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New ultrasounds enhance medical training in the Okanagan

UBC medical students and health-care providers will get more hands-on training thanks to a recent donation of two new portable ultrasound machines to the UBC Southern Medical Program. A recent gift from The Colin & Lois Pritchard Foundation allowed the program to purchase two machines that will be dedicated for training in basic ultrasound proficiency, benefiting multiple learner groups at Kelowna General Hospital and physicians in the southern interior. Ultrasound is a crucial and versatile tool within the field of medicine and considered indispensable in areas such as emergency medicine, surgery, critical care, obstetrics and gynecology. Many physicians describe...

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UBC prof. looking for seniors with hearing loss for new study

UBC Okanagan’s widely popular Walk, ‘n Talk for your Life program — that creates exercise and safe social settings for local seniors — is branching out. Assoc. Prof. Charlotte Jones, who teaches with UBC’s Southern Medical Program, initiated Walk ‘n Talk in 2014, is now looking for seniors who are living with hearing loss. In partnership with YMCA of Okanagan (Rutland Family YMCA), Jones is looking for people, aged 65 and older, to participate in Walk, Talk and Listen. “Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health problems in North America,” says Jones, noting that audiometry results...

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Interior Heath prepares for Syrian refugees

The New Year marks a new beginning for Syrian refugees arriving in the Interior region. Refugees will face many challenges as they adjust to new homes, new lives and a new health-care system. Interior Health and its community partners have been working hard over the past several weeks to help ease that transition and be prepared to meet the health-care needs of the new residents, who began arriving in the region earlier this month. Over the next three months, the Interior region is expecting up to 400 Syrian refugees. The Interior region typically sees an average of 1000 refugees...

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Taking Aim: How Childhood Shots Save Lives

When six-week old Callum* stopped cooing and started coughing, his parents were concerned. A sweet baby, he loved to practice his new smile—until his siblings got sick. At first the older children’s symptoms presented like common colds—mild coughs, low-grade fevers, runny noses. A week later, they were plagued by coughing spells that left them gasping for air. Soon Callum caught the disease, continuous coughing squeezing the air from his little lungs, his struggles to inhale marked by a distinctive, whooping sound. Rushed to the ER, blue from a lack of oxygen, he was brought to the resuscitation room and...

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There’s a solution to your sleep problems

We have all had those days when we feel like a train wreck, but if railroad carnage is your normal, it’s time to get back on track. The occasional day of fatigue or restless night is unavoidable, but you can’t allow it to be a way of life. Most of us do not realize that sleeping too little, too much, or at inappropriate times is an actual health concern requiring serious attention. Some individuals have suffered for so long that they assume this is “their normal” sleep behaviour. Other people think there isn’t anything that can be done to...

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