November 24th, 2017

Health

To Your Health: Stricter hygiene will help prevent spread of flu

By Gillian Slade on November 20th, 2017

Many people are battling colds and the number of flu cases appears high for this early in the season, so it is time for stricter hygiene practices in your home and at your place of work. Thoroughly washing your hands with soap and warm water is one of the most important ways to protect yourself ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: The female version of erectile dysfunction an overlooked problem

By Medicine Hat News on November 20th, 2017

How many males would like to see their genitals shrink so it’s impossible to have sex? I bet not many. So today, the term erectile dysfunction (ED) has lost its stigma and become familiar words. Tens of thousands of males now find solace in ED drugs. But what about women in their 40s and later ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Health hazards of travel and how to avoid them

By Medicine Hat News on November 13th, 2017

I’m sure many readers love to travel. I do too! After all, travel is associated with fun, education and happy times. No one intentionally leaves home to have a bad time. But travel can sometimes result in a “pukefest,” be outright dangerous and occasionally fatal. So how can the hazards be avoided? Flying to your ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Vaccinations can prevent illness and much worse

By Gillian Slade on November 13th, 2017

One of my earliest memories, perhaps because it was so emotional and filled with fear, is of my mother explaining why I needed to be vaccinated against diphtheria and why the needles I feared so much simply had to be done. If I remember correctly there were a series of three injections, a week between ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Now is the time to winterize your skin

By Medicine Hat News on November 6th, 2017

My editor, namely my wife of 62 years, recently said to me, “I’m getting tired of reading about Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular problems, cancer and other dreadful ailments. Why don’t you, for one week, give us a break from depressing disease? I’m sure readers would like to learn how to protect skin during the coming winter ... Read More »

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To Your Health: The future of self-diagnosis

By Gillian Slade on November 6th, 2017

There may soon be an ultrasound device just like a smart phone that you could use yourself to make a diagnosis — potentially even diagnose cancer. A U.S. company called Butterfly Network designed the device and one of the physicians working on the project says it helped him detect a malignant tumour he had. Dr ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Think safety, preparation as winter approaches

By Gillian Slade on October 30th, 2017

On several occasions recently the alert siren on the radio has come on issuing evacuation instructions to residents of more than one community. It is scary to listen to even if you are not in the community being evacuated. Some of those affected have talked about the challenge of what to take with when you ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Ten facts you should know about coenzyme Q10

By Medicine Hat News on October 30th, 2017

Mark Twain once remarked, “Get your facts first, then distort them as you please!” Facts are easy to distort in medicine, particularly when talking about coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). So here are 10 vital things to know about this important enzyme. And what unintended consequences occur when humans start playing God. 1. What is CoQ10? It’s ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Medical men are screwing up big time when it comes to women

By Medicine Hat News on October 23rd, 2017

George Carlin, the American comedian, once remarked when referring to God, “He, and if there is a God, I am convinced He is a He because no woman could or would screw things up this badly.” Karen Jensen, one of the world’s authorities on women’s health would agree. Her new book, “Women’s Health Matters,” reveals ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Manage stress with exercise, creative pursuits

By Gillian Slade on October 23rd, 2017

There are many stressors in life but the two that surface most at the top of anyone’s list are finances and place of employment. Stress negatively affects our physical and emotional well-being more than you would ever realize. There are different strategies to manage these stressors. It is easy to see why finances rank near ... Read More »

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