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Hospitals are parting with visiting hours as they move toward more patient-centred care

When Chuck Davis was rushed to Kingston General Hospital (KGH) in May 2013, the nurses in the intensive-care unit offered his wife something she did not expect—a cot.

Phyllis Davis was surprised because the last time Davis’s Type 2 diabetes, low hemoglobin and other health troubles landed him in at KGH, back in 2008, she was not allowed to bed down in his ICU room. When visiting hours ended at 8 PM, she had to drive an hour to the couple’s home in Prince Edward County, where she would fret until her husband’s inevitable call.

Kelly Grant reports

BC man trapped in bathroom for seven days after stroke

Steve Adsley never thought it would happen to him. The 62-year-old man suffered a stroke that left most of his body paralysed and trapped in his bathroom—for seven days. He knew that he was going to need water, so he got creative.

“I was able to hook part of my arm into the toilet bowl and I drank the water that was in the toilet bowl,” Mr. Adsley tells As it Happens guest host Helen Mann. 

Study pinpoints hepatitis C risk for Vancouver street youth

Vancouver street youth face an alarmingly high risk of hepatitis C infection because of a high incidence of injection drug use, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS tracked youth aged 14 to 26 over the course of six years.

Of 940 people recruited between September, 2005, and November, 2011, 100 tested positive for the disease at the outset.

High risk of hepatitis C for Vancouver’s street youth

A new study says Vancouver street youth face an alarmingly high risk of hepatitis C infection.

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS tracked youth aged 14 to 26 over the course of six years.
Of the more than 500 tested, 100 people had the disease.

Dr. Scott Hadland says it should be a call to action.

Shelby Thom reports

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Vancouver youth at hepatitis C risk: study

The British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV and AIDS says a new study showing Vancouver youths have a high rate of hepatitis C infection shows a need for boosted health-care interventions.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found more than 10% of street involved youth in Vancouver enrolled in the study contracted hepatitis C between 2005 and 2011.

Researchers said daily injections of heroin, cocaine and crystal meth were all big factors in the risk of infection.

Young people living on Vancouver streets particularly at risk of hepatitis C: study

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130)—The number of young people infected with hepatitis C on the streets of Vancouver is on the rise.

That’s according to a new study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Dr. Scott Hadland with the Centre says drug use is the primary cause.

“When we looked at factors that were associated with developing hepatitis C, we found that injection drug use of heroin, cocaine, and crystal methamphetamine were the primary drivers of this risk profile.”

Martin MacMahon reports

Street youth at high risk of hepatitis C infection: study

A new study has found that Vancouver’s street youth are particularly vulnerable to hepatitis C virus infection.

The latest report from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, published Thursday in the British Medical Journal, says the prevalence of the virus (HCV) is alarmingly high among the group.

Of the 940 youth that were recruited into the At-Risk Youth Study and tracked from September 2005 to November 2011, 100 were found at be HCV position at the outset.

Matt Kieltyka reports

Anti-HIV weapons should be used to fight hepatitis C, researchers say

Tools developed to battle HIV infection in vulnerable populations such as intravenous drugs users should be focused on battling hepatitis C infection, according to the author of a study of street youth in Vancouver.

“We were shocked at how prevalent hepatitis C is in this population and really alarmed at the rates of transmission,” said lead author Dr. Scott Hadland, a researcher with the BC Centre for Excellence's Urban Health Research Initiative.

Randy Shore reports

HIV Foundation QLD partners with international experts

In an Australian first, the HIV Foundation Queensland (HIVFQ) has reached an agreement to partner with an overseas HIV/AIDS organisation to share knowledge and expertise with international experts.

A memorandum of understanding was signed today at the the 2014 International AIDS Conference between the HIVFQ and the Canada’s British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

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Despite advances in AIDS treatment, stigma lingers

Stigma has stuck to AIDS from the very start. When the virus first began to emerge in the 1980s, it cut a wide swath through two groups that have historically faced their own stigma: gay men and intravenous drug users.

More than 30 years later, however, the face of AIDS has changed. Today’s new HIV patient is statistically likely to be a heterosexual African woman.

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