Category Archives: Health & Fitness

Comox transplant recipient says Canada Transplant Games are a chance to celebrate

As Ferris Bueller once put it, “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.� But heart transplant recipient Robbie Thompson is in no danger of missing anything. After receiving two transplants before the age of 5, the now 20-year-old Comox man is no stranger to slowing down, appreciating life

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Dr. Eric Cadesky: B.C. doctors working to improve care for residential-care patients

The Vancouver Sun’s series on seniors’ care in B.C. brings to light challenges in how we care for people who bear the greatest burden of chronic disease. The provincial government has offered solutions such as hiring more care aids, opening additional long-term care beds and increasing support for seniors living at home. Readers should also be aware that B.C.’s medical

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Town Talk: Building a beautiful home that meets its own energy needs

PASSIVE ACTION: CORE Energy Recovery Solutions CEO James Dean knew all about heat exchangers and in-structure climate control when he considered building a passive house. Those Swedish/German-developed airtight buildings are energy-efficient enough to pump electrical power into a utility rather than vice-versa. But when wife Janet Allan said, “They’re all ugly,� Dean decided to go for it. By specifying huge

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Childcare ‘deserts’ identified in Surrey and Burnaby in national report

Most of Surrey and Burnaby and some neighbourhoods in Vancouver are examples of what a new report is calling “childcare deserts� that exist across the country. Nationally, as many as 776,000 children who are not of school age live in neighbourhoods with a shortage of childcare spaces, according to a report released Wednesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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MEDICINE MATTERS: What Vancouver billionaire Jim Pattison has in common with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

Answer: Both of the billionaires have given $75 million to hospitals, Zuckerberg to San Francisco General and Pattison to a new St. Paul’s Hospital here in Vancouver. And just like the hospital in San Francisco that (somewhat controversially) bears the Zuckerberg name, the redeveloped St. Paul’s Hospital site will feature the Pattison name. That is, whenever it is finally built

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MEDICINE MATTERS: What Vancouver billionaire Jim Pattison has in common with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

Answer: Both of the billionaires have given $75 million to hospitals, Zuckerberg to San Francisco General and Pattison to a new St. Paul’s Hospital here in Vancouver. And just like the hospital in San Francisco that (somewhat controversially) bears the Zuckerberg name, the redeveloped St. Paul’s Hospital site will feature the Pattison name. That is, whenever it is finally built

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Farmers fear losses if antibiotic access cut off as drug resistance poses threat

If governments fail to curb the practice, they’ll simply enable superbugs to keep spreading and growing. There is no question that Canada needs to reduce its use of antibiotics, says Ellen Goddard, a professor at the University of Alberta’s faculty of agricultural, life and environmental sciences. “The public health implications are just so serious. And, the problem is that we’re

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Douglas Todd: Boys and men disappearing from psychology

Males are disappearing from the field of North American psychology — both as research subjects and as psychotherapists. The evidence is overwhelming that psychological research is becoming heavily focused on girls’ and women’s issues, and that males are rapidly vanishing from psycho-therapeutic professions. The consequences of these dual trajectories, say specialists, is that the distinct emotional struggles of boys and

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