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How the way we talk about addiction can make it harder for people to recover (Dr. Kenneth Tupper, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 21:12

Amanda Dick, who's being treated for drug use, says she might have sought help sooner if not for the stigma of being labelled an “addict.”

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Canadians in small towns face alarmingly higher risk of opioid overdoses (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 21:07

Canadians who live in small cities face substantially higher risks of opioid overdoses than those who live in larger centres, according to new national data that expose how poverty, unemployment and other factors are exacerbating the continuing crisis.

 

 

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Should people with mental disorders be allowed assisted death? (MAiD)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:04

Experts the federal government charged with looking at whether people suffering only from mental disorders should be eligible for medically assisted death couldn't even agree on what evidence is relevant to the question, according to reports tabled in Parliament Wednesday.

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Long-awaited reports highlight challenges of broadening assisted-dying law (MAiD)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:42

Canada would be venturing into barely charted waters if it were to expand its assisted-dying law to cover young teenagers and patients with mental illness or severe dementia, according to three long-awaited reports.

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The kindness of strangers: a no-strings-attached offer on a lonely flight to Vancouver (Annemarie Kaan)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:30

CBC Radio One's The Early Edition asked listeners to share their stories of kindness from strangers.  Annemarie Kaan's story is the third in a CBC series that airs from Dec. 10 - 14 about those moments of kindness.

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Children deck the halls for seniors with dementia (Youville)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:13

A unique partnership between a children’s centre and a dementia care home is bringing Christmas joy to many seniors this year.

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Family calls for change after death of B.C. man at St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:47

The death of a Surrey father at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver in 2016 has resulted in the coroner calling for change to the system.

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Youth centre breaks walls (Foundry)

Providence Health News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:15

Renovation work is underway at the Penticton youth centre on Main Street, with a ceremony held Monday allowing youth to help out.

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UBC appoints Canada’s first cannabis professor (Dr. M-J Milloy. BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:52

UBC has appointed the country’s first professorship in the field of cannabis research.

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Gay men who use crystal meth need integrated care (Dr. Rob Knight, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:27

The use of cheap and potent crystal methamphetamine (meth) is reaching a “crisis point in Canada” and globally, replacing opioids as the drug of choice in some areas.

 

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Doctors call for more education when it comes to prescribing cannabis (Dr. M-J Milloy, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:53

In the fall of 2018, third-year medical student Yipeng Ge experienced a pot-related emergency-room consult at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus. 

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Last chance to apply for False Creek Flats community panel (New SPH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:43

There are just a few days left for residents and businesses to apply to be a part of the committee that will help determine the arterial route through the False Creek Flats.

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Looking back at 50 years of organ transplants in B.C. (Dr. David Landsberg)

Providence Health News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:31

This year marks 50 years since the first organ transplant in B.C. and much has changed in the medical world since then.

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James Travers foreign correspondent fellowship to be revealed this week (Dr. Julio Montaner, BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:27

The recipient of the 2019 R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship will be announced on Dec. 11 in Centre Block.

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Researchers push for ban on strongest drugs as opioid overdose crisis continues (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:15

A Toronto doctor and a Halifax lawyer say it's time Canada's health minister takes power opioids away from doctors.

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Richmond mom living the dream, against the odds (SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:46

Ask Richmond mom Hayley Atkinson what the  Lights  of  Hope  mean  to  her,  and  she’ll  say,  “Everything.” 

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Dr. Julio Montaner and Robert Hogg: Clear evidence of political failure in worldwide resurgence of AIDS (BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:32

As we mark the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, we need to come to grips with a devastating reality — the end of AIDS may fail to materialize. As global leaders gathered in Buenos Aires last week, AIDS did not appear to be on their radar, let alone the agenda.

 

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Groundbreaking Dementia Treatment (Jo-Ann Tait)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:20

CTV News coverage of the groundbreaking dementia treatment and the Montessori approach for ederly care at Youville Residence.

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Statistics Canada tracks cannabis black market since legalization with city sewage (Dr. M-J Milloy)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:43

Statistics Canada is using a unique way of tracking the black market in cannabis since legalization: analyzing the sewage of five cities to determine how much pot residents are consuming.

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Foundry Prince George Educates About Youth Mental Health (Foundry)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:33

Foundry Prince George is hosting an information night to educate families, youth and their caregivers about mental wellness and suicide in youth.

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