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Vancouver clinic turns long-time addicts from prescription heroin to abstinence

Providence Health News - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 00:00

Two long-time addicts have taken an unconventional road to sobriety: prescription heroin.

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Breakfast Television reports on Operation Popcorn (St. Paul's Hospital)

Providence Health News - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:00

Representatives from BC Transplant delivered popcorn to St. Paul's Hospital staff on Dec. 7.

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Passing of Neil O'Brien draws his radio friends together (St. Paul's Hospital)

Providence Health News - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:00

A legacy of friendship, good humour, wrestling and a love for pizza is what friends of Neil O’Brien are talking about this week.

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Are Good Kidneys Going to Waste? (Dr. John Gill, St. Paul's Hospital)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:00

Despite long waiting lists for kidney donation, a new study finds that one kidney from a deceased donor is transplanted while the other kidney is often thrown away.

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Faith-based care and medical assistance in dying (Christopher De Bono, Providence Health Care)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:00

One way to look at the issue of MAID and secular and faith-based health care providers is that they work together and they reflect Canada’s diversity.

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Wasted lives: Overcoming alcohol addiction, surviving the holiday season (Mark Haggerty, Rapid Access Addiction Clinic)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:00

Alcohol is the biggest addiction crisis on the rise in British Columbia and it can wreak havoc on the lives of those it touches.

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Fairchild TV reports on the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune (St. Paul's Foundation)

Providence Health News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:00

Fairchild TV reports on the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune.

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No break in fentanyl deaths prompts B.C. to speed up efforts to get clean drugs to long-term addicts (Crosstown Clinic)

Providence Health News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:00

The province is accelerating an expansion of a controversial program where people who are addicted to opioids receive a clean supply of drugs via the province’s health-care system.

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Our Medicare policy for kidney transplants is totally irrational (Dr. John Gill, Providence Health Care Research Institute)

Providence Health News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:00

Kidney transplants are universally acknowledged as the best treatment for kidney failure. Compared with remaining on dialysis, transplant recipients live longer, have better quality of life, are more likely to raise a family, have fewer symptoms and incur far fewer health-care costs.

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Writer advocates secular control of hospice beds

Providence Health News - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 00:00

I am very concerned that new long-term care beds and the six hospice beds will end up being controlled by Providence Health Care, a Catholic organization, and thus reduce the opportunity for reasonable MAiD support and care (without the need for a transfer).

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Wasted lives: The cost of alcohol addiction (Dr. Keith Ahamad, St. Paul's Hospital)

Providence Health News - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 00:00

The ongoing opioid crisis and rash of overdoses from illicit drugs has been at the forefront of many British Columbian's minds, but the biggest, least discussed addiction on the rise in the province is a legal substance: alcohol.

B.C. has the highest rate in the country of hospitalizations entirely caused by alcohol, and consumption is rising faster in the province than elsewhere in Canada…

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Comment: Scare tactics less effective in overdose crisis (B.C. Centre on Substance Use)

Providence Health News - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:00

The illicit-drug overdose crisis has taken more than 2,000 lives in British Columbia since January 2016, and the province is likely to surpass the 1,500 mark for deaths in 2017 alone

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On World AIDS Day 2017: British Columbia on target to meet goals to help end HIV/AIDS epidemic (Dr. Viviane Lima, B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Providence Health News - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:00

Although British Columbia once the bore the brunt of the AIDS crisis in Canada, the province is now leading the way with progress in the country. According to the Vancouver-based B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), B.C. is on the right path to meet United Nations 90-90-90 goals established to bring an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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B.C. attorney general to rethink charging people who don't disclose HIV status prior to sex

Providence Health News - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:00

David Eby says crown counsel to review federal report that says HIV is a health matter

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5 patients a day waiting 40 or more minutes for ambulances: documents (St. Paul's Hospital)

Providence Health News - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 00:00

More than five patients a day are left waiting more than 40 minutes for an ambulance in high-priority cases in Metro Vancouver, as the province’s emergency response system scrambles to catch up to increasing demand, according to documents obtained by CTV News.

Last winter, that number rose to almost 11 patients a day for emergency “Code 3” calls that require a lights-and-sirens response, according to individual records of calls provided after a freedom of information request…

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Carnegie Community Centre to mark World AIDS Day 2017 with 12 hours of speakers and discussion (Dr. Julio Montaner, B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Providence Health News - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 00:00

In the early 1990s, John Cameron was unemployed and struggling with a case of depression that he fell into after he was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Then a friend named Alicia Mercurio encouraged him to get involved in the community and help coordinating events for World AIDS Day 1994.

Cameron reluctantly agreed. And now, all these years later, he finds himself organizing the largest series of community events for World AIDS Day in Canada…

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Nurse returning from Bangladesh highlights 'resilience' of Rohingya refugees (Moses Li, St. Paul's Hospital)

Providence Health News - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 00:00

Moses Li says he hopes fellow Canadians will recognize Rohingya families are stuck in a precarious place in Bangladesh, as they can’t return home.

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Cost analysis backs immediate access to agonist drugs for opioid dependence (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Providence Health News - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:00

A new cost-effectiveness study published this month suggests that California, the state that treats the largest population of opioid-dependent individuals, would gain immensely from offering patients immediate access to agonist drug treatments in the public system.

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Higher-risk groups should get greater access to HIV drugs, new guidelines say (Canadian HIV Trials Network)

Providence Health News - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 00:00

Groups at higher risk of HIV infection should have access to a course of anti-retroviral medications before and after exposure to the virus, according to new national guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of the disease in Canada.

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Drug addiction should be health issue, not criminal (Crosstown Clinic)

Providence Health News - Sat, 11/25/2017 - 00:00

Canada is currently in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis.

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