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Expert view: Incognito mosquito

There are about 3,500 different species of mosquitoes around the world.Most of these mosquito species bite animals to drink their blood – but only the female mosquitoes do, since the reason they bite animals for blood is to get the nutrients to make eggs. Female mosquitoes lay eggs on the surface of standing water, which…

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Improving patient care in Nakusp

Mercedes Casley is very familiar with the Arrow Lakes Hospital (ALH) in Nakusp. Not only did she grow up in nearby New Denver, Mercedes began her health-care career at Arrow Lakes Hospital before she had even graduated from nursing school. Now, having also worked as an emergency department nurse in other West Kootenay Boundary hospitals,…

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Expert View: Let’s talk about ticks

Ticks are arachnids that feed on animal blood in order to grow and reproduce. Compared to insects, which have six legs, ticks and other arachnids have eight legs. They are hematophages, meaning they meet all their nutritional needs through eating blood, and need a blood meal to grow from one life stage to another. This…

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Alcohol’s steady rise during pandemic

We live in a society that not only normalizes alcohol use, but seems to endorse it. “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” after all. Alcohol consumption has been steadily increasing over the years, and according to the University of Victoria alcohol monitoring project, people living in the Interior Health region have the highest rate of alcohol consumption…

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Double trouble: Dual health crises pose unique challenge

When Harm Reduction Coordinator Lesley Coates received the latest quarterly report on provincial overdose statistics, it confirmed what she and colleagues had been hearing anecdotally from the community for weeks. They had seen a steady, yet slow decline in overdose deaths over the last two years (139 in 2019, compared to 233 in 2018). The…

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Expert View: Let’s Talk Bats

Bats are an important part of our ecology. They eat thousands of insects every night – yes, they eat mosquitos!  They also benefit us by eating insects that are pests to farmers. But bats are wild animals that can carry the fatal rabies virus.   How do we live in harmony with bats? Half of…

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Overcoming obstacles in cancer care

Cancer treatment can be one of the most exhausting emotional and physical experiences, both for the person living with it, and for their family. Now imagine the added anxiety and complexity of needing care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that exhausting experience has just become even more challenging. While cancer care teams across Interior Health…

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Connecting with seniors

Is there an older adult in your life? Staying connected despite social distancing can be a real challenge. 5 Tips for staying connected Become pen pals - send a note, photo, or drawing in the mail. People love to receive "snail mail" in these days of digitally focused communication - especially older adults who were…

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An overdose emergency – four years later

More than four years ago B.C. declared a public health emergency in the face of unprecedented overdose deaths. Since that time, more than 789 lives have been lost within the Interior Health community. Important progress has been made and the evidence is promising. Research from the BC Centre for Disease Control shows that harm reduction…

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