August 20th, 2017

Health

Doctor Game: Puritanical lies about alcohol

By Medicine Hat News on August 14th, 2017

Are you becoming as skeptical as I am about public information? Fake political news? Alternative facts about the state of the world’s economy? So, now I ask how honest is medical news? Of course everyone knows that consuming stupid amounts of alcohol is unhealthy. But puritans and some doctors can’t accept the proven fact that ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Reduce sugar intake for overall health improvement

By Gillian Slade on August 14th, 2017

The health rewards from cutting down your sugar intake can start within a week, according to research undertaken in the U.S. The fringe benefits are not only reduced weight but also a healthier liver and reduced risk of diabetes. In the research study 40 children who were significantly overweight had sugar removed from their diet. ... Read More »

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To Your Health: You can’t replace human touch

By Gillian Slade on July 31st, 2017

Technology is creating pathways to make it possible for seniors to stay in their own homes as they age but great danger is lurking too if we deprive them of the human touch. There are devices that can prompt someone to take their medication at the right time. There are mechanisms to tell someone, some ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: The $1,000,000 surgical error

By Medicine Hat News on July 31st, 2017

Many years ago I wrote, “The problem with laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery is it leaves the impression that tiny incisions mean a simple, uncomplicated way to perform an operation. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as catastrophic complications can happen.” Recently, a Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) survey confirmed the potential dangers of keyhole surgery. ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Creative prescriptions for better health

By Gillian Slade on July 24th, 2017

If you have ever participated in something creative you probably know the sense of relaxation and calm that can be derived. In the U.K. there has even been talk about physicians prescribing creativity pursuits such as attending an art class or a poetry workshop because of the positive benefits in boosting health and a sense ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Need cataract surgery? Here’s what you should know

By Medicine Hat News on July 24th, 2017

Do you remember the Holiday Inn ad? It stated, “There are no surprises at the Holiday Inn.” But, unlike Holiday Inns, there’s no such thing as surprise-free or risk-free surgery. To get an update about cataract surgery I interviewed Dr. Raymond Stein, medical director of the Bochner Eye Institute, and associate professor of ophthalmology at ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Keep your cool in the summer heat

By Gillian Slade on July 17th, 2017

Trying to stay comfortably cool when there is a heat wave can be difficult but it is not impossible. The key is making use of the hours when temperatures are lowest — at night and in the early morning. I often take the opportunity to enjoy fresh air just before going to bed. It is ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Swimming in 20 gallons of pee

By Medicine Hat News on July 17th, 2017

Have you ever wondered what you’re swimming in when someone invites you to a pool party? I’ve always found it hard to turn down these weekend soirees. The weather is usually good, you enjoy cocktails talking to friends, and then a refreshing dip in the pool. Now, an eye-boggling report by Jennifer Clopton in the ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Damn it, I was born too soon

By Medicine Hat News on July 10th, 2017

Is it an impossible dream to find Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth? No! I’ve just attended my 67th reunion at The Harvard Medical School (HMS) and, while interviewing Dr. George Church, I discovered it is no longer science fiction. Dr. Church, Professor of Genetics at HMS, one of the world’s great scientists, predicts we ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Keeping it cool when the summer heat is spiking

By Gillian Slade on July 10th, 2017

Being physically active in the summer heat is more taxing on your body so you need to take precautions to avoid very serious health repercussions. If you don’t normally work or play/exercise out of doors you need to be careful. It takes at least four to seven working days for your body to adjust to ... Read More »

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