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Downtown Eastside academics at the BCCSU work alongside first responders to reduce B.C. overdose deaths (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 12:16

Vancouver paramedics and firefighters receive a lot of credit for the extra burden they’ve carried since fentanyl arrived in B.C. and sent overdose calls skyrocketing. The same goes for social-service providers and staff at supervised-injection sites. To be sure, they all deserve praise. But there’s another group working to prevent deaths—one that’s a step removed from the frontlines—that receives less attention.

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Chinese New Year gala raises $1M for Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital (MSJ, PHC)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 11:44

Every year, the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune attracts hundreds of guests for a huge gala in honour of Chinese New Year, and every year, the event is good news for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital.

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Homeless in Vancouver parks, #10yearchallenge, and mental health update (Dr. Bill MacEwan)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 11:33

John Daly brings nearly 40 years of reporting to investigating what’s going on today. In this episode, he interviews St. Paul's Psychiatrist, Dr. Bill MacEwan, on Global News' 980 CKNW Radio.

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Think cannabis is harmless? So did I. But I know better now (SPH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 11:17

Last year, shortly before cannabis was legalized, StarMetro Vancouver reported that in 2017, 567 people were admitted to emergency rooms at St. Paul’s, Vancouver General, Surrey Memorial and Kelowna General hospitals for cannabis overdoses or related mental and behavioural issues.

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SFU health science student helps address equality gap faced by B.C. seniors with HIV (BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 08:26

B.C.’s health care system is entering unchartered territory with the evolution of the HIV epidemic. According to BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BCCfE), one in two people on HIV treatment in B.C. are age 50 or older, compared with one in 10 two decades earlier. This means people with HIV are living to ages where seniors’ facilities become part of their health-care trajectory.

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Mommy's helper: Is drinking a problem for parents? (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 08:16

As “Dryuary” comes to a close, a quick glance at any social media stream shows a lot of parents white-knuckling their way through the month without the help of their mommy juice or parenting pop. 

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As the number of seniors living with HIV grows, researchers examine how to better care for them (BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 16:17

Sharyle Lyndon has fought for the rights of the HIV-positive community for decades. But now, as a senior in her 60s and a survivor of the epidemic that took many of her friends, her mission is a bit different: to help seniors in her position access adequate health care and be able to stay in their homes as long as possible.

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42 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, January 26 (MSJ)

Providence Health News - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 15:30

Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 42 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, January 26.

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Dietitians happy with changes in new Canada Food Guide (Tanya Choy & Emily Zamora)

Providence Health News - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 14:54

The new Canada’s Food Guide contains few surprises, thanks to the abundance of information shared by Health Canada during the revision and consultation process over the past three years, prior to its launch on Jan. 22. Now that it’s official, we can say we like the changes.

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Okanagan couple donates to Penticton Regional Hospital in memory of sisters (SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 08:52

The memory of their sisters comes alive for Marcia and Jim Cavin through a major gift to Penticton Regional Hospital.

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Projected increase in depression and anxiety in B.C. caused by weakening mental health stigma

Providence Health News - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:02

They say January is the loneliest month and a new health report released Friday didn’t sway from that theory.

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Vancouver Island getting new, government-funded 'dementia village' (Fiona Dalton, PHC)

Providence Health News - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 15:23

A “visionary commitment” by BC’s Ministry of Health will bring a new type of dementia care to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, according to those behind the project.

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Canada Is Getting A New "Dementia Village" To Help Locals Suffering From Dementia And Alzheimer's (Jo-Ann Tait, PHC)

Providence Health News - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 14:38

The news was released that Vancouver Island is getting it's first publicly funded dementia village to help support elderly Canadians suffering from the disease.

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Providence begins delivering dementia village care now in anticipation of bricks-and-mortar

Providence Health News - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:56

A major gift from a generous donor has made it possible for Providence to begin making changes in the north wing of one of its seniors’ residences, Holy Family Residence, to reflect the attributes of, and ultimately transfer to, the new bricks-and-mortar dementia villages Providence envisions for both Vancouver and Comox.

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What Vancouver Island's first 'dementia village' could look like (Jo-Ann Tait, PHC)

Providence Health News - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:24

The society building Vancouver Island's first village for people with dementia in Comox has released its first renderings of what the facility might look like.

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First look at the island's new 'dementia village' (Jo-Ann Tait, PHC)

Providence Health News - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:16

First look at the island's new 'dementia village.'

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Photo Renderings of BC’s first publicly funded Dementia Village on Vancouver Island (Jo-Ann Tait, PHC)

Providence Health News - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:04

Seniors suffering from dementia on Vancouver Island will soon have access to an innovative new health care facility that aims to improve patients’ quality of life.

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Post-Naloxone Observation of ED Patients is Focus of Study (SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 10:09

Researchers in the Department of Emergency Medicine are the first to clinically assess and validate a rule regarding the length of observation time necessary before opioid overdose patients can be safely discharged from an emergency department (ED).

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Study confirms 1-hour discharge rule for patients given naloxone after opiate overdose (SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 08:46

Suspected opioid overdose patients treated with naloxone are safe for discharge from the emergency department after one hour. That is the conclusion of a study to be published in the January 2019 issue of Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM), a journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM).

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Project that kept more addicted patients in treatment expands across B.C. (BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 16:12

An 18-month pilot project is being expanded across British Columbia after more than double the number of drug-addicted people stayed in treatment.

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