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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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Research out of St. Paul’s finds any physical activity, including housecleaning, saves lives

Providence Health News - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:30

Being active saves lives, whether a gym workout, walking to work or even housecleaning

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St. Paul's Hospital study says exercise in everyday life is healthier than going to the gym

Providence Health News - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 00:00

Most of us know all about the benefits of hitting the gym or going for a run, but St. Paul’s Hospital researcher Dr. Scott Lear has found that any type of physical activity can prevent death and heart disease. This includes walking or cycling to work, cleaning the house, and having an active job. The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study, a large international study involving more than 130,000 from 17 different countries, was published in the prestigious The Lancet journal this week.

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B.C. assesses Truvada, an HIV prevention drug that looks ‘very promising’ (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Providence Health News - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:00

Health experts in B.C. are examining an HIV prevention drug that a Vancouver gay men’s health group wants to see covered provincially.

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Opinion: To Amazon or Not to Amazon — What should we question? (New St. Paul's)

Providence Health News - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:00

There has been a lot of buzz lately about the potential for Vancouver to woo tech giant Amazon’s second North American headquarters, or HQ2.

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B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix says urgent care centres, St. Paul's Hospital, leading priorities (New St. Paul's)

Providence Health News - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:00

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix, 53, was born in Ottawa and grew up on the west side of Vancouver where his parents had a Kerrisdale insurance agency. He studied political science at UBC where he met poet Renee Saklikar, whom he would marry. Dix, who lived in France and is bilingual, was executive director of Canadian Parents for French, a non-profit that advocates more French immersion programs.

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'I'm grateful for this': Providence Health Care provides clothes, haircuts in Downtown Eastside

Providence Health News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 00:00

On a sunny Saturday in September, Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park brimmed with activity. 

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B.C. support plan for opioid users modelled after HIV/AIDS strategy (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Providence Health News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 00:00

A new pilot project modelled after a successful Vancouver-made HIV/AIDS strategy will have teams of medical professionals and other front-line staff regularly check in on thousands of people in the city on opioid-substitution therapy with the goal of making sure they don't miss a day of treatment.

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Sepsis kills thousands every year. And B.C. scientists are leading the fight to treat it

Providence Health News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 00:00

B.C. researchers are leading an new offensive against sepsis, one of the leading causes of death in Canada.

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How many gay and bisexual men live in Vancouver? (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Providence Health News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 00:00

How many gay and bisexual men do you think there are in Metro Vancouver?

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Scientists back argument for change in HIV disclosure rules from man facing charges (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Providence Health News - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:00

A B.C. man facing a dozen charges of aggravated sexual assault for not disclosing his HIV status to people he had unprotected sex with doesn’t believe certain people living with the virus should be required to tell sexual partners.

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Opinion: Coping with change: Managing the stress of starting university (Dr. Katherine Fleming)

Providence Health News - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:00

Transitions can be tough at all life stages. And many young people across Canada are in the process of a major one: starting university or a post-secondary education for the first time. Many are going away from home, often far away, and leaving friends, family and familiarity behind as they embark on their post-secondary adventures.

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Portuguese expert urges Canada to declare overdose crisis a health emergency (Crosstown Clinic)

Providence Health News - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 00:00

The head of Portugal’s addictions directorate is urging Canada to declare the opioid overdose crisis a national health emergency.

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On Vancouver visit, Portugal’s renowned drug czar says fentanyl should be declared a national emergency (Crosstown Clinic)

Providence Health News - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 00:00

Dr. João Goulão has received international attention for the lead role he played in Portugal’s fundamental shift in drug policy. It culminated with a massive investment in treatment options and, in 2001, the decriminalization of illicit narcotics, including cocaine and heroin. In subsequent years, such progressive policies resulted in invitations from around the world.

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Vancouver consumption site to allow nasal and oral drug use to prevent overdoses

Providence Health News - Mon, 09/04/2017 - 00:00

A Vancouver supervised consumption site is now able to monitor people who ingest or snort drugs to prevent overdose deaths.

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Methadone switch contributed to opioid crisis: drug users (BC Centre on Substance Use)

Providence Health News - Sun, 09/03/2017 - 00:00

Drug users trying to quit heroin are gathered for a meeting in Vancouver with one mission in mind: to support each other through the struggles of a reformulated treatment drug they say hasn't worked and has instead contributed to the opioid epidemic.

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Is the fentanyl situation an overdose crisis or a poisoning crisis? (BC Centre on Substance Use)

Providence Health News - Sat, 09/02/2017 - 00:00

When someone drinks too much, we call it alcohol poisoning. 

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Vancouver's supervised injection site struggles with the rise of fentanyl

Providence Health News - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 00:00

Welfare Wednesday in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES): monthly cheques have just landed. Fresh $50 and $20 bills are flashing around. In this neighbourhood, regular government cash injections see a spike in the open drug trade. More heroin, cocaine, crystal meth. More consumption, more overdoses, and lately, much more death.

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Séquelles souvent graves pour les survivants de surdoses (Dr. Keith Ahamed)

Providence Health News - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 00:00

Les surdoses ne sont pas toutes fatales, mais les personnes qui ont survécu à un abus de drogue font face à d'immenses défis et elles figurent rarement dans les statistiques. Le coroner de la Colombie-Britannique n'a aucune donnée sur elles.

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Vancouver Coastal Health expanding fentanyl testing to more locations

Providence Health News - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 00:00

Now people can check their drugs at any of Vancouver's four overdose prevention sites.

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