June 27th, 2019

Health

Doctor Game: Believing myths is bad for your heart

By Gifford Jones on June 24th, 2019

info@docgiff.com George Orwell, the English journalist, wrote, “Myths that are believed in tend to become true.” Today cardiovascular disease is still the No. 1 killer. Yet there are still myths about this disease which can be dangerous to your health and longevity. I don’t have high blood pressure because it’s only high when it’s taken ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Gaming your way to recovery

By GILLIAN SLADE on June 24th, 2019

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade Here’s a way video games are being used to help stroke patients recover and if you have Parkinson’s disease you may want to put boxing gloves on. Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the U.K. have collaborated with Evolv to address what is called “hemispatial neglect” experienced by some stroke patients. ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: What you should know about low intensity light therapy

By Gifford Jones on June 17th, 2019

info@docgiff.com Years ago I nearly made a bad decision. I was asked to attend a pain conference and initially declined. The meeting was about treating pain and other medical problems with low intensity light therapy (LILT). I thought it resembled old-fashioned snake oil. But then I noticed the speaker’s credentials and decided to attend. Now ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Get outside and around people for better health

By GILLIAN SLADE on June 17th, 2019

Have you noticed that people in general seem to be more cheerful lately? There are studies that indicate warm, sunny weather improves our mental and physical well-being. A number of walk-in clinics have noticed the number of patients decreases when the weather is great. That does not mean the people were not actually ill but ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: I’ve never forgotten one grave

By medicinehatnews on June 10th, 2019

Today, we face a recurrence of measles because some parents have refused to have their children vaccinated. This error reminded me of a time several years ago when I interviewed Professor Etienne-Emile Baulieu, a researcher at the famous Pasteur Institute in Paris. Today, parents and children should be grateful for the discoveries of this great ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Heavy internet use may be impacting brain function

By Gillian Slade on June 10th, 2019

Frequent and easy online access may be convenient but researchers are warning that it could be affecting the structure and function of the brain. The main concerns are about how our memory is processing information. Our attention span may be affected because of the constant stream of information is affecting our ability to concentrate on ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Eat blueberries to fight cardiovascular disease

By GILLIAN SLADE on June 3rd, 2019

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade We are entering the season when there is an abundance of fresh. Seasonal fruit that not only tastes wonderful but is good for us, too. This week the University of East Anglia released results of research into the benefits of eating a cup of blueberries a day. Eating one cup of blueberries, or 150 ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: I swore I’d never write about this topic again

By Dr. Gifford Jones on June 3rd, 2019

Abortion became legal in Canada in 1969. I faced a dilemma. I had written a book titled “On Being A Woman, The Woman’s Guide to Gynecology.” It supported a woman’s right to control her own body, including the right to abortion. So I had two choices when doctors started referring patients to me for this ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Let the bracelet decide

By Dr. Gifford Jones on May 26th, 2019

This week’s column is a friendly challenge to doctors, members of parliament, senators, lawyers, and readers. The challenge is to inform me why a simple approach to medical assistance in dying (MAID) would not be fair to all Canadians and also apply to those in the U.S. The solution is, “Let the bracelet decide.” In ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Friendly bacteria to treat IBS

By Dr. Gifford Jones on May 13th, 2019

Napoleon Bonaparte once required a soldier for a dangerous mission. The story goes that he ordered several soldiers to face a firing squad. He then chose the one who showed no tendency to move his bowels! Fear has a major effect on the large intestine. So it, and other factors, are often responsible for what’s ... Read More »

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