September 25th, 2018

Health

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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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: 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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Doctor Game: The Philippines finance oral insulin pill

By Medicine Hat News on March 26th, 2018

A Spanish proverb states, “He loses all who loses the right moment.” I had a similar thought a few weeks ago when I wrote that, “a brain that’s full of knowledge has no room left to dream.” Why these philosophical mutterings? Because I was annoyed that Canada had lost a major medical opportunity. Now, the ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Mediterranean Diet for a long life

By Medicine Hat News on March 19th, 2018

Leonardo da Vinci once remarked, “Trifles make perfection and perfection is no trifle.” Trifles can make a huge difference in surgery, when building rockets, in nutrition, or in life generally. For instance, a report in the publication LifeExtension shows that a Mediterranean Diet prolongs life. As we all age, this is no trifle. For years ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Spice up your life, enjoy the health benefits

By Gillian Slade on March 12th, 2018

A British comedian’s routine about spices has me in paroxysms of laughter every time I watch it on YouTube. It also makes me aware of what we are missing by not spicing up our food more. Michael McIntyre talks about the “arrogance” of salt and pepper that daily take pride of place on the dining ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Insomnia is shortening your life

By Medicine Hat News on March 12th, 2018

F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author, once remarked, “The worst thing in the world is try to sleep and not to.” I’m sure many readers share Fitzgerald’s problem. But suppose this common trouble kills you? That’s when it’s worthwhile to find out more about insomnia, and why some people suffer from TAT (Tired all the Time). ... Read More »

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