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Wednesday, Jul 11

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B.C.'s illicit overdose deaths decreasing almost every month this year

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The B.C. Coroners Service has released its latest overdose statistics, showing 109 people died in May from illicit drugs. That’s a decrease of 23 per cent in the number of deaths from a year earlier, when 141 people fatally overdosed in…

C-sections on demand: Doctors say pregnant women don’t need a valid medical reason to avoid labour

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'If a patient decides they want a C-section, contrary to the wishes of their doctor, that doctor has a responsibility to refer the patient,' Canada’s obstetricians say

Imperial Tobacco ‘shocked’ by Health Canada’s proposal for plain packaging of cigarettes

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'We still cannot understand how this government can justify legalizing marijuana while imposing such extreme measures on tobacco products'

Home care and support stretched thin as B.C. ages

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Moira Hewitt has lived on her own for the past eight years and she is quite determined to carry on, thank you very much. As age and her battle with multiple sclerosis progress, she needs help to get her day started, prep meals and get to…

Loneliness, falls and over-medicating afflict seniors in B.C. care homes

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Recent data collected by the B.C. seniors advocate, Isobel Mackenzie, indicates socialization must be improved in most of B.C.'s 293 residential care homes.

Psychological burden on caring for dementia at home can be huge

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By all accounts, Dorothy Housden has an ideal situation for someone living with dementia. She’s in a bright and spacious ground floor suite in a house with her son Bill and his wife Mila Coutinho living above. Dorothy’s bedroom has a high…

Seniors care in B.C.: Dementia wave set to make institutions more responsive to residents

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Erna Dreger held out as long as she could. She kept her husband Paul out of the seniors care system for nine years, caring for him at home after he was diagnosed in 2003 with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. But Paul, now 80, liked to go…

Tips to help seniors stay in their home longer

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Dr. Roger Wong’s memories of his grandmother include her favourite song, Moon River, and the way she used to cook his favourite dish, spot prawns in sweet tomato sauce. He and his grandmother were close, he said, until his family left Hong…

New family doctors ‘don’t feel competent’ to perform abortions due to lack of training: study

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Abortion has been decriminalized in Canada since 1988, but 80 per cent of family medicine residents surveyed reported receiving less than one hour of formal abortion training

The secret to an ageless body (and how to get fitter after 40)

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The emerging new breed of 40- and 50-somethings are NOT resigned to an expanding waistline and shrinking muscles

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Ontario government’s most expensive program — health care — has been all but ignored this election

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There has been virtually no mention on the impending decision, and limited discussion of health care generally, despite widespread complaints about issues like wait lists and over-crowding

Everything you need to know about what pot does to you, from ‘sustained hilarity’ to ‘brain noise’

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Researchers have long been intrigued by the intoxicating effects of the world’s most popular illicit drug. Here’s how pot affects your body and mind

Hepatitis C testing recommended for Canadians born between 1945 and 1975

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More than 250,000 Canadians are believed to be infected with hepatitis C, but 40 to 70 per cent are unaware they harbour the blood-borne virus

Tuesday, Jul 10

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Air Canada to begin non-stop Windsor-Montreal flights

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Soon you'll be able to travel by plane directly between Montreal and Windsor or London — thanks to new non-stop domestic flights announced by Air Canada.

Letter warns Manitoba community against ‘unchristian’ yoga as first studio set to open

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The letter, which warns about 'yoga missionaries' and that 'no part of yoga can be separated from the philosophy behind it,' is only signed with the name 'Marie'

Children's advocate 2017 annual report focuses on positive progress

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The report is not all good news, though, as 18 children died in government care last year and a further 47 were critically injured.

Health Canada launching probe after Victoria homeopath treats boy with rabid-dog saliva remedy

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The B.C. Naturopathic Association also filed a complaint against Zimmermann, saying she may have breached the association's code of conduct and code of ethics

Homeopath claims to have cured restless, growling child with rabid-dog spit

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B.C.'s provincial health officer is urging the federal government to review its approval of the unproven rabies-based remedy

Canadian boxer died in vegetative state before he could claw out of the hell he created for himself

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David Whittom was seconds away from winning a title when he was knocked out. The fight left him in a vegetative state until his death

Mosaïculture back to Gatineau for second edition this summer

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The popular horticulture exhibit that took over Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau last year for Canada 150 celebrations will be back in 2018 — but you’ll have to pay. The Quebec and federal governments announced that the exhibit — known…

B.C. nurse hit with precedent-setting fine for financially exploiting elderly couple

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The College of Registered Nurses of B.C. says a precedent-setting penalty to a nurse who financially exploited an elderly couple should serve as a deterrent to others thinking about enriching themselves at the expense of patients in their…

Douglas Todd: Are B.C. health officials waking to gender factor in the opioid crisis?

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Are public health officials finally facing up to the fact that the overdose epidemic in Canada and the U.S. is mostly devastating boys and men? There are small signs some health officials are slowly, awkwardly, hesitatingly beginning to…

Douglas Todd: Canada's psychologists urge marijuana vigilance

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Apart from the #Metoo maelstrom and the housing crises in Toronto and Vancouver, few things stir up Canadians more than marijuana, which its promoters claim is the cure for everything from glaucoma to brain disease. Should private outlets…

B.C. is worst province for drug-affordability: UBC/SFU-led study

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B.C. residents are far more likely to face struggles with medication costs, especially drugs prescribed for mental-health conditions, according to a B.C.-led study published online in the CMAJ Open. Analyzing the responses of 28,091 people…

Edible cannabis products most likely to send 4/20 revellers to poison control

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Calls to the B.C. Drug and Poison Information Centre have surged on the annual 4/20 cannabis event in Vancouver in recent years, a report by provincial health officials shows. “The 4/20 cannabis calls represent a real spike, way over what…

Billions of viruses rain down on Earth every day: Study

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A scientific study has added a new vector to the usual transportation of viruses and bacteria horizontally from person-to-person: they now can literally fall on you from above. Every day, more than 800 million viruses fall from the…

Delta hospice rebels against Fraser Health's mandate to provide medical assistance in dying

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The operators of the Delta Hospice Society say they’re victims of “bullying” tactics by Fraser Health and medical assistance in dying (MAiD) activists who want the service provided in all non-denominational, hospice palliative care…

B.C. cardiac arrest survivor and his saviour hail a new app that beckons potential lifesavers

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In a dressing room at Pitt Meadows Arena, after a recent hockey game in which he scored a goal and his “old-timers” team won, Rob MacDonald had a cardiac arrest and died. He was revived by a winger on the opposing team, one he had actually…

Sports medicine experts MOVE on with evidence-based advice

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Is prolonged rest best for an acute injury or musculoskeletal problem? No, it’s actually harmful. Steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for banged-up ligaments or muscles? Not so much. How about ice? Maybe for a short time,…

Wednesday, Jun 27

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Joe Jackson, father of Michael and founder of The Jackson 5, dies aged 89

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A former crane operator at U.S. Steel Corp., Jackson led his family out of poverty in Gary, Indiana, when he founded the soul-inspired quintet with sons Jermaine, Tito, Jackie, Marlon and Michael