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St. Paul’s hospital pushes for change in approach to addiction treatment (Seonaid Nolan)

Providence Health News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 11:54

Physicians and staff at Vancouver’s century-old St. Paul’s hospital are pushing for changes in how addiction is understood, both in the medical community and in the city writ large.

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Air in Metro Vancouver starts to be cooler, fresher (Dr. Don Sin)

Providence Health News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 00:00

The ‘transition’ to cleaner air in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley started even though the air quality in those areas remained to be “quite poor” due to wildfire smoke, according to a Global News report on Thursday, August 23.

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Legal Pot Will Mean a Boom in Canadian Cannabis Research (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 00:00

For decades in Canada, cannabis has been a controlled substance in the eyes of the government and as tough for legitimate scientists to obtain as other illegal drugs.

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International Overdose Awareness Day 2018 will see Vancouver call for steps beyond harm reduction (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 00:00

Five years into an epidemic of drug-overdose deaths that shows no sign of abating, Tabitha Montgomery concedes that advocates like her are frustrated.

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Impacts of smoke on mental and physical health (Dr. Don Sin)

Providence Health News - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 00:00

CBC reporter Andrew Kurjata, executive director, Canadian Mental Health Association, Julia Payson, respirologist at St. Paul's Hospital and the director for the Heart and Lung Innovation Center, Don Sin, Provincial Health Officer, Ministry of Health, Bonnie Henry.

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What The Air Quality Advisory Means To You (Dr. Don Sin)

Providence Health News - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 00:00

Given the poor air quality in the Lower Mainland, respirologist Dr. Don Sin shares precautions we can take to breathe easier.

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Protesters arrested at doctor-organized pipeline demonstration (Dr. Peter Pare)

Providence Health News - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 00:00

Mounties arrested five protesters at a demonstration in Burnaby, B.C. Monday where a group of doctors gathered to voice their opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion project.

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Air quality in nearly a dozen B.C. communities ‘very high risk’ on Sunday (Dr. Don Sin)

Providence Health News - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 00:00

With nearly 550 wildfires still burning across British Columbia, air quality throughout the province continues to deteriorate.

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Air quality in BC some of the worst on Earth (Dr. Don Sin)

Providence Health News - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 00:00

The air quality in BC some of the worst on Earth right now. 

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Lower Mainland air quality levels among the worst in recent years (Dr. Don Sin)

Providence Health News - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 00:00

A thick, smoky haze has returned to Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, and the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) in many areas is as high as it has ever been in recent years.

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Smoky skies in Metro Vancouver hurting homeless people (Dr. Don Sin)

Providence Health News - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 00:00

An air quality advisory continues to be in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley as high concentrations of fine particulate matter spread across the South Coast due to smoke from B.C. and Washington State wildfires. 

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Long term effects of lingering B.C. wildfire smoke (Dr. Don Sin)

Providence Health News - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 00:00

With air quality advisories continuing across the province for the foreseeable future, many are wondering about the long term effects of the smoky air.

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Mayo Clinic Researchers Investigate Ways Telomeres Could be Useful in Clinical Laboratory Diagnoses of Diseases Associated with Short Telomere Syndrome (SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:08

Telomeres increasingly are on the radars of physicians and healthcare consumers alike, as researchers gain more knowledge about these critical nucleotides, and doctors continue to indicate their belief that telomeres could make useful diagnostic tools.

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Without supervised injection sites, drug users will die (VCH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 00:00

Elections matter. Ontario is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths, and the results of the province’s last election stand to leave drug users to die.

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Multiple suspected fentanyl overdoses in Squamish, warns health authority (VCH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 00:00

A bad dope alert has been issued for Squamish. The Vancouver Coastal Health text alert system told its subscribers on Wednesday morning, “Multiple suspected fentanyl overdoses reported this week in Squamish.”

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Air quality worsening in Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley (Dr. Don Sin)

Providence Health News - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 00:00

Perhaps you’re among those coughing and congested this morning as the air quality in the Lower Mainland worsens due to the wildfire smoke wafting in from the interior.

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Island Health announces addition of 38 beds for seniors care in the Comox Valley

Providence Health News - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 13:31

Island Health is opening several interim beds specifically to address long-term seniors’ care issues in the Comox Valley.

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Peer support workers on front lines of overdose crisis need support too, experts say (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 00:00

Trey Helten has known almost every one of the 50 or so people he has treated for overdoses on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside since February.

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BC Centre for Excellence names Dr. Zabrina Brumme Director of Laboratory Program (BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 00:00

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) announced Dr. Zabrina Brumme has been appointed Director of Canada’s leading HIV laboratory program. Dr. Brumme will be on secondment from her position as Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU), where she additionally holds a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar award.

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Zabrina Brumme named Laboratory Director of BC Centre for Excellence (Dr. Brumme & Dr. Montaner)

Providence Health News - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 00:00

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) announced Dr. Zabrina Brumme has been appointed Director of Canada’s leading HIV laboratory program. Dr. Brumme will be on secondment from her position as Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU), where she additionally holds a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar award.

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