June 23rd, 2018

Health

Doctor Game: There’s more to constipation than grunting

By Medicine Hat News on March 20th, 2017

You think constipation isn’t important? If so, an article in the American Journal of Gastroenterology suggests you’d better think again. Annually, in the U.S., 700,000 people are seen in hospital emergency wards for this problem. Since 2006 there’s been a shocking 42 percent increase in constipation, costing 1.6 billion dollars. So what’s gone wrong, and ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Ostrich antibodies could be a big help to humans

By Gillian Slade on March 13th, 2017

Ostriches could play an important role is fighting infections that many people currently die from. Ostriches have such powerful immune systems that their antibodies could drastically reduce the rate of infections in hospitals. One ostrich egg is so large it holds the equivalent of 24 chicken eggs. They contain antibodies that are capable of destroying ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Fidgeting, and magic underwear

By Medicine Hat News on March 13th, 2017

“Stop tapping your pencil!” my teacher called out. I didn’t. And one day he walked to my desk, threw me to the front of the class, then tossed me out of the classroom. Now, a study at the University of Missouri, shows that fidgeting has health benefits! And have you heard of “magic underwear”? Being ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Have you ever wanted to say, ‘I told you so’?

By Medicine Hat News on March 6th, 2017

This week, a big thanks to Dr. Freddie Hamdy, Professor of surgery, Oxford University, England. Why? Because, for many years, I’ve advised readers, diagnosed with early prostate cancer, to take their time when deciding which treatment is best for them. Some authorities have disagreed with me. Now, I can legitimately say, “I told you so.” ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Clean homes for healthy living

By Gillian Slade on March 6th, 2017

We are very slowly emerging from a long season of colds, flu, sinus infections, and a range of respiratory viruses that seem to have touched us all in one way or another. Many are saying recovery seems to be taking a long time too. Spring is just around the corner, a time when traditionally homes ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Breakthrough in treating patient with rare disease

By Gillian Slade on February 27th, 2017

There was wonderful news last week for people with Fabry’s disease, which affects about 420 Canadians. The genetic disease includes a rare inherited enzyme deficiency that can lead to kidney issues, cardiac problems, cataracts, fatigue, tinnitus, vertigo, diarrhea and pain from damage to the peripheral nerve fibres. A deficiency of the enzyme alpha galactosidase A ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Dying? I don’t want to be there when it happens

By Medicine Hat News on February 27th, 2017

Woody Allen, when asked for his opinion about death, replied, “I don’t worry about dying, I just don’t want to be there when it happens!: Unfortunately, Allen will be there and so will the rest of us. This week: Why I have a personal interest in the end of life. And what can we all ... Read More »

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To Your Health: The best gifts are those that can’t be bought or sold

By Gillian Slade on February 20th, 2017

Sometimes it is what we don’t know that causes the most angst. Many years ago a close relative completed the paperwork to donate her body, after death, for medical research. When she died I struggled with the thought of her body in a room full of medical students. We heard nothing more from the medical ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Thank you for being our voice

By Medicine Hat News on February 20th, 2017

Last week, I wrote that unless we use Singapore’s solution to hang drug pushers, we will never defeat the opioid epidemic in North America. This week, a strong response from readers. A police officer in a major Canadian city writes, “Thank you for the temerity to write this column. I wonder why we have a ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Take a knee and read this

By Gillian Slade on February 13th, 2017

Longevity is being accompanied by knees that are often aching and straining with fatigue. We hear of more and more people having knee replacement surgery. At one time it was only really old people who were having this surgery but now it is common to hear of the relatively young doing so. The artificial joints ... Read More »

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