September 25th, 2018

Health

To Your Health: Consider the value of food

By Gillian Slade on September 24th, 2018

If you are not convinced that appearance is everything when it comes to food just take a look at the carefully created photos of food at a fast food restaurant. The picture has you salivating as you stand in line, you can already taste the mustard on your tongue, the red tomato, and the flavour ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Chronic inflammation and its impact on how we age

By Medicine Hat News on September 24th, 2018

This week I’ve learned a new word, “inflammaging.” Researchers at the University of California use it in a report that claims chronic inflammation has a profound effect on how we age, and what diseases we develop. No one can go through life without experiencing the red, warm sensation of an injury or infection. But none ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Don’t let the cold keep you isolated

By Gillian Slade on September 17th, 2018

Especially when the weather turns cooler it is often easier to decide to stay home and sit in a comfortable chair rather than get out in the community. There is valid scientific research though that shows isolation results in depression, being more introverted, and cognitive decline because there is little outside stimulation. Something as simple ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: A horrible way to start the day

By Medicine Hat News on September 17th, 2018

The first thing I do every morning is read the newspaper. This morning I should have stayed in bed. The headline read, “No amount of alcohol is safe.” The report claimed to be one of the largest studies of alcohol consumption that’s ever been done. To make my day worse, the litany of alcohol problems ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Give your heart a tune-up in just 30 days

By Medicine Hat News on September 10th, 2018

Have I been missing a vital remedy to maintain a healthy heart? I wondered if that was the case when I read an article in LifeExtension titled, “The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up.” The author, Dr. Steven Masley, is a Fellow of both The American Heart Association and The American Academy of Nutrition. He has devoted his ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Advocate for your best healthy self

By Gillian Slade on September 10th, 2018

You are your own best health advocate and now is the ideal time of year to establish your own health file at home, or take another look at one you already have. The more organized you are in that health file, the better. Keep track of when your immunizations need updating or boosting, when you ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Time limits, regular cleaning for your smartphone

By Gillian Slade on August 27th, 2018

It sometimes looks like we have an addiction to smartphones that impacts our relationships with family, friends and consequently our health, not to mention germs and bacteria collecting on your phone and even your keyboard. So strong is our addiction to phones many people carry them around in their hands, not even putting them away ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: When and when aren’t heart stents lifesaving?

By Medicine Hat News on August 27th, 2018

Every year over 300,000 North Americans have a stent implanted to increase the flow of blood to heart’s muscle. Stents have been inserted for decades because of cardiologists’ concern that, without a stent, a heart attack may occur. Or, a coronary attack may have already caused angina, due to inadequate blood supply. Now, a study ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Readers agree Doug Ford is right about injection sites

By Medicine Hat News on August 20th, 2018

My recent negative column about injection sites in prison and elsewhere triggered a rapid response. Here is a good sampling of both sides of the issue. From BK, “Isn’t that rich? Physicians help in a major way to create the huge opioid problem, and you as a doctor, say death to drug dealers. Finding a ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Don’t paper over those cuts

By Gillian Slade on August 20th, 2018

An innocent looking little piece of paper has the ability to inflict significant pain. It makes me wince, just thinking of all the paper cuts to fingers and hands over the years. You can actually hear the slice and then the pain starts. We don’t often put things in envelopes anymore but using your tongue ... Read More »

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