Health

​ICBC and BC Transplant expand organ donation program across the province

Global BC reporter Aaron McArthur and wife Elaine Yong hold daughter Addison who was the first baby to receive a heart transplant at BC Children’s Hospital. — Submitted photo

Starting Monday, every British Columbian visiting an ICBC driver licensing location will be asked to register their decision about organ donation.

To increase the number of people with a registered decision, ICBC and BC Transplant are expanding a provincial partnership to all ICBC driver licensing locations across the province.

Another good reason to avoid sugar

Another good reason to avoid sugar

We all know, now (don't we?) that sugar is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic, and that sugar is more to blame than  fat in heart disease. We know that sugar causes cavities in our teeth, and that excessive sugar consumption is linked with diabetes.  But here's another reason to avoid sugar:  medical research has linked higher blood sugar levels with Alzheimer's disease.

More potentially deadly chemicals being found in street-level drugs in BC

More potentially deadly chemicals being found in street-level drugs in BC

BC RCMP wishes to advise that recent Health Canada tests have confirmed the presence of the compound W-18 and a fentanyl analog recently in two communities, and that drug users should be aware these chemicals may be present anywhere.

In mid-December, 2016, Surrey RCMP seized pebble heroin, among other drugs, in relation to a dial-a-dope drug investigation. Health Canada has just confirmed the presence of W-18 within the heroin sample.

Guest Column: On Kindness

Chris Longden, a writer living in the north of England

Editor's Note:  Below is a piece by Chris Longden, of the UK.  That will explain the prevalence of Brit expressions throughout -- but her thoughts on this topic are universally applicable.  Especially, perhaps, in the current political climate. 

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"It comes to something, when you've got to be told by the bloody media and Twitter or whatever - to remember to be kind to someone,"  a grumbly old sod just said to me.

For Valentine's Day and always -- Look after your heart. Here's how.

Dr. Brenda Gill.  Photo by Larry Doell

Post Valentine’s Day:  POSITIVE STEPS TO A HEALTHY HEART

            It’s always wonderful to give and receive expressions of thanks, acknowledgment, gratitude and love on St. Valentine’s Day. It’s those small things in life that really make a difference in all our lives on a mental and emotional level.  We also want to give our hearts healthy food and drinks to keep it functioning well and supplement if necessary. 

A hot time at the Seniors' Hall -- about what seniors need, and about new charges for paper bills

Mayor Kathy Moore introduced consultant Sandi McCreight to a crowded meeting at the Seniors' Hall.

Consultant Sandi McCreight is gathering information from senior citizens in Rossland and other Lower Columbia communities, to find out what seniors need here that isn't already available.  She has been circulating questionnaires that seniors can pick up and drop off at City Hall, or at Alpine Drug Mart.

Bats flying in the winter? Or, find a dead bat? Please report. Here's why.

Bat with White Nose Syndrome.  Photo by Marvin Moriarty.

Bats are an essential part of the global ecosystem. They save agriculture a great deal of money by eating vast numbers of crop-destroying insects such as Colorado Potato Beetles, and they save humans a lot of itching by eating vast numbers of flying, biting insects such as mosquitoes. For years, bats had an undeserved bad reputation, but gradually we are learning to understand their huge value.

Column: Understanding Climate Change Means Reading Beyond the Headlines

moose with winter ticks

Seeing terms like “post-truth” and “alternative facts” gain traction in the news convinces me that politicians, media workers and readers could benefit from a refresher course in how science helps us understand the world. Reporting on science is difficult at the best of times. Trying to communicate complex ideas and distil entire studies into eye-catching headlines and brief stories can open the door to misinformation and limited understanding.

Representative for Children and Youth: Alex's Story Prompts Acting Rep to Recommend Key Changes

Bernard Richard, BC's Acting Representative for Children and Youth

Lacking any permanent connection to his family and culture and without the mental health supports that might have made a difference, an 18-year-old Métis youth in care took his own life in an act of desperation, says an investigative report issued today by British Columbia’s Acting Representative for Children and Youth.

Ski Slopes for Hope -- at Red or Black Jack

Dress up!   (Submitted photo)

The fight against cancer is reaching new heights this month with Rossland’s fifth-annual Slopes for Hope challenge.

The Canadian Cancer Society is inviting snowboarders, alpine and nordic skiers and all people who love to play in the snow to join the Mount Everest Challenge at Red Mountain Resort or Black Jack Ski Club on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Early Bird registration is open at slopesforhope.ca.

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