Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Health

Island Health will take over all home-care services on Vancouver Island

Beacon Community Services has provided the service for the past 15 years

Facebook launches measures to combat the spread of vaccine misinformation

The platform will no longer cater to anti-vaxxers

Most involuntarily admitted mental health patients in BC have not been informed of their...

“Involuntary detention and treatment is the most intrusive form of mental health care available.”

Whooping cough case confirmed at Mount Doug Secondary School

Island Health informed parents of the situation in a letter on Thursday

Anti-vaxxers are officially one of the world’s biggest health threats (REPORT)

After a 30% increase in measles cases worldwide

70% of Canadians want mandatory vaccinations for children entering school (REPORT)

24% say it should be the parent’s choice.

10 tips from Island Health to help you navigate the snow

Use a “penguin-walk style” 🐧

There were nearly 1,500 drug overdose deaths in BC in 2018

Almost half the people who died of drug overdose suffered from pain-related issues.
Elk/Beaver Lake

CRD issues update on toxic blue-green algae warning for Elk Lake

Beaver Lake is unaffected.

Victoria-made mental health app officially launches on Bell’s Let’s Talk Day

The app is designed to help manage panic attacks and anxiety!

Provincial report gives the average BC resident an A+ for health (REPORT)

But they do say we drink too much 😬

If you are struggling with mental health, you need to attend the Victoria Health...

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Royal Jubilee Hospital

Volunteer group working to end paid parking at BC hospitals

Do you think they should be free?

Photo Renderings of BC’s first publicly funded Dementia Village on Vancouver Island

Inspired by a Dutch dementia village located in De Hogeweyk, Netherlands

Get your health questions answered at the Victoria Health Show next weekend

Instead of Googling all your symptoms, talk to health professionals in person!
seniors

New long-term care facility for seniors coming to Comox Valley

There will be over 150 permanent beds available.

Lower income families in BC will pay less for prescription drugs this year

“No one should have to make the difficult decision between their family’s health and putting food on the table.”

Durex issues Canada-wide recall on one of their lines of condoms

Apparently they don’t pass the company's “burst pressure specification.”

Dental coverage could soon be added to healthcare in BC

When's the last time you went to the dentist?

5 more BC residents have contracted Salmonella due to cucumbers

Earlier in November, 42 British Colombians had been infected

BC children with special needs to benefit from new devices made in Victoria

They were made by the CanAssist team at UVic

BC will publicly fund gender-affirming surgery for trans people starting 2019

In the past, trans people had to travel to Montreal or the U.S. to have lower body surgery.

Health Canada recalls several children’s medical syrups due to faulty lids

A defective cap could allow a child to accidentally ingest the product ⚠️

Province to improve working conditions for healthcare employees

The improvements will also benefit patients, especially seniors.

42 people in BC have been infected with salmonella linked to cucumbers

Cases started appearing in mid-June.

Thousands of day spaces for adult and seniors coming to Vancouver Island

The day programs support seniors and adults with physical or cognitive challenges.
BC Ambulance overdoses

Over half of BC residents who died of drug overdoses had mental health disorders

"Illicit drugs continue to be the source of more than three deaths per day in B.C.”

BC announces $240 million to increase direct care hours for seniors

This year, VIHA was able to add 37,600 direct care hours to its facilities

Vancouver Island pharmacist suspended after distributing human placenta pills

Health Canada does not approve the distribution of placenta pills

Canada’s ban on trans fat officially goes into effect today

Trans fats raise "bad" cholesterol" and lower "good" cholesterol

UVic working on plans to create marijuana smoking areas

Legalization is slated for October 17th

Special air quality statement issued for southern Vancouver Island

Have you been smelling smoke in the air?
Royal Jubilee Hospital

These 6 Vancouver Island hospitals could be getting FREE Wi-Fi soon

That includes Victoria General Hospital and Royal Jubilee!

BC launches class action lawsuit against opioid drug companies

The Province aims to recoup millions of dollars from over 40 opioid drug companies
mammography

Mobile mammography service will make a stop by Saanichton in September

The service visits 120 rural communities annually

BC Children’s Hospital patient and philanthropist surprised with dream trip to Australia

13-year-old Emma Locke has been helping make dreams come true for years. Now, it's her turn

Victoria woman uses obituary to call out fat-shaming in medical profession

Ellen Bennett died a few days after being diagnosed with inoperable cancer

Victoria now has a ‘clinic on wheels’ to provide healthcare for the homeless

It's equipped with everything you would find in a doctor's clinic

BC Centre of Disease Control issues alert due to threat of measles

A passenger carrying the virus travelled from New Delhi to Vancouver on Wednesday

Learn about Medical Assistance in Dying at this forum tomorrow

Since it became legal, BC has had the highest rate of medically assisted deaths in the country

Comprehensive youth mental health centre opens doors in downtown Victoria

A one-stop-shop for all your health care needs!

CFIA issues recall for pre-packaged greens sold in BC

A possible Listeria contamination is to blame

Protection services officer awarded after an incredible act of bravery on the job

Charles Kraeling was able to wrestle and disarm a knife-wielding man at Cowichan District Hospital

5 Victorians who gave the gift of life through organ donation

Here's how you can sign up to become an organ/tissue donor too

Patent for potential syphilis vaccine given to University of Victoria professor

College campuses are rather infamous when it comes to STDs, but the University of Victoria might be on the cusp of changing that.

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