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Q&A on medical ethics

Prof. Anita Ho talks about end of life care, unproven therapies and the difficulty with TV’s portrayal of medicine.

B.C. parents-to-be on royal birth

Vancouver parents-to-be share their thoughts on the royal birth with the CBC.

Study Reveals Decline in HIV Cases in Vancouver Drug Addicts

Harm reduction has resulted to seek a decline in illicit drug use. It has improved public safety as once Ground Zero for an HIV and overdose epidemic claimed many lives, according to a 15-year study of drug use in Vancouver's impoverished Downtown Eastside.

Vancouver to Host Prestigious HIV/AIDS Conference in 2015

Vancouver was selected last week to host the 8th International AIDS Society (IAS) conference on HIV pathogenesis, treatment and prevention in 2015. The IAS conference brings together scientists, doctors, public health experts and community leaders to examine developments in HIV/AIDS science and explore applications for new discoveries.

Vancouver’s New Addiction Medicine Training Program Gets International Nod

Tracey Morrison has had bad experiences with emergency room doctors in the past – she’s even been kicked out without treatment – but she’s hopeful that the new addiction medicine training program at St. Paul’s Hospital will make a difference.

St. Paul’s Hospital opens Aboriginal sacred space

St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver has unveiled a space for smudging and pipe ceremonies so their Aboriginal patients can receive traditional healing. The All-Nations Sacred Space is an inclusive area designated for ceremonies where cedar, tobacco, sage, and sweetgrass are burned in an abalone shell and wafted with an eagle feather. The ceremonies are important to Vancouver-based artist Dalannah Gail Bowen, a woman who's spent time at the hospital for drug addiction and a stroke.


Smaller volume of split-dose bowel prep equal to conventional volume

A split 2-liter dose of bowel preparation before colonoscopy was similarly effective as a split 4-liter dose in a study presented at Digestive Disease Week. In a prospective, single-center noninferiority trial, researchers randomly assigned 317 adult patients referred for outpatient colonoscopy at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, to bowel preparation with split doses of either 4 liters of PegLyte (n=156) or 2 liters of PegLyte with 15 mg bisacodyl (n=161).

TAVR-Associated Aortic Root Rupture Hazardous but Predictable

Aortic root rupture that occurs during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) using balloon-expandable prostheses carries a heightened risk of in-hospital adverse events but can be predicted by anatomic and procedural factors. The findings, from a small multicenter study, were published online June 7, 2013, ahead of print in Circulation.

Harper should embrace safe-injection sites: They’re the law-and-order option

As an internal medicine physician who works in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and as a researcher who was responsible for the evaluation of Vancouver’s Insite supervised injecting facility, I have been confused by how entrenched the federal government’s opposition to safe-injection programs has become in recent days – despite the clear support of the Canadian Public Health Association and the Canadian Medical Association. Read more

New feature will broadcast the average wait to see a doctor at five hospitals in Vancouver area

You tune in to News1130 to find out about wait times at the border crossings and ferry terminals, so why not at hospital emergency departments? Dr. Eric Grafstein is the head of ER services for Vancouver Coastal Health and helped develop a website that lets people can see how long of a wait they’re in for at the health region’s emergency rooms.


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