December 13th, 2018

Health

To Your Health:Drawing out your brain’s memory capabilities

By Gillian Slade on December 10th, 2018

The benefits of stimulating your brain by doing things like crossword puzzles and Sudoku have long been recognized as beneficial cognitively but now the University of Waterloo has research to show drawing may be even better. Don’t worry if you are not artistically inclined; that does not appear to impact the benefits at all. “We ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Low-intensity laser therapy for bruised brains

By Medicine Hat News on December 10th, 2018

How far have we come since Egyptians drilled holes in the skull in an attempt to cure a variety of diseases? We’ve seen tremendous advances in brain surgery. But relatively little progress in how to treat concussion. Basically, medical advice has been to rest while waiting for the brain to recover. But research now shows ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Remedies to prevent arterial calcification, death from AAA

By Medicine Hat News on December 3rd, 2018

Ask anyone about AAA and they will immediately think of the American Automobile Association. But in this case it stands for abdominal aortic aneurysm. Sir William Osler once remarked, “There is no disease more conducive to clinical humility than aneurysm of the aorta.” He could have added that it’s a lethal disease, so prevention is ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: What can a psychiatrist tell us about vitamin D?

By Medicine Hat News on November 26th, 2018

Winter’s coming, so how much vitamin D do we need? How much time do you have to spend in the sunlight to obtain adequate amounts? How does obesity affect the dosage? How many diseases can be prevented by adequate amounts of this vitamin? And what can a psychiatrist tell us about this vital vitamin? Years ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Ovarian cancer, the one that whispers

By Medicine Hat News on November 19th, 2018

What couldn’t I believe? Discovering that it’s been 42 years since I last wrote about ovarian cancer! During my time as a surgeon, what was my primary concern about this malignancy? And what has happened in the last four decades to bring hope to those diagnosed with this disease? Ovarian cancer is the third most ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Music positively impacts health

By Gillian Slade on November 12th, 2018

Music can stir the soul, provoke emotion that has eyes brimming with tears, and have a positive impact on health. If you attended any of the Remembrance Day events you can probably identify. Listening to the Last Post or even our national anthem, O Canada, as you watched veterans in uniform, triggers strong emotions and ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Fire Gifford Jones for vaccination column

By None on November 12th, 2018

Do you need excitement in your life? If so, just write a column on the rewards and risks of vaccination. Then find a safe, secure, hideout. Pour yourself a drink and wait for those who want to boil you in oil. This scenario happened to me when an editor pulled my article, balanced I thought, ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Be wary of pneumonia this time of year

By Gillian Slade on November 5th, 2018

There were 24,000 Canadians hospitalized with pneumonia in 2010 and about 400 or 500 of those were in Alberta, says the Lung Association of Alberta and the N.W.T Seniors are most at risk and because we have an aging population the numbers are expected to increase dramatically in future, said Nina Snyder, chief operations officer ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Could stem cell injections take the place of hip and knee surgery?

By Medicine Hat News on November 5th, 2018

What should you do if the doctor says you need a hip or knee replacement due to severe arthritis? The time-honoured treatment has been a major operation to replace the injured joint. This may still be the best option for some patients. But how many of these joints could be repaired by stem cell injections, ... Read More »

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To Your Health: The sweetest time of the year

By Gillian Slade on October 29th, 2018

Thanks to Halloween and a lack of common sense we will end up having an abundance of sugar in our homes this week. If you have not noticed yet let me remind you of the negative impact of that sugar. Children are often hyper-active, you are probably craving more sugar too if you have been ... Read More »

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