Health Minister Adrian Dix announced Sept. 15, 2020 that B.C. will soon have 22 primary care networks, including three in Chilliwack and the Fraser Canyon. (File photo: Malin Jordan)

Three new primary care networks to boost health in Chilliwack, Fraser Canyon

New care networks will comprise 67 health care professionals over 22 First Nations communities

Health Minister Adrian Dix announced Sept. 15, 2020 that B.C. will soon have 22 primary care networks, including three in Chilliwack and the Fraser Canyon. (File photo: Malin Jordan)
Debra Krol, owner of Tiny Tinkles Music Studio in Chilliwack, has written and recorded a song to help encourage kids to wash their hands and physically distance due to COVID-19. (Youtube)

VIDEO: Chilliwack music teacher pens children’s song about COVID-19

Debra Krol hopes to spread a fun message about handwashing and staying safe during the pandemic

Debra Krol, owner of Tiny Tinkles Music Studio in Chilliwack, has written and recorded a song to help encourage kids to wash their hands and physically distance due to COVID-19. (Youtube)
Audrey Vanderhoek, an RN who lives in Chilliwack pictured here on Aug. 22, 2020, wants people to know that COVID-19 doesn’t stop affecting people after the acute phase of the illness. (Submitted photo)

Chilliwack nurse one of countless COVID-19 survivors looking for answers

‘I would be considered one of the completely healed cases in terms of statistics’

Audrey Vanderhoek, an RN who lives in Chilliwack pictured here on Aug. 22, 2020, wants people to know that COVID-19 doesn’t stop affecting people after the acute phase of the illness. (Submitted photo)
A woman sleeps as another sits on her cot in a homeless shelter inside the San Diego Convention Center Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in San Diego. When the coronavirus emerged in the United States this year, public health officials and advocates for the homeless feared the virus would rip through shelters and tent encampments, ravaging vulnerable people who often have chronic health issues. Yet, the virus so far does not appear to have brought devastation to the homeless population as many feared. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Coronavirus hasn’t devastated the homeless in U.S., as many feared

‘I don’t know what we’re going to see in an aftermath’

A woman sleeps as another sits on her cot in a homeless shelter inside the San Diego Convention Center Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in San Diego. When the coronavirus emerged in the United States this year, public health officials and advocates for the homeless feared the virus would rip through shelters and tent encampments, ravaging vulnerable people who often have chronic health issues. Yet, the virus so far does not appear to have brought devastation to the homeless population as many feared. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Laurie Brooks says her experience with psilocybin has helped her with her anxiety and depression after she was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. (Provided by Laurie Brooks)

‘I’ve been able to be happy and anxiety-free’: B.C. woman pilots ‘magic mushroom’ therapy

North Saanich psychotherapist pushes for alternative treatment

Laurie Brooks says her experience with psilocybin has helped her with her anxiety and depression after she was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. (Provided by Laurie Brooks)
Traverse, a new and unique substance abuse treatment residence for youth, is just about ready to open. It was first announced in 2018, and will be the first of its kind in the Fraser Health region. It has 20 beds, recreational areas and a team of health professionals. Aug. 6, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

New treatment centre for addicted youth opening in Chilliwack

Facility ready to support up to 20 youth with substance-use challenges

Traverse, a new and unique substance abuse treatment residence for youth, is just about ready to open. It was first announced in 2018, and will be the first of its kind in the Fraser Health region. It has 20 beds, recreational areas and a team of health professionals. Aug. 6, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
A UBC study found that older women without social ties are more likely to be affected by obesity. (Submitted)

Obesity in older women linked to lack of social ties, UBC study

“Clinicians could be encouraging older women patients who are non-partnered, especially widowed women, to participate in social community interventions as a way to address obesity.”

