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The end of AIDS? (Dr. Julio Montaner)

It sounds like very good news. The United Nations announced triumphantly this summer, in the run up to yet another global conference on the disease, that it will be possible to see “the end of AIDS” by 2030.

BC communities keen on Victoria and Vancouver’s mental health approach

As BC’s mayors called on the province to reopen long-term residential beds for the most severely addicted and mentally ill, those behind an innovative policing and health care model in Victoria and Vancouver say their approach could be copied by other communities.

Seniors on stretchers: A health care disgrace

Can we truly claim to have a modern, humane health system when we leave frail, frightened, elderly people for hours, even days, on gurneys in hospital emergency departments?

It’s an uncivilized, disrespectful and disgraceful practice. Yet, it’s been going on, to varying degrees, since the 1970s and, as the population ages, it’s getting worse, not better.

Installation of supervised injection sites stalled (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Last week, Montreal’s mayor Denis Coderre announced his intention to release the eventual locations of Montreal’s first supervised injection sites, though he gave no indication as to when that announcement will come, or when installation will begin.

Experimental Ebola drug "well tolerated" by patients, company says

An experimental Ebola therapy produced by a Canadian company has now been used to treat at least a few Ebola patients, and the Vancouver-based firm that makes TKM-Ebola has been given the go-ahead to administer it to others.

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. announced on Monday that it had provided TKM-Ebola to “several” ill patients on an emergency-use basis, but it declined to say how many received the drug or where they were treated.

The company said the treatment had been “well tolerated” in those who received it.

Opinion: Civility and the city (Dr. Bruce McManus, Centre of Excellence for Prevention of Organ Failure)

The modern city is a highly complex organism where human beings must cohabitate as effectively as possible.

The methadone split: Cracks in Vancouver's treatment pillar

In 2001, Vancouver launched The Four Pillars, a new approach to dealing with drug dependency. Those pillars were prevention, enforcement, harm reduction and treatment. The architects of the Pillars sought support from all levels of government for their guiding principle: that drug addiction should be understood as a medical problem that can be managed, not a moral problem that should be policed.

Methadone, within such shifted thinking, loomed large.

Vancouver startup promises to print organs

When a heart transplant is your only chance for survival, much is left up to fate. But imagine if hearts could be made, not simply moved between bodies, with a 3D printer.

That’s the “moon shot” aim of Aspect Biosystems, a UBC-based biotechnology company. “It's not science fiction,” says CEO Konrad Walus, an engineer by training. “People have done this. They've taken all of the cells off of the mechanical part of a heart, and then reseeded new heart cells on there—and it beats.”

Vancouver service providers fail to get ahead of a mental health crisis (Dr. Steve Mathias)

When Lee Johnston arrived in Vancouver at the Greyhound bus station off Main Street, the only place she had to sleep that night was Covenant House at Drake and Seymour.

Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation gets new CEO (St. Paul's Hospital Foundation)

The Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation has gone back to school for its next president and CEO.

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