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'Toxic' culture of fear, bullying tearing apart Nanaimo hospital: report

A scathing new report says a toxic workplace culture has Nanaimo Regional General Hospital heading for self-destruction.

Number of deadly overdoses in B.C passes 1,100 for 2017

The BC Coroners Service says more than 1,100 British Columbians died due to a suspected illicit drug overdose in the first nine months of the year, with most happening in the days immediately following welfare payments.


2,000% rise in street drug samples testing positive for fentanyl (Dr. Michael Krausz)

The number of positive tests for fentanyl in samples of heroin seized by law enforcement agencies across Canada has grown from less than one per cent in 2012 to more than 60 per cent so far this year, exclusive data obtained by CBC News has revealed.

Foundry looks to change the lives of youth and how mental health is treated 
in the province

Midterms and final exams, for many students, are the worst. The pressure of performing well can make students feel overwhelmed and panicked, and despite the varied programs available at Capilano University, each comes with its own set of exams, projects and stresses. Mental health issues are on the rise among youth and counselling services are more in demand than ever.

Indigenous young people who use drugs in BC 13 times more likely to die (Cedar Project)

Indigenous young people in British Columbia who use drugs are 13 times more likely to die than other young people of the same age, and young women and people who use drugs are even more likely to die, according to research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

Study shows abnormal overdose and suicide rates among young female Indigenous drug users (Cedar Project)

Young Indigenous drug users are 13 times more likely to die than others in their age group, and women make up more than half of the deaths, according to a study that monitored more than 600 young people in Vancouver and Prince George over 12 years.

Indigenous youth who use drugs in B.C. dying at an alarming rate, study finds (Cedar Project)

Indigenous youth who use drugs in B.C. are 13 times more likely to die than all other youth in the same age group across the country. That's according to a new study, which singled out young women and those involved with injection drug use to be at the highest risk.

'Alarming rate' of OD deaths among young Indigenous people in B.C.: study (Cedar Project)

 Indigenous drug users in British Columbia are 13 times more likely to die compared with other Canadians of the same age, says a decade-long study calling for cultural connections as a path to healing deep-rooted pain.

These foods will lower your risk of heart disease (Karen Mornin)

Low-fat or low-carb? Butter or margarine? Avocado oil or coconut oil? Bombarded with contradictory media reports on the ever-changing landscape of nutrition research, it’s difficult for anyone to know which fats and other foods they should eat, and in what quantities.

Debate over drug consumption sites might be coming to end (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

In the space of two years, the number of supervised consumption sites approved to operate in Canada has gone from one to 22, plus three interim sites.

Former Vancouver city manager hired to advise on St. Paul's Hospital project

Vancouver’s former top bureaucrat has been hired to a contract position with the provincial government, two years after she was ousted from city hall.

Alberta approves pilot programs for injectable opioid therapy (Crosstown Clinic)

Albertans who have struggled with traditional forms of opioid treatment such as suboxone and methadone could soon have access to an injectable form of therapy.

St. Paul's Hospital innovation: new genetic testing for familial hypercholesterolemia (FH)

Centre for Heart Lung Innovation investigator Dr. Liam Brunham is doing genetic testing on patients with familial hypercholesterolemia. It's part of a study on the effectiveness of genetic testing to diagnose and treat FH.

BC doctor revolutionizes heart valve replacement (Dr. David Wood)

A Vancouver cardiologist is unveiling a revolutionary heart valve surgery. It reduces recovery time from months to a just a few hours. And Dr. David Wood says not only does his technique spare patients a massive operation, it saves the health care system money. Robin Gill has more on the remarkable new procedure.

B.C. doctor says Canadian-led heart valve surgery will ‘blow people’s minds’ (Dr. David Wood)

A Vancouver cardiologist has presented details of a revolutionary heart valve surgery to thousands of doctors from around the world and says the minimally invasive procedure will “blow people's minds.”

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