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Dying loved ones can hear in their final hours, UBC study suggests

Families can take some measure of comfort from spending time talking to their loved ones, even when they don't respond, says retired palliative care physician.

Essential workers during COVID-19 susceptible to 'moral injury' and PTSD, hospital says

Health-care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic are at risk of severe stress that could cause long-term psychological damage, Canadian PTSD experts say.

Vancouver-based Hootsuite names former Zendesk executive as its new CEO

Hootsuite has named a new CEO to replace founder Ryan Holmes after his 12 years at the helm of the Vancouver-based tech company. Tom Keiser, former chief operating officer of Zendesk, headquartered in San Francisco, will take over as of July 6.

A week in hospital is not enough, more treatment beds are needed, says mother whose son fatally overdosed

The mother of a teen who fatally overdosed says British Columbia's proposed legislation allowing youth to be involuntarily hospitalized for up to a week because of drug use must be backed up with more residential treatment beds.

Childhood asthma rates falling with fewer unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions, study finds

Childhood asthma rates have fallen because fewer unnecessary antibiotics are being prescribed to babies within the first year of life, a study by British Columbia researchers says.

Last living survivor of Second Narrows Bridge disaster won't let pandemic stop him from honouring dead

Lucien Lessard, now 91, plans to be part of an annual ceremony commemorating those who worked on the Second Narrows Bridge, which collapsed on June 17, 1958. It remains one of British Columbia's worst industrial accidents.

Drug user launches proposed class action lawsuit over methadone switch

A drug user "forced'' to switch to a reformulated methadone treatment introduced in British Columbia six years ago has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against the provincial government, the college of pharmacists and a pharmaceutical company.

Provinces must give emotional support to returning students, education advocates say

All students will need extra emotional support when classes resume, says a psychiatrist who specializes in youth mental health.

People who need addiction services feel 'abandoned' during pandemic

British Columbia's former provincial health officer says he has "grave concerns" about reduced services for people struggling with drug addiction, while the manager of a supervised consumption site in Toronto says people are feeling abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Worshippers should plan for virtual celebrations as Easter, Passover, Ramadan approach: health officials

British Columbia's top doctor says people who celebrate Easter, Passover, Ramadan and other religious holidays should plan now to safely participate virtually in their traditional ceremonies.

Shed handshakes for smiles and foot taps to avoid COVID-19 risk, doctors say

Canadian doctor stops shaking hands and advises people to use another form of acknowledgment, such as putting their hands in prayer, bowing or just smiling and looking someone in the eyes when saying hello.

More cancer cases in Canada projected as aging population grows, with lung cancer still deadliest form: study

Nearly half of Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime.

Health care battle in judge's hands but expected to land in Canada's top court

A judge ended the last day of a nearly four-year trial by hinting that no matter which side wins in the fight over the expansion of private health care in British Columbia, the case will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Private clinics would harm 'ordinary' people using public system in B.C., says government lawyer

The argument is part of a long-running constitutional challenge launched by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brian Day.

Family doctors should begin screening patients for alcohol addiction at age 12, B.C. guideline says

Family doctors in British Columbia are being urged to annually screen every patient starting at age 12, in a move to prevent alcohol addiction, a leading cause of social and economic harms.