Summer is the time for amazing adventures and social soirees. Between camping trips, neighbourhood BBQs, spending time at camp, beach volleyball leagues and perhaps a day or two at work, it always seems like there isn’t a spare minute in the day. For many, this means no time to maintain a vegetable garden, and delicious home-grown veggies have to be sacrificed.
Young people in their final years of high school who have not yet decided on a career choice or those considering a second career in healthcare are invited to attend a Clinical Careers Open House on Monday, April 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., hosted by Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC).
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Canada, and a leading cause of disability. FAST, which stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time, emphasizes that the quicker you act, the more of the person you save.
Recognizing the signs of stroke and acting quickly can mean the difference between life and death, or between a full recovery and lasting disability.
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s (TBRHSC) Flavours Cafeteria prepares more meals from scratch than most think. Flavours is just one more example of how cafeterias are changing their reputation from ‘mystery meat’ to healthy, mindful options.
Dr. Arnold Kim, a hospitalist and clinical researcher at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, plans to find out. Dr. Kim is debuting NLites, a new clinical documentation tool he developed, rolling it out first to medical learners in the Emergency Department. Like an electronic medical record or EMR, NLites allows teams of healthcare providers to collaboratively maintain medical documents containing an up-to-date summary of the patient in front of them. The patient’s records can be digitally stored, accessed, and edited by authorized healthcare professionals caring for the patient.
Ontarians are at increased risk for colorectal cancer with only half of the population staying moderately active. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Regional Cancer Care Northwest is challenging Ontarians to make the first move and reduce their risk of developing the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the province.
Three years ago, Bronwyn Huffman was an active 14-year-old who enjoyed curling and highland dancing. That was before she was diagnosed with pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (AML) on January 15, 2012 and airlifted to the Children’s Hospital in London, Ontario. Four months later, she suffered heart failure as a result of the chemotherapy and was rushed to the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) in Toronto. Bronwyn required a Left Ventricular Assist Device be implanted to help propel blood throughout her body. For two years, she lived with the implanted device, waiting in Toronto to receive a new heart. On April 9, 2014 she received a life-altering heart transplant and has since returned to Thunder Bay.
This year Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) joined St. Joseph’s Care Group, the North-West Community Care Access Centre and organizations from coast to coast in celebrating ethics. National Health Ethics Week (March 2 to 8) is a chance to learn about ethics, talk about ethical issues we face, and to raise awareness about the supports available to patients, families, staff, physicians, students, and volunteers at TBRHSC.
Ten years ago, Melissa Togtema would not have been able to follow her dream of becoming a research scientist while staying in Thunder Bay. But today, as a PhD student in Lakehead University’s Biotechnology program, she is doing ground-breaking cancer research at the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) that she literally could not do anywhere else in the world – and she’s grateful for the opportunity.
In Ontario, colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in men and third most common cause of cancer deaths in women. However, there are two cancer screening tests available to help prevent late-stage diagnosis and death from this type of cancer: the ColonCancerCheck Fecal Occult Blood Test 9FOBT kit and colonoscopy.