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

Health

Oregon’s Menstrual Dignity Act Hits the Right-Wing Outrage Machine

Advocates for the bill, which puts tampons and other period supplies in school bathrooms, say its critics have completely missed the point—it’s about equity.

05/10/2022 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 Digital Vaccine Card Delayed till End of April

The state is now hoping to launch the optional, voluntary, $2.25 million effort in late April. It was initially set to roll out in early March.

04/07/2022 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

Coronavirus

Is this Really the End for Masks in Oregon?

The state says the indoor mask mandate can expire on March 31. But what that will look like in practice depends on where you live, work, and go to school.

02/08/2022 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

Omicron Hasn't Peaked in Oregon Yet, at Least Not According to Our Poop

Wastewater sampling has effectively identified a decline in Oregon's Omircon cases a few days before more official channels, but the results can lag.

01/19/2022 By Julia Silverman

Technology

Want to Find At-Home COVID Tests with Just One Click?

Portland-based Software Developer Scott Krager built 8tests.com to help with the search for at-home COVID tests—and in 24 hours, the site has taken off.

01/13/2022 By Julia Silverman

Fitness

Can I Still Be a Gym Bunny during Omicron?

Pandemic-weary (but resilient) Portland gyms and workout spaces are finding their own safe solutions.

01/11/2022 By Shannon Daehnke

Health

Wondering Whether Your Period Will Change after Your COVID Vaccine?

A new OHSU study has some reassuring answers.

01/06/2022 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

Omicron Is Changing a Lot—But Not the Way Oregon Collects Hospital Data

Despite the omicron variant's transmissibility, the state says it has no plans to break out the number of patients who show up at hospitals with COVID-19 versus for treatment from the virus.

01/05/2022 By Julia Silverman

PDX Index

How Much Does It Cost to Die in Oregon

Dying isn't cheap. Here's the average cost of funerals, cremation, caskets, and obituaries in Oregon state.

01/05/2022 By Cami Hughes

Health & Wellness

6 Portland-Made Picks for New Year's Self-Care

Vegan soaps, chemical-free candles, and herbal supplements, and more

12/31/2021 By Dalila Brent

Coronavirus

Omicron Has Arrived. Here's How Oregon's Responding.

Gov. Kate Brown on Friday outlined a big campaign to persuade residents to get booster shots to combat the fast-moving variant.

12/17/2021 By Julia Silverman

Vaccines

Where to Find a Booster Shot in the Portland Area

Eligible for a booster shot? There are clinics and pharmacies and doctor's offices for that.

12/15/2021 By Cami Hughes

Q+A

Oregon Clinics Are Bracing for the Supreme Court's Ruling on Roe v. Wade

The Lilith Clinic's Dr. Charlie Browne on getting ready to help women from the Midwest and the South, and why second-trimester care is so important.

12/07/2021 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

Oregon Is Getting Ready to Debut a Digital Vaccine Card

Use of the proof-of-vaccination card will be voluntary and optional, and there are no plans for a statewide vaccine passport requirement, officials say.

12/02/2021 By Julia Silverman

Light a Fire

How 4 Nonprofits Stepped Up in the Pandemic

Vaccine clinics, mental health hotlines, hot meals, business support—these groups got help to those who most needed it.

11/30/2021 By Julia Silverman and Margaret Seiler