Providence In the News

HIV Centre Director Says We Urgently Need a National Treatment Plan

When a U.S. doctor at the University of Mississippi Medical Centre announced she appeared to have cured a baby of the HIV virus, headlines roared that it could be a major discovery. However, Dr. Julio Montaner, the Director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, said in an interview with Yahoo! Canada News that it’s too soon to declare the baby cured of the virus and there isn’t enough research to call the case a breakthrough.

Dr. Julio Montaner, Director, B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

From the 2013 Influencer Index: This doctor from Argentina has changed the face of HIV/AIDS treatment since moving to B.C. This Argentinian transplant arrived in B.C. for a post-doctoral fellowship at UBC just as the HIV/AIDS epidemic detonated in the early 1980s. In his three decades in the province, Dr. Julio Montaner has helped remove the disease’s stigma and saved millions of lives.

Daily blood tests for all critically ill patients deemed unnecessary

Intensive care unit doctors at St. Paul’s Hospital have done away with daily routine blood tests on patients without affecting the quality of care, simply by challenging a long-held dictum that those who are critically ill need to have blood drawn that frequently.

 

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS finds homelessness and childhood sexual abuse are key factors in promoting youth injection drug use

First-of-a-kind studies reinforce need for addiction treatment and prevention for homeless youth.

Vancouver, B.C. [December 20, 2012]: Homelessness and a history of childhood sexual abuse place Vancouver street involved youth at great risk of intravenous injection drug use and potential transmission of HIV and hepatitis C, according to a pair of new studies from researchers at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and the University of British Columbia.

BC-CfE’s Dr. Richard Harrigan wins Innovation and Achievement Award

Vancouver, BC [March 5, 2013] — Dr. Richard Harrigan, Director of the Laboratory Program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), has been awarded the Innovation and Achievement Award for his industry-leading work in HIV clinical research.

Presented by LifeSciences BC, the Innovation and Achievement Award is given annually to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development of British Columbia’s life sciences industry.

Landmark study calls for greater investment in evidence-based healthcare and harm reduction initiatives for injection drug users in Thailand to save lives, prevent HIV infections

Despite aggressive drug policies and compulsory drug detention, the availability of illicit drugs in Bangkok increased significantly between 2009 and 2011

Bangkok, Thailand [March 11, 2013] — A new study from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group (TTAG) and Thailand’s Mitsampan Community Research Project, finds the Thai government’s longstanding war-on-drugs, involving the mass incarceration of people who use drugs, has failed to suppress the availability and use of illegal drugs in the country.

Computer models predict how patients will respond to HIV drugs without the need for resistance testing

Models could improve the treatment of HIV patients in countries with limited resources.

St. Paul's Hospital Redevelopment Project looking for architects

The redevelopment of St. Paul’s Hospital continues to gain momentum with the posting of a Request for Proposals to provide architectural services for the project.

PHC scientists receive operating grants

CHÉOS scientists, based at St. Paul's Hospital, have received operating grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Read the full article to learn about the recipients and their research abstracts.

2013 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune raises more than half a million dollars for state of the art breast cancer detection technology for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

VANCOUVER, BC, Feb. 18, 2013 – Thanks to the enthusiastic support of the Vancouver community, Tapestry Foundation’s 2013 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune on Feb. 16 raised a record $521,326 toward the purchase of a 3D ultrasound breast scanner for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital’s (MSJ) Rapid Access Breast Clinic (RABC).

Since the first event in 2008, Scotiabank Feast of Fortune has raised more than $1.8 million for new technology including diagnostic imaging and respiratory equipment, video surgical systems, and cardiac testing and monitoring apparatus.

What’s new in safe, high quality patient care initiatives: the BC winners

Just like last year, which I wrote about here,  I once again helped judge entries for the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council awards. Now in its fourth year, the program is a fine way to reward, and draw attention to, health professionals who are changing the way they provide care, making it not only better, but safer for all. One of my personal favourites is a program at St. Paul’s Hospital where a team sought to end a bad medical habit.

Life Lessons: Jennifer Duff

Jennifer Duff was just 33 when she was hired as director of mental health at Providence Health Care. She was promoted to the position after managing several nursing units at St. Paul's Hospital. She soon learned that making decisions at the director level also requires taking on a new level of responsibility.

City woman overcomes eating disorders

Offering hope: Amy Candido overcame two eating disorders and went on to help others recover. She now works with the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at BC Children’s Hospital. It started in junior high, when she decided to become a vegetarian. Nothing to send up any red flags, since many people cut meat from their diet out of a concern for animal welfare; but for Amy Candido, it was the first step on a slippery slope to an eating disorder that would completely take over her life.

Our entire series on St. Paul’s Hospital now available as an e-book

Have you ever wondered what really goes on in a big city hospital? Is it like the medical dramas on television? Well, scrub up and put on a mask — The Province’ latest e-book will take you inside St. Paul’s Hospital to share the unprecedented access given to reporters and photographers last year. During an eight-month project called Heartbeat, The Province spent weeks in the corridors, operating rooms, wards and corners of St. Paul’s Hospital.

'They gave me a second chance at life'

Four-year-old Brayden Ma likes to tell people about his mom’s new heart. “He’s so excited,” said Lindsay Schneider. “He’d say, ‘My mom’s heart was sick. But now she has a new heart. See the scar?’ ” Schneider, 28, received her new heart last October – one of 306 organ transplants performed in BC in 2012, a new record for B.C. Transplant.

Blue Monday Got You Down? Ideas for Staying Healthy and Happy

St. Paul's Hospital dietitian Lindsay Jang provides you some tips for a healthy 2013. This year will be the healthiest year yet! New workout gear? Check! Fridge stocked with leafy greens? Check! Wine bottle sealed tight? Check! Does this sound like a distant memory now that January is nearing an end and reality is setting in? It doesn’t have to be. Despite all of the good intentions, if you’re struggling to stay on track with those New Year’s resolutions right around now, you’re not alone.

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