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End to Coquitlam care home lay-offs sought (Seniors Care)

Providence Health News - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 00:00

A solution is being sought to prevent the layoffs of 150 workers at two residential care homes in Coquitlam.

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Blood biomarker can help predict disease progression in patients with COPD (SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 00:00

Some patients with COPD demonstrate signs of accelerated aging. In a new study published in the journal CHEST® researchers report that measuring blood telomeres, a marker of aging of cells, can be used to predict future risk of the disease worsening or death.

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Judgment-free mobile clinic will provide health care to hard-to-reach women (VCH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 00:00

VANCOUVER — A new mobile clinic launching July 12 will provide on-site health care to hard-to-reach women in the Downtown Eastside.

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Downtown Eastside mobile health van aims to connect more women to health care (VCH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 00:00

A specialized, all female health team in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has a new addition to its team: a mobile health clinic.

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Greater HCV Treatment Needed in Care for People Who Inject Drugs (Dr. Lianping Ti & SPH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 00:00

People who inject drugs (PWID) are at a heightened risk for contracting hepatitis C (HCV), yet few treatment programs for the viral infection are integrated into addiction care.

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On The Coast with Gloria Macarenko (Dr. Hackett & COPD)

Providence Health News - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:00

Chinatown vote, Thai boys health, greyhound reaction, folk fest, Carol Bellringer, corpse flower, Thai consulate on rescue, wireless plan pricing, greyhound government response, state of the arts, COPD study, plant meat burger

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St. Paul’s researchers make important discovery in treating COPD (Dr. Hackett & HLI)

Providence Health News - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:00

Scientists have made an important discovery that could transform the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Linda Aylesworth reports. Today’s Global News Hour at 6 Health Matters is brought to you by Pharmasave.

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Canada's housing crisis reinforces violence against poor women (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:00

Canadian cities are in the throes of an unprecedented housing crisis. Lax housing policies and lending practices, along with a previously non-existent national housing strategy have converged, contributing to record-level housing and rental prices.

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Landmark St. Paul's Hospital study shows COPD often diagnosed after lung airways already damaged (Dr. Hackett & HLI)

Providence Health News - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:00

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an insidious disease that damages the lungs long before symptoms arise, Vancouver scientists have shown in a study that could result in wholesale changes to research, diagnosis and treatment approaches.

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Breakthrough discovery will change treatment for COPD patients (Dr. Tillie-Louise Hackett & SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:00

Permanent lung damage caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) starts much earlier than previously thought, even before patients are showing symptoms.

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Breakthrough discovery will change treatment for COPD patients

Providence Health News - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:00

Permanent lung damage caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) starts much earlier than previously thought, even before patients are showing symptoms.

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Doctors botch blood pressure readings more often than you think (Dr. Nadia Khan)

Providence Health News - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 09:20

Picture the last time your doctor checked your blood pressure. Were you sitting in a chair? Were you relaxed? Were you silent? Did your doctor or nurse take more than one reading?

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Dying With Dignity Canada gets $7-million donation from late Vancouver businessman

Providence Health News - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 00:00

Dying With Dignity Canada announced Tuesday that the organization is preparing to receive the largest donation in the organization’s 38-year history, a contribution CEO Shanaaz Gokool has called “nothing short of transformational.”

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Local woman speaks out on Scleroderma (SPH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 00:00

When she was first diagnosed in 2011, Teressa Colosimo didn’t like to talk about it. She had been suffering for two years before she received a diagnosis, and it was a simple blood type that confirmed it. She had scleroderma.

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Toronto joins Vancouver in recommending Canada decriminalize all drugs (VCH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 00:00

Toronto's top doctor has come out in favour of decriminalizing the personal possession of drugs, including hard drugs like cocaine and heroin.

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Docs argue for safe-injection sites for illicit drugs in the U.S. (SPH)

Providence Health News - Sun, 07/08/2018 - 10:52

Some U.S. physicians would like hospitals to consider opening safe-injection sites on their campuses to reduce the chance of addicted patients overdosing on illicit drugs while receiving medical treatment, as two Canadian hospitals recently have done.

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Workers rally against layoffs at two Coquitlam seniors care homes (Seniors Care)

Providence Health News - Sun, 07/08/2018 - 00:00

Dozens of workers and members of the Hospital Employees Union (HEU) turned out to a rally in Coquitlam on Sunday, protesting against major layoffs at two of the city’s seniors care homes.

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B.C.’s seniors advocate says shortage of care aides due to low wages, not supply (Seniors Care)

Providence Health News - Sun, 07/08/2018 - 00:00

B.C.’s Seniors Advocate is raising issues with a report warning of a coming crisis in staffing for care homes.

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Canada Could Come to the Fore in Cannabis Research (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Sat, 07/07/2018 - 00:00

On October 20, marijuana will no longer be an illegal drug in Canada—a move that could make it much easier to study how cannabis affects the body and the brain.

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7-year-old athlete competes in Canadian Transplant Games thanks to another child 's heart

Providence Health News - Thu, 07/05/2018 - 00:00

The Canadian Transplant Games are underway at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

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