Health

Tips to a Normal Weight -- Part 3

Dr. Brenda Gill

     Here are some other contributors to weight retention that should be considered.  

Lyme Disease and Tick Season

Tick -- female western black-legged tick

Yes, our local ticks can carry Lyme disease, and we can pick up ticks while golfing, gardening, hiking, biking ... anything that takes us outdoors, really.  Lyme disease is endemic in southern BC, and the disease can cause long-term damage including arthritis and neurological problems, so it's worthwhile to do regular tick checks -- and to see a doctor if you develop any symptoms after a tick bite.

Symptoms of Lyme disease can include one or a combination of the following with varying degrees of severity:

HEU laundry workers deliver petition to the legislature, urging government to save jobs

Carts are loaded but HEU members continue to fight to keep laundry with members.

The voices of 12,423 British Columbians were heard at the provincial legislature this morning with the tabling of a petition calling on government to halt the Interior Health Authority's plan to privatize hospital laundry services in 11 communities.
 
A delegation of Hospital Employees' Union laundry workers presented their petition to NDP MLAs Michelle Mungall, Jennifer Rice and opposition health critic Judy Darcy on the steps of the legislature, prior to being tabled during Question Period.
 

Our Wireless Stuff Causes Cancer, says Article in Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Our Wireless Stuff Causes Cancer, says Article in Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Canada's safety guidelines:  "a disaster"

On May 7, 2015, the Canadian Medical Association Journal  published a scathing condemnation of Health Canada's safety guidelines for cell phones and Wifi.

Almost 12,000 British Columbians sign petition against privatization of hospital laundry services

HEU workers staged a rally Wednesday against the closure of laundry facilities at the corner of Pandosy Street and Royal Avenue in Kelowna. — Photo courtesy HEU

The Hospital Employees Union (HEU) continue to hold Interior Health's feet to the fire in an effort to save job cuts to the laundry services in area hospitals, including Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson.

HEU communications officer Brenda Whitehall said nearly 12,000 British Columbians have signed a petition calling on the provincial government to cancel plans by the Interior Health Authority to privatize hospital laundry services in 11 communities throughout the region.

PharmaCare gets tough on problem pharmacies

PharmaCare gets tough on problem pharmacies

PharmaCare has informed a number of Lower Mainland pharmacies that it no longer intends to do business with them, as the result of a new regulation that allows the Ministry of Health to better enforce the rules around billing PharmaCare.

The Ministry of Health intends to refuse re-enrolment as providers to PharmaCare to about 46 pharmacies in the Lower Mainland, as of June 1, 2015. The rest of the more than 1280 pharmacies in B.C. will be re-enrolled as providers to the public drug plan in good standing on the same day.

Nepal Earthquake— Agencies accepting Canadian donations

People clear rubble in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was severely damaged by an earthquake on April 25, 2015. — Photo from Huffington Post

With the death total expecting to rise, relief effort begins following the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal over the weekend.

Last count following the earthquake totalled more than 4,000 people dead.

Statement from the Public Health Agency of Canada on Measles

Additional cases of measles in the Vancouver region has prompted a statement from Public Health Agency of Canada.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a statement following the confirmation of measles in the Vancouver area:

Castlegar's own Squires brothers set new bar for community giving, despite tender years

Saints hockey players recognize fellow saints-in-the-making Jaxon, 5 and Ryder, 2, by letting them drop the puck in a game against SFU.

When you think ‘hometown hero’, what comes to mind is rarely someone under the age of six.

But Jaxon Squires, at five, and his brother Ryder, almost three, are confounding expectations and living up to the designation, selling their own toys to raise funds for the new BC Children’s Hospital.

“They started in January – we launched the Facebook page and the link on the hospital site at the end of January,” said Mom Jesse Squires. “They had raised the (hoped-for) $1,000 in just over 24 hours.

Executive Flight Centre makes first appearance in provincial court

 Executive Flight Centre lawyers made a brief first appearance in Nelson Provincial Court Tuesday following the 2013 jet fuel spill that contaminated Lemon Creek and the Slocan River.

Executive Flight Centre lawyers made a brief first appearance in Nelson Provincial Court Tuesday (March 31) after a provincial court judge ruled in December that there was enough evidence to prosecute them for their part in the 2013 jet fuel spill that contaminated Lemon Creek and the Slocan River.

However, it is not clear if the federal crown will be taking on the prosecution of the fuel service company or the province for dumping 32,000 litres of jet fuel into Lemon Creek.

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