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Warning: Child Poverty Is Hazardous to Our Health

The reports come so often that we shrug them off. Over and over, child and youth watchdog Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond tells us the British Columbian government has failed yet again to protect children.

Again and again, B.C. is the province with the most poor families with children. As the political mantra goes, no one cares so it doesn't matter.

We need a harmonized approach to the disclosure of mental-health information

Recent investigations by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner in both Ontario and British Columbia have shed significant light on the troubling practices of some police services in disclosing the mental-health information of Canadians. At the heart of this issue is to whom this most sensitive information is being released, and when.

Daughter fights for dialysis care in Prince Rupert

Jaswinder Bains has vowed to do all she can to get a dialysis facility for Prince Rupert in honour of her late mother.

Her mother Jaswant Kaur Kalar was unable to spend the last months of her life in Prince Rupert because she required hemodialysis every other day after her kidneys failed. Bains hopes by sharing her story she can raise awareness about the need of a centre in Prince Rupert so that people needing treatment can remain in the community with their loved ones.

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.

Click here to watch the video


Healthy aging and seniors' wellness looked at in report

Balance in well being, community involvement, social connections and choice were the key points that came out of a series of consultations with seniors held in the north last year.

Northern Health asked seniors in 13 communities at meetings held in September, October and November about what was important for optimum healthy aging and seniors' care.

A lifelong pledge to B.C.’s youth

Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann , PNG

I’d like to address a common misconception regarding the way we in British Columbia support youth as they make the transition out of government care.

Some people seem to believe government services for children and youth in care act merely as a temporary lifeline that ends abruptly after those people reach the age of 19.

This could not be further from the truth.

There is a comprehensive range of services in B.C. to help address the social, health, economic and educational needs of all current and former youth in care.


They totally ripped us apart

All June Munroe wants is to be with her husband of 64 years.

But despite a year-long struggle, she and Alex are still living in separate care facilities.

June, 80, married her now 88-year-old husband on May 6, 1950, making today their anniversary.

For June, a day that should be one of celebration, is a painful reminder she will not wake up next to her beloved husband.

“They totally ripped us apart,” June said of the health-care system. “My husband went to the hospital and they never brought him back.”

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

Health emergency declared over global resurgence of polio

A crippling disease that had almost been eradicated is on the move prompting the World Health Organization to declare the spread of polio an international public health emergency.

Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria pose the greatest risk of exporting the contagious virus to other countries, and should ensure that residents have been vaccinated before they travel, the Geneva-based WHO said in a statement Monday. In the past six months, it says, the virus has spread to Syria, Iraq, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Israel and Somalia.

Two Part series on Personal Genomics

The Vancouver Sun recent ran a two part series on personal genomics. The stories were written by Randy Shore. 

In the course of his early research, the chief scientific officer of Genome BC routinely drew his own blood to compare with the DNA of people who were known to have disorders such as cystic fibrosis or spinal cerebral ataxia.

“I would draw blood weekly … and provide that to extract DNA,” said Brad Popovich. “The reason I was very comfortable doing that is that knew I didn’t have any one of those diseases. So, I was a good control.”


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