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312 people have died this year in City of Vancouver from a suspected overdose (VCH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 11:10

City of Vancouver staff, in partnership with Dr. Patricia Daly, Chief Medical Health Officer at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), presented an update to Vancouver’s new City Council on Tuesday which highlighted current City priorities for 2019 in relation to the opioid crisis.

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Vancouver council wants $3.5 million from province to help tackle overdose crisis (VCH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 11:04

Mayor Kennedy Stewart and council unanimously approved a motion Tuesday to request the provincial government contribute at least $3.5 million to help the city tackle the overdose crisis as it stretches into its second year of more than 300 lives lost in Vancouver.

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Lights of Hope fundraiser begins this week with fireworks bright displays (LOH, SPH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 10:54

The holiday season is just around the corner and one of the city’s largest fundraising events is returning this week.

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For the record (LOH, SPH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 10:40

Hats Off: Business in Vancouver welcomes submissions from local small businesses and large corporations alike that demonstrate examples of corporate philanthropy and community involvement in the Vancouver area.

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31-year-old Langford mom looking for second kidney donor after first transplant failed (SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 12:26

Drielle Tousignant is a 31-year-old mother to 10-year-old Logan who will soon spend several hours every day on kidney dialysis.

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BCNU says nursing vacancies in emergency department gradually being filled (SPH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 16:21

A nursing crisis in the emergency department at St. Paul’s Hospital caused by resignations and personnel turnover is gradually being resolved after the B.C. Nurses’ Union forced a formal review.

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Open house date set for new St. Paul’s hospital rezoning application (SPH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 16:15

A rezoning application dealing with the plan to build the new St. Paul’s Hospital and health care campus on an 18.4-acre site in False Creek Flats goes to an open house November 20.

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SFU’s 2018 Vanier Scholar explores impact of Vancouver’s housing and overdose crises on women (BC-CfE & BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:56

Does single room accommodation housing shape women’s drug- and health-related outcomes, including their risk of overdose?

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B.C. pharmacists to undergo specialized opioid training (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:51

B.C. pharmacists will soon be required to undergo special training designed to reduce the stigma and increase knowledge to combat the province’s staggering opioid overdose crisis.

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On-demand HIV tests now available throughout Interior Health region (Dr. Julio Montaner, BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Sun, 11/04/2018 - 00:00

Getting tested for HIV just got easier for residents across the Interior Health region, now that on-demand testing is available at all IH laboratories.

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Saskatoon Sanctum's angel's cradle idea put on hold (Dr. Geoffrey Cundiff)

Providence Health News - Sat, 11/03/2018 - 00:00

The organizers of a proposed Saskatoon program which would allow mothers to remain anonymous when turning over their newborns for care have pressed pause on their plans. 

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Halloween can be deadly for pedestrians, traffic study says (Dr. John Staples, SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 13:19

Trick-or-treaters beware: Halloween can be deadly for pedestrians and children face the greatest danger.

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Trick-or-treating kids at higher risk of traffic deaths, study shows (Dr. John Staples, SPH )

Providence Health News - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 13:17

Traffic deaths spike among children who are trick-or-treating on Halloween, particularly among kids ages four to eight, according to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics. 

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Portland Hotel Society boss resigns as payroll chaos dogs employees (VCH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:42

The executive director of the Portland Hotel Society is resigning after less than two years on the job, as struggles continue with a new payroll system that has consistently delivered inaccurate payments.

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New palliative care hub opens in North Vancouver (VCH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:39

People experiencing a life-threatening illness shouldn’t have to contend with their quality of life being threatened as well.

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Crossing the Street May Be Scariest Part of Halloween (Dr. John Staples, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 15:36

Trick-or-treaters and other pedestrians should be particularly careful on October 31, as the average Halloween night resulted in four additional pedestrian deaths in the U.S., with the sharpest increase seen among young children, according to an analysis of 42 years of data.

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Kids are 10 times more likely be killed in car crashes on Halloween (Dr. John Staples, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 15:30

Kids are more likely to die in car crashes on Halloween than any other night of the year, a new study from UBC suggests.

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VIU researchers develop method for detecting lethal fentanyl levels (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 15:21

A team of researchers from Vancouver Island University have made a breakthrough that could save lives amid B.C.’s opioid epidemic.

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London Drugs owner donates $6.5 million to new St. Paul's Hospital (SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 15:09

British Columbia’s Louie Family has made a contribution of $6.5 million to help support the construction of the provincial Heart Centre within the new St. Paul’s Hospital in the False Creek Flats, near SkyTrain’s Main Street-Science World Station.

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Castlegar man finds kidney donor in co-worker (SPH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 14:26

A Castlegar man has a new lease on life thanks to a co-worker he barely knew.

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