The Mowachaht/Muchalaht Boat ramp near Muchalat Inlet, British Columbia. (Wikimedia commons)

Vancouver Island First Nations council calls on B.C. to act after first COVID-19 case on reserve

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council representing 14 Nations calls the first case on Mowachaht/Muchalaht reserve a ‘critical situation’

The Mowachaht/Muchalaht Boat ramp near Muchalat Inlet, British Columbia. (Wikimedia commons)
Mid-island communities are the most dominant call areas for air ambulance transports this year. (BC Emergency Health Services/Twitter)

Air ambulance calls on Vancouver Island way down so far in 2020

Only 519 transports from Vancouver Island so far, compared to 1,107 total calls in 2019

Mid-island communities are the most dominant call areas for air ambulance transports this year. (BC Emergency Health Services/Twitter)
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)

B.C. 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)
The Canadian Forensic Nurses Association has chosen Nanaimo’s Aimee Falkenberg as the recipient of this year’s Visionary Award, honouring her work caring for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. (Photo submitted)

‘Unstoppable’ Nanaimo nurse recognized for work caring for survivors of assault

Island Health’s Aimee Falkenberg receives Canadian Forensic Nurses Association’s Visionary Award

The Canadian Forensic Nurses Association has chosen Nanaimo’s Aimee Falkenberg as the recipient of this year’s Visionary Award, honouring her work caring for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. (Photo submitted)
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)
Nexus Primary Care Clinic, the first nurse practitioner primary care clinic on Vancouver Island, opened in late June in south Nanaimo. (News Bulletin photo)

Nanaimo sees Island’s first nurse practitioner primary care clinic

Nexus Primary Care Clinic opened in late June in south end

Nexus Primary Care Clinic, the first nurse practitioner primary care clinic on Vancouver Island, opened in late June in south Nanaimo. (News Bulletin photo)
Telehealth improves care during the pandemic, and after

Telehealth improves care during the pandemic, and after

This physiotherapist’s online appointments improve access and encourage client engagement

  • Jun 22, 2020
Telehealth improves care during the pandemic, and after
(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
(File photo)
‘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
Leslie Castner, registered nurse and clinical nurse leader at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, left, and Teneane Gooch, registered nurse, at NRGH’s endoscopy department last year. (News Bulletin file photo)

Construction begins on $2.9-million NRGH expansion for colonoscopy services

Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation and donors raised $1.75 million toward endoscopy suite

Leslie Castner, registered nurse and clinical nurse leader at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, left, and Teneane Gooch, registered nurse, at NRGH’s endoscopy department last year. (News Bulletin file photo)
An example of an Island Health safe needle disposal box. (Black Press photo)
An example of an Island Health safe needle disposal box. (Black Press 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)
Mark Hird-Rutter wears one of the face shields he’s produced and displays one of the colourful head bands that go with it. Hird-Rutter and his wife have both tried wearing them during a meeting and say it’s very comfortable. (Photo by Don Bodger)

It’s clear face shields are an important piece of personal protective equipment

Island man finds a design and decides to produce them using a 3D printer

Mark Hird-Rutter wears one of the face shields he’s produced and displays one of the colourful head bands that go with it. Hird-Rutter and his wife have both tried wearing them during a meeting and say it’s very comfortable. (Photo by Don Bodger)