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World Sleep Day: UBC team examines link between sleep and illness (Dr.Najib Ayas, CHÉOS)

Providence Health News - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 11:23

Are you still feeling the effects of Daylight Saving Time? You might welcome Friday being World Sleep Day.

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Local experts advocate for legalizing prescription heroin to tackle overdose crisis (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 11:15

A group of local experts are pushing for the legalization of heroin to combat BC’s ongoing overdose crisis.

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Preventing overdoses and staying safe during the opioid crisis (SPH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 11:08

In 2018, illicit drug overdoses killed at least 1,489 in BC, according to the BC Coroners Service, with Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe saying “the rate of overdose deaths surpasses the numbers of people dying from car crashes, homicides and suicides combined.”

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Dementia villages allow residents to roam (Jo-Ann Tait, HF)

Providence Health News - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:56

Imagine a loved one living with dementia, but who is still able to safely walk out their front door, shop at the grocery store and even drop into a pub for a drink without anyone to guide them.

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Acts of Kindness: Friendly blast of horn gets bike back to rack (SPH)

Providence Health News - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 11:03

We’ve asked for your stories regarding what you feel have been acts of kindness in your life. Here are some of those stories:

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St. Paul’s Hospital $1.9-billion replacement gets go-ahead (New SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:52

The $1.9-billion replacement project for Vancouver’s 124-year-old St. Paul’s Hospital should be open within seven years, Premier John Horgan said February 15.

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South Cariboo woman struggles with series of health issues resulting in kidney failure (SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:24

The last four years have been anything but easy for 67-year-old Jennifer Boden.

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Earning Prizes for Fighting an Addiction (SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 09:45

David Oliver wins gift cards for staying away from drugs. At St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia — which treats more overdoses than any other hospital in Canada — a program rewards users of cocaine and other stimulants with prizes when they don’t use. It’s a new approach to help substance abusers, and it’s also being tried in Veterans Affairs hospitals across the US.

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A new project from Providence Health Care allows residents with dementia the freedom to roam

Providence Health News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 00:00

Imagine a loved one living with dementia, but who is still able to safely walk out their front door, shop at the grocery store and even drop into a pub for a drink without anyone to guide them. 

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Dr. Julio Montaner interviewed on CBC Vancouver News at 6

Providence Health News - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 00:00

Dr. Julio Montaner was interviewed on CBC Vancouver News at 6.

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Despite rare case of cured HIV patient, B.C. charities say support still vital (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Providence Health News - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 00:00

HIV/AIDS charities in B.C. are reiterating their continued need for support after a patient who was declared “functionally cured” recently made global headlines.

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New technique reveals big data from tiny babies (St. Paul's/HLI)

Providence Health News - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 00:00

International research team finds major molecular changes unfold during newborns’ first week of life.

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Seniors ‘thirsting’ for medicinal-cannabis info, says presenter (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 00:00

Members of the White Rock Seniors Computer Club will hear about the medicinal benefits of cannabis this week, during a presentation Wednesday (March 13) at the Kent Street Activity Centre.

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Opinion: Earning Prizes for Fighting an Addiction (Dr. Sahil Gupta)

Providence Health News - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 00:00

Clinics in Canada and the United States are trying a new way to urge drug abusers to get clean: give them tangible gifts when they test negative.

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National Kidney Month: Many of us have one to spare — do you? (St. Paul's)

Providence Health News - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 00:00

Colleen Bruce and her husband, Vic Morin, have been trying to raise awareness about live organ transplants.

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Big data from tiny babies: New blood sample method could improve infant vaccines (PROOF Centre)

Providence Health News - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 10:16

The first week of a newborn’s life is a time of the most rapid biological change in life as the baby adapts to living outside the womb, yet surprisingly little is known about these early changes. 

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Daphne Bramham: As the opioid crisis grinds on, we need national consensus on drug policy (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 00:00

The opioid crisis has not only sapped the energy from first responders, it’s hardened us to the continuing tragedy.

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Vancouver Island sees massive bed shortage for people with eating disorders (St. Paul's)

Providence Health News - Sat, 03/09/2019 - 00:00

There are two inpatient beds on the Island to serve over 3,000 people

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Health and you (Dr. Julia Raudzus, SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 12:31

In this week's health segment series:

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Meet the Canadian who invented the way to not die of AIDS (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Providence Health News - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:47

Maker Nation's new series looks at the untold stories behind key discoveries and inventions made in Canada.

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