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Gardiner Foundation and ISN collaborate to tackle kidney disease

On behalf of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN), CHÉOS Scientist and ISN President Dr. Adeera Levin recognized Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena for his commitment to the prevention of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu). In conjunction with the announcement, ISN and the Gardiner Foundation launched the ISN-Gardiner CKDu Fund to tackle this disease.

Read more in the Sunday Observer.

Op-Ed: Response to overdose crisis must adopt international best practices

CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Michael Krausz co-authored an op-ed piece with UBC Department of Psychiatry faculty members Drs. William MacEwan and Kerry Jang on how B.C. should adopt international best practices in order to properly respond to the opioid overdose crisis.

Read more in The Vancouver Sun.

Future birth options should be discussed sooner after C-section

CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Nick Bansback is a co-author on a paper exploring women’s experiences of choosing a Caesarean section or vaginal birth after a previous Caesarean section.

Published in the journals Birth and Women and Birth, the research team found that more women are choosing to have repeat C-sections, even though they are eligible for vaginal birth. Participants cited various reasons, including that they wanted “the healthiest birth possible,” and a desire for more control over the birth process.

“It’s a really complex decision, and women don’t make it lightly,” said UBC Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Sarah Munro.

Read more on CBC News.

St. Paul’s otolaryngologists establish cancer screening clinic in the DTES

CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Jane Lea and her colleagues are screening Downtown Eastside residents for head and neck cancer and other ear, nose, and throat conditions at a pop-up clinic. DTES residents are likely to have many risk factors for these conditions, including poor dental hygiene, lack of access to care, and poor nutrition.
Read more on the St. Paul’s Foundation website.