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Tackling opioid addiction with compassion and science

Are there opioids in your medicine cabinet? Probably. One in five of Canadians has been prescribed long-term opioids; 25% of those prescriptions are for doses that fall into the danger zone for addiction. When we think of people living with opioid addiction, it’s the mirror on the medicine cabinet that reminds us we are all vulnerable.

New study aims to solve the puzzle of COVID-19’s long-term impact

Why do some people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 get severe disease while others have no symptoms? Why do some experience long-term effects and others recover quickly? These are some of the questions that a new study, launching this week at St. Paul’s Hospital, aims to answer. 

Early Planning by St. Paul's ICU Nurses Helped Brace for COVID Surge

While declining cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations are welcome news for health-care workers, acute-care teams at St. Paul’s Hospital’s won’t soon forget how dire the situation had become during the pandemic – particularly this spring as the third wave of infections bore down.

Improving Diagnoses of Colorectal Cancer in Younger People

Colon or rectal cancer before age 50 is expected to double by the year 2030.  The findings could mean that with today’s 50-plus age threshold for screening, colorectal cancer in a younger person may be detected only once the disease has reached an advanced stage. 

BePelvicHealthAware: Changing the conversation about the pelvic floor and women’s health

What do you do when you receive a diagnosis, or if you think you might be facing a new health challenge, especially if it’s sensitive and highly personal? Most people turn to the internet first, often too embarrassed to seek professional medical advice, but what they find there can be overwhelming, conflicting, and, in some cases, completely incorrect.

Prostate cancer patients inform health economics research

“The biopsy was very challenging and uncomfortable…it sounds like a gun going off,” said Simon. “I have talked to other guys who have said you definitely don’t want to have a biopsy if you can avoid it.”

No Increase in Suicide in the Early Days of COVID Pandemic

“We did not observe an increase in suicides during this period. If anything, we saw a slight decrease,” said Dr. Barbic, an emergency physician at St. Paul’s Hospital and a clinical assistant professor at the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine. 

New executive director named to BC Centre on Substance Use

Cheyenne Johnson has been appointed Executive Director of the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), housed within Providence Health Care.

Ms. Johnson was selected following a recruitment process led by Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI), after previously acting as interim executive director of BCCSU.