Sunday, May 19, 2019

Health

BC’s newest breast milk collection depot opens on Vancouver Island

Donations are sent to the provincial milk bank for distribution.

Canadian Paediatric Society wants free birth control for youth under 25

Roughly 50,000 unplanned pregnancies occur among people under 25-years-old

Health Canada lowers ban on blood donations by gay men

Three reductions have been made since Canada’s 1977 lifetime ban.

New measles case on southern Vancouver Island prompts immunization reminder

There is very low risk of transmission of the infection from this case

$1 million expansion coming to Sooke’s primary care health clinic

Upgrades include the hiring of 2 new doctors and 3 nurses.

GPM brand pea shoots recalled across Canada due to Listeria contamination

Symptoms include vomiting, nausea, severe headache, and more.

Province expands mental healthcare support for nurses, healthcare assistants, and 911 operators

Workers in these fields regularly encounter traumatic situations.

UVic researcher awarded $1 million grant to fund his cancer research

He’s designing a diet-based immunotherapy.

Island Health warning of possible measles exposure at several locations in Victoria (UPDATED)

Authorities have also asked unvaccinated students of Selkirk Montessori to stay home until May 3rd.

Island Health confirms sixth case of measles in Victoria within two weeks

People who were at the Royal Oak shopping complex at the given dates and times may have been exposed to the infection
Royal Jubilee Hospital

These two Victoria hospitals are among the top 15 in Canada (REPORT)

Based on a survey of medical professionals, patients, and key performance indicators for each hospital

Third case of measles confirmed in Greater Victoria

People may have been exposed to the disease at two locations in Brentwood Bay

36,000 patients are currently in search of family doctor in Esquimalt (REPORT)

The municipality currently has just one walk-in clinic

10-year-old West Shore patient Hannah Day diagnosed with cancer for the third time

Tests have revealed several tumours in her brain and spine
Royal Jubilee Hospital

Island Health confirms two cases of measles at Royal Jubilee Hospital

Individuals may have been exposed to the disease at the given dates and times

Provincial legislation moves to eliminate MSP premiums by 2020

The model shifted to the Employer Health Tax this year.

Case of whooping cough makes its way to Sidney Elementary School

Families are being reminded to check immunization records.

Island Health employee fired following Nanaimo hospital privacy breach

102 individuals had their records illicitly accessed.

BC is being hit with a second wave of Influenza A

There are 6 outbreaks on the island right now. 😷

Island Health confirms second case of whooping cough in Greater Victoria

This time at a community centre in Sidney

Province doubling funding into low-cost dental care in BC this year

It’ll help nearly 54,000 people living in poverty.

Province announces measles immunization catch-up program in BC schools

The program will run from April through June of this year.

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...

Make sure to get your code in the article to win a gift basket!
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.

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