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St. Paul’s Hospital All-Nations Sacred Space

The All-Nations Sacred Space at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver is used for indigenous ceremonies and to treatmembers of the Aboriginal community and others who are in spiritual distress.

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Canada opposes ‘harm reduction’ in UN drug talks, NGO alleges

Canada appears to be taking a hardline approach to drug policy discussions underway in Austria, where UN member states are debating a joint statement on drugs ahead of a 2016 UN General Assembly session on drugs.

St. Paul's Hospital dietitian speaks to the importance of setting achievable fitness goals

Two thirds of North American adults resolve to get fit and eat healthier. Most fail. Why?

Watch this Global News segment featuring PHC's very own dietitian, Tanya Leung.

Vancouver clinic wants federal approval to provide drug-injection services

Laura Leyshon for The Globe and Mail

The Dr. Peter Centre in Vancouver has applied for an exemption to federal drug laws that would allow the facility to continue offering supervised injection services to its clients.

Finding out if high cholesterol is inherited could save a life, St. Paul's doctor says

Fifty-five-year-old Fred Hazen says learning about a genetic condition that stalks his family is probably the reason he’s alive today.

His younger brother is already gone — dead at 46 after years of declining health following his first heart attack in his 20s caused by super-high levels of cholesterol.

“Understanding the (condition) to start with — and the treatments — I believe that has really extended my life,” Hazen explained in a recent telephone interview from his home in the Kamloops in B.C.’s Interior. “My cholesterol is just about normal now.”

Conservatives lay out re-election strategy in secret document

Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo

The federal Conservatives have plotted a road map to a 2015 election campaign that counts on a massive donor- and voter-targeting effort, a communications onslaught, and a bid to “leverage” the popularity of Laureen Harper, the prime minister’s wife, according to documents obtained by the Star.

The 70-page slide show presentation to the Conservative party’s national council last weekend by executive director Dimitri Soudas appears to acknowledge that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has work to do to reach out to Canadians and win their trust for another government.

Feds accused of hypocrisy on distribution of dangerous drugs

Despite Health Minister Rona Ambrose’s crackdown on the distribution of prescription heroin through her department’s Special Access Program, variations of two dangerous drugs that prompted Health Canada warnings in January are still available through the SAP.

Heroin's resurgence as 'problem drug' in Canada

Heroin, a drug that had been dying out in use, is now seeing a resurgence in popularity that is worrying addictions experts.

Over the past several years, heroin has been centre stage at news conferences following big police drug busts.

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What you should know about the flu & H1N1

You may be hearing about the flu, particularly around one of the strains called H1N1. Overall flu rates are much like last year, it’s just that who is getting sick this season is different. Children under five, and young and middle-aged adults aged 18 to 64, and people with chronic illnesses, especially respiratory or heart conditions are at increased risk for contracting H1N1.

B.C. patients still waiting for controversial prescription heroin

From left, patients Larry Love, Deborah Bartosch, Charles English and Doug Lidstrom after a press conference in Vancouver November 13, 2013. The four are plaintiffs making a constitutional court challenge over the federal government's decision to prevent doctors from prescribing heroin to addicts. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Twenty-one hard-to-treat addicts won a lottery of sorts when they were given approval this fall to receive prescription heroin to help manage their dependencies – a treatment available in other countries but new to Canada.


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