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Doctors botch blood pressure readings more often than you think

Image courtesy of stockvisual / via CTV News
Image courtesy of stockvisual / via CTV News

In an article for Vox, CHÉOS Scientist and President of Hypertension Canada Dr. Nadia Khan discussed the actions Canada has taken to improve the blood pressure measurement. The U.S. will soon be following suit through updated guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association on the correct technique for measuring blood pressure. Correct blood pressure measurement is essential to proper control of high blood pressure and managing a range of conditions.

Trauma to moms, babies increasing with forceps deliveries, study shows

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A recent study co-authored by CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Geoffrey Cundiff found an association with increasing forceps and vacuum-assisted births and increasing obstetric and neonatal trauma. The National PostGlobe and Mail, and CTN News reported on these findings and their implications for mothers and obstetricians particularly at a time when such methods of delivery are being promoted as a way to curb high rates of caesarean delivery.

Foundry Abbotsford opens its doors to youth in need

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With the opening of the latest Foundry location in Abbotsford, Dr. Steve Mathias, CHÉOS Scientist and Foundry executive director, commented on the vision for the novel one-stop-shop approach to youth mental health in an article for The Abbotsford News. Progress is also being made to open another location in this upcoming November, which Dr. Mathias explains will help close gaps in health and social services in the Penticton Western News. The Abbotsford location is the seventh so far and the aim is to open a total of 30 across the province.

B.C. has second-highest hospital readmission rate in Canada; solutions elusive


CHÉOS’ Dr. John Staples commented on hospital readmissions in B.C. in an article in the Vancouver Sun. High readmission rates are an indicator of poor health care system performance and B.C. has the second highest rate in Canada. Dr. Staples recently co-authored a report in the B.C. Medical journal addressing the problem of readmissions as well as a study characterizing preventable hospital readmissions in Vancouver General Hospital patients published in Quality Management in Health Care.

$1.6M federal grant supports women’s heart health study

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PHC News highlighted a study being led by CHÉOS Scientist and Scientific Director at BC Centre for Improved Cardiovascular Health, Dr. Karin Humphries that received $1,656,226 in this year’s CIHR Spring Project Grant competition. The study will test how introducing diagnostic criteria for heart attack that is better tailored to women influences additional diagnostic testing and cardiovascular outcomes. The article also mentioned projects led by other CHÉOS Scientists that were awarded funding.

850 million people worldwide have kidney disease

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Though often overlooked, kidney disease is a significant health burden due to the need for treatment and increased risk of other conditions like cardiovascular disease. Dr. Adeera Levin, a CHÉOS Scientist and past president of the International Society of Nephrology, discussed how kidney disease is at an epidemic level world-wide in an article in U.S. News. Similar articles also appeared in the Weekly Observer and WebMD.