February 18th, 2019

Health

To Your Health: Moisturizers could increase risk of fire at home

By Gillian Slade on February 11th, 2019

The moisturizers and creams you apply to your face and hands could be exposing you to a higher risk of fire, experts in the United Kingdom have recently warned. The creams we use, including those for eczema and psoriasis, seeps into our clothes making them more susceptible to burning in a fire. A video was ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Darling, a little chocolate for a little amour?

By Medicine Hat News on February 11th, 2019

Hmm, should I order flowers, maybe consider a romantic candlelight dinner, or a box of chocolates? This year, chocolate wins after reading an article from the highly respected Nutrition department at Tuft’s University. So, what’s good and what’s questionable about chocolate on Valentine’s Day? I believe readers will agree that we need a lot more ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Packed with nutrients, avocados add to many meals

By Gillian Slade on February 4th, 2019

Finding fresh, nutritious, quality produce at an affordable price can be challenging at this time of year. That’s why I want to share my passion for avocados with you. They are packed with mono-unsaturated fatty acids, are a good source of vitamin B6, which is great for your central nervous system, and vitamins A, C ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Can a person be too high to drive on less than one joint?

By Medicine Hat News on February 4th, 2019

Warren Buffett, one of the world’s most successful investors has sound advice for those who want to become rich. He counsels, “Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” This sage advice also applies to many aspects of life. For one, it applies to a recent report in the Canadian Automobile Association Magazine (CAAM), for ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Seeing-eye dog wins first W. Gifford-Jones Prize for Humanity

By Medicine Hat News on January 28th, 2019

Readers may ask why I chose to award a Service Dog the first W. Gifford-Jones Prize for Humanity. And wonder why human achievement was ignored. There were plenty of reasons and it required only moments for me to choose a seeing-eye dog. It’s been aptly said that, “A dog is the only thing on earth ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Compound in Saskatchewan wastewater may help Alzheimer’s sufferers

By Gillian Slade on January 28th, 2019

Saskatchewan wastewater may provide a compound that is used to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. A research team at the University of Saskatchewan is working on the extraction of protein from the vast quantity of wastewater at ethanol plants. The protein/compound in the wastewater called stillage, glyceryl phosphoryl choline (GPC), is part of a ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Are you getting enough fibre?

By Gillian Slade on January 21st, 2019

Most of us do not have enough fibre in our diet and the implications have now been highlighted by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is not only about ensuring your bowel movements are regular but the benefits in terms of your overall health and longevity. Eating enough fibre can reduce your risk of heart ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: A W. Gifford-Jones Prize for service to humanity

By Medicine Hat News on January 21st, 2019

For 44 years I’ve been writing this medical column. It’s been a privilege, but also a huge responsibility. Now, in my 95th year, my time on this planet is limited. Consequently, I’d like to establish The W. Gifford-Jones Prize to honour somebody or something that personifies the importance of common sense, a healthy lifestyle and ... Read More »

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To Your Health: A pain in the back

By Gillian Slade on January 14th, 2019

If you are one of the many people living with back pain and you are not a candidate for surgery — not many are — there may be hope on the horizon for you. Ask anyone who deals with chronic back pain and they will talk about it affecting almost every aspect of their lives. ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: How we can prevent deaths from influenza

By Medicine Hat News on January 14th, 2019

Death from influenza is always tragic. But it is particularly so when it occurs at a young age. This year an increasing number of influenza cases is being seen in emergency centres. And, as usual, thousands of North Americans will die from this seasonal disease. But are some dying needlessly? The Center for Disease Control ... Read More »

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