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B.C. announces new addiction and mental health supports for people leaving jail

The British Columbia government has announced inmates struggling with mental health and substance use will be supported after they leave jail by transition teams connected to all 10 of the province’s correctional centres. Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson said Monday that’s an increase from inmates at five facilities …

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It’s a world-renowned, for-profit Ontario hospital. Could Shouldice be a model for private health care?

When Ontario Premier Doug Ford recently mused about potential reforms to the provincial health-care system, he referenced Shouldice Hospital as an example of the positive role privatization could play. His praise of the world-renowned private hernia clinic, one of only a few Ontario hospitals allowed to operate for profit, also raised the question of whether it’s a model that could …

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More than 6 drinks a week leads to higher health risks, new report suggests — especially for women

Having more than six drinks per week leads to an increased risk of a host of health issues, including cancer, according to new proposed guidelines published Monday.  Any level of alcohol consumption had a net negative impact on health for almost every disease reviewed by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and …

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Health care top issue in Surrey South byelection

A byelection in Surrey South on Sept. 10 is shaping up to be a battle over which provincial political party is perceived as the front-runner on health care. B.C. Liberal MLA Stephanie Cadieux won the last election in 2020 with 1,176 more votes than the nearest candidate, B.C. NDP’s Pauline Greaves. Cadieux resigned at the end of April to join the federal government as Canada’s …

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Germ-fighting robots in Fraser Health get more help killing hospital bacteria and viruses

Germ-fighting robots are getting extra support to fight bacteria in hospitals across the Fraser Health region.  Two tent-like disinfection pods have joined the fleet of 16 robots which use ultraviolet (UV) light to kill viruses and bacteria in patient rooms. “We really want to use it on … mobility aids, like wheelchairs …

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Would more privatization in Canadian health care solve the current crisis?

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly analysis of health and medical science news. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. The current staffing crisis in health care has reignited debate over privatization of the Canadian system — and while more needs to be done to take the pressure off hospitals, critics say more private care …

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Study examines culture of silence in professional men’s hockey when it comes to mental health

WARNING: This article contains details of suicide A new study from a group of University of British Columbia researchers takes a deep dive into the pressures professional men’s hockey players feel to stay silent despite serious personal problems. The study, published last month in the journal Qualitative Research in Sport, …

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Ontario ER closures not unprecedented, health minister says

Ontario’s health minister said Monday that six hospitals had to close departments — including ERs — over the weekend, but argued that the situation wasn’t unprecedented. Sylvia Jones made the comments as the legislature sat for the first time following the Progressive Conservatives’ re-election in June, and said individual hospitals …

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Witness demands answers, calls for better mental health support following Saanich bank robbery

Shelli Fryer has spent the past six weeks feeling worried, isolated and overwhelmed.  She was held hostage during a bank robbery in Saanich, B.C., on June 28. Since then, she’s struggled to find the emotional support needed to work through her trauma.  “It’s hard. I am not really recovering,” she …

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