Successful fundraiser will help global medical charity expand
September 18, 2012Voluntary work done by doctors and other professionals from the developed world does a great deal of good in poorer parts of the world, but “service is not development,” warns the head of UBC’s Branch of International Surgery.“Development requires that something be left behind when the people doing the service have gone home,” said Dr. […] Read More >

The impact of arthritis on mothers
September 13, 2012Professor Catherine Backman describes her study's methodology and findings in a 2-minute video. Read More >

Conditions a result of lack of supports, experts say
September 12, 2012Decrepit and unsafe living conditions are inevitable when people with severe mental health and substance abuse problems are housed in buildings run by non-profits without the funding to provide critical supports, says Dr. Michael Krausz, a psychiatry professor at UBC and author of the province’s Health of the Homeless survey report.Dr. Krausz was speaking about […] Read More >

Collaborative maternity program results in fewer C-sections, shorter hospital stays: UBC/CFRI research
September 11, 2012The study, led by Professor Patricia Janssen, followed women who used Vancouver's South Community Birth Program. Read More >

Maternity care program cut C-sections, hospital time
September 10, 2012Pregnant women in B.C. who participated in a special care program had fewer cesarean sections, shorter average hospital stays and higher breast-feeding rates than women who had standard care, researchers have found.In the South Community Birth Program, family doctors, midwives, public health nurses and doulas work together collaboratively to care for an ethnically diverse, low-income […] Read More >

Short shrift
September 8, 2012A small but significant number of generally healthy, short, young Canadians are undergoing growth hormone treatment in a bid to boost their stature. Some specialists argue the added height, however limited, bolsters confidence in an image-conscious world. Others say medicating youth imposes a daily burden on children who are not sick.Does gaining an average of […] Read More >

Combination of blood thinning drugs shown to be ineffective as stroke preventer
September 7, 2012Neurology Professor Oscar Benavente is leading a $66-million study aimed at preventing recurrences of small subcortical strokes. Read More >

Prescription database helps check use of addictive drugs: UBC research
September 4, 2012The study examined B.C.'s PharmaNet, which allows pharmacists to view the most recent 14 months of a patient's medication use. Read More >

September 2012
September 4, 2012Leadership Opportunities Available Director, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) Assistant Dean, MD Undergraduate Education, Fraser Director of Curriculum, MD Undergraduate Education Director, UBC Midwifery Program, Department of Family Practice Associate Dean, Health Professions Education Appointment Announcements Dr. Leigh Hunsinger appointed Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Northern Medical Program, effective August 1, 2012 to June 30, […] Read More >

Attracting small-town docs a challenge
August 29, 2012The federal government of Canada’s plan to forgive student debt for family doctors intending to practise in rural communities will help increase the pool of rural physicians but a larger suite of solutions is required, say educators and rural doctors.“I think every little bit helps, but I don’t think it will solve the problem,” says […] Read More >

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