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Professor of Cannabis Science announced to research the role of cannabis in opioid overdose treatment (Dr. M-J Milloy)

Providence Health News - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:40

Examining the potential of cannabis in addressing the opioid overdose crisis and other substance use disorders is a top priority for Dr. M-J Milloy, a recognized leader in the field of epidemiology and the first Canopy Growth Professor of Cannabis Science at the University of British Columbia.

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UBC introduces first ever cannabis professor in the province (Dr. M-J Milloy)

Providence Health News - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:35

Claudette Cardinal refers to her life’s defining moment as “three lost days in Vancouver.”

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New Urgent Primary Care Centre to open in Vancouver on Monday (UCC, SPH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:15

The first of B.C.’s new Urgent Primary Care Centres to be located in Vancouver is set to open its doors.

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B.C. announces urgent care centre in Vancouver set to open on Monday (UCC, SPH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 11:58

Located between St. Paul's Hospital and VGH, it is for people with non-life-threatening conditions who need to see a health care provider but not the expertise found in emergency departments.

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B.C. announces urgent care centre in Vancouver set to open on Monday (SPH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 11:28

Residents in Vancouver’s downtown and West End now have improved access to team-based urgent primary care with the opening of the City Centre Urgent Primary Care Centre.

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Young drug users should be involuntarily admitted into care, B.C. mom says

Providence Health News - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 11:27

When Brenda Doherty learned of her teen daughter’s problematic drug use, she spent frantic months trying to get help. A psychiatrist told Ms. Doherty her daughter would be fine. Police said they couldn’t help. A government representative told her to let the girl do what she wanted and just hope that everything would be okay, Ms. Doherty recalled.

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Supporters of public faith in Canada are young, educated, Liberal and 'quite dug in'

Providence Health News - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 13:17

Proponents of religious faith in public life in Canada tend to be younger, more highly educated, and more likely to have voted Liberal, according to a new survey.

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Hospital stats show birth tourism rising in major cities

Providence Health News - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 14:52

Could a single hospital in Richmond, BC, be the only one in the country experiencing a boom in birth tourism? This was the question many people had earlier this year, when politicians began taking notice of the unusually high number of nonresidents giving birth at the Richmond Hospital.

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Philanthropy has a role to play in combatting Canada's opioid crisis (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 09:45

The obituary for Dan Sealey was heartbreaking. Described as a “brilliant, hilarious, happy kid”, he had a dream of becoming a physics teacher. But “mental health and addiction” struggles later in life led to his death from an accidental drug overdose.

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32 festive places to see Christmas lights in Metro Vancouver (LOH, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 09:17

If you’re looking to make your festive season truly merry and bright, look no further than these locations where Christmas lights are the main attraction.

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Seven things to do in the Lower Mainland (LOH, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 09:09

Seven things to do in the Lower Mainland from November 23 to 29: Museum of Anthropology, Richmond Dumpling Trail, and more.

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Vancouverites weigh in on plans for new St. Paul’s hospital campus (New SPH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:26

Although she has one quibble about the plans, Christina Wolf welcomes the new St. Paul’s hospital and health care campus envisioned for an 18.4-acre False Creek Flats site.

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Mount St. Joseph Hospital annual appeal launched (MSJ, PHC)

Providence Health News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:07

It's only November, but supporters of St. Paul's Foundation are already gearing up for a huge annual Chinese New Year celebration.

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Multiple vials of naloxone now required to resuscitate Metro Vancouver opioid users (VCH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 11:13

Emergency first responders, hospital physicians and others trying to revive overdosed drug users are now having to give several doses of naloxone to counteract increasingly toxic concoctions including heroin, morphine, and fentanyl, B.C.’s top public health official says.

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Addressing the doctor shortage in BC (Dr. Rita McCracken, PHC)

Providence Health News - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 13:58

On The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn: Voice of Sarah Vee, meal kits, ballet, caribou, Ottawa Report, Google maps, after hours clinic, trans remembrance, ride hailing, first call, Pretty Lonely: lonely work, Vancouver housing, Improv China, and more.

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Edwards Lifesciences gets CE mark for advanced heart valve (Dr. John Webb, SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:16

TAVR procedures are a fast-growing medtech market due to their emergence as an alternative to open-heart surgery for many patients who need a new aortic heart valve.

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Open house set for new St. Paul’s Hospital development on Vancouver’s False Creek Flats (New SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:32

The public will get a chance to ask questions about the development of a new St. Paul’s Hospital and health-care campus in East Vancouver.

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B.C. children's watchdog calls for help in preventing overdoses (VCH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:15

British Columbia's children's watchdog has released a report calling for comprehensive change after it says two dozen children between the ages of 10 and 18 died of drug overdoses last year.

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B.C. children’s watchdog calls for supervised drug-use sites for teens (VCH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:06

Youth in British Columbia who use illicit substances say they have no place to do so under supervision, prompting the province’s children’s watchdog to recommend the creation of supervised consumption spaces specifically for those under 18.

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Exercise is medicine, and doctors are starting to prescribe it (Dr. Scott Lear)

Providence Health News - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 10:57

There is a movement afoot (pun intended) to get more people exercising by involving their family doctors.

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