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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.  


UgandaCollageUganda is a landlocked country of 37 million people located in the Nile Basin of East Africa. It is one of the poorest countries in the world and a nation with a sad history of suffrage under the dictatorship of Idi Amin and the brutality of the Lord’s Resistance Army.

It is a country in which there are only 2.3 physicians per 10,000 people, and the average life expectancy is just 57 years. Sixty-nine out of every 1,000 children will not live to see their 5th birthday.


140721osm raftingsafety smA great way to have fun and stay cool is to float the river on hot summer days. It's an enjoyable way to spend time with family and friends and a good reason to get outside and reconnect with nature.

Here are 10 tips to staying safe and being responsible on the river: