March 22, 2017

New hospital tower vital for our future

A letter to the editor talks about the importance of health care and references the new acute care tower at Richmond Hospital.

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March 21, 2017

Adult day programs for frail Vancouver seniors critical in providing relief for caregivers

B.C.’s seniors advocate says one temporary home should be found for frail seniors disrupted by the redevelopment of the George Pearson Centre in Vancouver, not several.

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March 22, 2017

Vermont considers safe injection space for drug users

After an increase in opiate-related deaths last year, Vermont is exploring “safe injection sites”. With mention of Insite and quotes from Anna Marie D’Angelo, VCH spokesperson.

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March 21, 2017

City of Vancouver says overdose numbers in March likely to surpass February totals

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services responded to 104 overdose calls for week of March 13, and police reported 21 suspected fatal overdoses by March 20, compared to 25 in February. Mentions impending closure of Mobile Medical Unit and Crosstown Clinic client statistics.

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March 22, 2017

Vancouver’s top doctor opens up about late nights through the fentanyl crisis and B.C.’s next steps

The story summarizes FOI documents about the overdose crisis in Vancouver, which the paper recently received. With quotes from VCH’s Dr Patricia Daly.

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March 21, 2017

Vancouver health officials scrambling to slow drug-overdose deaths, government emails reveal

Emails obtained via FOI depicts city officials, health authorities, and the province working frantically to slow the rapidly rising body count associated with B.C.’s fentanyl crisis. With quotes from VCH’s Dr Patricia Daly and Miranda Compton.

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March 14, 2017

An MS trial reported ‘definitive’ results before it was done. Why?

The story questions why a UBC and VCHRI clinical trial looking into treatment for a vascular condition associated with MS has determined the therapy fails to treat MS, yet the trial is apparently still active. With comments from VCH’s Dr. Anthony Traboulsee.

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March 20, 2017

Liver transplants in B.C. ‘remarkable’ but risky business

A new study by experts at VGH has found that just over eight per cent of liver transplant recipients who get an organ from someone who has died will themselves die within a year after surgery in B.C. With comment from VCH’s Dr. Eric Yoshida.

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March 19, 2017

SALOME lead researcher calls on government to fund prescription injectable opioids for chronic substance users.

Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, lead SALOME researcher, urges more government funds for supervised injectable opioid substitution therapy.

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March 20, 2017

‘You need to be brave’: Expert calls on government to fund prescription opioids

Opioid researcher Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, the lead researcher for SALOME at Crosstown Clinic, is calling the BC government to fund substitution therapy to stop the overdose crisis.

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