April 18th, 2021

Health

All Psyched Up: Putting things in order

By Dr. Linda Hancock on January 2nd, 2021

December is usually a very busy month for me, but this year was probably the craziest yet! The fact that I have been working from home for nine months meant a lot of changes. My dining room table has become my office centre and each chair has specific filing bins with forms that I use. ... Read More »

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Common Sense Health: It takes guts to have good health

By Dr. W Gifford-Jones and Diana Gifford-Jones on January 2nd, 2021

Why is it that some people eat to their heart’s content and never gain a pound, while others gain weight with a glance at the plate? As Bill Gates said, “Life is not fair. Get used to it.” But fair or unfair, is there a complex, unseen system that plays a role in weight management ... Read More »

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What’s Up Doc?: How to lose weight during the pandemic

By Dr. Noorali Bharwani on November 10th, 2020

Are you overweight or obese? Easy way to find out is by measuring your height and girth. Your girth should be half the size of your height. Studies have shown obesity is a significant factor for critical illness during COVID-19. Obesity was also an important factor for mortality in patients with COVID-19. This is most ... Read More »

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No Nonsense Health: Are we drinking too much chardonnay?

By GIFFORD JONES AND DIANA GIFFORD JONES on October 16th, 2020

Winston Churchill, Great Britain’s wartime Prime Minister, once remarked that, “he had gotten more out of alcohol than alcohol had taken out of him.” During the Nazi bombing of London perhaps an alcoholic drink eased his tension. But recent reports from Tufts University in Boston and the University of California, question the increased use of ... Read More »

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Viva Vitality: Keep your children safe while en route

By Andrea Klassen on October 9th, 2020

October is Occupant Restraint Month, and with many sports such as hockey returning this season, safety guidelines have been developed to help prevent the risk of COVID-19 transmission. To save time, space, and be prepared, some parents may be dressing their children in their gear at home ahead of time. Although this may seem like ... Read More »

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No Nonsense Health: Unripe apples protect from threat of a fatty liver

By Gifford Jones and Diana Gifford Jones on October 9th, 2020

Worried about having too many alcoholic drinks during the coronavirus pandemic? Think you’re on the way to liver cirrhosis? If so, think again and wonder whether you are instead developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). It can lead to cirrhosis and possibly liver cancer. A report from the University of California says NAFLD is now ... Read More »

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No Nonsense Health: Go ahead and catch the travel bug

By Gifford Jones and Diana Gifford Jones on October 2nd, 2020

William Shakespeare wrote, “In the night, imagining some fear, how easy is a bush supposed a bear!” For many families having lost loved ones to the coronavirus, this has been a devastating year. The death numbers are broadcast relentlessly. Small wonder people have become paranoid about travelling. But does this anxiety make sense? Normally airports ... Read More »

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What’s Up Doc?: Use of high-dose influenza vaccine for seniors

By Dr. Noorali Bharwani on September 29th, 2020

Our immune system changes as we get older. And flu season takes its toll. Use of high-dose influenza vaccine for people 65-years of age and older can have some benefits. Canada’s flu season typically starts in October, when temperatures drop and people are in closer contact with each other indoors. The time to get a ... Read More »

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What’s Up Doc?: Uncontrolled hypertension is a major risk factor for severe illness from COVID-19

By Dr. Bharwani on September 15th, 2020

Hypertension is often called the “silent killer.” Keeping that in mind, when was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? It is important to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. Because of COVID-19 fears, many people are avoiding hospitals and doctors’ offices. Some recent research shows people with uncontrolled high ... Read More »

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No Nonsense Health: The benefits of walking

By Gifford Jones and Diana Gifford Jones on August 28th, 2020

Dr. Paul Dudley White, former Professor of Cardiology at the Harvard Medical School, used to ride his bike to class even in his later years. He remarked, “If you want to see how good your brain is, feel your leg muscles!” Biking may not be for everyone, but research shows the simple act of walking ... Read More »

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