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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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Whatever It Takes: A look back at the top stories of the past year

Providence Health News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 14:41

We’ve created a new online experience that matches the innovative spirit of Providence staff and researchers, and puts their extraordinary stories from 2016/17 at the forefront.

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Providence Health Care listed in BC Business' Top 100

Providence Health News - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 00:00

Providence Health Care was listed as #50 in BC Business' Top 100.

“Every July, BCBusiness publishes lists of the biggest companies in B.C., ranked by revenue–proving size does matter.”

Click here to view the Top 100.

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Drug Overdoses Kill Four a Day in BC, and Inaction and Apathy Are to Blame (Crosstown Clinic)

Providence Health News - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 00:00

“People doing drugs now are dope-sick and it’s so painful, you’d rather die.” — Constance Barnes, Overdose Prevention Society

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B.C. guidelines for injectable-opioid treatment put hydromorphone ahead of prescription heroin (Cheyenne Johnson)

Providence Health News - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 00:00

Prescription heroin is a controversial treatment for long-time opioid addiction but one that has received support from both B.C.’s outgoing minister of health, Terry Lake, and his federal counterpart, Jane Philpott.

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B.C. overdose warning system aims to alert users about potentially deadly drugs (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

Providence Health News - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 00:00

Medical health officers in the Vancouver area are aiming to quickly warn drug users about clusters of overdoses and batches of contaminated drugs based on reports from people who use illegal substances.

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Seeing Is Believing: Experts Predict an Expanded Role for Cardiac CT in Structural Interventions (Dr. Jonathon Leipsic)

Providence Health News - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 00:00

Multiple roles for cardiac CT have become ingrained in the everyday practice of structural interventionalists, but still more are emerging as the field evolves, according to cardiac imaging specialists gathered here at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Dr. Stuart Kreisman comments on the Tabacco industry on CBC's Early Edition

Providence Health News - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 00:00

Dr. Stuart Kreisman comments on the Tabacco industry on CBC's Early Edition

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A New Generation Embraces Its Chinatown Roots (St. Paul's Hospital)

Providence Health News - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 00:00

One evening in March 2015, 500 immigrants and their families gathered in the largest Chinese restaurant in Canada to remember their ancestral home. That meant a lot of Cantonese-style steamed fish and braised duck, martial arts demonstrations, and the annual performances of Cliff Richard songs by a man in a pearl suit.

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Foundry fundraising nearing its goal

Providence Health News - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 00:00

The fundraising campaign behind the establishment of a new mental health services centre for youth in Kelowna is nearing its $2 million objective.

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Patients benefit from a smiling face (St. Paul's Hospital)

Providence Health News - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 00:00

When you’re a patient about to undergo heart surgery, a smiling face can help make the difference between despair and hope. Alexandra Kalewska is one of those smiling faces.

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Drug-crisis advocate believes change in B.C. gov't may help slow agony (Dr. Evan Wood)

Providence Health News - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 00:00

With B.C.’s fentanyl-related overdose crisis showing no signs of slowing down, a top advocate for victims and their families believes a change in government may help finally slow the agony.

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The impact of pop culture depictions of eating disorders (Dr. Julia Raudzus)

Providence Health News - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 00:00

As Netflix prepares to premiere a new movie focusing on anorexia, Dr. Julia Raudzus of the Provincial Eating Disorder Program at St. Paul’s Hospital explains how visual depictions of eating disorder in pop culture can be both harmful and helpful.

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Groundbreaking Vancouver AIDS clinic turns attention to opioid crisis

Providence Health News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 00:00

A renowned HIV/AIDS clinic in Vancouver that helped pave the way in harm reduction by first offering supervised-injection service 14 years ago now wants to treat opioid addiction with injectable drugs.

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B.C. Interior hospitals hire new security officers for emergency departments

Providence Health News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 00:00

B.C.'s Interior Health Authority has hired 'client service ambassadors' in attempt, officials say, to make the emergency departments in three busy hospitals safer.

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Mother of man who died in Vancouver supportive housing still seeking answers five years later (St. Paul's Hospital)

Providence Health News - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 00:00

For five years, Christine Harris has agonized over how, exactly, her son came to spend nights dying alone in a supportive-housing room in Vancouver before his body was found on the floor three days later.

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Pain drove B.C. woman and 'thousands' to street drugs after medication cut off (Dr. Evan Wood)

Providence Health News - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 00:00

Desperate for relief from unbearable pain following knee surgery, Lorna Bird says she was forced to buy drugs from the Downtown Eastside streets of Vancouver when her doctor stopped prescribing an opioid in response to new standards aimed at preventing fatal overdoses.

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Fentanyl spiral: How the guilt and shame of addiction stole a B.C. man's life (Dr. Evan Wood)

Providence Health News - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 00:00

All it took was a single beer for Murray Shaw's life to unravel.

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Island Health opts to move Comox hospice beds to secular facility

Providence Health News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:00

Comox Valley residents who want access to medical assistance in dying are celebrating a decision to move the region’s hospice beds into a secular space.

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Canadian Government Must Make It Easier To Study Cannabis, Say Researchers (BC Centre on Substance Use)

Providence Health News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 00:00

The Canadian government must make it easier to study cannabis, say the country’s top cannabis academics and public health researchers in an open letter to politicians.

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