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Preparing for a climb into the clouds
Slow and steady. At 14,400 feet, that mantra can’t be beat. Neither can the views.

As someone who recently traveled to Peru, Dr. Richard Buck will tell you that those breathtaking sights are best enjoyed when your mind is open and your body is prepared.

Tagged in: Hiking Travel

141007OSMmethylisothiazolinone-smMethylisothiazolinone, or MI for short, is a common ingredient in many skin care products that can cause itchy rashes. A preservative that kills bacteria and prevents fungus from forming, MI can be found in shampoos, conditioners, dishwashing liquids, detergents, beauty products and baby wipes. It can also be found in some water-based paints.  

Methylchloroisothiazolinone, or MCI for short, is a similar ingredient that can also trigger rashes. Over the years, MI and MCI have been used in combination. But increasingly, MI is being used on its own and in greater concentrations.

Tagged in: Rash Skin

140915OSM cancerrisk-smGentlemen, let’s gather into a virtual huddle. None of us want to hear the worst news of all – a cancer diagnosis. So let’s have a no nonsense talk about the steps we can take to reduce our risk. It’s plain and simple, guys – doing each of these ten things consistently will greatly reduce your risk of dying from cancer. Here we go:

140902violetellis final smWhen Violet Ellis took up crocheting in the ‘70s, she was instantly and literally hooked. She found that sitting and knitting at the end of the day was a great way to relax, keep her hands busy and take her mind off any worries.

More than 30 years later — now a great grandmother — she’s knitted enough blankets, hats and slippers to warm an army. Friends, family and those who visit the Eugene Mission are frequent recipients of her handiwork. She’s even bequeathed her blankets to doctors and nurses at Oak Street Medical.


140818OSM helmesafety-smWhile driving and running around Eugene, I see a lot of people out riding bikes, many with helmets and many without. Good for you if you are one to always don head protection when hopping onto your bike. I often worry about the people who don’t.

When I see a patient for a check-up and we talk about preventive health measures, such as cancer screening, immunizations and checking cholesterol, I also ask about helmet use. This often catches people off guard, because it’s not something most doctors ask about. The truth is, wearing a helmet is an important yet easy way to prevent a catastrophic head injury. We should all — no matter what age or level of experience — wear helmets when cycling, in-line skating, skiing, snowboarding and even horseback riding.