January 18th, 2018

Health

Doctor Game: How can hospitals and doctors be so cruel?

By Medicine Hat News on November 7th, 2016

Years ago I wrote that “The problems of the world are caused by supposedly intelligent people who are largely fools.” I haven’t changed my mind as I look at the problems surrounding the new law that allows Medical Aid in Dying (MAID). I will never understand how some hospitals and doctors can be so cruel ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: This miracle molecule helps many health conditions

By Medicine Hat News on October 31st, 2016

My initial reaction to this news was “it’s too good to be true.” But three researchers received the prestigious Nobel Prize for its discovery. Louise J. Ignarro, one of the prize winners, says, “There may be no disease process where this miracle molecule does not have a protective role.” So what is this miracle molecule? ... Read More »

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To Your Health: What can trigger a migraine?

By Gillian Slade on October 24th, 2016

If you are one of the 2.7 million Canadians that knows exactly what it feels like to have a migraine there is some interesting new research about the role of nitrates. Migraine sufferers have been found to have more gut bacteria that helps to process nitrates and this is one possible explanation for some foods ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Mother’s prescription for recurrent urinary tract infections

By Medicine Hat News on October 24th, 2016

Is Mother sometimes right about medical treatment? This week a report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that, at times, her batting average is better than that of doctors. Drs. Blayne Welk and Duane Hicklings report the case of a 35-year-old woman with a 24- hour history of urinary frequency. She had experienced two ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Put down your phone and get back to your family

By Gillian Slade on October 17th, 2016

We are addicted to smartphones and it could be affecting our relationships with family and consequently our health. All around us we see parents on phones while a child tags along competing for attention. Some people can’t sit down to a meal without a phone next to them commanding their attention. You may be thinking ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Why I’ve never forgotten a Japanese girl

By Medicine Hat News on October 17th, 2016

Fifty-eight years ago I made an unfortunate decision. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong Japanese girl. But the problem was not what you’re thinking! Rather, I was in Tokyo, travelling with my wife and her parents. My father-in-law and I decided to experience a Japanese massage at the ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Pursue relaxation

By Gillian Slade on October 3rd, 2016

We are hearing more and more about people feeling anxious or stressed and this week the focus is on mental health awareness. Decades ago we were promised computers would simplify our lives and give us more time to relax and enjoy life. It simply has not happened. In fact you can’t help noticing people who ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: It’s madness not to have a living will, legal or not

By Medicine Hat News on October 3rd, 2016

“It was the best of times and the worst of times.” This is the first sentence in Dickens’ book, “A Tale of Two Cities,” about the French revolution. The same could be said today. Never has there been a greater exodus of people escaping wars and poverty. And never before has there been a greater ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Did Hillary Clinton receive the best prescription?

By Medicine Hat News on September 26th, 2016

Do famous people always receive superior medical care? If this were a Trivial Pursuit question, the answer would be a big “Yes.” After all, they’re famous and have the money to demand the best medical treatment. But has fame and fortune guaranteed that Hillary Clinton has been given the best advice to treat pneumonia? This ... Read More »

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To Your Health: A healthy diet and restful sleep will do wonders for children

By Gillian Slade on September 26th, 2016

Many of the learning issues a kid experiences can be improved by what they eat and what they don’t eat. A study in Finland looked at 161 children between the ages of six and eight and followed them, assessing their diet and academic performance, for three years. Those who consumed less sugar and had a ... Read More »

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