high end fashion boutique. It’s a thrift shop. It does not staff successful retail buyers. Instead, the Center is predominantly run by over 400 volunteers. Clothing is not adorned by runway models. Instead, you’ll find volunteers—ordinary men and women who’ve kept themselves in extraordinary shape. So, what makes it one of the most successful and “in demand” showings in town? I would sum it up in two words: purpose and poise.

Albertina Restaurant’s daily lunches and fashion shows have become the place to have lunch in Portland. Patrons enter a building filled with history. It opened its doors in 1907 as the Albertina Kerr Nursery, a protective home for abandoned children and providing adoptions of newborns.  

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Reinvigorating Date Night

January 21, 2009 --

By Erika Weisensee

I first heard the term “date night” about a decade ago when I was just out of college and dating my husband. We went to movies and concerts and sports events and out to eat and out with friends whenever we wanted. Back then, the concept of “date night” seemed strange to me. I almost pitied couples that had to make such a concentrated effort to spend time together. Now, I understand it.

Life happened. We got married, bought a house, assumed more responsibility at work, and had a baby. Along the way, dating gave way to seemingly more and more frequent trips to Home Depot. But, like a wise family member told me after I became a mother, “You’ve got to make time for each other.” We took that advice, recently becoming believers in a ritual we once thought unnecessary.

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