April 29th, 2017

Health

To Your Health: Speaking out

By Gillian Slade on April 24th, 2017

If ever there was a way to reduce the stigma of mental health then it was Prince Harry’s move this week revealing his personal struggle after his mother’s death. Harry talked about “total chaos” for years. It was particularly poignant coming from a member of the royal family whom we always see with a stiff ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Doctor Game: Can six million readers answer this question?

By Medicine Hat News on April 24th, 2017

This week, would readers help me answer a perplexing question? Their answers could be helpful to millions of people. I’m sure that very few in Canada and the U.S. have not witnessed a friend or loved one develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD). First, some of the facts about this crippling malady. Then I’d appreciate my readers’ ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

To Your Health: Exercise can put your life in better focus

By Gillian Slade on April 17th, 2017

Compared with generations ago there appear to be more and more of us wearing glasses or contact lenses. Some recent research has found a link between exercise and how well we can see. If you spend hours reading a book, have your eyes focused on needlework that is held about 30 cm from your eyes, ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Doctor Game: Strokes aren’t just a senior problem

By Medicine Hat News on April 17th, 2017

How could it happen to Kris Letang, the Pittsburgh Penguin hockey player? He was young, in excellent physical condition, yet a victim of stroke. Today, stroke is not just a senior problem. So, why don’t learned professors know why this is happening? Professor Valery Feigin is Director of the National Institute for Stroke and Applied ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Doctor Game: On informed consent, how informed are you really?

By Medicine Hat News on April 10th, 2017

If I were a patient, what would I want to know about the risk of treatment? Since I’ve been one a few times, let me tell you what I worried about before past medical procedures. And will there ever be truly informed patients? Let’s start with the major fear, death. Never forget that death lurks ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

To Your Health: A green thumb can improve life expectancy

By Gillian Slade on April 10th, 2017

It’s the time of year when we feel the urge to rake the lawn, dig compost into a flower bed and get down on our hands and knees to see the perennials that are coming to life after a long cold winter. In fact enjoyment of gardening may contribute to longevity, according to a U.S. ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

To Your Health: Mind your expectations

By Gillian Slade on April 3rd, 2017

It was hard not to notice peoples’ positive dispositions in the last week or so as days were warmer. It was as though abandoning our coats released some pleasure hormones. Clearly warm weather is not a guarantee for happiness. If that were true everyone living in the tropics would be happy all the time. I ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Doctor Game: Are your eyes mismatched?

By Medicine Hat News on April 3rd, 2017

Leo Durocher, the fiery win-at-all-costs baseball player, and later manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, once remarked, “I never question the integrity of umpires. Their eyesight? Yes!” Durocher would have questioned their eyesight more if he had known they were suffering from aniseikonia. So, should anyone care about this condition? And why do so many suffer ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Doctor Game: Vitamin K2: How it helps heart and bone

By Medicine Hat News on March 27th, 2017

Ask people what they know about vitamin C and some will reply it’s good for preventing common colds. Maybe they’d add heart attack, if they’ve read my column. But ask the same question about K2 and most people will give you a blank stare. Now, Dr. Dennis Goodman, cardiologist and Director of Integrative Medicine at ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

To Your Health: Enter the spring season with a healthy diet

By Gillian Slade on March 27th, 2017

For many of us the sights, sounds and smells of spring are enough to make us feel energized. For others it may be difficult to shake off the routine of watching lots of television and all the sedentary habits we pursued when it was cold and miserable outside. Switching to a healthy diet can actually ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!