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Allergies or COVID-19?

As winter gives way to spring, nature does not give any signs in relation to what the people of the world are going through. As trees and flowers bloom, just like they do every spring, the people accustomed to witnessing the awe-inspiring transformation on display each spring are experiencing a transformation of their own. Social ... Read More »

Report shows racism in BC health care

Indigenous people in BC are exposed to widespread racism that often results in negative experiences at the point of care, inequitable medical treatment, physical harm, even death, the independent review into Indigenous-specific discrimination in the province’s health-care system has found. Informed by the voices of nearly 9,000 Indigenous patients, family members, third-party witnesses and health-care ... Read More »

How to manage financial stress for better mental health

Although a constant worry for many of us, financial stress may be worse than ever during the pandemic. With employers cutting jobs, businesses shutting down and demand for financial assistance programs increasing, our mental health is taking a hit. Research shows that for those who are already living with mental health challenges such as dementia, ... Read More »

Easy ways to keep your immune system strong

The immune system is a powerful component of the human body. The immune system recognizes when viruses, bacteria and other foreign invaders enter or compromise the body, and then takes action to prevent illnesses from taking over. The average person can help his or her immune system do its job more effectively by making the ... Read More »

WorkSafeBC increasing inspections

WorkSafeBC is conducting enhanced COVID-19 inspections and consultations at workplaces in the Vancouver Coastal Health region as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. “The focus of our inspections is to ensure employers are effectively implementing measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace, including health screenings,” says Al Johnson, Head of Prevention Services ... Read More »

Alzheimer helpline hours extended

Physical distancing, self-isolation and quarantine have been a difficult transition for most British Columbians, but they have been particularly challenging for Sunshine Coast residents living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, their caregivers and family members. The non-profit Alzheimer Society of BC has extended its helpline hours to help them, providing support and information about ... Read More »

VCH has increased number of flu clinics

If there was ever a time to get a flu shot, this is the year. In advance of flu clinics opening later this month, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is encouraging local residents to book ahead and schedule a time to get their flu vaccination. This year, VCH has increased the number of flu clinics being ... Read More »

More flu vaccines in the coming weeks

Getting your flu shot this year will look quite a bit different than in the past and may not be as easy. One noticeable change is that most pharmacies require people to book an appointment in advance rather than walk-in, and everyone is required to wear a mask. Vaccines started arriving in pharmacies last week, ... Read More »

COVID increases risk of blood clots, stroke

Thrombosis Canada is warning Canadians that it is more critical now than ever before to learn the signs and symptoms of thrombosis, or blood clots. With new COVID-19 cases growing, there is an increased risk of some patients developing blood clots in the veins that cause leg clots (called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT) and ... Read More »

Hosting Thanksgiving during pandemic

Much like the holidays that preceded it in 2020, Thanksgiving figures to be different this year. An ongoing pandemic has changed the way much of the world lives their lives, including how holidays are celebrated. As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread across the globe beginning in the winter of 2019-20, the World Health Organization recommended ... Read More »

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