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B.C. researchers identify multiple strains of HIV 'time bombs' hibernating in cells (Dr. Zabrina Brumme, BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 00:00

B.C. researchers have discovered a way to identify multiple strains of HIV that lay dormant in the cells of an individual.

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BC health researchers advance HIV progress with new method addressing dormant strains (Dr. Zabrina Brumme, BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 00:00

B.C. health researchers have made a major contribution to the advancement of HIV research in a new study that addresses how strains of the virus can lie dormant in the body for decades.

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Overdose Awareness Day: A story of survival for Victoria woman (St.Paul's Hospital)

Providence Health News - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 00:00

Tara Levis looks at her life like chapters in a book. As a child, she was a voracious reader and curious science geek growing up in a middle-class home in Aurora, Ont. Her teen years were marked by a struggle with anxiety and depression that led to anorexia.

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Local doctor speaks on B.C.’s opioid crisis (Dr. Seonaid Nolan, SPH/BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 00:00

Dr. Seonaid Nolan discusses with The Peak the extent of the crisis and the work being done to counter it.

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Could marijuana help save drug users' lives? (Dr. M-J Milloy, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 00:00

Marijuana is often called a gateway drug, but a new study suggests it could actually have the opposite effect for those who already use stronger substances such as heroin and methamphetamines.

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Vancouver health authority ends contract with private surgery centre over patient-pay issues (SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 00:00

Vancouver Coastal Health is ending a contract with False Creek Healthcare Centre, and as of next week 115 surgeons and anesthesiologists with privileges at regional public hospitals won’t be able to use the operating rooms at the Vancouver clinic.

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Wildfires’ impact on health in Vancouver remains hazy (SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 00:00

The science of assessing wildfire smoke is a fairly straightforward exercise, as particulate matter readings are updated almost hourly and the amount of fires burning are recorded daily.

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Downzoning of Vancouver's Chinatown could cut property values 40 per cent (SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 00:00

When he bought Golden Crown Centre at 211 East Georgia Street in 2011, Steven Fast had high hopes.

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Fiona Dalton of Providence Health Care

Providence Health News - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 00:00

A few years ago, while sitting at her desk at University Hospital Southampton on England’s southern coastline, Fiona Dalton was pinged with an enticing recruitment email: Providence Health Care in Vancouver.

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B.C. government launches lawsuit against opioid manufacturers to recoup overdose crisis costs

Providence Health News - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 00:00

The British Columbia government announced Wednesday it is suing 40 companies in connection with manufacturing opioids.

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B.C. files lawsuit against opioid makers and distributors for deceptive marketing

Providence Health News - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 00:00

British Columbia is suing Purdue Pharma and dozens of other opioid manufacturers for what the government alleges was “corporate corruption and negligence” that fuelled the overdose crisis, killing thousands of Canadians.

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B.C. announces class-action lawsuit against dozens of opioid manufacturers for overdose crisis costs

Providence Health News - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 00:00

The B.C. government has announced a massive class-action lawsuit against more than 40 opioid manufacturers to try to recover millions of dollars in health-care costs in the ongoing health crisis.

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Okanagan man reflects on life after being a recipient of kidney transplant (SPH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 00:00

At 73 years of age, Sid Adams has a new lease on life.

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Improve severe alcohol withdrawal treatment by training doctors: B.C. study (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 00:00

There’s an urgent need to improve the treatment of severe alcohol withdrawal because too many patients are being admitted to hospital when they could be managed through outpatient services or by family doctors, says the lead author of a new study.

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Alcohol withdrawal could be better treated: study (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 00:00

A new study suggests that there needs to be better diagnosis of those suffering from alcohol withdrawal so that only the severe cases are admitted to hospital. The study from the B.C. Centre on Substance Use suggests that other patients can be better treated on an outpatient basis.

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Study calls on urgent need to improve treatment of severe alcohol withdrawal (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 00:00

The director of the B.C. Centre on Substance Use says a simple screening questionnaire can properly assess patients’ symptoms to help treat severe alcohol withdrawal.

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Improve severe alcohol withdrawal treatment by training doctors: B.C. study (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 00:00

There’s an urgent need to improve the treatment of severe alcohol withdrawal because too many patients are being admitted to hospital when they could be managed through outpatient services or by family doctors, says the lead author of a new study.

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Urgent need for improved treatment of alcohol withdrawal: B.C. study (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 00:00

The B.C. Centre on Substance Use says there's an urgent need to improve the treatment of severe alcohol withdrawal because too many patients are being admitted to hospital when they could be managed with outpatient services.

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Study finds fentanyl in nearly all heroin sold in Vancouver (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 00:00

A recent study led by the B.C. Centre on Substance Abuse (BCCSU) has revealed that nearly all substances labeled as heroin sold in Vancouver contain the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl.

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International Overdose Awareness Day Stands On The Shoulders Of Harm Reduction (VCH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 10:56

Maybe you’re an honour roll student with dreams of writing a classic novel. Maybe you’re a professional athlete. Maybe you’re a parent. When it comes to addiction, who you are doesn’t matter – addiction does not discriminate. 

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