Double take: Pink and Green Ribbon campaign ties breast health to environment

Carolyn Gotay, who specializes in cancer prevention at UBC and is an affiliate scientist with the B.C. Cancer Agency, runs a prevention and risk-assessment clinic at the B.C. Women’s Hospital in Vancouver. She said upwards of 50 per cent of breast cancer diagnoses are preventable, with genetic factors accounting for only five to 10 per […]

Tests seek to end debate on CPR methods

A North America-wide clinical trial starting Monday will evaluate the treatment methods used by firefighters and paramedics performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to determine which method gives victims of heart attack the best chance of survival. Dr. Jim Christenson is the B.C. principal investigator for the trial and head of UBC’s Department of Emergency Medicine. Christenson […]

Breast implants performed abroad should be checked

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recently issued an official statement calling on all women who have had breast implants manufactured by PIP or ROFIL Medro inserted since 2001 to “check with their doctor or hospital” as soon as possible. “My recommendation is, if you have had an implant put in abroad, I think […]

Keep having mammographies

Dr. Paula Gordon, clinical professor of radiology at UBC and the medical director of the Breast Program at B.C. Women’s Hospital, responds to an article by Cornelia Baines that argued that the benefits of screening mammography do not outweigh the downsides. “Unfortunately, she has understated the benefit, and overstated the downsides, so her ratio is […]

An argument for more health care funding that’s getting old

Vancouver Sun columnist Pete McMartin argues that the notion that the elderly are a massive burden on B.C.’s health care budget and represent the greatest threat to its financial solvency is not true but these notions “form the basis of the provincial government’s argument against the federal government’s new per capita funding formula for health […]

1 in 10 Canadians cannot afford prescription drugs

One in ten Canadians cannot afford their prescription drugs, finds an analysis by researchers from UBC and the University of Toronto. Researchers analyzed data from 5,732 people and found that 9.6 per cent of Canadians who received a prescription reported not filling, failing to refill, or skipping doses for cost reasons. The phenomenon is particularly […]

5 ways to avoid the ‘winter blues’

Laid low in fall and winter by short days and diminished sunlight, people with seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, can suffer debilitating depression and related physical symptoms such as increased fatigue and a craving for high-carbohydrate foods. An estimated two to six per cent of Canadians will experience SAD at some point in their lifetime, […]

Anti-psychotic drugs given to half of elderly at care centres

Just over 50 per cent of elderly patients in British Columbia residential-care facilities were prescribed anti-psychotic drugs over a two-month period last year, according to a report commissioned by the provincial government. And the most commonly used anti-psychotic drugs were “atypical” medications – drugs developed over the past few decades that have been linked to […]

Fighting cancer in the lab and at the bedside

The Jerusalem Post profiles Prof. Karen Gelmon, a senior medical oncologist at the department of medicine at UBC and clinical head of the investigational drug unit in her field at the British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA). After completing an undergraduate degree in philosophy, getting a medical degree and becoming a specialist in internal medicine, in […]