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VCH Research Institute's monthly health research update.
Issue 41 October 2018

Planning ahead to ease concerns of Parkinson’s patients

For retired university professor Sue Jackel, taking part in research comes naturally. Diagnosed eight years ago, Jackel was keen to help with a new study focussed on advanced care planning for people with Parkinson’s.
“I read about the study in the Parkinson Society of BC newsletter and I was intrigued. What most appealed to me was that it is patient-oriented.”

I say yes  

to participating in research because it is important for patients to be heard.
- Sue Jackel, Sechelt

Opportunity to Participate in Research

Can an online intervention help with recovery after a hip fracture? 

The study will test a new online education and skill development program for family members or caregivers of older adults recovering from a hip fracture.

Does having multiple sclerosis affect pregnancy outcomes?

This study aims to determine whether having multiple sclerosis or taking medication to manage multiple sclerosis can affect the outcome of a pregnancy. 

Can we better understand the factors that lead to the worsening of asthma?

This study is gathering information about people with moderate to severe asthma to better understand why asthma exacerbations occur.

Find a Research Study

Helpful tips for managing Parkinson’s disease

by Dr. Silke Cresswell
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Stay physically active.
Exercise is crucial to living well with Parkinson’s and could help to slow down disease progression.
Take your medication.
Medication replenishes reduced dopamine levels and helps you stay active.  
Stay socially and cognitively active.
Make sure to connect with friends and family, and challenge yourself to get outside every day.

Upcoming Events

The Stone Centre's 5th Annual Patient Education Night

Join The Stone Centre for a night of interactive discussion and information session with world renowned experts on kidney stone treatment and research. Learn more.

Date October 23, 2018
Location Paetzold Education Centre at Vancouver General Hospital 
889 West 12 Avenue, Vancouver

Family and Friend Caregivers Day

Hear from local experts about community resources that could help you care for your loved ones and share your experience with others caring for an elderly friend or family member. Learn more.

Date October 27, 2018
Location Brentwood Community Resource Centre
2055 Rosser Avenue, Burnaby
Administration Office
6/F, 2635 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Phone: 604.875.JOIN (5646)
Fax: 604.875.4900
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