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Poll shows majority of BC’s “sandwich generation” challenged by juggling care for kids and parents

A new province-wide poll conducted by Insights West reveals 9-in-10 British Columbians who form part of the “sandwich generation” report they are experiencing a range of challenges in providing care. The “sandwich generation” is defined as someone juggling both the needs of their children and aging parents at the same time. More than half of […]

January 18th, 2017 | Posted in British Columbia,Canadian News,Headlines,Health | Read More »

Agreement reached regarding high strength opioids in Ontario

AFTER months of negotiation, an agreement has been reached and publicly announced by Ontario’s Ministry of Health regarding high strength opioids. Ontario physicians who identify themselves as palliative care prescribers and are part of the Ontario Medical Association’s (OMA’s) Palliative Care Facilitated Access (PCFA) Program will continue to be able to prescribe high-strength opioids to any […]

January 16th, 2017 | Posted in Canadian News,Health,Ontario | Read More »

New campaign reduces non-emergency visits to emergency department

A new campaign aiming to reduce congestion in emergency departments has contributed to a decrease in non-emergency visits to Peace Arch Hospital by more than 1,100 visits in its first year. With up to 40 per cent of visits to Fraser Health Emergency Departments representing non-emergency health care concerns, the successful Use the ER Wisely […]

January 13th, 2017 | Posted in British Columbia,Canadian News,Headlines,Health | Read More »

BC takes significant step forward in preventing cancer with HPV announcement

THE Canadian Cancer Society calls the recent BC Government announcement to provide the HPV vaccine to all genders through schools a significant move forward in public health policy. The Society believes this change, which will take place in September 2017, will have an enormous impact in reducing children’s future risk of HPV-related cancers. The Society […]

January 12th, 2017 | Posted in British Columbia,Canadian News,Headlines,Health | Read More »

Pumping iron is good for the heart, UBC researchers show

JUST one session of interval weight-training can decrease the risk of Type 2 diabetes complications, according to a UBC Okanagan study. This is encouraging news for those starting the New Year with good intentions. Jonathan Little, an assistant professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC Okanagan’s campus, says the study demonstrates […]

January 11th, 2017 | Posted in British Columbia,Canadian News,Headlines,Health | Read More »

B.C. extends free HPV coverage to boys

BEGINNING this September, British Columbia will become the latest province to provide the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to boys, as part of B.C.’s publicly funded immunization program, Health Minister Terry Lake announced ton Friday. “We need to do everything we can to help girls and boys grow up to be healthy adults,” said Lake. “We’ve […]

January 6th, 2017 | Posted in Breaking News,British Columbia,Canadian News,Headlines,Health | Read More »

SRH’s Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) reduces wait time from over a year to less than a month

THE Scarborough and Rouge Hospital’s (SRH) Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) – which provides patient-centred, highly individualized treatment, support, and rehabilitation to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness – announced on Thursday that it has reduced patient wait times from over a year to less than a month.  The success of SRH’s ACTT is the […]

January 5th, 2017 | Posted in Canadian News,Health,Ontario | Read More »

BC Nurses’ Union says nurses mandated to work overtime during holidays as patient volume levels spike

EXTREMELY high volumes of patients over the busy holiday weekend had staff at Lions Gate Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital scrambling to fill nursing shifts. BC Nurses’ Union President Gayle Duteil said on Thursday that by the late evening of December 30, Lions Gate Hospital staff had called in at least four nurses to work […]

January 5th, 2017 | Posted in Breaking News,British Columbia,Canadian News,Headlines,Health | Read More »

Alcohol abuse increases risk of heart disease

New York (IANS): Alcohol addiction can increase the risk of heart attack, atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure along with other risk factors like diabetes and high blood pressure, a study has found. The findings showed that alcohol abuse was associated with a two-fold increased risk of atrial fibrillation — irregular, often rapid heart rate […]

January 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,Health | Read More »

New mental health facility moves ahead at Royal Columbian Hospital

BIRD Design-Build Construction Inc. has been selected as the preferred proponent to build Royal Columbian’s new mental health facility and energy centre as part of phase one of the hospital’s redevelopment. The selection of this preferred proponent follows an extensive evaluation of three teams shortlisted in December 2015, which were invited to submit proposals to […]

December 29th, 2016 | Posted in Breaking News,British Columbia,Canadian News,Headlines,Health | Read More »

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