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Searching for Signs of Bulimia

Searching for Signs of Bulimia

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jennifer had noticed a recent change in her daughter Kylie since Kylie’s 13th birthday. Kylie was once a rambunctious child who loved rough and tumble games with her two big brothers, a child who was seldom afraid to speak her mind. But lately, Kylie had become more withdrawn and touchy. Jennifer noticed that she was […]

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A Lucky Run: Shamrock Shares Dreams

A Lucky Run: Shamrock Shares Dreams

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Even with 35,000 openings, chances are that all the slots for Portland’s popular 36th Annual adidas Shamrock Run on March 16 will be taken by the time you read this. However, University of Portland student Alex Fleming claimed her spot early. She has been preparing to run in the 5-kilometer race for OHSU’s Doernbecher Children’s […]

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Back to the Gym

Back to the Gym

| December 27, 2013 | 4 Comments

It’s the late ’70s. I’ve had two adorable girls within 20 months of each other and it’s time to get back to the sweatbox. I mean the gym. The booming beat of “Y-M-C-A” blasts through the door from the aerobics class and hangs in the air; exit three slim beauties in trendy workout attire. “I […]

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Outwit Your Appetite

Outwit Your Appetite

| December 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you’ve ever polished off an entire bowl of potato chips while chit-chatting at a party, or plowed through a basket of tortilla chips before your entrée arrives, you might think you have little control over your appetite. Yet research shows that the drive to eat often doesn’t have much to do with actual hunger. […]

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My Diagnosis

My Diagnosis

| December 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

This was my fourth visit to the doctor’s office in a month, and it still smelled like hand sanitizer and sweat. As I followed my mom to that room, 309, I wondered, “What could be so important to Mom that she had to pull me out of school again? She NEVER does that!” I reached […]

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Fall Into Health & Balance

Fall Into Health & Balance

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Juggling priorities such as parenting, career, budgets and finding time for one’s loved ones leaves little time to even breathe, much less time to take care of oneself.  But the buildup of stress created by not paying attention to one’s basic physical, emotional and mental needs can contribute to serious health problems. Portland Family asked […]

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Is Your Teen Heart Healthy?

Is Your Teen Heart Healthy?

| September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

David Heller was a dedicated basketball player with many dreams. He attended Central Catholic High School here in Portland. After a league basketball game in 2005, David died in his sleep at only 17 years old from an enlarged heart, caused by a heart disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Eight years after the tragedy, David’s […]

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Attitude is Not Everything: On Being Bald.

Attitude is Not Everything: On Being Bald.

| September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s 4:00 a.m. and I wake up screaming. The house is on fire. My younger brother, sister and I are gathering up our favorite shoes and try to save the curtains for our mother. I’m not sure which mother. Meanwhile we feel the heat rising from the bottom floor. It’s hot, very hot. I fall […]

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BRCA Basics

BRCA Basics

| September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Last June, the Supreme Court of the United States released its unanimous ruling that human genes are not patentable. This decision in the case of Association for Molecular Pathology vs. Myriad Genetics, Inc., means is that that genetic testing for alterations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes will no longer be limited to one laboratory […]

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Hope and Healing

Hope and Healing

| September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Studies show that regular exercise can help breast cancer survivors live longer and reduce the risk of recurrence. It can also help survivors reclaim their sense of well-being. Here, three inspiring women reveal how pushing themselves after their breast cancer diagnoses made them stronger on every level. “My teammates inspired me.” Dale Parenti, 52 Seven […]

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