Health & Wellness

Health

A New Blood Donation Center in Beaverton Wants to Pay You for Your Platelets

The ‘spa-like’ facility has flat-screen TVs, snacks, and beverages. Will this new model help mitigate Oregon’s blood shortage crisis?

08/15/2022 By Michelle Harris

Health news

Monkeypox Is On the Rise in Oregon

There are 89 confirmed or presumptive cases in Oregon, the bulk of which are in Multnomah County. Here's what to know about vaccines and more.

08/09/2022 By Michelle Harris

Drugs

Psychedelic Mushrooms Will Be Going Back to Some Oregon Ballots this November

Two dozen counties in Oregon are asking voters to once again weigh in on legalizing psilocybin centers

08/05/2022 By Michelle Harris

Coronavirus

A New COVID Vaccine Is Headed for Oregon this Fall

About 76 percent of the state’s residents got at least an initial dose of a COVID vaccine. Here's how public health officials are gearing up for this round.

08/04/2022 By Julia Silverman

Wellness

Six Portland Spa Treatments You’ve Never Heard Of (But Might Need)

From oxygen facials to sound healing to goat happy hour (what?!), these local wellness centers offer the latest in self-care regimens.

08/04/2022 By Michelle Harris

Summer

5 Oregon-Made Sunscreens for the Dog Days of Summer

From Portland to Bend, these brands from the Beaver State have you covered when it comes to sun protection.

07/21/2022 By Julia Silverman

Nature

Multnomah County Is Facing Its Largest Mosquito Outbreak since 2010

And ecologists say the worst is yet to come from these insects that can cause itchy bugbites, malaria, and West Nile virus. Gulp.

07/13/2022 By Julia Silverman

COVID-19

CDC Recommends Masking in Multnomah as BA. 5 Spreads

The CDC says people in high risk counties, including in the Portland area, should consider wearing a mask indoors as local authorities track the new variants.

07/12/2022 By Fiona McCann and Julia Silverman

Performance

How I Learned to Hula-Hoop from Cirque du Soleil Artists

In Portland for their production of ‘Alegría,’ the world's greatest contortionists face their toughest challenge yet.

06/29/2022 By Conner Reed

Swimming

Not Signed Up for Swim Lessons in Portland Yet? There’s Still Hope

Expect to see "full," "waitlist," and "members only" messages, but there are still some spots available or coming online soon at Portland parks, gyms, and more.

06/10/2022 By Margaret Seiler

health news

Worried About Monkeypox in Oregon?

We talked to a local expert to find out more about the global outbreak and what it means for the Beaver State.

06/07/2022 By Fiona McCann

Cannabiz

This New Company Makes Products for Womb Health with Oregon Weed

Xula, a Latin and Black-owned CBD brand based in Mexico City, creates tinctures and creams for period pain and menopause, with cannabinoid combinations.

05/26/2022 By Dalila Brent

Reproductive Rights

After the Roe v. Wade Leak, a Deluge of Support for Oregon-Based Abortion Funds

One group estimates that Oregon could see a 234 percent rise in the number of out-of-state abortion seekers. These groups are gearing up to help.

05/13/2022 By Shannon Daehnke

Reproductive Health

What Happens to Abortion Access in Oregon if Roe Versus Wade is Overturned?

Roe v. Wade is enshrined in law in the Beaver State. That doesn't necessarily mean there's no cause for concern.

05/03/2022 By Fiona McCann

COVID-19

Oregon’s Long-Awaited Digital Vaccine Card is Finally Here

The Oregon Health Authority launched the long-delayed, $2.45 million initiative to little fanfare at the end of April.

04/29/2022 By Fiona McCann and Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

COVID Cases Are Rising Again in Oregon. OHA’s Doctors Say You Shouldn’t Panic.

COVID-19 cases are going up, thanks to the very transmissible omicron subvariant BA2—but the health care system is in better shape this time around.

04/20/2022 By Julia Silverman

Hot Tub Time Machines

Hot Tub Rentals, Delivered to Your Backyard, Are a Thing in Portland Now

Portland Hot Tub Rental delivers personal spa tubs to the backyards of Rose City residents for as little as a week and as long as a month.

04/12/2022 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

For Oregonians Who’ve Never Had COVID, Is a Bout with the Virus Inevitable?

With BA.2 on the horizon, those who’ve managed to escape getting COVID-19 might be wondering how much longer they can dodge the virus. An OHSU doctor weighs the landscape.

03/21/2022 By Julia Silverman

Fitness

This New Nonprofit Aims to Uplift BIPOC Fitness Instructors in the PNW

At some Portland boutique fitness studios, there's a new focus on representation.

03/18/2022 By Julia Silverman

Nonprofits

A Newly Designed Women’s Shelter Opens Its Doors in Portland

Rose Haven’s newly expanded shelter, which measures 9,700 square feet, is a light and airy space that draws on trauma-informed design principles.

03/08/2022 By Michelle Harris