Health

Canada’s health-care wait times hit 20 weeks in 2016 — longest ever recorded

Before this year, the longest recorded median wait time was 19 weeks in 2011.

Canadian patients waited longer than ever this year for medical treatment, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, an annual survey of physicians from across Canada, reports a median wait time of 20 weeks — the longest ever recorded — and more than double the 9.3 weeks Canadians waited in 1993, when the Fraser Institute began tracking wait times for medically necessary elective treatments.

CBT Inviting Applications for Recreation Infrastructure Grants

CBT Inviting Applications for Recreation Infrastructure Grants

The Editor says: Recreation groups -- need money? Read this press release from CBT and sharpen your wits and your pencils.

Columbia Basin Trust is once again looking to provide funding support  to groups and organizations wanting to create new or upgrade existing recreation amenities in your area. This funding can be used for outdoor and indoor sport and recreation facilities like parks, trails, courts and fields.

Healthier Students Can Learn More Effectively: New Initiative at Selkirk College

Instructor Leslie Comrie, Selkirk's new Healthy Campus Advisor

Building a healthy community takes initiative and Selkirk College is placing a high priority on the well-being of its students.

With the formalization of Healthy Campus Initiatives, Selkirk College is leading the way in supporting students outside the classroom, recognizing that learners brings with them their entire life circumstances, not simply pen and paper  or a laptop.

IH warns public when considering cosmetic tattoos

Specifically, users should ensure the establishments they visit have safeguards in place to protect their health.

Given the emergence of relatively new cosmetic procedures such as eyebrow microblading, Interior Health is reminding the public to exercise caution when considering such services.

Specifically, users should ensure the establishments they visit have safeguards in place to protect their health.
 
Microblading, also known as eyebrow embroidery, microstroking, and feather touch, is a technique used to apply semi-permanent makeup. This form of cosmetic tattooing uses ink and a very small blade to fill out or re-shape eyebrows.

Sleep apnea immediately compromises blood pressure

Glen Foster, an assistant professor of health and exercise science said sleep apnea is linked to high blood pressure.

A single bout of sleep apnea impacts the human body’s ability to regulate blood pressure.

In a recent study measuring the impact of simulated sleep apnea on humans, researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus found that just six hours of the fluctuating oxygen levels associated with sleep apnea can begin to deteriorate a person’s circulatory system.

Health Minister’s statement on the federal opioid summit

Health Minister Terry Lake has made the following statement following the federal summit on the opioid crisis in Ottawa.

Health Minister Terry Lake has made the following statement following the federal summit on the opioid crisis in Ottawa, Nov. 18 and 19, 2016:

“Since January, British Columbia has lost 622 people to overdose deaths. This is more than double the number of people who died in car crashes last year. We are making a concerted effort to combat this crisis, but strong partnerships between all levels of government are essential to ending it.

Can Medical Marijuana Aid Recovery From Alcoholism and Drug Addiction?

Can Medical Marijuana Aid Recovery From Alcoholism and Drug Addiction?

A new study from UBC suggests that marijuana, long feared by some as a "gateway" to drug abuse generally, may  be able to act as a gateway in the other direction:  it could have a medical use in helping people recover from alcoholism and opioid addiction.  But more research is needed.

Report shows drug overdose deaths continue to rise in province

Fentanyl still remains a major contributor to the high number of deaths according to the report.

The updated statistics from the BC Coroners Service released Wednesday show the number of illicit drug overdose deaths has increased over the month of October.

The BC Coroners Service said for the first 10 months of 2016, the number of illicit drug overdoses was 622, compared to 397 for the same period last year.

The total number of illicit drug deaths in October was 63, up from 57 in September.

New telehealth connections will help save lives

Kootenay Lake Hospital emergency department physician Dr. Nic Sparrow with mock patient, fellow ED physician Dr. Kyle Merritt, in Nelson linked in with intensivist Dr. Scot Mountain at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail. — Photo courtesy Interior Health

You can’t physically move an entire regional intensive care unit (ICU), but Interior Health is banking on telehealth technology to help.

For hospitals in Kootenay Boundary without an ICU, specialists are using this technology to bring ICU expertise to emergency departments (EDs) in real time to care for critically ill or injured patients.

“It’s statistically proven, not to mention common sense, that the sooner we can get treatment to these patients, the better they do,” said Dr. Scot Mountain, an intensivist at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital.

'Initiative Petition Application' underway, to change paramedics' bargaining rights

ambulance

British Columbia’s Chief Electoral Officer, Keith Archer, has granted approval in principle on an initiative petition application. The petition will be issued to proponent Joshua Henshaw on Monday, January 9, 2017. The title of the initiative is: An initiative to amend the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Act.

The draft Bill proposes to amend the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Act (the Act) to give ambulance paramedics the same collective bargaining rights as firefighters and police officers.

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