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More help coming for addictions services training in British Columbia

In November 2013, the provincial government created a mental-health action plan to “reduce barriers and service gaps, and support evidence-based solutions for patients with severe substance use addictions and mental illness.”

Pilot program aims to improve access to testing for HIV

A Nanaimo pharmacy is the first on Vancouver Island to dispense free HIV tests as part of a year-long pilot program.

Island Health announced Monday that the Nanaimo Medicine Shoppe at Terminal Park mall will begin offering free, instant HIV tests to customers this week as part of a push to improve access to testing. It’s the third pharmacy to offer the new service, following two in the Lower Mainland. Victoria will also start HIV testing at the end of the month.

Aging Canadians say national seniors' health care strategy needed

Canadian baby boomers don't believe the current health care system will able to support their increasing needs, according to a new survey.

A survey by the Canadian Medical Association of adults aged 45 years and older found 81% are concerned with the quality of health care they can expect in the future, while 78% are worried about having access to high quality home and long-term care when they retire.

BC Supreme Court to hear a major case on the right to private health care

In a landmark court case that is shaping up to be the biggest health care fight in our province’s history, a B.C. doctor says patients are waiting too long for treatment and should have the right to spend their tax dollars on private care if they can’t get access to health care in a timely manner.

Brian Day is a former Canadian Medical Association President and a partner in a private clinic.

He is taking the provincial government to court to force the issue.

Yuliya Talmazan reports

Stroke of Luck

Jacques Lalonde is trying to reach his thumb to his pinky. Just more than a year after suffering a stroke, that’s one of the daily exercises the 51-year-old performer is doing to regain mobility in his right hand. Lalonde’s record for touching his two digits without fumbling or stopping due to exhaustion or frustration is five times in a row.

AIDS 2014: Julio Montaner on the proposed 90-90-90 strategy to help end HIV

IFARA spoke with Julio Montaner, M.D., the director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, about HIV treatment advocacy and the proposed 90-90-90 HIV strategy. Now that the 15 by 2015 campaign's health care targets are almost upon us, advocates have proposed that the United Nations adopt new goals: By 2020, 90% of HIV-affected people globally should have been tested, 90% of those infected should be receiving the best possible, sustained treatment, and 90% of those on treatment should be long-term virally suppressed.

Experimental heart surgery survivor to throw ceremonial pitch

A Comox woman who was one of the first people to have her broken heart fixed with an experimental surgery has been asked to throw the first pitch at an upcoming Vancouver Canadians baseball game. Sharon Daly, 67, is nervous about winding up at the Nat Bailey Stadium August 14, but she has already overcome a much bigger challenge—surviving a new kind of bovine valve operation six years ago.

“Oh my gosh! Not me,” she said, describing how it felt to be told her heart problem meant she might have just three to five years to live.

Staff shortages at BC hospitals prompting concerns

The recent death of a man who suffered a heart attack in Haida Gwaii because he didn’t have better access to care is prompting more warnings about staffing shortages at two BC hospitals.

Some beds at New Westminster’s Royal Columbian and the pending closure of the Intensive Care Unit in Fort St. John are being blamed on a lack of specialty-trained workers.

Christine Sorensen with the BC Nurses Union fears what happened in Haida Gwaii could happen again this weekend.

Marcella Bernardo reports

Mental health experts warn of ‘copycat suicides’

When is more information too much information?

Mental health experts fear people contemplating suicide could use the release of details about the death of Robin Williams to formulate their own plans to end their lives.

It was enough for the public to know the actor died by suicide, they say.

Instead, disturbing details about the gifted comedian’s tragic death were disclosed Tuesday by California investigators during a press conference that was broadcast live, live-streamed on the web and live-tweeted by media.

Sharon Kirkey reports

Wife donates kidney to husband of 30 years

Greta and Terry Picard from Nanaimo have been married for three decades.

But eight years ago Terry’s kidneys started failing and he had to go on dialysis, desperate for a kidney donor.

Just when it looked like there was nothing on the horizon, Greta decided to get tested to see if she could be the one.

Turns out she is.

“When you go years and years of not being able to do the things that you’ve always done, play tennis, swim, walk, run, I mean just, work, when you’re not able to do those things, it’s trying,” said Terry.

Amy Judd reports


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