Rob Kerr / The Bulletin Naomi McDaniel, right, answers health insurance questions for Betty Lynch on Tuesday during a PacificSource Healthcare Get Out, Get Covered tour stop at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bend.
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Using iPads to give children their voice
Ryan Brennecke / The Bulletin Adler Utzman uses his iPad to communicate needs and desires, since he is unable to do so with speech.
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Wood stoves: ?a hazy debate
Ryan Brennecke / The Bulletin Dave Stalker places a log into his wood stove to heat his home in Bend. Wood stoves can create comforting heat, but they also contribute to poor air quality.
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17 medical pot sites apply in Deschutes
Andy Tullis / The Bulletin Nick Harsell, owner of High Grade Organics, removes medical marijuana from a container to be weighed using a digital scale, at High Grade Organics in Bend Monday afternoon. Harsell applied Monday morning with the state to be registered as a medical marijuana facility, the first day for such applications.
Album ID: 1773609
Photos by Rob Kerr / The Bulletin Signs posted in hospital rooms at St. Charles Bend tell patients how to call for help with the push of a button. St. Charles nurse manager Nancy Simonson, herself in a wheelchair as she recovers from foot surgery, says there are many gadgets within reach of a hospital bed (pictured below) for patients to sound the alarm.
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Vaccine exemptions: Oregon gets tougher
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Surgical robot ?is here to stay ?(for better or worse)
Rob Kerr / The Bulletin file photo The da Vinci surgical robot is pushed into an operating room at St. Charles Bend in 2012. The robot was introduced in 2001, and the Bend hospital bought one in 2012. But the jury is still out on whether this ?surgery of the future? is worth the present-day price tag.
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Andy Tullis / The Bulletin Debby Mandeville-Bowen, owner and instructor at Bend Pilates, lifts her head and shoulders off the floor in a mat exercise designed to strengthen the upper back. She teaches a pilates class targeted at those with osteoporosis.
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?I got a second chance at life?
Rob Kerr / The Bulletin Paul Gaylord, who lost all his fingers and toes and the top halves of his thumbs after contracting bubonic plague from a cat bite, works on making a knife at his home workshop.