A UBC study found that older women without social ties are more likely to be affected by obesity. (Submitted)
(The Canadian Press)

New obesity guidelines focus on root causes, bias against overweight patients

Guide recommends a holistic approach in which doctors consult patients on goals they consider important

(The Canadian Press)
Heart recipient Carrie Yung embraces organ donor’s mother, Marie Doherty, when they first meet after 17 years of correspondence. (BC Transplant photo)

VIDEO: B.C. transplant recipient meets family of late donor after 17 years

Darcy Doherty’s mom, Marie and, brother Daryl, met heart transplant recipient Carrie Jung in Feb

  • Jul 29, 2020
Heart recipient Carrie Yung embraces organ donor’s mother, Marie Doherty, when they first meet after 17 years of correspondence. (BC Transplant photo)
Rick Thompson had all of his limbs amputated after contracting bacterial meningitis and septic shock in 2015. (The Canadian Press)

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Rick Thompson had all of his limbs amputated after contracting bacterial meningitis and septic shock in 2015. (The Canadian Press)
An online talk is being hosted for people living with cancer and their supporters, focusing on the benefits of exercising through cancer treatment. The event takes place on Zoom and requires registration, on July 15, 2020. (Photo from Metro Creative Connection)

Exercise and cancer to be explored via webinar

UFV’s Dr. Iris Lesser to lead Zoom event for cancer patients and supporters

An online talk is being hosted for people living with cancer and their supporters, focusing on the benefits of exercising through cancer treatment. The event takes place on Zoom and requires registration, on July 15, 2020. (Photo from Metro Creative Connection)
(File photo)

Online options can help when men avoid doctors: UBC researchers

Free health resource can help men even if they don’t go to the doctor

  • Jun 16, 2020
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Maple Hill Centre, at the Langley Memorial Hospital, has a COVID outbreak. (Langley Advance Times files)

New COVID outbreak reported in Lower Mainland care home

A long-term care residence at Langley Memorial Hospital initiates outbreak protocols as of Monday

Maple Hill Centre, at the Langley Memorial Hospital, has a COVID outbreak. (Langley Advance Times files)
‘Lucky to be alive,’ B.C. man was on COVID-19 ‘roller coaster’ for eight weeks in hospital

‘Lucky to be alive,’ B.C. man was on COVID-19 ‘roller coaster’ for eight weeks in hospital

‘I want to tell people how this virus almost killed me,’ award-winning volunteer Atish Ram says

‘Lucky to be alive,’ B.C. man was on COVID-19 ‘roller coaster’ for eight weeks in hospital
Carl Nienhuis (shown here exercising at home with his children) and Dr. Iris Lesser, both researchers at UFV, have released findings of a survey on mental health, exercise and the pandemic. (Submitted photo)

UFV pandemic study on exercise and mental health complete

Newly released study shows lower anxiety among those who were active outdoors during pandemic

  • Jun 9, 2020
Carl Nienhuis (shown here exercising at home with his children) and Dr. Iris Lesser, both researchers at UFV, have released findings of a survey on mental health, exercise and the pandemic. (Submitted photo)
Melissa Radmore and Malia, at an eye exam after she was diagnosed (Courtesy Radmore family)

B.C. girl left temporarily paralyzed by tick bite sparks warning from family

Mom says parents need to check their kids when they go camping

Melissa Radmore and Malia, at an eye exam after she was diagnosed (Courtesy Radmore family)
Langley Lodge. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

UPDATED: COVID-19 deaths climb to 16 at Lower Mainland long-term care home

A COVID-19 outbreak in the dementia unit at Langley Lodge continues to claim lives

Langley Lodge. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
The 37-year-old Vernon man was arrested by police but has since been released with a future court date. (Black Press Media file)
The 37-year-old Vernon man was arrested by police but has since been released with a future court date. (Black Press Media file)
Jean Up: get BC kids out of hospital and back into their jeans

Jean Up: get BC kids out of hospital and back into their jeans

BC Children’s Hospital takes 30th annual fundraiser all month long

  • May 1, 2020
Jean Up: get BC kids out of hospital and back into their jeans
During the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses, doctors and other health care professionals have been working long and hard to treat patients. (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: A salute to health care workers

How much do you know about doctors, nurses and medicine? Put your knowledge to the test.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses, doctors and other health care professionals have been working long and hard to treat patients. (Black Press file photo)