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St. Paul's Hospital and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS honoured at AccolAIDS Gala presented by Positive Living B.C

More than 300 guests converged at the Vancouver Convention Centre for the AccolAIDS Gala presented by Positive Living B.C. Held every two years to recognize heroes in the AIDS/HIV movement, chair John Bishop welcomed gala-goers to the dinner and auction that began with a cocktail reception and entertainment by the Nick Leffler Trio and Pacific Sound Collective. Yours truly and Global TV’s Sophie Lui, were masters of ceremonies at the ViiV Healthcare-sponsored celebrations.

More mental health beds on the way

Mission’s campus of care will include a residence for mental health clients next year.

The former Pleasant View Care Home will be converted into a new 54-bed mental health residential campus, Fraser Health announced Wednesday. It will include three sections, including a 19-bed residential care facility, a 22-bed assisted living centre, and 13 bachelor suites.

The new facility will offer three levels of care for mental health patients, said Meryl McDowell, director for mental health and substance use services for Fraser Health.

Mental Health Task Force a Big Tent

Mayor Won't Share Details of Deliberations 

Time to test your memory, people. 

Remember last September when Mayor Gregor Robertson and Police Chief Jim Chu told us how this city was in a mental health crisis? 

Remember when one month later Robertson announced at city council that he was creating a task force to tackle the problem of mental health - and addictions? 

I remember all this because I wrote about it. 

But, you ask, what ever happened to that task force? 

I was thinking the same thing. 

Health care outcomes can improve with spirituality

Spirituality and its place in health care was the subject of a panel discussion at Thompson Rivers University. A five member panel of experts shared their perspectives about how health care outcomes can improve if a patient's spirituality is considered as part of a recovery, or health care strategy. As Gareth Madoc Jones reports, part of the evening's message was for more discussion about including spirituality as part of our medical system.

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SFU Brumme Lab and BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS trace HIV evolution in North America

A study tracing the evolution of HIV in North America has found evidence that the virus is slowly adapting over time to its human hosts. However, this change is so gradual that it is unlikely to have an impact on vaccine design.

“Much research has focused on how HIV adapts to antiviral drugs—we wanted to investigate how HIV adapts to us, its human hosts, over time,” says lead author Zabrina Brumme, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Letter to Health Minister on Status of St. Paul's Hospital Reconstruction

Spencer Chandra Herbert, Vancouver-West End MLA  wrote a letter to Hon. Terry Lake, Minister of Health on April 24th. The subject was St. Paul's Hospital and specifically the redevelopment of the Hospital. The full letter can be read at the link below.

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BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS involved in study tracing HIV adaptation to its human host

“Much research has focused on how HIV adapts to antiviral drugs – we wanted to investigate how HIV adapts to us, its human host, over time,” says lead author Zabrina Brumme from Simon Fraser University.

U.S. announces aids virus has been isolated

EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of a rare pneumonia that had sickened five Los Angeles gay men. The AIDS epidemic had begun.

Over the next three years, the CDC formally named the condition and announced that sexual contact and infected blood were the major ways the disease spread.

P.E.I. government adding three positions to addictions treatment services

The P.E.I. government says three new frontline workers should improve services for people dealing with addiction.

Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie says the positions include an addictions patient navigator, an outreach social worker and a complex case co-ordinator.

He says the additions should ensure more timely access to services and make it easier for people to navigate the system.

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Dr Richard Harrigan receives the PHC 2014 Research & Mission Award

Richard Harrigan, Director of Lab Program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS receives the PHC Research and Mission Award for 2014. This award recognizes outstanding science research while demonstrating the mission and values of PHC.



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