Monday, July 22, 2019

Health

Vancouver Island’s first ever state-of-the-art cancer screening facility to open in Victoria

1,900 Island residents had to travel to Vancouver for their scans last year.

There’s a dreamy new pop-up shop now open in the Bay Centre (CONTEST)

And you could win a gift pack full of their products! 😍

Construction has begun on new Duncan hospice centre

The centre will have private rooms, garden views, pull-out beds for family members, and more.

Province invests $6.3M into family respite program for children with special needs

Over 1,300 families are expected to benefit from the funding.

Victoria had the third highest number of suicides in BC in 2017 (REPORT)

Despite this, there has been a decrease in suicides across the province.

Feds announce $100M investment to research Indigenous health at UVic

It is the federal government’s largest single investment into Indigenous health ever.

This Vancouver Island business is giving away two FREE organic pillows (CONTEST)

Get a good night's sleep with Resthouse Sleep Solutions! 😴
Fentanyl overdose crisis

Overdose deaths in BC are down 30% compared to 2018

Health officials are “cautiously optimistic” about the future.

Province to fund nearly $100K in free menstrual products for vulnerable women

“Period poverty creates barriers and stigma, and leaves people isolated.”

Experience the ultimate indulgence at the Spa at Ocean Pointe Resort (CONTEST)

Fancy a spa day? You could win one here! 💆

Island Health offers advice on safer drug use ahead of festival season this summer

Know the signs of an overdose and what to do if you see one occurring.

Youth vaping increased by a shocking 74% in Canada last year (REPORT)

The Canadian Cancer Society is calling for the government to increase regulations.

Get your health in check at this futuristic wellness practice in Victoria

Because who doesn't want to remove stress and increase energy? 🧘

Here’s how you can combat boredom and exercise your brain for FREE

Games like crosswords and Sudoku keep your mind sharp!
Fentanyl overdose crisis

BC’s overdose crisis could have been twice as deadly without provincial harm reduction plan...

Overdoses remain the leading cause of preventable deaths in BC

Health experts say BC police have become ‘de facto’ part of mental health system...

They want to incorporate police into provincial mental health and addiction strategies.

Trudeau announces $1.4 billion annual Canadian investment into women’s health worldwide

The money will support women’s health in Canada and abroad.

Victoria’s 23rd annual Gutsy Walk to support Crohn’s disease research is happening this Sunday

Every hour, one new Canadian is diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

This Victoria family hopes to film documentary about 6-year-old daughter’s extremely rare disease

Fewer than 200 people in the world have this illness that has no cure.
BC Legislature

Diabetes and arthritis patients in BC will soon have access to cheaper treatment options

"Biosimilar" drugs cost up to 50% less than their original counterparts

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

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