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Six Coronaviruses out there, which one will spread next?

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) As a new variant of coronavirus spreads panic — keeping governments and health authorities on their toes from around the world — researchers have been stressing for long on the fact that identifying new viruses in animals and quickly determining their potential to infect people is a key way to reduce global health threats. According to a ... Read More »

Mandatory flu vaccinations for health care workers no longer required

THE BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU) announced on Wednesday that it has succeeded in ensuring the professional judgement of nurses is respected through an agreement with Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) to amend the mandatory flu vaccination policy. The new agreement, reached through collaborative efforts with HEABC, will mean an end to the punitive nature of the previous policy and ... Read More »

BC Children’s Hospital improves access to mental health care for children and youth

Vancouver – The first service of its kind in Canada, BC Children’s Hospital’s Compass program has increased access to mental health and substance use supports for more than 1,000 children and youth in its inaugural year. Compass is a telephone resource for community care providers who care for children and youth under the age of 25. In its first year, the focus ... Read More »

Eight tips for promoting men’s health

With November comes Movember, putting the spotlight on men’s health. UBC nursing professor John Oliffe has a few tips that can help ensure the success of men’s health programs. He recently led a study that reviewed community-based programs in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, U.K., the U.S. and other regions to see what worked and what didn’t. “Men tend to shy ... Read More »

DON’T GO VIRAL. GET YOUR FLU SHOT

SURREY – Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) are reminding everyone that flu season is fast approaching and the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is the flu shot.  “This is one of those times when ‘going viral’ is not cool,” says Fraser Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Aamir Bharmal. “Instead, help protect vulnerable members of our communities including infants, ... Read More »

Mushroom poisonings on the rise in British Columbia

Vancouver – With 2019 on track to be a record year for mushroom poisoning calls, the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) Drug and Poison Information Centre is urging British Columbians to use extreme caution when foraging or consuming wild mushrooms.  Poison Control received 201 mushroom poisoning calls as of September 30, 2019, well on track to being one of the most active ... Read More »

Seven hundred school children lead park beautification event to wrap-up Love Where you Live Campaign

Surrey, BC — Mayor Doug McCallum joined over 700 students, parents and teachers from Cambridge Elementary School for a clean-up event today, wrapping up Surrey’s city-wide Love Where You Live Campaign.  The initiative, which began in April, called on residents, business owners, schools and community groups to step up and get involved in keeping Surrey clean and welcoming.  “The key to ... Read More »

With winter approaching, it’s time to plan ahead for safe driving

ShiftintoWinter.ca provides free tips and resources on how to stay safe in different driving conditions Richmond, B.C., September 30, 2019 – The chance of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash in British Columbia increases dramatically in winter. That’s why the Winter Driving Safety Alliance is reminding motorists and employers to plan ahead and drive safely in winter conditions. ... Read More »

Commonly used antibiotics may lead to heart problems: study

SCIENTISTS have shown for the first time a link between two types of heart problems and one of the most commonly prescribed classes of antibiotics. In a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in partnership with the Provincial Health Services Authority’s (PHSA) Therapeutic Evaluation Unit found that current users ... Read More »