St. Paul’s Hospital

Services for HIV patients still needed, despite victories against AIDS (St. Paul’s Hosptial)

Bill McGuire says he would be dead today had staff at the Dr. Peter Centre not fought to get him admitted there.

McGuire, 56, has both HIV and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease severe enough that he has to travel with an oxygen tank. A former drug addict with no family and few friends in Vancouver, McGuire had little ability to care for himself and manage his health conditions and ended up in hospital multiple times as a result.

iCHIP application a North American first for blood disorder patients (St. Paul’s Hospital)

Empowering patients, improving care and support, and enhancing quality of life; that’s what the newly launched iCHIP application will deliver to patients across the province of BC.

Vancouver's addiction ambitions, revisited (Dr. Thomas Kerr, Dr. Evan Wood)

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, drug policy pulsed at the heart of Vancouver's municipal politics. In 2002, Larry Campbell, the former RCMP officer turned chief coroner, carried his newly adopted COPE party into city hall by campaigning on a harm reduction platform. These ideas—clean needle distribution, supervised injection sites, and methadone—were presented as pragmatic solutions to the harms associated with drug use.

UN adopts BC doctor’s HIV strategy (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Health Headlines, Sept. 29 – Oct. 3

Sep. 29 – The United Nations has formally adopted the HIV strategy of Vancouver doctor Dr. Julio Montaner.

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Dr. John Webb—a pioneer in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

St. Paul's Hospital’s Dr. John Webb stopped in Vancouver just long enough to speak at the Public Salon about the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation Procedure (TAVR), which he teaches in countries around the world. TAVR is a procedure which has shown great results on patients who are high risk for open heart surgery.

Sam Sullivan writes

New heart failure drug could reduce death by 20 per cent, trial shows

A new drug for heart failure could reduce the number of deaths from the disease by 20%, and is the first treatment in two decades to show a higher survival rate for patients, says one of BC’s top cardiologists.

Dr. Andrew Ignaszewski, head of cardiology at St. Paul’s Hospital, is one of the lead researchers into the largest heart failure study to date and was in Spain on Saturday to present the findings at the European Society of Cardiology.

He called the findings a major advancement in heart failure treatment.

Tiffany Crawford reports

Frontline staff medical studies

Frontline medical workers are receiving funding for a number of health studies, and the results are already improving the lives of patients.

Elain Yong reports

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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.”

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.

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.

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