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Next: ditch the itch

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Monday, February 25, 2013

0313 NextItchy and inflamed skin is the bane of existence for people who suffer from atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema most common in infancy that also affects millions of adults around the world. Now scientists at Oregon State University have discovered an underlying genetic cause for the condition, a discovery that may lead to more effective therapies.

 

Powerlist: meeting facilities

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Articles - March 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013

The Meeting Facilities Powerlist from our 2013 Power Book ranks meeting facilities by total square feet of meeting space.

 

Tourism drives economy

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Articles - March 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013

0313 BOB TravelIndustryJobs — the topic on everyone’s mind. At a time when business leaders and elected officials are seeking ways to stimulate economic recovery and job creation, one industry has been creating jobs at a faster pace than the rest of the economy, is creating solid career opportunities and has become America’s largest service export: the travel and tourism industry.

 

Growing Oregon business

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Articles - March 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013

0313 BOB BizMattersAs we kick off a new year, as well as the 2013 legislative session, I am pleased to debut this regular column to highlight specific tools and services available to help Oregon businesses grow and prosper. As director of Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, I oversee a wide range of tools available to help businesses grow in Oregon.

 

The next four years: the LGBT community and the new normal

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Articles - March 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013

0313 BOB LegalBenefitsFollowing the reelection of President Obama, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) formally approved a Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for the next four years that will rock the world of employers that have class-wide practices that discriminate against protected workers.

 

What I'm reading: Linda Weston

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Articles - March 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013

0313 BOB WhatImReading LindaWeston 01Linda Weston, President and executive director, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, tells us what she's reading.

 

What I'm reading: Steve Smith

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Articles - March 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013

0313 BOB WhatImReading SteveSmith 01Steve Smith, CEO of Tec Laboratories, tells us what he's reading.

 
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