House calls needed to care for aging population
May 29, 2012New census data being released on Tuesday is expected to show huge growth in the number of seniors living in Canada. That has some doctors suggesting change is needed soon to keep our hospitals from being overwhelmed with demand for service.Family Physician Dr. John Sloan says one of the keys will be for doctors to […] Read More >

Women vilified for taking life-saving medication, mother says
May 28, 2012Researchers say up to 20 per cent of women will be diagnosed with depression while pregnant. In 2001, about five per cent of pregnant women in B.C. took an antidepressant. The most popular medications are SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). Dr. Tim Oberlander, a researcher at the Child and Family Research Institute in Vancouver and […] Read More >

Getting drugs to a tumour
May 28, 2012About 186,400 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Despite these numbers, “every cancer is essentially a rare disease, as you get down deep in the genetic profile,” says Pieter Cullis, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at UBC. Cullis and others are working toward a future when individual patients will receive a […] Read More >

44 new Order of Canada recipients
May 25, 2012Governor General David Johnston presided over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday. Among the new members of the Order of Canada is John Gilbert, professor emeritus and founding principal of the College of Health Disciplines at UBC. Gilbert’s vision of integrated care for patients has helped them achieve the best […] Read More >

UBC and partners break ground for new hospice
May 24, 2012The $4.5 million project will provide end-of-life care for individuals, and help improve palliative care through research and training. Read More >

Medical research in ‘perilous state’
May 23, 2012The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) should increase funding for randomized trials from 3.3 per cent to 10 per cent of its overall budget within five years, investigators say in an essay in this week’s issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Randomized controlled trials involving thousands of people are the gold standard way […] Read More >

Exercise is healthy, but does it make you live longer?
May 23, 2012A growing body of evidence shows that regular exercise can delay or prevent many age-related ailments including osteoporosis, arthritis, dementia and more.Increasingly, research suggests that being active could be one of the best strategies for people who suffer from pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis.“Almost all studies show that exercise reduces pain and disability,” says […] Read More >

UBC graduates record number of aboriginal MDs
May 23, 2012The UBC medical undergraduate degree program set up an Aboriginal MD Admissions Program in 2001 to try to attract aboriginal students to become doctors. Since the program started, 35 aboriginal students have completed their studies in medicine. There are another 22 enrolled in the four-year MD program.Ryan Lieph, a member of the Sooke First Nation, […] Read More >

UBC graduates its largest class of Aboriginal MD students
May 22, 2012Twelve Aboriginal students will graduate with a UBC medical undergraduate degree (MD) this spring. Read More >

Treatment of obesity ‘a failure’: MD
May 22, 2012In the journal of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, doctors are debating whether it’s futile to try to treat obesity. According to a review article published in the issue, people in the “high-normal” or overweight range have the lowest mortality, or risk of dying. “In terms of your chances of dying related to […] Read More >

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