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Voice of the People: Courage is Missing (BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:27

I was dismayed to read the story concerning Nova Scotia’s meagre efforts to intercept the twin crisis of overdose deaths and transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C. The scientific evidence, the financial analyses and the public health messages are consistent and clear.

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Canada’s Newest Drug Scare (Dr. Keith Ahamad, SPH ED)

Providence Health News - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:17

There is a new type of overdose among drug users in Vancouver and it’s challenging front – line overdose prevention workers trying to save lives. 

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City of Vancouver flies flag at half-mast to mark anniversary of overdose health emergency (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 08:59

The flag atop Vancouver’s city hall was flown at half-mast on Sunday as the city marked the lives lost in the province’s ongoing overdose crisis.

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Vancouver mourns lives lost to overdose on third anniversary of B.C.’s public health emergency (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 08:47

Sunday marked the 1090th day since B.C. declared the increase in overdose deaths as a public health emergency. Many lives were lost to overdose prior to this declaration. Since April 14, 2016, more than 3,600 people have lost their lives to overdose in B.C. with more than 1,000 of these deaths happening in Vancouver.

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The Spirit of 420, Post-Legalization: Civil Disobedience or Celebration? (ED, SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 08:33

Since the nineties, cannabis consumers have marked 4/20 by gathering at squares and parks across Canada to collectively call for policy reforms, fair treatment, and destigmatization. By definition, it has always been a protest—though, given the amount of cannabis at these events, the mood is always jovial.

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Vancouver care facility moves to 'dementia village' model to make residents feel at home (Dementia Village, Holy Family)

Providence Health News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 17:08

A major makeover is underway at a facility for dementia patients in South Vancouver: staff are creating a “dementia village” to help patients feel more like they're living in a home, rather than a hospital.

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VCH officials say opioid overdoses spiked recently, related to toxic additives (Dr. Keith Ahamad, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:03

Officials with Vancouver Coastal Health say they’ve been dealing with an uptick in overdoses over the past few weeks — and the drugs are being cut with synthetics that naloxone doesn’t work on.

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The Band for a Closer Bond (Maternity, SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 10:54

This is a Canadian first! Tom Walsh tells us Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital is testing out a maternity positioning band that allows mothers who deliver their babies by C-section to safely engage in skin-to-skin contact.

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Researchers are exploring the link between hearing loss and dementia (Dementia Village)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 20:13

Remember when some experts were suggesting we’d find a cure for dementia within five to seven years? Turns out that was some five to seven years ago.

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Teen’s death at B.C. summer festival deemed accidental (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 20:09

The Kamloops teen who died at last year’s Centre of Gravity Festival suffered a seizure and cardiac arrest due to acute drug toxicity, according to a BC Coroner’s report released Thursday.

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St Paul’s introduces first-in-Canada maternity Positioning Band (Scott Harrison, Maternity)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 19:40

A local hospital is introducing a new maternity positioning band, the first of its kind in Canada.

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St. Paul's Hospital first in Canada to offer maternity positioning band (Maternity, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 16:49

A maternity positioning band is being offered at St. Paul’s Hospital to help mothers and their infants. It’s the first hospital in Canada to introduce Joeyband into its operating rooms, which allows mothers who deliver through C-section to safely engage in skin-to-skin contact with their babies.

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Government launches initiative to renew B.C.’s Interior forestry industry (New SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 13:10

The British Columbia government is launching a regionally driven renewal of the province’s Interior forest industry, aimed at developing a competitive, sustainable future for forest companies, workers and communities.

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More than 10,000 Canadians have died from opioid-related overdoses since 2016, public health data show (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 11:23

More than 10,300 Canadians have died of opioid-related overdoses in less than three years, according to new national data, an ominous figure that suggests efforts to curb the crisis are falling short.

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St. Paul's Hospital trials new device for skin-to-skin care after C-sections (Maternity, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:50

St. Paul’s Hospital has taken a cue from the kangaroo to keep moms and babies healthier and happier after a caesarean delivery.

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Community picks new way for planned arterial through Strathcona (New SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:29

The community group assembled by the City of Vancouver to recommend a new arterial road through Strathcona has come back with their preferred route, selecting an option that wasn’t initially on the table.

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In Vancouver, front-line workers are facing ‘a different kind of overdose’ in new synthetic drug (Dr. Keith Ahamad)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:25

A drug chemically similar to medication for anxiety and sleep disorders that is being cut into heroin and fentanyl is suspected of contributing to a spate of overdoses that leave some users unconscious for hours at a time.

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'You want to scream': Cost of organ transplant a worry for some B.C. patients (Dr. David Landsberg)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:18

When Peggy Mahoney discovered she had a rare liver condition and required a transplant, it came as a shock.

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The aging face of homelessness in North American cities (PHC)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 08:54

In Vancouver last month, more than 400 volunteers walked around, carrying clipboards and wearing bright yellow buttons that read “Homeless Count.” They were out on the streets or in shelters asking homeless people to complete brief surveys for the city’s annual Homeless Count co-ordinated by the Homelessness Services Association of B.C. (HSABC).

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Donation saves Trans Am Totem but art installation still needs a long-term address (New SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 08:37

A donation by Chip and Shannon Wilson has saved a well-known art installation from an uncertain future.

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