February 19th, 2018

Health

Doctor Gamer: What I learned watching my wife’s cataract surgery

By Medicine Hat News on February 19th, 2018

As a surgeon, giving medical advice to a family member, particularly to your wife, is a difficult task. Moreover, since she’s also my editor, Susan is well aware of my advice to readers. Namely, that it’s prudent never to agree to surgery for a painful hip or any chronic condition until it affects your quality ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Good posture beneath the covers can aid in sleep

By Gillian Slade on February 19th, 2018

To sleep, per chance to dream. We don’t often realize the value of a good sleep until we are deprived of it. While we can’t control all aspects of sleep, our posture in bed can make a difference. Most of us will spend a third of our life asleep and therefore it may as well ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Music is a powerful tool for better health

By Gillian Slade on February 12th, 2018

If you use headphones to feed music to your ears while exercising physically you already know the benefits of music distracting you from the effort your body is enduring. If your eyes have spilled tears of emotion while you watched a parade and listened to a military band you understand the power of music. There ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: The right answers about flu could save your life

By Medicine Hat News on February 12th, 2018

“Get the shot,” is the message now the flu season is here. But how effective is the vaccine? What is the chance of a mismatch? Are there serious complications? Should you get your shot at the local pharmacy? Or treat yourself with over-the-counter products? Should you rely on natural remedies? The right answers could save ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Germs are hiding in plain sight all around your home

By Gillian Slade on February 5th, 2018

Dish cloths can be a breeding ground for 4 billion germs. It is very hard to keep up with cleaning our homes and none of us have time to take cleaning routines to what they were in our grandparents’ day. However, it is good to be reminded of standards to strive for and cleaning some ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: The nitric oxide key to prevent heart attack

By Medicine Hat News on February 5th, 2018

Ask anyone what causes a sudden coronary attack and they will say it’s the result of high blood cholesterol, lack of exercise, obesity or smoking. Now, a report in the publication “LifeExtension” says doctors must start thinking “endothelium.” I’d bet few readers could even spell this word. So why is it so vital? And what ... Read More »

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To Your Health: You are your own best advocate for your health

By Gillian Slade on January 29th, 2018

Even if you have had the same family doctor for years and years you should be compiling your own health record file. It can be difficult to trace your really old medical records and a test result that may not have seemed very important at the time may be very useful later. You are your ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Readers say cancer patients deserve better

By Medicine Hat News on January 29th, 2018

Several weeks ago I wrote that Canada’s federal minister of health had announced $100 million would be available to fight the opioid crisis. In addition, it would now be easier for addicts in treatment centres to obtain heroin. But I argued there was no such easy access to heroin for terminal cancer patients in agony. ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: My Scottish father would roll over in his grave

By Medicine Hat News on January 22nd, 2018

Most people know that obesity is a health issue. But how many know that it’s responsible for 95 per cent of Type 2 diabetes? Or that 50 per cent of diabetes patients die of heart attack? How many readers know how obesity affects surgery? And what would make my father roll over in his grave? ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Now hear this good news on hearing loss research

By Gillian Slade on January 22nd, 2018

If you or someone you love has issues with hearing there is some exciting research news about reversing the cause of hearing loss. Several really big clinical trials are underway in the U.K. A medication is injected into the ear to stimulate the growth of the “hair” cells in the ear. In a well functioning ... Read More »

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