September 30th, 2020

Health

What’s Up Doc?: Use of high-dose influenza vaccine for seniors

By Dr. Noorali Bharwani on September 29th, 2020

Our immune system changes as we get older. And flu season takes its toll. Use of high-dose influenza vaccine for people 65-years of age and older can have some benefits. Canada’s flu season typically starts in October, when temperatures drop and people are in closer contact with each other indoors. The time to get a ... Read More »

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What’s Up Doc?: Uncontrolled hypertension is a major risk factor for severe illness from COVID-19

By Dr. Bharwani on September 15th, 2020

Hypertension is often called the “silent killer.” Keeping that in mind, when was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? It is important to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. Because of COVID-19 fears, many people are avoiding hospitals and doctors’ offices. Some recent research shows people with uncontrolled high ... Read More »

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No Nonsense Health: The benefits of walking

By Gifford Jones and Diana Gifford Jones on August 28th, 2020

Dr. Paul Dudley White, former Professor of Cardiology at the Harvard Medical School, used to ride his bike to class even in his later years. He remarked, “If you want to see how good your brain is, feel your leg muscles!” Biking may not be for everyone, but research shows the simple act of walking ... Read More »

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Viva Vitality: What is it about sugar that causes tooth decay?

By Jenna Lannan on August 22nd, 2020

Sugar is very prominent in our lives and is extremely hard to avoid. Everywhere we go there seems to be an opportunity for some type of sweet treat. Most people are aware that sugar causes tooth decay, but they might not know exactly known why. So why does sugar cause tooth decay? The mouth is ... Read More »

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No Nonsense Health: Treat your 1 million nephrons with tender loving care

By Gifford Jones and Diana Gifford Jones on August 21st, 2020

Why don’t we learn from history? Years ago, Australians began to use mixtures of powders containing Aspirin, codeine, phenacetin and caffeine to ease pain. By the 1970s, 25 per cent of those dying of kidney disease had consumed too much of this powder. They also suffered hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis) and heart attack. Now, Dr. ... Read More »

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How accurate are COVID-19 tests?

By Dr. Noorali Bharwani on August 18th, 2020

By this time everybody knows the basic facts about the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is a communicable respiratory disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. It was first reported in China. Scientists are still puzzled by the origin of this virus. It is possible the virus began in animals. At some point one or more ... Read More »

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Viva Vitality: Tips for summer living in a pandemic

By Michelle Sauve on August 7th, 2020

Summers in Southern Alberta are amazing! We have so many parks, trails and points of interest packed into our part of the province. This year though, summer may look a little (or a lot) different for some of us. If you have been sticking closer to home and are looking for things to do, the ... Read More »

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No Nonsense Health: How Safe Is It To Send Your Child Back To School?

By Gifford Jones and Diana Gifford Jones on August 7th, 2020

Parents are wondering if it’s safe to send children back to school when so many are still becoming infected with coronavirus. What are the factors to consider? And what can parents do to help ensure children are protected? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports the academic, physical, and mental benefits of in-person learning outweigh ... Read More »

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What’s Up Doc?: The importance of controlling your weight during COVID-19

By Dr. Noorali Bharwani on August 4th, 2020

re obese individuals at a higher risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19? Yes. We know cardiac, respiratory and metabolic diseases (such as diabetes and hypertension) are more common among patients with obesity. These have been identified as risk factors for more severe disease or death from COVID-19. It is critical that people living with ... Read More »

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No Nonsense Health: How safe and nutritious are stored canned goods?

By Gifford Jones and Diana Gifford Jones on July 31st, 2020

Are you sufficiently prepared for another crisis? What might possibly be the next disaster? You might argue, we are not yet out of the mess of the current one. And this should have us all thinking about keeping stock of essential supplies. Have you got the things you need? Hopefully not guns to protect your ... Read More »

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