June 29th, 2017

Health

To Your Health: The birdsong is nature’s symphony, take a listen

By Gillian Slade on June 26th, 2017

In a world where we can listen to a wide range of music, no matter where we are, it is the sounds found in nature that has huge benefits physiologically helping us to relax. The sounds heard in nature influence our nervous system, according to a study done at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: ‘I was married by a judge, I should have asked for a jury’

By Medicine Hat News on June 19th, 2017

Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, remarked, “There are no boy philosophers.” Fortunately, most of us do get wiser as we age. However, it’s never been a top priority of mine to rush into old age so I could be a wise, elderly, medical journalist philosopher. Could I be wrong? Consumer Reports on Health says there are ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Summer protection

By Gillian Slade on June 19th, 2017

When you are young it is easy to dismiss the dangers of the sun. It is only when it is hard, if not impossible, to reverse the signs of sun damage that we wish we had limited our exposure to the sun. If you’re not convinced that it will catch up with you I suggest ... Read More »

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To Your Health: New tech could reduce health costs for small centres

By Gillian Slade on June 12th, 2017

At the moment most of us would feel a little strange about having a computer interpret our laboratory tests and make a diagnosis. We have placed our confidence in highly educated pathologists who determine what the laboratory sample reveals. There have been instances where that was not 100 per cent accurate — all of the ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: What surprised me about concussion treatment

By Medicine Hat News on June 12th, 2017

How should hockey star Sidney Crosby, or my own child, be treated if he suffered a brain concussion? To answer this question I interviewed Dr. Andrew Saul, Editor-in-Chief of the Orthomolecular Medical News Service, and a world authority on nutrition. Dr. Saul confirmed what I suspected, that bruised brains are not receiving the treatment they ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Suffer from headaches, blurred vision and tingling in ear?

By Medicine Hat News on June 5th, 2017

A friend recently asked, “Giff, what’s happened? You’ve lost weight.” He was wrong, as my weight has remained the same for years. But this is not the first time this has happened. It’s because I’ve never liked dress shirts with tight collars. Loose collars exposing the neck convey the impression of weight loss. But surprise! ... Read More »

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To Your Health: A healthy heart comes at a noisy cost for some

By Gillian Slade on June 5th, 2017

Your heartbeat is an indication that your are alive but if that beat is so loud that it keeps you awake at night it could be a problem. About a quarter of people who have been given a mechanical heart valve say their sleep is now disturbed because the beat is audible, a study in ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Needed: A taxi cab driver, garbage collector and a veterinarian

By Medicine Hat News on May 29th, 2017

I wrote years ago “The problems of society are caused by supposedly intelligent people who are largely fools.” It’s worth repeating due to what has happened to Canada’s new law, Medical Aid in Dying (MAID). The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that, “Anyone with a grievous and irremediable condition should have the right to (MAID).” ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Smorgasbord of topics: Stress-free retirement, bullying, watching TV and picking your nose

By Gillian Slade on May 29th, 2017

Today I am going to serve up a smorgasbord of fascinating health research on retirement, bullying, reading versus watching television, and even picking your nose. Retirement can be as stressful as having a job, according to British research that measured the cortisol levels of the subjects. For lower ranking employees it was much the same ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Readers respond to question about Alzheimer’s, vitamin C

By Medicine Hat News on May 15th, 2017

Several weeks ago I reported that autopsies of the brains of people diagnosed with dementia reveal damage to small arteries, which may cause tiny strokes and brain injury. Researchers also discovered that mice with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), when treated with vitamin C, showed that typical amyloid plaques associated with this disease disappeared! And since high ... Read More »

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