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Dr. Jeannie Shoveller breaks ground as first woman chair of CIHR

Federal Health Minister Ginette Pettipas Taylor made the announcement as part of the international conference on gender equity, Women Deliver being held in Vancouver.

Steroids can reduce lung cancer risk in COPD patients

For many people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, a steroid inhaler is a daily necessity to keep their airways open and help them to breathe. Now, a new UBC analysis shows that these medicated devices may also reduce patients’ risk of lung cancer by as much as 30 per cent.

Nordic walking benefits kidney patients at St. Paul's, study finds

A team funded in the PHC Practice-based Research Challenge recently investigated the effects of a Nordic walking program on renal outpatients. They found that walking with specially designed poles improved the fitness and quality of life of people with kidney disease.

KT Pathways: a free new tool for everyone wanting to close the gap between what we know and what we do

Providence Health Care is excited to announce the launch of KT Pathways, a free digital assessment and learning tool for anyone that creates or uses research evidence.

Homelessness and boredom – the overlooked, understudied link

A pilot study published last month in the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy examines how boredom arises from limited opportunities for homeless people to participate in meaningful activities.

Confronting opioid dependency through patient focused care

Research examines whether patient-centred care has helped people recover from substance use disorder across Canada

Filtered diesel exhaust may worsen allergy-induced lung impairment more than unfiltered

Filtered air pollution from diesel engines could make allergy-induced lung impairment worse than exposure to unfiltered diesel exhaust, according to new research.

How diagnosing Alzheimer's early could impact health care

A new study, IMPACT-AD, is investigating how biomarker testing for Alzheimer’s disease impacts patients and the health care system.

Karin Humphries receives Distinguished Researcher Award

Dr. Humphries was recognized for her outstanding clinical research to improve health outcomes of populations.

Researchers hopeful after second person seemingly free of HIV following bone-marrow transplant

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul’s Hospital is optimistic about the encouraging announcement that a second person has been cleared of HIV.

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