June 25th, 2018

Health

Doctor Game: Medicine is in good hands, but doctors and patients will have to adapt to changes

By Medicine Hat News on June 25th, 2018

Seventy-two years ago I arrived in Boston. I’d been accepted as a student at The Harvard Medical School. That night a full moon shone on the school’s white marble buildings, an awe-inspiring sight I’ve never forgotten. I recently returned for a 68th reunion, attended lectures, and as a former student was interviewed by a film ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Sometimes a remedy is right in your kitchen

By Gillian Slade on June 25th, 2018

When there is a natural remedy already in your kitchen that you can try for an ailment, it is sometimes worth a shot. For painful joints, arthritis pain, even acid reflux and more, the remedy is cider vinegar, according to the internet and those in favour of natural remedies. If you are questioning how something ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: When all this doesn’t happen, we’re all dead

By Medicine Hat News on June 18th, 2018

What did I learn at my 68th medical reunion at The Harvard Medical School (HMS)? I learned, from an article written by Stephanie Dutchen, that my brilliant classmate, Melvin Glimcher, physician, engineer and professor, had created the myoelectric elbow. Dubbed “the Boston Arm,” this device is a godsend to upper arm amputees. But I learned ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Consider adding lentils to your diet

By Gillian Slade on June 18th, 2018

Most of us already know and understand the importance of reducing the quantity of white carbohydrates in our diets. We know to reduce potatoes, white rice, white bread and so on but it is often difficult to find a substitute that we really enjoy. I have written before of eating barley instead and now there ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Don’t put yourself at risk this summer

By Gillian Slade on June 11th, 2018

We are ready to enjoy warmth and summertime’s pleasures but it is good to be reminded of the season’s potential health issues. The hotter it gets the more we increase our risk of heat stroke, sunburn and dehydration if we spend an extended period out of doors. Whether you work out of doors or spend ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: What women (and men) should know about HRT

By Medicine Hat News on June 11th, 2018

The year 2002 was a worrying year for women who were taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to combat troublesome menopausal symptoms. Bold newspaper headlines reported that a study called The Women’s Health Initiative, conducted by the National Institute of Health, showed an increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, gall bladder disease and blood ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Green funerals: How we can help green our planet

By Medicine Hat News on June 4th, 2018

How would you react if you saw people dumping 800,000 gallons of formaldehyde, a carcinogenic substance, into the earth every year? Then witness them cutting down four million acres of forests annually? I suspect the environmentalists who fight underground oil pipes would be raising holy hell about formaldehyde and rampant destruction of trees. Yet this ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Researchers finding ways to provide more effective health care

By Gillian Slade on June 4th, 2018

An ankle-sized MRI machine that can be used in space has a link to the Prairies and if you thought naloxone was only to reverse the effects of an overdose of illicit fentanyl, I have a surprise for you. Gordon Sarty, researcher with the University of Saskatchewan, has been awarded a $100,000 contract by the ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Make time for tea

By Gillian Slade on May 28th, 2018

Perhaps it can be attributed to the glorious wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex last weekend, all this talk about British traditions. The tradition of afternoon tea is entrenched in Britain, regardless of where you are on the economic or class scale. It can be celebrated with a wide circle of friends, your ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: What you should know about mitochondria

By Medicine Hat News on May 28th, 2018

Ask anyone what is the nation’s number one killer and most people will say heart attack. But how many know that congestive heart failure (CHF) is the fastest growing cause of heart disease in North America? Why is this happening? And why are mitochondria of vital importance, particularly as we all grow older? Congestive Heart ... Read More »

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