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News views: State of welfare (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A new study suggests that creating new or more distribution options for welfare cheques will reduce drug overdoses.

Canadian Mennonite Health Assembly gathers at Menno Place (Dianne Doyle)

Menno Place, one of BC's largest campuses-of-care for seniors will be host to the Canadian Mennonite Health Assembly, October 2–4, 2014.

The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors St. Paul’s Hospital’s Brilliant! A Show of Love for Mental Health

Brilliant! A Show of Love for Mental Health, an annual fundraiser benefiting St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, takes place on Saturday, September 27, at the Commodore Ballroom at 7 p.m. 

Mind science could break addictions

A multi-year addictions study that began in BC is now testing to see whether using magnetic fields to activate and deactivate certain parts of the brain can be the key to helping addicts quit everything from smoking to recreational drugs.

Researcher Dr. Travis Baker said on Thursday the majority of the research has already taken place as part his work with the University of Victoria and the Centre of Addictions Research for BC.

BC health minister concedes Vancouver's mental health crisis could get worse

For more than a year now, Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vancouver police chief Jim Chu have together called attention to what they describe as a “mental health crisis.” On September 17, city council received a report that includes statistics supporting that characterization.

This week, BC’s health minister acknowledged that report and warned that the situation could get worse.

Government invests $3 million in arthritis research

Over 600,000 British Columbians are affected by arthritis, which can make even day-to-day tasks painful.

Today, Health Minister Terry Lake announced $3 million in funding to the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada that will further developments in prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

“With this investment, our government aims to help the Arthritis Research Centre continue to improve the lives of British Columbians living with arthritis, as well as reduce the burden arthritis puts on our health care system,” said Lake.

"Something so wrong has happened": Surrey Memorial’s alleged errors resulted in mentally ill mother’s tragic death

Jennifer Healy remembers running toward the police officers, then grabbing a female police officer’s arm. She can see two ambulances and one fire truck under the 72nd Avenue railway overpass in North Delta. It’s all in slow motion. It’s a beautiful, sunny day.

“It doesn’t look very good,” the woman officer says. Healy spots her mother on the ground and sees a paramedic working over her. She screams and faints.

“Cheque day” linked to increased risk of drug overdoses: Study (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

On that last Wednesday of every month, many people cash their government assistance cheques.

“Cheque day” linked to drug overdose risk in BC: Study (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Injection drug users are much more likely to overdose around the day government assistance cheques are issued in British Columbia, according to new research published in the International Journal of Drug Policy.

Social assistance study aims to reduce overdose rate (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A new pilot project set to launch on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside will try distributing welfare and other social assistance cheques in smaller instalments to see if it will help the recipients better manage their money, stay healthier — and even stay alive.

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