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Legalization sparks boom in once-stigmatized field of marijuana research (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:57

Dr. Mark Ware has devoted the past 20 years of his career to studying marijuana, and he can remember some “dark, lean” periods when he had to fight for meagre funding.

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Boom in marijuana research (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:53

Dr. Mark Ware has devoted the past 20 years of his career to studying marijuana, and he can remember some “dark, lean” periods when he had to fight for meagre funding.

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Richmond chefs’ tasty creations fundraise for health care (FOF, SPH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:48

Dozens of charity galas sweep through the Lower Mainland every winter, so what makes guests decide to spend their hard-earned money attending an extravagant dinner?

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Calgary woman's mystery illness was rare cannabinoid syndrome: What is it? (Dr. Joseph Finkler, SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 14:17

A Calgary woman received a surprising diagnosis when she wound up in the ER after vomiting 30 times in a single day.

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Study Supports One-Hour Observation Rule For Naloxone Recipients (SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 14:10

Naloxone, a medication that can quickly reverse opioid overdose, has saved tens of thousands of lives in the past two decades. But how soon after treatment should a patient be released?

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B.C. nurses opposed to tentative contract want more staff, not necessarily more money (SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 11:44

A vocal group of frustrated nurses is threatening to reject a three-year tentative contract with the provincial government because it doesn’t come with written guarantees that more nurses will be hired for short-staffed hospital units.

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The Kindness of Strangers -- Early Edition with Stephen Quinn (Annemarie Kaan)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 14:14

Listen to the Early Edition with Stephen Quinn on CBC.

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Foundry Kelowna looking to go mobile (Foundry)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 14:08

Foundry Kelowna wants to initiate a mobile health care service by the fall of 2019.

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Province improving residential care in Delta, Langley and Surrey (UPCC)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 13:16

Seniors in Delta, Langley and Surrey are benefiting from more than $12.8 million in 2018-19 funding to increase staffing levels and ensure that seniors get the care they need in residential care homes, the Province announced on Tuesday.

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Art exhibit and SFU colloquium on HIV/AIDS to explore Vancouver's historical role in innovation and activism (BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:13

SFU President Andrew Petter launched the President's Dream Colloquium in 2011 to create an annual forum for interdisciplinary exchange among students and faculty and to bring leading thinkers to SFU.

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Senior Scene: Stay active this winter (Dr. Scott Lear)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 09:38

The first eight days of 2019 have come and gone and I am hopeful that some of you have made some health-oriented resolutions and are sticking to them. A new year should motivate us to improve our health, feel good about ourselves and have more energy. 

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Data on brain damage due to opioid use lacking (Dr. Adam Peets, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 09:20

Canada is currently facing a serious opioid crisis, with over 9,000 opioid-related deaths having occurred between January 2016 and June 2018. However, no comprehensive statistics exist regarding individuals who have survived brain-damaging effects of opioids.

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Ontario regions hit hardest by the opioid crisis may not get supervised drug-use sites (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 09:13

The Ontario government is promising to approve 21 supervised drug-use sites in places hard hit by the opioid crisis, but some of the communities with the province’s highest rates of opioid-related deaths and hospital admissions won’t be on the list.

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The common pill that's killing in the shadow of the opioid crisis (Dr. Keith Ahamad, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 10:26

To this day, Wendy Golden has no idea why her son Kody Cook chose to swallow what he did on June 24, 2014. Sure, he smoked weed and liked his Budweiser, but the medical examiner's report would later classify him as a “naive” user. In other words, he was hardly an addict.

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How Vancouver is saving addicts' lives (Dr. Scott MacDonald, Crosstown)

Providence Health News - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 09:53

In the past two years, more than 8,000 people in Canada have lost their lives due to opioid overdoses.

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Mountain Views Trump the Needs of Health Care – St. Paul’s Hospital to Become Vancouver’s Newest Table Top (New SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 09:45

As Darren was born in the Lower Mainland, he is used to some of Vancouver’s more quirky planning policies, which continue to fascinate me. Some feel designed for a city very different from the one we live in today.

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JC Medical Announces First U.S. Treatment With J-Valve TAVR Device (Dr. John Webb)

Providence Health News - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 09:32

JC Medical announced the successful treatment of the first U.S. patient with the company’s transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) device, the J-Valve TF System. The patient was treated at The Christ Hospital – Cincinnati, Ohio by Dean Kereiakes, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, medical co-director of the Lindner Research Center, working with Joseph Choo, M.D., and Geoffrey Answini, M.D.

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History of HIV told by Vancouver artists in new gallery show (Dr. Montaner, BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 09:10

Since 1987, Vancouver artist Tiko Kerr has taken thousands of pills to keep HIV/AIDS at bay.

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The Great Fentanyl Myth, and How We’re Killing Drug Users (BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 10:38

Yes, the collapse of a second major B.C. drug-related case within weeks raises big questions about the competence of the RCMP and federal prosecutors.

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Read Woman’s Heartfelt Open Letter to Flight Attendant Who Extended Simple Offer of Kindness 17 Years Ago (Annemarie Kaan, SPH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 10:18

17 years ago, Annemarie Kaan was on a plane flying from Australia to Canada, preparing to start her new life in a totally different country.

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