Opioids after low-pain surgery: study indicates higher risk of dependency
March 13, 2012The prescribing of painkillers to seniors for relatively low-pain surgeries may lead to some becoming dependent on opioids such as codeine or oxycodone, a new study suggests. Dr. Brian Warriner, head of the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics at UBC, called the study valuable and said he’s concerned by the results. Warriner said it […] Read More >

Study finds mentally ill more likely to be arrested, harmed by police
March 12, 2012A British Columbia study suggests about 40 per cent of people with mental illness have been arrested at some point during their lifetime. The study also suggests the mentally ill are over-represented compared to others in police shootings, stun-gun incidents and fatalities. Mentally ill people tend to have more negative attitudes toward police in comparison […] Read More >

Jewellery by Bill Reid donated to UBC
March 8, 2012Sydney Friedman, one of the founding members (along with his wife Constance Livingstone-Friedman) of the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, has donated a number of early Bill Reid works to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology. When Reid was still working as an announcer at CBC in 1952, Friedman commissioned a piece from the artist. This began […] Read More >

Tanning bed risk pales in comparison to lure of warm glow for teens
March 8, 2012If health authorities have their way, B.C. will soon introduce legislation making it illegal for teens to use tanning beds. Tanning beds give off concentrated doses of UVA, and studies show a significant dose-response correlation between tanning bed exposure in youth and skin cancers. The BC Cancer Agency and the Canadian Pediatric Association, the Canadian […] Read More >

Canadian kids with arthritis not seeing specialists soon enough
March 8, 2012The majority of Canadian children with juvenile arthritis don’t see specialists within the suggested time frame for early, effective care, according to a new report. Delays in diagnosis result in greater disability in the early stages of the disease. “We know from past research and experience in caring for children with arthritis and their families […] Read More >

Founding members of the Faculty of Medicine donate Bill Reid collection to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology
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Younger children in the classroom likely over-diagnosed with ADHD: UBC research
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B.C. doctor to study heart health in people with spinal cord injuries
February 24, 2012Some 40,000 people in Canada have spinal chord injuries. Heart disease is their No. 1 killer and Dr. Andrei Krassioukov, a principal investigator at the ICORD spinal injury centre, which is supported by UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health, will lead a team of 20 scientists, clinicians and health-care advocates in examining the best ways to […] Read More >

Ontario midwives want birth centres for low-risk pregnancies
February 24, 2012The Association of Ontario Midwives is urging the province to invest $12 million in a two-year pilot project that would open five birth centres for women with low-risk pregnancies. The midwives contend that funding such centres makes financial sense: Community settings are less expensive than hospitals. “There’s no question that out-of-hospital birth is as safe […] Read More >

Fighting Alzheimer’s starts in the kitchen
February 21, 2012UBC neurology research expert Dr. Pat McGeer eats ginger every day, a personal strategy for warding off Alzheimer’s disease. The idea is to help prevent protein plaque buildup in the brain that leads to the disease, McGeer told delegates at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting. Plaque is made up of beta […] Read More >

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