Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Health

Probable case of whooping cough detected at Esquimalt elementary school: Island Health

Parents and guardians have been advised to watch for symptoms

Greater Victoria organizations receive over $113K grants to improve oral and mental health care

Through the Victoria Foundation and Green Shield Canada

First case of probable vaping-related illness found in B.C.

And more are expected to come to light as investigations continue

Island Health will be providing temporary staff to Victoria and Nanaimo care facilities

At Selkirk Place in Victoria and Nanaimo Seniors Village

New state-of-the-art MRI machine officially open for use at Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital

It was installed in August and is now ready for patients

Vancouver Island group launches $7M fundraiser to build housing facility for hospital outpatients

For families and pregnant women who need a place to stay while accessing adjacent North Island Hospital

Island Health warns Greater Victoria residents of potentially fatal death cap mushrooms

A puppy died last week after consuming one of these mushrooms

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Royal Jubilee Hospital

40% of British Columbians identify long wait times as the biggest problem in health...

Other issues include shortage of doctors and nurses, and inadequate resources and facilities

Island Health issues bacteria advisory for Elk Lake

Last week, Beaver Lake was closed due to a blue-green algae bloom

Cannabis use in Canadians aged 65 and older has nearly doubled since legalization (REPORT)

Around 4.9 million Canadians have reported using cannabis between mid-May to mid-June, 2019.
Fentanyl overdose crisis

Island Health extends medical warning for spike in overdoses in Victoria

Last week, a teenage girl from Langford passed away from an alleged overdose.

Island Health opens first dedicated injectable opioid site in downtown Victoria

It’s the first of its kind on Vancouver Island.

Victoria experiences spike in overdoses according to Island Health

More than double the usual amount of overdoses occurred last week.

1 in 3 Canadian adults are not getting enough sleep (REPORT)

Here are Health Canada’s tips on improving your sleep

BC calls on federal government to criminalize conversion therapy

“If you are gay, you do not need to be fixed. If you are trans, you are accepted here in B.C.”

A new MRI scanner set to open in Nanaimo will reduce wait times on...

There were over 11,264 scans made in Nanaimo last year.

This Victoria skincare treatment will have your summer skin glowing (CONTEST)

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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)

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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.”

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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

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

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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.

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