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TrendMD designed to help medical research get read

A Canadian startup's web widget is offering doctors and researchers help in digitally navigating the staggering volume of medical studies and articles being published each day around the world.

“Everything starts with the information overload problem. Today, there are now over 4,000 new articles that are published per day, and that's just in biomedicine alone,” says Paul Kudlow, a Toronto-based physician-scientist and founder of TrendMD, a startup financially backed by MaRS Innovation and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.

St. Paul's Hospital Lights of Hope 2014

It doesn’t truly feel like Christmas in Vancouver until the brilliant, sparkling lights (over 10 km of bulbs!) at St. Paul’s Hospital begin to shine.

Future of only ambulance station in Vancouver’s downtown core in jeopardy (St. Paul's Hospital)

The ambulance station servicing Vancouver’s downtown core might be eliminated next year.

Number of enterovirus cases up in B.C.

The BC Centre for Disease Control says the number of confirmed cases of enterovirus-D68 rose to 150 from 119 last week, according to an update posted on the centre's website late Thursday.

On average, between 25 and 30 cases of EV-D68 have been reported each week since the beginning of October, the update said.

The centre's spokeswoman Dr. Danuta Skowronski has said previously that the numbers reflect severe cases where patients have been hospitalized, because most cases go unreported. She said last week that she expected the number of cases to peak soon.

BC Place ramps blamed for Whitecaps fan’s knee injury (St. Paul's Hospital)

A Vancouver Whitecaps fan is blaming slippery ramps at BC Place Stadium for an accident that seriously injured his knee over the weekend.

Business Council of B.C. calls for strategic infrastructure spending plan (St. Paul's Hospital)

British Columbians might think the province has racked up enough debt building capital projects such as the Port Mann Bridge replacement and major expansion of Surrey Memorial Hospital, but a key business lobby group is pushing Victoria to ramp up strategic infrastructure spending.

Sex workers, advocates say new anti-prostitution law still unconstitutional (Dr. Kate Shannon, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

The Conservative government's new anti-prostitution law will continue to endanger the lives of people who work in the sex trade and in some cases make things worse, sex workers and advocates said Thursday as the law received royal assent.

BC Business Council endorses tolls on more bridges (St. Paul's Hospital)

The BC Business Council has come out in favour of tolling more bridges in the Lower Mainland.

Hundreds of homeless die on B.C. streets, report finds

More than 280 homeless people have died in B.C. since 2006, and better housing and poverty reduction strategies are badly needed, a new report says.

The report, released on Thursday by non-profit group Megaphone, says the median age of death for a homeless person in B.C. is between 40 and 49 years, compared to an average life expectancy of nearly 83 for the general population. The report said 47 per cent of the deaths of homeless people in the province are accidental, compared to a general population rate of 18 per cent.

Life-saving meds not reaching users

Two years into a British Columbia program to get a life-saving medication — naloxone — that counters heroin and methadone overdose into communities, the medication has only reached 2 per cent of the people that could potentially use it.

Dr. Jane Buxton, harm reduction lead with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, said it was a slow start, but she’s pleased with the results to date.

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