By Gillian Slade on June 19th, 2017
When you are young it is easy to dismiss the dangers of the sun. It is only when it is hard, if not impossible, to reverse the signs of sun damage that we wish we had limited our exposure to the sun. If you’re not convinced that it will catch up with you I suggest ... Read More »Be the first to comment!
By Medicine Hat News on June 19th, 2017
Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, remarked, “There are no boy philosophers.” Fortunately, most of us do get wiser as we age. However, it’s never been a top priority of mine to rush into old age so I could be a wise, elderly, medical journalist philosopher. Could I be wrong? Consumer Reports on Health says there are ... Read More »Be the first to comment!
By Gillian Slade on June 12th, 2017
At the moment most of us would feel a little strange about having a computer interpret our laboratory tests and make a diagnosis. We have placed our confidence in highly educated pathologists who determine what the laboratory sample reveals. There have been instances where that was not 100 per cent accurate — all of the ... Read More »Be the first to comment!
By Medicine Hat News on June 12th, 2017
How should hockey star Sidney Crosby, or my own child, be treated if he suffered a brain concussion? To answer this question I interviewed Dr. Andrew Saul, Editor-in-Chief of the Orthomolecular Medical News Service, and a world authority on nutrition. Dr. Saul confirmed what I suspected, that bruised brains are not receiving the treatment they ... Read More »Be the first to comment!
By Medicine Hat News on June 5th, 2017
A friend recently asked, “Giff, what’s happened? You’ve lost weight.” He was wrong, as my weight has remained the same for years. But this is not the first time this has happened. It’s because I’ve never liked dress shirts with tight collars. Loose collars exposing the neck convey the impression of weight loss. But surprise! ... Read More »Be the first to comment!
By Gillian Slade on June 5th, 2017
Your heartbeat is an indication that your are alive but if that beat is so loud that it keeps you awake at night it could be a problem. About a quarter of people who have been given a mechanical heart valve say their sleep is now disturbed because the beat is audible, a study in ... Read More »Be the first to comment!
By Medicine Hat News on May 29th, 2017
I wrote years ago “The problems of society are caused by supposedly intelligent people who are largely fools.” It’s worth repeating due to what has happened to Canada’s new law, Medical Aid in Dying (MAID). The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that, “Anyone with a grievous and irremediable condition should have the right to (MAID).” ... Read More »Be the first to comment!
By Gillian Slade on May 29th, 2017
Today I am going to serve up a smorgasbord of fascinating health research on retirement, bullying, reading versus watching television, and even picking your nose. Retirement can be as stressful as having a job, according to British research that measured the cortisol levels of the subjects. For lower ranking employees it was much the same ... Read More »Be the first to comment!
By Medicine Hat News on May 15th, 2017
Several weeks ago I reported that autopsies of the brains of people diagnosed with dementia reveal damage to small arteries, which may cause tiny strokes and brain injury. Researchers also discovered that mice with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), when treated with vitamin C, showed that typical amyloid plaques associated with this disease disappeared! And since high ... Read More »Be the first to comment!
By Medicine Hat News on May 8th, 2017
Long ago, immigrants landed on our hostile shores. They had no shelter, food or medical care. They hacked down forests and tried to survive. Many didn’t. They developed colds and sore backs. But they had more to do than swallow pills. Nor did they have social agencies to pamper them. Today, their offspring have become ... Read More »Be the first to comment!