Health

COLUMN: Is your digestion in the toilet?

Dr. Brenda Gill.  Photo by Larry Doell

I’ll bet you didn’t know this is IBS month -- Irritable Bowel Awareness Month. One of the most common problems, but, one of the most difficult to talk about for people is digestive difficulty. Whether it is abdominal pain, cramps, nausea, gas, bloating, feeling congested or alternating constipation and diarrhea, with pain, mucous, blood, flatulence, unusually thin stools, large stools, hard stools, pellet-like stools, you name it, we deal with them all!

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital benefits from funding announcement

Health Minister Terry Lake and Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson were in Trail last week to announce a new emergency department that will enhance patient care at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. — Submitted photo

Some of the money the sitting Liberal government has been handing out around the province prior to the upcoming election fell into the Kootenay West riding last week as Health Minister Terry Lake announced a new emergency department that will enhance patient care at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.

This new project follows recently concluded improvements worth $1.77 million to the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).

Interior Health — Time to talk ticks

More time in the outdoors leads to the chance of more ticks and bites.

As the temperature begins to rise, so will the number of tick bites said Interior Health in a media release Friday.

The increase in bites generally comes as people begin spending more time outdoors in tall grass or wooded areas.

Health taxation flatlines in the West Kootenay-Boundary

WKBRHD board confirmed there will not be an increased burden to the region's taxpayers with the new fiscal document. — The Nelson Daily photo

A little bit of good news may be no news at all: one tax won't be increasing this year for West Kootenay-Boundary residents.

The amount charged to regional residents for the coming tax year won't be rising — compared to 2016 — but there will still be an almost $1 million contribution to the reserve fund.

The West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District (WKBRHD) board recently passed its 2017 budget — set at $7,876,454 — and confirmed there will not be an increased burden to the region's taxpayers with the new fiscal document.

CFIA expands Robin Hood Flour E. coli recall warning

The recalled product's UPC is 0 59000 01652 8.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded its original recall of Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour, Original from western Canada to include the entire country.

The food recall warning originally issued on March 28, 2017 was updated Tuesday (April 4, 2-17) to include additional distribution information.

MyHealthPortal coming to Kootenay communities

Adam Smith and Drew Dawson, Clinical Informatics Analysts, have been enrolling patients at hospitals throughout Interior Health. — Submitted photo

Everyone with a smart phone will now be able to access to their health information thanks to the MyHealthPortal said Interior Health in a media release.
 
The new tool allows patients throughout the Kootenays to access their personal health information online.
 
"MyHealthPortal provides patients 24-hour access to their health information via their smart phone, tablet or computer through a secure portal from the Interior Health website," the IH media release said.

Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour, Original recalled due to E. coli

Anyone having this product should throw it out or return to store where purchased.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is advising the public that Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. is recalling Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour, Original from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O121 contamination.

Family Action Network Creates Toolkit for Parents

Family Action Network Creates Toolkit for Parents

 Do you have children six and under?  FAN has new resources for you.  Working with parents, health providers and early years professionals over the course of the last year, the Family Action Network (FAN) has developed new resources to support the growth and development of our region’s youngest residents.  FAN is offering these tools to local families with a message to check their children’s development ‘early and often’.

COLUMN: Sleep like a baby -- drink 'Golden Milk'

COLUMN: Sleep like a baby -- drink 'Golden Milk'

One of the issues I treat the most is compromised sleep—either folks who have a hard time getting to sleep or ones who wake and have a hard time getting back to sleep. Sleep is definitely under-rated!

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.

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