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Sinus infections: 90 to 98% are caused by viruses, guidelines say
March 21, 2012A new set of guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America say that anywhere from 90 to 98 percent of sinus infections aren’t caused by bacteria, meaning antibiotics won’t work. “There is no simple test that will easily and quickly determine whether a sinus infection is viral or bacterial, so many physicians prescribe antibiotics […] Read More >


Metro can learn from Europe’s system: expert
March 20, 2012The popularity of cycling in Europe is no surprise. In countries such as Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and parts of Germany, 30 to 40 per cent of urban trips are made by bicycle. Compare that with Canada and Metro Vancouver, where only two per cent of all trips are made by bike. Kay Teschke, of […] Read More >


Universal glue for body cells targets drugs
March 20, 2012All mammalian cells are surrounded by a membrane covered in polyvalent choline phosphate, or PC-groups, that repel aqueous particles. Donald Brooks and his colleagues at UBC, tried rearranging the particles in PC-groups to reverse their polarisation. They then decorated polymers with these new CP-groups. When added to human blood, the CP molecules stuck to the […] Read More >


Doctor shortage in northern B.C. ongoing concern
March 20, 2012Doctor shortages in Mackenzie, Burns Lake, Fraser Lake and the Robson Valley as well as Fort St. James have been an ongoing concern for Northern Health. Some people partly blame the selection process at the Northern Medical Program, run by UBC, for not ensuring graduates are serving northern communities. The program, started in 2003, is […] Read More >


Kids exposed to increased antibiotics prone to allergic asthma
March 20, 2012Children who have more antibiotics are prone to allergic asthma, according to a new study by researchers from UBC. Researchers conducted an experiment and found that the antibiotic vancomycin, which has an affect on intestinal bacteria, also had a profound impact on allergic asthma. Allergic asthma affects more than 100 million people worldwide and its […] Read More >


Province invests $5 million in prostate centre
March 19, 2012B.C. Ministry of Health news release | March 19, 2012 B.C. men are to benefit from a $5-million provincial grant to the Vancouver Prostate Centre, a University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital Centre of Excellence and world leader in research and treatment of prostate cancer. “We need to ensure B.C. remains at the […] Read More >


Research suggests medically prescribed heroin more effective, less costly than current methadone treatment
March 16, 2012Model shows those using heroin-assisted therapy live longer and cost society less Medically prescribed heroin is more cost-effective than methadone for treating long-term street heroin users, according to a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Providence Health Care. The study, published March 12, 2012 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal […] Read More >


Getting into UBC’s medical school is tough!
March 16, 2012Medical school has always been hard to get into but recently it was discovered that UBC’s school of medicine is getting harder and harder to get into. Parents anxious to get their son or daughter into UBC are trying everything to get their kid in – calling their MLA’s, calling the dean, or pulling out […] Read More >


Should B.C. follow or lead on generic drug prices?
March 16, 2012Michael Law, an assistant professor at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC, writes about the B.C. government’s decision to set the price of generic drugs at 25 per cent the equivalent brand name drug price instead of the current 35 per cent. “There […] Read More >


A new fertility test is changing women’s lives
March 15, 2012A new fertility test for women measures how much “anti-müllerian hormone” a woman produces in her ovarian follicles. It is fast becoming the pre-eminent tool for fertility specialists in North America and Europe to determine the chances of their patients getting pregnant. AMH testing promises to pinpoint her chances of getting pregnant today, how that […] Read More >

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