Kidneys are the most transplanted organ, and the most available organ. However, the shortages are growing worse as the need increases. Oftentimes, family can match and donate to members of their own family. This is one of those stories, which occurred in mid July at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland.
An increasing number of Americans, like Baker’s donor, are giving their spare kidney to someone they don’t know. With organ waiting lists getting longer and donations dropping since 2009, these altruistic donations are rare signs of optimism in the face of a growing shortage.
The full-day event, held Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, included a kilted mile-run, fiddling contests, whiskey tasting, and – the biggest attraction – heavy athletic competitions, where participants toss telephone pole-sized logs and chuck massive hammers and rocks into the air.
The Centers for Disease Control released a report Thursday that put Oregon’s healthy-life expectancy after 65 — the time after retirement-age that one can expect to stay healthy — at 15 years, ranking it with the top quarter of U.S. states.
House Bill 3162 would have required toy manufacturers to disclose the presence of 19 “high priority chemicals of concern for children’s health” in their products, and the Oregon Health Authority would have had to maintain and post a list of the chemicals.
The 20 top prescription drugs that paid off their rivals to keep generics off the market resulted in average delays of five years that left patients paying up to 33 times as much for brand names, according to a report released Thursday from the Oregon State Public Interest Group and Community Catalyst.
Five years ago, Nicholas Robbins couldn’t find much to complain about.
"I have a decent job, I work a lot of hours, I make pretty good money — what else is there?" Robbins, now 36, remembers thinking.
Until the recession, he was happy enough as a financial manager in car sales, a career he stumbled into after high school. Then he lost his job.
He had more than a decade of experience, but a new job didn’t materialize. Car companies weren’t hiring. So after what felt like endless rejections, Robbins turned to a notion he had preserved only as a pipe dream: becoming a doctor.