Efforts to reduce opioid prescriptions may be hindering end-of-life pain management

PORTLAND, Ore. – Policies designed to prevent the misuse of opioids may have the unintended side effect of limiting access to the pain-relieving drugs by terminally ill patients nearing the end of their life, new research led by the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy suggests.

Melanoma patients respond to immunotherapy after changes to gut microbiome

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Statistical modeling developed by Oregon State University researchers has confirmed that changes to melanoma patients’ gut microbiome led them to respond to a type of treatment capable of providing long-term benefit.

Research shows a few beneficial organisms could play key role in treating type 2 diabetes

Researchers at Oregon State University have found that a few organisms in the gut microbiome play a key role in type 2 diabetes, opening the door to possible probiotic treatments for a serious metabolic disease affecting roughly one in 10 Americans.

OSU to pilot smartphone-based COVID-19 exposure notifications system

Oregon State University is teaming up with the Oregon Health Authority to test a smartphone-based system that notifies users about possible exposure to COVID-19.

Oregon State names Tumer vice president for research

Irem Tumer, who has helped lead Oregon State University’s research enterprise to record-setting funding levels, has been named vice president for research at the university.

Oregon State study finds room for improvement when hospital patients transition to hospice care

PORTLAND, Ore. – Terminally ill patients referred to hospice care from a hospital setting tend to be on hospice for shorter periods than those who enter hospice while living at home or in a residential care facility.

Older adults risk ER visits when dentists prescribe opioids on top of other meds, study finds

When dentists prescribe opioid painkillers to older patients who are already taking medication for depression or anxiety, the combination of drugs increases patients’ risk of landing in the emergency room and being hospitalized, according to a recent Oregon State University study.

Student move-in at Oregon State’s Corvallis campus to include enhanced health and safety steps

Oregon State University’s fall 2020 Corvallis campus residence hall move-in will feature enhanced health and safety measures, including required COVID-19 testing for students living on campus and scheduled move-in dates and times to ensure adequate physical distancing.

Study points out opioid risks for hospital patients transitioning to skilled nursing facilities

PORTLAND, Ore. – Hospital patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities often bring a high-dose painkiller prescription with them, suggesting more attention should be paid to opioid safety for those patients, research from the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy shows.

Higher education leader Alexander assumes presidency at Oregon State

F. King Alexander, a prominent national advocate for public higher education, today becomes Oregon State University’s 15th president.

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