Health

Time to Become Concerned about TB

Michael Jessen is the Nelson and area volunteer director for the BC Lung Association.

When Stephen Lewis speaks about tuberculosis, he doesn’t restrain his words.

The world is showing “far too much strangled deference when it comes to fighting TB,” Lewis told a standing room crowd in a passionate speech at a recent Vancouver conference.

“It’s time to take TB as a cause celebre,” he added, urging TB activists to go to the “metaphorical barricades” to build political will and action.

Rossland gets grants for Spokane Street Project

Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore

Rejoice, Rosslanders! Rossland will receive a sprinkling of money from the federal and provincial governments to help with the Spokane Street infrastructure replacement project.  This will help keep our taxes from rising faster and further, and it will make our water supply more secure, and keep us from spending a lot of money treating storm-water instead of just sewage at the treatment plant. 

Red and Black Jack excelled at Slopes For Hope fundraising

Photo by Lawrence Wright

The Rossland version of the Mount Everest challenge, hosted at Red Mountain Ski Resort and Black Jack Ski Club Feb. 19, exceeded its $25,000 goal with a whopping $36,500 contributed to the total -- over $100,000 -- raised for the Canadian Cancer Society by the six participating locations across the province.

The Peel: Intact wilderness is a hedge against our ignorance

A part of the Peel River watershed:  Photo by Peter Mather

In 2011, I travelled with my family down Yukon’s Hart River. It’s one of seven pure rivers in the Peel River watershed, a 68,000-square-kilometre wilderness that’s been at the centre of a legal dispute for many years and a land-use planning debate for more than a decade. For two weeks, we fished from the river’s vibrant green waters and gazed at the limestone and dolostone peaks of the Ogilvie Mountains.

COLUMN: Good-bye and Good Riddance to Rashes

COLUMN: Good-bye and Good Riddance to Rashes

There’s one thing that can drive a person crazy:  an itchy rash. It’s one of the most common problems I treat and can affect anyone at any age. I’ve seen one-week-old babies to 95-year-old people for these rashes. There are many reasons people get rashes, but, the bottom line is that the liver, kidneys and/or lungs are overloaded and the liver is trying to clear the body of something.

New province-wide campaign reveals dangerous side of nursing

According to WorkSafeBC’s 2015 annual report, the overall injury rate due to workplace violence has increased over 50 percent since 2006.

Virna Bation, a nurse who’s worked in elder care for 17 years, never expected that her attempt to help a patient would turn violent. A 75-year-old resident suddenly became agitated while Bation was providing care and bit Bation’s thumb so badly that it sent her to the emergency department and kept her off work for three months.

“The pain was excruciating,” she says. “Emotionally and physically, I was really distraught. When I remember what happened, I feel shaky.”

Carfentanil presence confirmed in Interior Health

Carfentanil presence confirmed in Interior Health

On the heels of information released by Nelson Police Department Wednesday, Interior Health officials are confirming the deadly drug carfentanil is now present in the region.

IH made the announcement Thursday following a positive carfentanil drug test in the Kootenay region reported by Health Canada and a positive carfentanil urine test in the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap region reported by LifeLabs.

EDITORIAL: My insidious wardrobe

synthetic fleece, and nore fleece -- fleece is everywhere, even in the fish we eat

What next?  It seems that everything we do is an environmental problem.  Triclosan in "anti-bacterial" soaps and toothpastes and so on just contributed to developing antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and was bad for people who used the products, too.  Microbeads in toothpaste and various cosmetics built up astonishing levels of micro-bead plastic pollution in waterways, oceans and marine life, including our food.  Fossil fuels that get us and our products around so effortlessly are disrupting our climate, apparently uncontrollably.  Other oil industry products such as plastic nets, bags and other trash, and fertilizers used to excess, are building up in the oceans and fresh-water sources with deadly results.  NOW what?

Dealing with annoying aches and pains

Dr. Brenda Gill.  Photo by Larry Doell

 Often we experience aches and pains that don’t send us to the doctor or keep us from working, but may take us to the pharmacy for medication or drain our energy.  Chronic achiness anywhere requires the body to dedicate time, nutrients and energy to repair whatever is creating the soreness. Readily accessible supplements or home remedies can help relieve the symptoms quickly. Here are some simple tools to treat minor problems.

Better kids with the natural world? Come to the discussion.

Unstructured outdoor play

Parents and prospective parents who are looking for ideas about how to raise a healthier (in every way) young person, here's a source:  show up at the Gold Rush Bookstore -- 2063 Washington Street in Rossland -- on March 9, at 7:00 pm and particpate in a discussion until 8:30 pm.

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