June 21st, 2018

Health

Doctor Game: Thinking of getting a pet? Know the risks and the benefits

By Medicine Hat News on January 8th, 2018

Who doesn’t love the pet who lavishes unconditional affection through thick and thin? President Harry Truman, while coping with the lonely responsibilities of his job, remarked, “If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog!” But there are risks and responsibilities in pet ownership. It’s a matter worth considering since about 57 per cent ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Sepsis seemingly becoming more common

By Gillian Slade on January 8th, 2018

We seem to be hearing more and more about cases of sepsis, not only here but around the world. The initial symptoms can be fairly mild, making it difficult to diagnose but it could be deadly. A British women ended up with sepsis and surgery after her finger nail became infected. She had decided to ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Our bellies will prove we’re not gods this holiday season

By Medicine Hat News on December 18th, 2017

This is the season to be jolly, and the last thing I want to do is spoil the holiday festivities. But, unfortunately, the office parties, family dinners, excess wine and fellowship of singing “Auld Lang Syne,” all take a toll on one’s stomach. So, can you lessen the damage of hot fire beneath the breastbone? ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Singing loud for better health

By Gillian Slade on December 18th, 2017

Whether you have a good voice or not, it is the season to be singing. There are numerous personal benefits emotionally and physically when you sing. Those sing in groups or choirs talk of the exhilarating experience derived from joining together in the experience. There is the act of being together with a common purpose ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Thunderstorms are bad news for asthma sufferers

By Gillian Slade on December 11th, 2017

We generally think of rain as cleaning the air, making us want to breathe deeply. If a thunderstorm is part of the equation though it can seriously impact asthma symptoms. People showing up in emergency rooms with asthma issues increases significantly after a thunderstorm, new research has shown. During an electric storm pollen is separated ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Heroin for opioid addicts, none for cancer patients

By Medicine Hat News on December 11th, 2017

Where is the common sense and compassion in this country for cancer patients who suffer in agony? I write this because drug addicts, who largely seek pleasure from opioid drugs, are now getting better pain control than cancer victims. And these patients and their families should be enraged by what is happening. The federal minister ... Read More »

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To Your Health: New drug could cut migraine attacks in half

By Gillian Slade on December 4th, 2017

One injection a month could drastically change the lives of people who suffer with migraines. Trials revealed the drug called Erenumab can prevent about 50 per cent of migraines in people who have had little relief from others drugs and it is preventative rather than addressing the symptoms. UK scientists have been working on Erenumab ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Taking arsenic would be safer

By Medicine Hat News on December 4th, 2017

Today, there’s almost a crusade taking place to decrease the risk of concussion in hockey, football and other sports. But what is the risk of other injuries? A study, published in the issue of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, says you do not have to participate in high octane sports to be injured. The report shows ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Is there a recipe for Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Medicine Hat News on November 27th, 2017

“What causes Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)?” I recently read an article written by Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. I know from my years at Harvard that MIT does not employ dummies. So it’s worthwhile reading her “Recipe for Developing AD.” Danger One ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Keep your hands healthy

By Gillian Slade on November 27th, 2017

Even with the best of intentions about keeping my hands moisturized when the cold weather starts, they are already very dry. Dry, flaky skin can be itchy and uncomfortable. Those little cracks in the corners are another level of pain altogether — out of all proportion for the size of the little fissures. Wearing rubber ... Read More »

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