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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 >


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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