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Mark Romoff: When everything is considered, P3s are a good deal for taxpayers (SPH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:00

In response to the June 11 op-ed by Keith Reynolds on public-private partnerships — P3s — only partial truths once again are told by opponents of the P3 model to try to sway governments to oppose private sector involvement in the delivery of public assets.

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‘Game-changer’ HIV prevention drug could be leading to lower condom use: studies (BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:00

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, commonly known as PrEP, is a “game-changer” when it comes to preventing HIV infections, doctors say. But some new studies are suggesting that people who take it use condoms less often — increasing their risk of contracting other sexually-transmitted infections.

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UBC introduces Canada’s first professorship of cannabis science (Dr. Evan Wood & BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:00

UBC is introducing Canada’s first ever professorship of cannabis science to investigate the potential role that pot-based research could play in the mitigation of the opioid crisis and other addictive disorders.

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Family-and-friend caregivers to receive expanded supports

Providence Health News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:00

The Ministry of Health is investing $75 million to expand respite care and adult day programs, helping both seniors and their loved ones.

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Seniors care in B.C. Months in hospital waiting for residential care not uncommon

Providence Health News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:00

Wayne Greggain lived at Sechelt Hospital five months, but not because he needed treatment.

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Largest supervised injection site on Vancouver Island opens in Victoria

Providence Health News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:00

Island Health opened its largest supervised injection site on Monday.

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Nightime construction near Vancouver hospital keeps patients, residents up all night (VGH & VCH)

Providence Health News - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 00:00

Patients at Vancouver General Hospital and nearby residents say noisy construction kept them awake overnight Friday.

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Vancouver overdose report calls for more funding for prevention sites (VCH)

Providence Health News - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 00:00

A report diving into the root causes of addiction calls for more low-barrier overdose prevention sites.

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Help for youth coming soon (Dr. Steve Mathias)

Providence Health News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:00

Years of work will come to fruition this November, when the Foundry youth mental health centre opens downtown Penticton within the YES Project at 501 Main Street.

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Finding care for B.C. seniors: How the system works, what is missing, and why you need deep pockets

Providence Health News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:00

Do you have an aging relative who needs support to live at home, or might need residential care? Here, we try to help you navigate B.C.'s underfunded and problem-plagued system. And we look at what needs to be fixed in the future.

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New supervised drug consumption site to battle overdose epidemic

Providence Health News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:00

The largest supervised consumption site on Vancouver Island will open Monday in Victoria as Island Health escalates its response to the ongoing overdose epidemic.

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Vancouver health authority suing mother for more than $300K in unpaid fees (VCH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:00

Vancouver’s regional health authority is suing a mother who allegedly didn’t pay her medical bills after she gave birth in one of its hospitals while visiting Canada six years ago.

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Venus Medtech launches Venus pulmonary valve implant (Dr. Ron Carere)

Providence Health News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:00

Chinese heart valve maker Venus Medtech said today it launched its Venus P-Valve self-expanding pulmonary valve implant in Canada, touting that the first procedures with the valve have been performed in the region.

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Vancouver Coastal Health seeking nearly $1M from foreign mother who allegedly skipped out on hospital bill (VCH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:00

Vancouver Coastal Health is suing a mother for allegedly not paying her bill after giving birth at Richmond Hospital six years ago.

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Challenges treating opioid-addicted B.C. youth prompt new guidelines (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 00:00

New guidelines aimed at improving treatment for opioid-addicted young people have been released by the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use.

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Proposed rules for chronic pain treatments could create ‘crisis’ for patients (VCH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 00:00

VANCOUVER—For Kitsilano resident Leslie Park, managing her chronic back pain means finding a variety of ways to treat her symptoms — even if they might be unconventional.

She often jokingly refers to her local pharmacists, chiropractors and health supplement providers as her “doctors,” who she can go to when her physician isn’t available.

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Complexities of treating opioid addicted B.C. youth prompt new guidelines (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 00:00

VANCOUVER — New guidelines aimed at improving treatment for opioid-addicted young people have been released by the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, which says a lack of youth-focused treatment programs has created challenges in the province with the highest number of fatal overdoses.

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B.C. agency releases first guidelines on treating youth with opioid-use disorder (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 00:00

The agency that oversees treatment of substance use and addiction in British Columbia has released new guidelines for treating young people with opioid-use disorder, emphasizing a range of pharmaceutical and counselling options and cautioning against traditional approaches such as detox alone.

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Steele of Approval - St. Paul's Hospital & the Washington Capitals (Carol Dixon)

Providence Health News - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 00:00

Lynda hands out the Steele of Approval…. to St. Paul’s Hospital for their volunteer-run clothing depot, and the Washington Capitals.

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Association between tobacco smoking and drug-resistant tuberculosis (SPH & HLI)

Providence Health News - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 00:00

Ming-Gui Wang, Wei-Wei Huang, Yu Wang, Yun-Xia Zhang, Miao-Miao Zhang, Shou-Quan Wu, Andrew J Sandford, Jian-Qing He

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