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Archive for: Vancouver

Other countries do health care better, cheaper

“Unfortunately, the performance of Canada’s health care system does not reflect this level of expenditure,” writes Nadeem Esmail, director of health policy for the Fraser Institute. He makes this same understatement word...

 

Health Minister MacDiarmid enacts controversial nursing reorganization

“While we recognize there may be some costs associated with this change, we feel there are also benefits to the health care system – as having all nurses bargain together for a single, provincial collective agreement will help...

 

World Health Organization in talks with Beijing to send team to look into bird flu

World Health Organization in talks with Beijing to send team to look into bird flu

Michael O’Leary, head of WHO’s office in China, told reporters in Beijing on Monday that the international health organization had confidence in China’s efforts to track and control the outbreak of H7N9 infections, but growing...

 

Doctors concerned with their own health preach what they practise

The study, led by Dr. Erica Frank of the University of B.C.’s School of Population and Public Health, found physicians who adhered to recommended cancer screening or vaccination practices were more likely to counsel and have patients...

 

Childhood obesity programs get $2 million for expansion

The B.C. government is spending $ 2 million to expand programs to help overweight children get healthier. Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid says childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic across the country, and the government wants to help...

 

Liver diseases pose major problem in future for health care professionals: report

British Columbia needs more resources dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of liver disease if it is to head off a brewing public health crisis, says one of the province’s leading liver specialists. Dr. Eric Yoshida, head...

 

Targeting general hospitals may increase number of organs for transplant: study

Targeting general hospitals may increase number of organs for transplant: study

TORONTO – A new study suggests large general hospitals may hold a key to increasing the supply of organs available for transplant. The study says that general hospitals which don’t have transplant programs are the places where most...

 

Switch to e-records causing pain for Ontario doctors

Medical clinics and other primary health-care centres in Ontario have been struggling with the transition to electronic patient records, say several industry experts. An increasing number of physicians, nurse practitioners and a host of other...

 

Statins tied to risk of kidney trouble

Statins are so widely prescribed as to be called the Aspirin of the 21st century, but their benefits are not universal – new evidence suggests that the cholesterol-lowering medication can lead to kidney damage. A study examining the health...

 

Future of BC’s Health Care

Some economists and other future-looking academics think we need to take a more thoughtful approach to issues such as labour and health policy — and better prepare to manage disruptive change in fields such as health care and education....

 

B.C. to start work on $82M mental health centre in Vancouver this fall

VANCOUVER — The B.C. government says work will begin this fall on an $ 82 million mental health treatment centre in Vancouver. The Province – News / Vancouver

 

Paid consultations with pharmacists pitched as cure for ailing health care budgets

In a set of six proposals now being presented to government and other stakeholders, the BC Pharmacists Association is staking out a bigger role in health care, building on its experience administering 200,000 flu shots in the past year and...

 

Editorial: Volunteer your way to better health

Recent concerns about childhood and adolescent obesity have led many schools to take steps to improve students’ health. Notably, schools have replaced junk food with healthy alternatives in the cafeteria, and have placed increased emphasis...

 

Anti-vaccine movement coming to Vancouver

A controversial group opposing the use of vaccines is holding a conference at Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus next week, drawing criticism from some scientists who say their message is a threat to the health of children and the...

 

Health Canada says new code of conduct will prevent direct drug advertising

Health Canada says new code of conduct will prevent direct drug advertising

The matter arose this week at a national Pharmacare 2020 conference in Vancouver, where the B.C. Medical Association and health policy experts raised concerns about major pharmaceutical companies skirting a ban on direct-to-consumer advertising...