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BC hospital is not shutting down AIDS ward

Dear Editor: 

I read with great interest the SGN story, BC hospital shuts down AIDS ward for lack of patients (SGN, June 13) when I was recently in Seattle doing book research. 

Accessibility is about 'every body'

Suzan Jennings was 46 and at the height of her career in corporate sales when suddenly she was paralyzed from the neck down.

At St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver she was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare nervous disorder, and told she would never walk again.

She did, though, and in fact last Friday walked out of the Parksville Starbucks, albeit leaning on the arm of a reporter because her legs at times cease to function and turn to jelly.

Providence Inner City Youth Program wins 2014 Top Innovation Award

Ottawa creates health-care innovation panel with aim of renewing, sustaining system

Health Minister Rona Ambrose is shown responding during question period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Tuesday May 27, 2014 . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The federal government today launched an advisory panel on health-care innovation aimed at improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of Canada's health system.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced the official launch of the panel in Toronto as members held their first meeting to discuss how various innovations could bring the greatest value to Canada's health-care system.

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BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS study critiques Vancouver’s prostitution policies

Photos By Dave King

A recent study has concluded that the Nordic Model of prostitution laws could endanger sex trade workers even further and does not affect the demand for prostitution.

The Nordic Model, originating in Nordic nations such as Norway and Sweden, criminalizes the act of buying sex but not selling it — johns and pimps are prosecuted rather than sex trade workers themselves.

Chronic pain poorly understood, costing Canada billions

One in five Canadians suffer from chronic pain, and if you're one of the millions affected — and you're lucky — you have a doctor who knows how to treat your symptoms.

But if you need to see a pain specialist, wait times are long. Very long — frequently more than a year. And many live far from the country's publicly funded pain clinics, because large areas of Canada have little or no access to appropriate pain care.

The impact?

Culturing growth: How an idea from BC Cancer Agency grew into Canada’s biggest stem cell business venture

The four-day annual conference of the International Society for Stem Cell Research ends Saturday after bringing about 3,300 scientists and business people from 55 countries to the Vancouver Convention Centre.

A Friday morning panel discussion on commercializing stem-cell advances included Dr. Allen Eaves, the CEO and president of Stemcell Technologies, a Vancouver-based company that’s the main sponsor of the event, which was held in Boston last year and is slated for Stockholm in 2015.

Aging in Canada: How well are we treating our elders?


What do you think of when we talk about seniors? Do you think of someone who is rich with life experience, perhaps a grandparent, working hard in the community to share his or her expertise and wisdom with younger generations? Do you think of a poor, helpless old man or woman, isolated and unable to leave their house?

And how do you view the seniors in your own life? For those with relatives who have dementia, they may or may not recognize you. Do you still spend time with them? Or do you withdraw from them and convince yourself that they wouldn’t appreciate your visit?

Dr. Harrigan receives 2014 Research and Mission Award

The Providence Health Care Research and Mission Award recognizes a scientist in the organization who demonstrates the mission and values of Providence Health Care while conducting outstanding research. This year's recipient is Dr. Richard Harrigan, Director of the Research Laboratory Program at BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, a GSK-CIHR Research Chair in HIV/AIDS and Professor of the Division of AIDS at UBC.

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Opioid addicts can seek help on doctor-led Canadian website

Photograph by: Arlen Redekop , Vancouver Sun

Three years ago Jenn Dutton was a successful psychiatric nurse, living in a Vancouver suburb with her boyfriend and his two children.

After a rear-end car accident left her with painful whiplash injuries in her back and neck, Dutton’s physician prescribed Percocet, an opioid pain reliever. Thus, innocently, began her descent into hell.


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