January 16th, 2018

Health

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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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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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: 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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Doctor Game: Excuse me, doctor, what are you doing to Grandma?

By Medicine Hat News on July 3rd, 2017

Is Grandma’s doctor slowly harming her by over-medication? I’m being facetious here, as no doctor wants to injure patients. But remember, today is not the horse-and-buggy era of medical practice. Today, rushed doctor visits and potent drugs can be a hazardous combination. So can you protect a beloved grandparent? First, keep an eye on what ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Don’t forget safety during outdoor fun

By Gillian Slade on July 3rd, 2017

It feels as though summer has finally arrived and now it is time to enjoy ourselves outdoors. There are some pitfalls though and it is good to be reminded of typical summertime health risks. It is, after all, about a year since we had to deal with them. If you are planning any water sport ... Read More »

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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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