Health

RADON: A Cancer Hazard. Do Our Homes Have High Levels?

January 26, 2015– Today the BC Lung Association released the results of the largest ever community-wide home radon testing project done in Canada.  Getting more British Columbians to test their homes for radon – the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking - is a priority for the BC Lung Association. As is ensuring people know how to mitigate a radon problem, if one exists. 

ALZHEIMER AWARENESS MONTH TARGETS LOCAL WOMEN WITH “THE 72%” CAMPAIGN

Nearly three-quarters of Canadians living with Alzheimer's disease are women. It's an eye-opening statistic, but it's not news to the many  families whose lives have been altered by the dementia journey.

"Women represent 72 per cent of Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease," says Julie Leffelaar, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Support & Education Coordinator for Trail and the West Kootenays.

"They could be your mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers or friends."

Beating Those Grey Winter Days

Photo of Brenda Gill by Larry Doell

It’s been great to get some e-mail suggestions for articles, so, I picked one that should help at this time of year -“It’s not severe, but there’s definitely a change in my mood on winter days, especially since I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark.  What can I do to feel more cheerful and still motivated when the days are short and the sun is behind the clouds.”  It certainly has been clouded in these days, but, It’s after the winter solstice, so, at least we can look forward to those longer days again.  It’s tough for m

Moms go virtual to help keep infants healthy

Jaime Colby of Grand Forks and her newborn daughter Avery do a virtual check up with her midwife in Nelson. The tele-maternity program offers new mothers the option to meet through video conferencing with a maternity care provider in another community. — Submitted photo

For the first time in B.C., expectant mothers can participate in virtual visits with their maternity care provider directly from their local family doctor’s office, thanks to new tele-maternity (video conferencing) technology developed as a part of a Shared Care/Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice pilot project. The project is funded in partnership by Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health.

FEATURE: Marijuana dispensary closes storefront; still working behind scene

FEATURE: Marijuana dispensary closes storefront; still working behind scene

Dispensary advocates petition for community support

The recent shut-down of a local medicinal marijuana dispensary and Compassion Club in Grand Forks has got the town talking, rumours flying and advocates attempting to educate and promote awareness in order to garner support for their cause.

Dr. Brenda Gill: Get Back on Track Now That the Christmas Season is Over!

Dr. Brenda Gill:  Get Back on Track Now That the Christmas Season is Over!

    I always write an article on ways

New program promotes internationally educated midwives

New program promotes internationally educated midwives

The Province is providing $680,000 for a new program at the University of British Columbia (UBC) that provides a pathway for internationally educated midwives to become fully licensed to practise in British Columbia.

“Midwives are an important part of the health-care system and offer families more choices when it comes to having a baby,” said Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson.

“The new program at UBC gives internationally educated midwives a clearly defined pathway to practise in British Columbia.”

TOUR De SOUP: They Lapped it Up!

photo by Dave Cornelius

The "Goat FM Tour de Soup"  held at the  Black Jack Cross-Country Ski Club, went through five vats of delicious soup this year -- the supply of mouth-watering soups ran out  as hungry skiers kept lining up with cups.

The "Tour de Soup" is a day of free skiing at Black Jack,  with free soup, too -- donated by local restaurants and dished out by volunteers.  This year,  the soups included:

LETTER: 70-yr-old patient to sleep in car to get medical care

LETTER: 70-yr-old patient to sleep in car to get medical care

Dear Editor,

I’m writing this because I am just livid.
My neighbour is 70 years old. She has suffered a stroke, has had two heart attacks, and multiple surgeries on her pancreas. She is not in good health, to say the least. Doesn't stop her though, she was out shoveling snow yesterday!

Tests indicate Kelowna patient does NOT have Ebola virus

Tests indicate Kelowna patient does NOT have Ebola virus

The Ministry of Health and Interior Health are confirming that preliminary testing on a health-care worker returning from West Africa has come back negative for Ebola virus disease (EVD).

In keeping with provincial protocols, public health officials have asked the patient to remain within two hours of a designated type two facility - in this case Kelowna General Hospital - for the duration of the 21-day self-monitoring period.

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