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One pill can prevent HIV. Can another prevent syphilis? (Dr. Mark Hull, BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 00:00

Thousands of men in British Columbia are already taking pre-exposure prophylaxis medication (better known as PrEP) to reduce the risk of getting HIV. Now, two researchers in Vancouver are trying something new: PrEP for syphilis.

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Canada’s recreational cannabis market could hold key to future medicines (M-J Milloy, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 00:00

The legalized cannabis market in Canada could hasten western adoption of plant-based medicines, opening up new frontiers in health care, advocates say.

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Canadian doctors trained overseas petition court to end 'system of exclusion' (SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 00:00

After completing his medical degree in Poland, Canadian-born and raised Oliver Kostanski has spent the last five years trying to obtain residency in British Columbia.

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B.C. provincial government commits $240 million to improve care for seniors (Seniors Care)

Providence Health News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 00:00

The provincial government is committing $240 million to improving care for seniors.

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B.C. seniors to get the hours of care they need as funding and staffing increased (Seniors Care)

Providence Health News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 00:00

The British Columbia government is increasing staffing levels in residential care homes to make sure seniors are getting the quality care they need and deserve, Premier John Horgan announced today.

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In Vancouver, people who use drugs are supervising injections and reversing overdoses (VCH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 00:00

Hundreds of times each day, people settle into individual mirrored booths in a building the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighborhood.

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Sepsis alert system coming to Coastal Health hospitals (VCH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 00:00

Richmond’s hospital could be one of several facilities set to get a new sepsis alert system, according to a news post by Vancouver Coastal Health.

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Opioid Crisis: Seven more dead from suspected overdoses in Vancouver (VCH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 00:00

A total of seven people died of a suspected overdose in Vancouver during the week of Sept. 10, adding to the grim tally that keeps rising and seems to have no end.

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Overdose fatalities continue at a grim pace in Vancouver (VCH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 00:00

Seven people died of suspected overdose in Vancouver last week, in line with a continuing weekly increase in the city’s overdose death toll, according to a statement Monday from the City of Vancouver.

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Canada’s most vulnerable citizens to get better access to healthcare with national program (VCH)

Providence Health News - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 00:00

On Wednesday, September 26, 2018 in downtown Vancouver’s Thornton Park, TELUS President & CEO, Darren Entwistle, along with community partners, will officially announce a national healthcare program to provide greater access to primary healthcare across the country for vulnerable Canadians.

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Educators can help turn the tide against the opioid crisis, says expert (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 00:00

Overcoming stigma against drug use and people who use drugs involves grappling with the historical legacy of the public education system, and finding ways to reform the most fundamental assumptions behind how we think of and speak about drugs.

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High Mortality but Durable Results With Valve-in-Valve TAVR (Dr. John Webb, SPH)

Providence Health News - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 00:00

One-third of patients who undergo valve-in-valve TAVR are dead at 3 years, but patients who survive have significant and durable improvements in valve hemodynamics, functional status, and quality of life, according to new data from the PARTNER II aortic valve-in-valve registry.

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Long-Term Data Reassuring for Valve-in-Valve TAVR (Dr. John Webb, SPH)

Providence Health News - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 00:00

Transcatheter valve-in-valve replacement had lasting benefits in a high-risk patient population requiring valve reintervention, registry data showed.

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TAVR Equally Safe With Balloon-, Self-Expanding Valves and General, Local Anesthesia (Dr. John Webb, SPH)

Providence Health News - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 00:00

In patients at high risk for surgery who undergo TAVR, self-expanding and balloon expandable devices are associated with similar safety at 30 days, with no differences between procedures done under local versus general anesthesia, according to results of the randomized SOLVE-TAVI trial.

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TCT 2018: COAPT Prompts Round of Applause, Plus New Valve Insights (Dr. John Webb, SPH)

Providence Health News - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 00:00

Sunday at TCT 2018 will be remembered as the day that COAPT results produced some whoops of surprise and spontaneous applause in the Main Arena. Full results of the trial are already live on TCTMD.

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New acute tower with 229 beds to be built at New Westminster hospital (SPH)

Providence Health News - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 00:00

On Saturday, the provincial government reaffirmed plans to provide Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster with a new acute tower.

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Foundry celebrates 1 year

Providence Health News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 00:00

This week marks a full year since Foundry Kelowna opened its doors and in that time more than 1,500 youth have come looking for help.

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Rezoning software submitted for brand spanking new St. Paul’s Hospital improvement

Providence Health News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 00:00

IBI Group, on behalf of Windfall Well being Care, has submitted a rezoning software to the Metropolis of Vancouver for the brand new St. Paul’s Hospital improvement destined for an 18.5-acre website in False Creek Flats.

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Phase 2 of Royal Columbian Hospital revitalization will expand emergency, acute care (PHC)

Providence Health News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 00:00

To help meet the demands of a growing population, the British Columbia government is moving forward with the next phase of a massive expansion of Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) in New Westminster.

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Rezoning application submitted for new St. Paul’s Hospital development

Providence Health News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 00:00

IBI Group, on behalf of Providence Health Care, has submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver for the new St. Paul’s Hospital development destined for an 18.5-acre site in False Creek Flats.

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