April 21st, 2019

Health

To Your Health: Spring is in the air and it should put a spring in our steps as well

By medicinehatnews on April 15th, 2019

After months of being confined indoors because of frigid temperatures and icy walking conditions it is finally time to enjoy the great outdoors. There are enormous physical and mental health benefits if you make the effort to get out and about — just for the health of it. Obviously taking a walk or riding your ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Fight insomnia without drugs, doctors

By Gifford Jones on April 15th, 2019

info@docgiff.com Do you have trouble getting to sleep? Are you counting sheep and getting nowhere? Today, for many people a good night’s sleep is an elusive dream. Now, a report from The Harvard Medical School says that anxiety and stress often cause insomnia. And it’s refreshing to read that its solution doesn’t involve doctors or ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Eating nuts is not a nutty idea

By Gifford Jones on April 8th, 2019

info@docgiff.com How would you like to decrease the chance of life-threatening diseases such as diabetes and heart attack? Also lower blood cholesterol at the same time without the use of cholesterol-lowering-drugs (CLDs)? If you don’t have a peanut allergy, researchers at Pennsylvania State University report that eating peanuts every day is not a nutty idea. ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Take action to prevent the onset of blood clots

By GILLIAN SLADE on March 25th, 2019

Mention blood clots in legs and many of us think about long flights and sitting in cramped conditions but that is only one of the things that would make you susceptible. March is blood clot awareness month. Blood clots can be life-threatening, can affect you at any age and only one in four people is ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: FASD: Readers respond

By Medicine Hat News on March 25th, 2019

Last week, I discussed a tragedy that never gets the attention it deserves. That children born into a competitive world, are not born equal, and do not receive justice. They’re newborns with damaged brains, born to mothers who consumed alcohol during pregnancy. Angry readers of the column replied saying, “Thank you for reporting this matter”. ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Heart procedure believed to be the first of its kind

By Medicine Hat News on March 18th, 2019

A patient with a life-threatening heart bleed, on the other side of the world, was successfully treated using a procedure that is believed to be the first in the world. The patient arrived at Israel’s Sheba Medical Centre with a ruptured aneurysm in the left ventricle of his heart and was bleeding into his chest ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: The great tragedy of a damaged brain at birth

By Medicine Hat News on March 18th, 2019

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms says that all Canadians receive justice. The U.S. Constitution states that “All men are created Equal.” But some children are born who do not receive justice. Nor will they ever be equal. It’s because they have damaged brains at birth, due to mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy. Recently, ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Beware of chronic pain, a close cousin to suicide

By Medicine Hat News on March 11th, 2019

“He preaches patience that never knew pain.” These sage words were published in the Handbook of Proverbs in 1855. Or, as Shakespeare wrote, “They breathe the truth that breathe their words in pain.” Today, pain is the most common medical symptom that plagues mankind. But when does it kill? The number of people suffering from ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Spend time each day exercising your brain

By Medicine Hat News on March 11th, 2019

Now that all the rush to get physically fit after Christmas has worn off a little, or you have settled into a routine, it is time to think about brain health. What we do to keep our brain healthy can have long-term benefits and actually set you up to perhaps ward off the cognitive decline ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Got a cold? Give it a rest

By Medicine Hat News on March 4th, 2019

Our busy lives do not easily accommodate the need for plenty of rest when we are ill and that could be to our own detriment. When you come down with a cold, medical advice is often about ensuring you drink lots of liquids and get lots of rest. Sometimes it is called bedrest to perhaps ... Read More »

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