June 24th, 2018

Health

To Your Health: Safety tips to enjoy the warmer weather

By Gillian Slade on May 7th, 2018

After such a long, cold winter we are finally able to celebrate warmer weather. While enjoying more outdoor pursuits it is good to be reminded of safety precautions. Wear a sunscreen or a sunblock every day and reapply during the day. You may be longing to add a little colour to your skin — get ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Do I really look like an addict?

By Medicine Hat News on May 7th, 2018

“But why must I give you a urine sample?” I asked the receptionist at the marijuana clinic. She replied, “Because we won’t see you without one, and each time you come back you must give us one. It’s to make sure you’re not taking illegal drugs.” So at 94 years of age, a doctor with ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Marijuana for me?

By Medicine Hat News on April 30th, 2018

Why would I, at my age, want to start smoking pot, when I’d much prefer a glass of chardonnay? It’s because I’ve suffered annoying neck pain for years due to an old injury which happened in Japan. Besides, my experience with the plant may help others who suffer from chronic pain day after day, and ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Keep the artificial light out and your head on the pillow

By Gillian Slade on April 30th, 2018

Most us say we would do almost anything for a restful/restorative night’s sleep. It may be easier than we think. There is some excellent research indicating just how much artificial light is interfering with our sleep. For a minute let your mind go back to the sort of lives our great-grandparents lived. Physical labour was ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: We need Lee Kwan Yew, not an opioid summit

By Medicine Hat News on April 23rd, 2018

Why don’t we learn from history when the question is a no-brainer? For instance, a recent editorial in a major Canadian newspaper states, “We Need an Opioid Summit.” One could add to this headline, “a Summit that would solve nothing and cost taxpayers millions of dollars.” What we actually need is the perspective of Lee ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Keep your skin looking younger, reduce sugar intake

By Gillian Slade on April 23rd, 2018

If you needed one more reason to persuade you to reduce how much sugar you consume, here it is. It can make you look old before your time contributing disproportionately to wrinkles, facial lines, the tone of your skin, and sagging, as collagen levels are impacted. We are not only talking about the sparkling white ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Live your dream now, so there will be no regrets later

By Gillian Slade on April 16th, 2018

Don’t wait until it is too late to do what you have always wanted to do. So many people I have interviewed over the years talked about an illness or fragility after retirement that put an end to decades of dreams. They have urged people not to wait. A recent feature in a British newspaper ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Exercise can kill you

By Medicine Hat News on April 16th, 2018

The Earl of Darby once remarked that “Those who don’t take time for wellness, will eventually have to make time for sickness.” Like many doctors, I too have advised patients and readers to exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Now, Dr. Maureen Brogan, associate professor of medicine at New York Medical College, reports that ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Is there a doctor on the plane?

By Medicine Hat News on April 9th, 2018

What is it that doctors worry about when they’re flying? It’s not fear of flying. They know that travelling by air is safer than driving a car. Rather, it’s the possibility that they will hear a sudden announcement, “Is there a doctor on the plane?” This is when the brain shifts into high gear. Every ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Will humans ever learn?

By Medicine Hat News on April 2nd, 2018

What a sad, thought-provoking photo, published in the Globe and Mail newspaper. It shows Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, unable to stand. You can see the terrible frustration and pain on his face. Veterinarians, at the Pejeta Kenyan Conservancy, decided that since there was no quality of life left for Sudan, only unsolvable ... Read More »

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