August 20th, 2018

Health

Doctor Game: Strokes aren’t just a senior problem

By Medicine Hat News on April 17th, 2017

How could it happen to Kris Letang, the Pittsburgh Penguin hockey player? He was young, in excellent physical condition, yet a victim of stroke. Today, stroke is not just a senior problem. So, why don’t learned professors know why this is happening? Professor Valery Feigin is Director of the National Institute for Stroke and Applied ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: On informed consent, how informed are you really?

By Medicine Hat News on April 10th, 2017

If I were a patient, what would I want to know about the risk of treatment? Since I’ve been one a few times, let me tell you what I worried about before past medical procedures. And will there ever be truly informed patients? Let’s start with the major fear, death. Never forget that death lurks ... Read More »

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To Your Health: A green thumb can improve life expectancy

By Gillian Slade on April 10th, 2017

It’s the time of year when we feel the urge to rake the lawn, dig compost into a flower bed and get down on our hands and knees to see the perennials that are coming to life after a long cold winter. In fact enjoyment of gardening may contribute to longevity, according to a U.S. ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Mind your expectations

By Gillian Slade on April 3rd, 2017

It was hard not to notice peoples’ positive dispositions in the last week or so as days were warmer. It was as though abandoning our coats released some pleasure hormones. Clearly warm weather is not a guarantee for happiness. If that were true everyone living in the tropics would be happy all the time. I ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Are your eyes mismatched?

By Medicine Hat News on April 3rd, 2017

Leo Durocher, the fiery win-at-all-costs baseball player, and later manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, once remarked, “I never question the integrity of umpires. Their eyesight? Yes!” Durocher would have questioned their eyesight more if he had known they were suffering from aniseikonia. So, should anyone care about this condition? And why do so many suffer ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Enter the spring season with a healthy diet

By Gillian Slade on March 27th, 2017

For many of us the sights, sounds and smells of spring are enough to make us feel energized. For others it may be difficult to shake off the routine of watching lots of television and all the sedentary habits we pursued when it was cold and miserable outside. Switching to a healthy diet can actually ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Vitamin K2: How it helps heart and bone

By Medicine Hat News on March 27th, 2017

Ask people what they know about vitamin C and some will reply it’s good for preventing common colds. Maybe they’d add heart attack, if they’ve read my column. But ask the same question about K2 and most people will give you a blank stare. Now, Dr. Dennis Goodman, cardiologist and Director of Integrative Medicine at ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Worst effects of stress could still be waiting for you

By Gillian Slade on March 20th, 2017

Are you feeling sleep deprived after the clocks skipped an hour last weekend? Just one hour can make a difference. It is ironic though that in our youth, when it feels as though we could sleep 12 hours a day, we have so many activities we don’t have the time. Later in life when we ... Read More »

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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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