Health

Lab test confirms carfentanil is being ingested

Carfentanil is a drug is similar to fentanyl but can be 100 times more toxic – one or two grains the size of salt grains can be fatal.

As part of the surveillance related to the opioid overdose public health emergency, the province has confirmed through laboratory testing that carfentanil is present in the illegal drug supply in the Lower Mainland and being ingested.

In a media release Wednesday, the province said urine lab testing found carfentanil present in 57 of 1766 urine drug tests conducted from Jan. 10-24, 2017.

A solo skier with a sprained knee; Rossland SAR to the rescue

It's cold out there.  Where's a cabin when you need one? Not too far away, fortunately.

The Rossland Range Recreation Site's day-use shelters are mostly used by hikers, bikers, skiers and snowshoers to warm up in while they toast their cheese sandwiches on a stove.  But on January 31, the new Sunspot Cabin also provided warmth and shelter for an injured skier while she waited for help to arrive.

Editorial: Medical Assistance in Dying

Editorial:  Medical Assistance in Dying

The Rossland Telegraph interviewed a local doctor  (let's call this person "Dr. X") to learn what people in our area suffering from "grievous and irremediable" conditions that result in enduring and intolerable suffering can expect if they conclude that they want to have medical assistance in dying (MAID). 

Paramedics: an essential service, or just healthcare workers?

A heart attack victim receiving expert care

There you are, flat on the floor with crushing chest pain.  "Heart attack!" you think, while the world goes a bit grey and fuzzy.  But you're able to reach your phone and dial 911.  Is this an emergency?  Are the paramedics who come to tend  you essential, or just nice to have, like a clean floor to lie on while you wait for help to arrive?

Poverty study finds high housing need in Trail, minimum wage far below living wage

Poverty study finds high housing need in Trail, minimum wage far below living wage

In partnership with Selkirk College, the Skills Centre is releasing research to support the development of a poverty reduction strategy for the Lower Columbia Region.

The Surviving, Not Thriving report covers several topics from income and employment, to food security, housing, early childhood vulnerability, transportation, and recreation.

“The indicators in this report provide insight into poverty in our region,” said Jan Morton, executive director of the Skills Centre.

COLUMN: It's Heart Month. Keep Yours Healthy!

Dr. Brenda Gill.  Photo by Larry Doell

        Cholesterol has been the standard test for predicting heart disease for many years. However, more and more, this has shown to be inadequate, so a new marker that can be tested is homocysteine. This is a breakdown product of protein from the amino acid methionine, which is then broken down further with the help of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6). When homocysteine is not broken down completely, it may cause clotting, increased harmful oxidation and damage to the blood vessel walls.

Boundary region big winners as government pours funds into palliative care support

Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson was present to present a cheque during Thursday's announcement to improved access to hospice palliative care in Grand Forks and Osoyoos/Oliver.

The Province has provided $129,000 for improved access to hospice palliative care in Grand Forks and Osoyoos/Oliver.

“It’s very important to patients and their families in rural areas to have access to care and support close to home,” said Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson.

“This funding will help ensure that people don’t have to travel too far outside of their own community to receive service.” 

Column: Work Less, Live Better

Column:  Work Less, Live Better

Since the 1950s, almost everything about work in the developed world has changed dramatically. Rapid technological advances continue to render many jobs obsolete. Globalization has shifted employment to parts of the world with the lowest costs and standards. Most households have gone from one income-earner to at least two. Women have fully integrated into the workforce, albeit often with less-than-equal opportunities, conditions and pay.

Opinion: Restrictions on Smoking Outdoors?

Opinion: Restrictions on Smoking Outdoors?

(Editor's Note:  The article below is contributed by the Canadian Cancer Society.  Readers should note that on January 9, 2017, the City of Trail  adopted Bylaw #2821, which restricts outdoor smoking.  It says:  " 2.1.  No person shall smoke: (a) In any Park; (b) At or within 6.0 metres of a Recreation Facility;  (c) At an Outdoor Special Event.  2.2.  Notwithstanding this prohibition, the traditional use of tobacco in Aboriginal ceremonies in public spaces is permitted."   For the complete bylaw,

Editorial: Abortion, Foreign Aid, and Health Care

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Following the Women's March on Washington and supporting marches in thousands of centres internationally, women's rights and their health and well-being globally have just taken a severe blow.

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