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BCCDC
July 26, 2012
The BC Centre for Disease Control is reminding the public there’s a risk of illness associated with eating raw or undercooked bivalve shellfish such as oysters, clams, mussels, scallops, and cockles. Shellfish may accumulate bacteria (Vibrio parahaemolyticus), viruses (norovirus, hepatitis A), and toxins (paralytic shellfish poisoning, diarrhetic shellfish poisoning) or other impurities present in the water. Thorough cooking destroys bacteria and viruses, but does not destroy toxins.
BC Cancer
July 25, 2012
Paediatric cancer patients are one step closer to being treated with new, less toxic and more precise drug therapies. In partnership with clinicians at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Ontario and 46 cancer centres around the world, scientists at the BC Cancer Agency’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) are obtaining a DNA-level understanding of medulloblastoma, the most common form of childhood cancer.
BC Children's and Sunny Hill
July 24, 2012
There’s no doubt about it – you’ve got to be fit to ride in the third annual “Triple Crown for Heart,” a unique charity event in support of young heart patients at BC Children’s Hospital.On Saturday July 28, 2012, participants will cycle more than 100 km up three mountains on the north shore.
BC Cancer
July 23, 2012
Responding to demand from mid-island residents, the BC Cancer Agency is bringing the province’s largest-ever cancer prevention study to Nanaimo. The BC Generations Project is inviting area residents to participate in the study over the coming month by making an appointment to visit its temporary assessment centre in Nanaimo.
PHSA
July 18, 2012
Emergency departments across BC are making progress in their efforts to improve treatment for strokes and prevent their reoccurrence.
BC Children's and Sunny Hill
July 10, 2012
A new clinic focused on treating people who suffer from a group of complex chronic diseases has appointed its first Medical Director, Dr. Alison Bested. The clinic, located at BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre in Vancouver, is the first of its kind in the province.
BC Children's and Sunny Hill
July 10, 2012
BC Children’s Hospital is now able to confirm that Kiara Benjatschek was admitted on July 9, 2012 following a near drowning accident.
BC Cancer
July 6, 2012
The BC Cancer Agency is aware of questions in Prince George and other northern communities about the resignation of Dr. Suresh Katakkar.
PHSA
June 26, 2012
Dr. Allison Eddy is the new Chief of Pediatrics at BC Children’s Hospital and new Head, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Erik Skarsgard is the new Head, Division of Pediatric Surgery, BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia.
PHSA
June 25, 2012
Presented today in Vancouver by the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC), PHSA won three Gold Apple awards and two Awards of Merit. The awards recognize outstanding health care employees and reward innovation and best practices by BC’s publicly funded health care providers.

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