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Pulse of Oregon is a quarterly magazine covering healthcare and healthy living in Central and Eastern Oregon.

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Staying fit and enjoying the outdoors go hand-in-hand. During the warm months, the time we spend outside helps to maintain our fitness and improve our mental state by leaps and bounds. The summer allows for more outdoor activities than other seasons, and, while you may miss snow occasionally, the temperatures are ripe for intense outdoor activity. For those who do love snow, you can flip the seasonal advice below and apply it to your preferred active months. Read moreUse winter to improve outdoor sport weaknesses

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, non-urgent medical care took a back seat to prioritize more pressing needs and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Now, almost a year later, an awful lot of people have fallen behind on cancer screenings, perhaps unaware of test options and how health centers have adjusted to maintain safety during the pandemic. Read moreColumn: Don't delay cancer screening during the pandemic

Few measures in the history of public health intervention compare to the impact vaccines have had on preventing disease and saving human lives. In the United States, vaccination against nine common vaccine-preventable diseases has reduced them by more than 90%, with some diseases now eliminated. In a cohort of vaccinated children, nearly 20 million cases of diseases were prevented, including preventing over 40,000 deaths. Yet for many, whether to seek an approved COVID-19 vaccine is still a question. Read moreColumn: How the COVID-19 vaccines work

Wallowa Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital and trauma center located in Enterprise, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the county’s first four-wheel drive ambulance, and it will be the only ambulance with a neonatal transporter. The hospital serves the residents and visitors of Wallowa County in northeast Oregon, an area encompassing 3,152 square miles known for its wintry climate and rugged terrain, with a population of more than 7,000 people. Read moreWallowa Memorial Hospital to receive a four-wheel ambulance

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The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown us all for a loop, challenging families to adapt to a new normal in terms of school, work and child care. Now we face the unease of returning to distanced learning and uncertainty of how the school year will progress. As we search for ways to stay safe, stay sane, and make sure our kids keep learning, here are some tips and tricks to help us all make the best of the new academic year. Read moreExpert column: Back-to-school in a COVID-19 world

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