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  • Better stay healthy because doctor supply in B.C. is about to get a whole lot worse

    Better stay healthy because doctor supply in B.C. is about to get a whole lot worse

    Patients having trouble finding doctors — or waiting too long to see specialists and get treatment — haven’t seen anything yet, suggests a study by B.C. researchers that was published Monday. That’s because about 40 per cent of B.C. doctors are at — or near — the average age that doctors retire, 65.1. And to […]
  • More delays, cost overruns hit Vancouver electronic health project

    More delays, cost overruns hit Vancouver electronic health project

    VICTORIA — The largest information technology project in B.C. government history, intended to handle the records of more than one million Vancouver-area medical patients, is again beset by delays, has ballooned massively over-budget, and is now eating up money that should be used for front-line health care services. Health Minister Adrian Dix said he’s so […]
  • Smartphone pedometers underestimate steps, but valuable health tool: study

    Smartphone pedometers underestimate steps, but valuable health tool: study

    VANCOUVER — A recent study looking at iPhone’s built-in pedometers is a step toward using the tool as a clinical intervention in improving people’s health, a University of B.C. researcher said. Smartphones pose an opportunity for researchers to gather objective data on the public’s health and physical activity but before they can be used, the […]
  • Fitness: Exercise gadgets and gear make great gifts. Here are eight suggestions

    Fitness: Exercise gadgets and gear make great gifts. Here are eight suggestions

    Some ideas from fitness columnist Jill Barker that will help your favourite fitness fanatic stay warm, comfortable and safe
  • Travel notes: Next time you’re in L.A., bike, run, rock climb — or take a laser tag fitness class

    Travel notes: Next time you’re in L.A., bike, run, rock climb — or take a laser tag fitness class

    Think of Los Angeles and you might envision being stuck in a traffic jam. But it doesn’t have to be this way. That is if you’re a tourist with time to explore, and not an Angeleno trying to get to work. The sun will likely be shining, as it almost always is, and there’s no better way to experience all the city has to offer than on your own steam.    Explore L.A. from the seat […]
  • Vancouver's opioid crisis: Fire crews feel strain of overdose calls

    Vancouver's opioid crisis: Fire crews feel strain of overdose calls

    Vancouver firefighters have responded to more than 6,000 overdose calls this year, already a 28 per cent increase over last year with a month remaining in 2017. Mayor Gregor Robertson says the numbers highlight the magnitude of the “horrific” opioid crisis that is tearing through the city, province and country. The city says the high […]
  • Town Talk: Odd Squad celebrates 20 years of helping addicts recover

    Town Talk: Odd Squad celebrates 20 years of helping addicts recover

    ODD EVENING: Twenty years ago, Vancouver police constables Toby Hinton and Al Arsenault founded what would become Odd Squad Productions to help youngsters evade or overcome the lure of drugs. It wasn’t always an easy sell, even among police. But Chief Constable Adam Palmer was unequivocal at OSP’s 2016 gala: “To make it clear, the […]
  • Fitness column: Great guns in spring start training during winter

    Fitness column: Great guns in spring start training during winter

    This holiday season, when bidding a fond farewell to guests, note whether your arm keeps waving after your hand has called it quits. Tight arms have long been a sign of strength and virility. Just Google “Michelle Obama arms” or “Hulk Hogan 24-inch pythons.” Firm arms are “in” for both men and women and available […]
  • Common acne medication offers new treatment for multiple sclerosis

    Common acne medication offers new treatment for multiple sclerosis

    University of Calgary researchers say acne medication isn’t just for improving teenagers’ complexions — it can also help those with multiple sclerosis.  A clinical trial led by doctors Luanne Metz and Wee Yong shows the common acne medicine minocycline can slow the process of MS in people who have experienced initial symptoms of the debilitating […]
  • Two Toronto scientists honoured for their work with breakthrough drug

    Two Toronto scientists honoured for their work with breakthrough drug

    Michael Spino and Fernando Tricta, will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Cooley's Anemia Foundation for their work on a medication for people with thalassemia

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