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Expert column: Responding to fear with action: COVID is wellness pressure test

PORTLAND — COVID-19 is the pressure test for wellness across all institutions and communities. The virus has brought with it the fear, anticipatory anxiety, loss of control and a sense of hopelessness that can undermine a person's emotional and physical well-being over time. Read more

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Column: COVID-19 brought unforeseeable challenges for hospital systems

When Deschutes County’s first case of COVID-19 was announced at a press conference March 11, Dr. Jeff Absalon stood before a room of reporters and elected officials and assured the community that St. Charles Health System was ready. Read more

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Neighborhood watch group helps La Grande's vulnerable residents

LA GRANDE — The homebound of La Grande may be shut in, but they are not being shut out during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more

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How to connect during social distancing, especially for vulnerable populations

When was the last time you felt truly connected? Read more

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Dental industry changes with COVID-19

LA GRANDE — Like the medical industry, the dental industry faced changes in light of COVID-19. Changes in policy and procedure in the dentist office are underway all across the nation, including at offices in La Grande, to protect patients and employees. Read more

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Dentists deal with restrictions on procedures due to COVID-19

Dentists know quite a lot about pain. Read more

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Wallowa County’s Winding Waters Community Health Center reinvents the horse and buggy

A century ago, a rural doctor often was a lone practitioner who might have traveled by horse and buggy, rendering care to patients in their homes. At the end of a long day and a longer night, the physician sometimes fell asleep and the horse dutifully took the buggy and doctor home. Read more

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St. Charles cardiologist answers the call for doctors in rural areas

Like he listens to the rhythm of a heart, Dr. Bruce McLellan concentrates on the engine clicks in his Cessna P210 to identify any irregularities. Read more

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Staying on top of heart disease

LA GRANDE — Heart disease causes 1 in 4 deaths each year in the United States, making heart health a top priority at many hospitals and doctors' offices. . Read more

Being ready for unexpected health problems while traveling abroad

Scott Fairley could outwalk most other mortals. Read more

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