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Telehealth offers new rural health care options for Parkinson’s patients

Expanded access to specialized care and reduced travel key benefits for patients and caregivers New research from the UBC Southern Medical Program (SMP) supports the use of telehealth in the care of Parkinson’s patients in rural communities, particularly within the Interior Health region. The treatment of Parkinson’s disease is highly complex and relies heavily on…

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Change begins with me

Have you ever heard the phrase "if you want to make a change in the world, start by changing yourself"? Widespread change might seem difficult to achieve, but it's possible if we decide to do things differently. If you want to fight addiction and stigma, and help end overdose, here are three easy steps to…

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New app saving lives, changing minds

In the midst of ongoing dual public health emergencies, a new app has been launched to prevent overdose deaths in B.C. Lifeguard Digital Health CEO Jeff Hardy was inspired to develop the application after losing a friend to a fentanyl overdose. Launched in May 2020, the app has continued to gain popularity among people who…

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Perioperative Nurses Week

On behalf of Interior Health, please join us in celebrating Perioperative Nurses Week. Across the organization, we have seen teams come together through some of the most challenging environments and have risen to the occasion. Our surgical success is a testament to the strong cohesive teams of operating room nurses, staff, and physicians. Today we…

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5 Tips for safe winter walking

During the winter months, walking is a great activity to keep you moving! Walking can help reduce your risk of falling by improving your strength, balance, and posture. 1 - Plan ahead. Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back. Take along a cell phone in case you run into difficulty.Choose…

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A positive change to the Kamloops skyline

Occupational therapist Robbie King knows about new beginnings. Sixteen years ago, Robbie made the decision to cross the country from Toronto. A native of Prince Edward Island, he was drawn west for the B.C. lifestyle. In Kamloops he became part of the care team at Royal Inland Hospital (RIH). “I love working at RIH,” says…

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A mammogram might save your life

When I first began working as a technologist in breast cancer screening mammography, I was stunned to learn that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. I was also surprised to discover how many women don't know the benefits of mammograms, or avoid them because they believe the procedure…

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An invisible health risk might be in your home

You're not alone if you haven't heard of radon. Radon is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas found in the ground throughout the world. However, in spaces such as homes and other buildings, it can build up to high levels, which can be a health risk over time. Radon is the number one cause of lung…

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Help for the harvest

Farm work is essential to our food supply. Every year, hundreds of temporary agriculture workers from across the country travel to B.C. to help with harvest. This year was no different, with the big exception of COVID-19. Municipalities and regional districts in our region worked closely with the provincial government, Interior Health and many other…

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