February 23rd, 2017

Health

To Your Health: The best gifts are those that can’t be bought or sold

By Gillian Slade on February 20th, 2017

Sometimes it is what we don’t know that causes the most angst. Many years ago a close relative completed the paperwork to donate her body, after death, for medical research. When she died I struggled with the thought of her body in a room full of medical students. We heard nothing more from the medical ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Thank you for being our voice

By Medicine Hat News on February 20th, 2017

Last week, I wrote that unless we use Singapore’s solution to hang drug pushers, we will never defeat the opioid epidemic in North America. This week, a strong response from readers. A police officer in a major Canadian city writes, “Thank you for the temerity to write this column. I wonder why we have a ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Take a knee and read this

By Gillian Slade on February 13th, 2017

Longevity is being accompanied by knees that are often aching and straining with fatigue. We hear of more and more people having knee replacement surgery. At one time it was only really old people who were having this surgery but now it is common to hear of the relatively young doing so. The artificial joints ... Read More »

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Flu vaccine effectiveness ‘decent’

By None on February 13th, 2017

Sheryl Ubelacker The Canadian Press TORONTO This season’s influenza vaccine is estimated to have been more than 40 per cent effective in preventing illness with the dominant H3N2 viral strain in Canadians who got their shots, a national network of infectious diseases experts says. The Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network determines vaccine effectiveness by analyzing ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Ways to decrease the risk of heart attack

By Medicine Hat News on February 13th, 2017

Every 37 seconds in North America someone dies of a heart attack. But there are several natural remedies to protect the health of our hearts. They’re all available in Health Food Stores and are not associated with the complications of cholesterol-lowering and other prescription drugs. Remember, the first rule of medicine is to do no ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Gout medication found to reduce severity of opioid detox symptoms

By Gillian Slade on February 6th, 2017

Detoxing from an opioid addiction can mean experiencing significant unpleasant physical symptoms but researchers in Calgary have found a medication for gout that reduces the severity. Researchers at the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine (UCVM) and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute made the discovery studying opioid-dependent rodents. The development of a clinical trial at ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Increased activity equals greater brain power

By Medicine Hat News on February 6th, 2017

What would get more people walking? This activity shows tons of health benefits. And today one person in three over the age of 85 develops Alzheimer’s disease. This statistic should get everyone out of his or her chair and walking because a report from Tufts University in Boston shows that the most active people have ... Read More »

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Positive FIT tests should be followed with a colonoscopy

By Gillian Slade on February 6th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade From the age of 50 you should regularly have a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) to screen for colorectal cancer, says Alberta Health Services (AHS). About three or four per cent of positive FITs indicate cancers, said Dr. Clarence Wong, medical lead Alberta colorectal cancer screening program for AHS. All positive FIT tests ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Whether or not to get a flu shot is an entirely personal choice

By Medicine Hat News on January 23rd, 2017

Sir William Osler, one of the world’s great doctors, suggested a treatment for the common cold. He said, “Hang your hat on the bedpost, go to bed, start sipping whisky, and stop when you see two hats!” He was stressing humorously that there wasn’t any sure treatment for the common cold. Now, during the flu ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Practical advice on how everyone can cope with dementia

By Gillian Slade on January 23rd, 2017

You may not have a loved one with dementia but you probably know someone who does. We can all make their journey a little smoother7 by understanding what they are experiencing and responding appropriately. Teepa Snow, a dementia education and skills training specialist with Positive Approach, is masterful in getting the dementia message across and ... Read More »

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