Providence In the News

Dr. Evan Wood from St. Paul's Hospital discusses addiction in the brain

How do opioids affect the brain and body?

Dr. Evan Wood, an addiction specialist at St. Paul’s Hospital, compares the deluge of dopamine that floods the brain after a hit of heroin to the blip the brain would get from a naturally pleasurable experience — a cold glass of water on a hot day, a satisfying meal, sex — to be a ratio of about 1,000 to one. “That’s not an exact number, but it gives a general sense of how intense the feeling is,” he explains.

Closing of St. Paul's Hospital’s AIDS ward is symbolic of progress

For more than a decade, Ward 10C was ground zero in Canada’s struggle against the AIDS epidemic.

An otherwise sterile and unremarkable room within Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital, Ward 10C was a place where patients came to die. The generic name was code for the hospital’s AIDS unit.

Success morphs St. Paul's Hospital's AIDS ward

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, right, embraces Dr. Julio Montaner, director for the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, after announcing the dedicated AIDS ward at St. Paul's Hospital would no longer just treat patients with HIV/AIDS because of a lack of demand due to the success of the centre, during a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday May 27, 2014.

A Vancouver hospital ward once so stigmatized it was only referred to by code name has been transformed from an AIDS-dedicated centre now the illness has been “virtually controlled” in the province.

St. Paul’s Hospital in the city’s core is repurposing the floor that nursing staff would only identify as “10C,” because of a near-elimination of AIDS cases in British Columbia and the associated drop in need for high-maintenance HIV care.

Tanya Leung and Jocelyn Hill from St. Paul's discuss Vitamin IV drips with Global News

The latest health and beauty fad is a medley of vitamins and minerals fed directly into your bloodstream through an IV drip. It’s supposed to rehydrate and revitalize your body quickly but as Elaine Yong reports, health care professionals are urging caution.

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B.C. is first Canadian region to encourage routine HIV testing for adults

Once labelled absurd, the idea of mass testing of adults for HIV and AIDS is now part of the routine in British Columbia, proving the province is showing the world how to control and defeat the cruel disease, says the doctor leading the program.

The B.C. government announced Monday it will become the first jurisdiction in Canada to introduce guidelines for health-care providers to encourage all adult British Columbians to get tested for HIV.

Dr. Evan Wood from St. Paul's to tackle Vancouver’s addiction puzzle

Vancouver Coastal Health and St. Paul’s Hospital are joining forces to combat Vancouver’s soaring alcohol and drug addiction problem with the appointment of Dr. Evan Wood as the new medical director for addiction services at VCH and physician program director for addiction at Providence Health Care.

Asthma 101 with St. Paul's Doctor Del Dorscheid

Dr. Del Dorscheid, head of the St. Paul’s Asthma Clinic, joined CTV’s morning show to discuss asthma.

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Digital Technology improves hospital-community transition and helps patients with rehabilitation and mobility independence

Modern technology (e.g. smart phones/tablets, information technologies, web-based applications, apps, social media, etc.) has changed all aspects of our lives including communication, education and entertainment. For the health care industry, advances in technology has impacted in the way health professionals, clinics, hospitals and health authorities deliver innovative health services to patients. From telehealth to m-health, on Bloom this month we will explore how technology is impacting health in general and health care at PHC

Doors open at St. Paul's Hospital mental health emergency unit

Photograph by: Jason Payne , PNG

Nine beds, seclusion rooms, and safety measures such as doors with unbreakable glass and bathrooms free of anything that patients can harm themselves are part of a new unit at Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital for people with severe mental illnesses or addictions.

The acute behavioural stabilization unit is part of a government promise to address what Vancouver police have described as a mental health crisis in the city.

St. Paul’s experts target sweet spot, say too much sugar souring our health

Candy Aisle owner Shelley McCann talks about sugar and sweets at her shop in Vancouver on Monday. Photograph by Wayne Leidenfrost/PNG

You're sitting on the couch after dinner, when the chocolate cookies in the cupboard start calling out your name.

What to do?

Don't keep the chocolate cookies in your cupboard.

Ian Austin and Frank Luba Report

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Providence and patients file constitutional challenge to Federal Government's decision

Providence and five patients launched a constitutional challenge to overturn a recent decision by the federal government that prevents the delivery of life-saving treatment to vulnerable addictions patients.

Providence and five patients launched a constitutional challenge to overturn a recent decision by the federal government that prevents the delivery of life-saving treatment to vulnerable addictions patients.

Cool tool: iPal brings PHC palliative care online

Internal medicine specialist Stephane Voyer with the new web-based tool called iPal.

Designed specifically for use on mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, iPal brings essential palliative care information to health professionals at point of care.

Provincial Influenza Policy

Visiting a Providence Health Care site? Here's what you need to know about keeping our patients and residents safe during Influenza season.

PHCRI research study gives hope to those with chronic non-healing wounds

Monday, August 19, 2013, VANCOUVER, BC — New research by the Providence Health Care Research Institute tackles a major problem plaguing long-term care facilities and hospitals. The study, published in the Nature Publication Group journal Cell Death and Differentiation, gives hope to those with chronic non-healing wounds, a problem affecting as many as 20-25 percent of patients in long-term care facilities.

Heart pumps work as 'bridge to transplant'

To support a failing heart, there are two general types of ventricular assist devices, long-term and short-term. Two cardiac surgeons - along with four other cardiologists - at St. Paul's Hospital perform all implantations of long-term devices in the province, under the B.C. Acute Heart Failure Program.

Evidence trumps ideology over public health benefits of Insite

It has been nearly 10 years since Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection site opened and two years since the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously determined that it should remain open to protect public health.

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