Why Isn't There a Hepatitis C Vaccine—And When Can You Expect One?

Most people get vaccinated against so many diseases as a child that it can be easy to assume you’ve received vaccines for practically everything. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and some infections still pose a threat. Take hepatitis C, for instance, an infection that can attack your liver and inflammation and even liver damage in some cases. The hepatitis C virus […]

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Transplanting kidneys from patients with hepatitis C could be SAFE

Transplanting kidneys from patients with hepatitis C could be SAFE: Trial finds 53 people stayed free of infection after receiving the donated organs Currently, people with hep-C cannot donate kidneys unless recipient is infected  But American scientists say process is safe after trial of 53 patients in Memphis The participants all stayed free of hepatitis C infection after the procedure  […]

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Hamilton’s cancer screening bus is soon to be no more after provincial cut

A mobile screening coach, which screens for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers in Hamilton, Burlington, and Niagara, will soon be no more. The province confirmed to Global News that funding for Cancer Care Ontario’s screening bus will be re-directed as part of its goal of finding more “efficiencies” with health initiatives. In a statement, Ministry of Health spokesperson David Jensen […]

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Understanding C. auris transmission with the healthcare environment

Researchers have now shown that patients who are heavily colonized with Candida auris on their skin can shed the fungus and contaminate their surroundings. This finding provides an explanation for the extensive contamination that often occurs in healthcare facilities with C. auris outbreaks. These results can help inform infection control efforts. The research is presented at ASM Microbe, the annual […]

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Pride crosswalks unveiled at Merritt hospital after local city council rejected them

It’s being touted as a victory for inclusivity. B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix officially unveiled a pair of rainbow crosswalks at the Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre in Merritt on Monday. The crosswalks, one outside the hospital and one inside, were inspired by a push by local secondary school students. “These crosswalks were inspired by the advocacy of students […]

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C-sections: 5 things women need to know

Caesarean deliveries, or C-sections, can either be planned or the result of complications during labour. Either way, experts say women should know what this type of birth entails. In April 2018, the Canadian Institute for Health Information found that more than 103,000 C-sections were performed in Canada between 2016 and 2017, resulting in a rate of 28.2 per cent of […]

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Indigenous hockey coaches give blood in hopes of finding stem cell match for young Manitoba boy

Canadian Blood Services has partnered with Hockey Gives Blood for a month long stem cell campaign. Members of the Waywayseecappo Wolverines hockey team got to find out their blood type and #GetSwabbed to join the stem cell registry Saturday at CBS. The team got to meet 5-year-old Tanner McLeod, an Indigenous boy who needs a stem cell transplant. Tanner was […]

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Worksafe BC hands out largest fine in British Columbia history

Forensics Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam, B.C. has been given the largest fine in the history of the province by Worksafe BC. The penalty? $646,304.88. BC Nurse’s Union President Christine Sorensen said this comes after two incidents last spring. “There were two nurses who were working at Forensics Psychiatric hospital [and] were assaulted while they were trying to province care,” said […]

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