Category: Health

Kids should be vaccinated against measles says Alberta health minister

| April 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
Kids should be vaccinated against measles says Alberta health minister

In Wabasca health region, measles vaccination rates were as low as 42 per cent in 2012 Alberta’s health minister says parents should have their children vaccinated against measles to protect them and other youngsters from the contagious illness. Fred Horne says it’s important for the government to raise awareness, but it is also an issue […]

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Alberta hip and knee replacement wait times down

| March 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta hip and knee replacement wait times down

Hip and knee replacement program exceeds AHS goals Thanks to a new Alberta Health Services program, Albertans are waiting less time for hip and knee replacement, and going home sooner after their procedures. Kelly Anhelher is among the thousands of Albertans who have benefited from the Hip and Knee Replacement Program. He says his quality of life […]

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‘Clara’s Big Ride’ kicks off as Clara Hughes begins cross country ride

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
‘Clara’s Big Ride’ kicks off as Clara Hughes begins cross country ride

Olympian Clara Hughes biking across Canada to promote mental health awareness When the darkness threatened to envelop Clara Hughes, the six-time Olympian sought solace on her bike. Hughes climbed on her bike again Friday for what she called the most important ride of her life. The retired athlete, who is known almost as much as […]

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Are steroids for you? You might be surprised…

| March 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Are steroids for you? You might be surprised…

Steroids commonly used to relieve inflammation from joints, muscles By Dr. Paul Martiquet   Say the word steroids and many people automatically think of sport cheaters and oversized hulking athletes. That is not what we’re going to talk about (and not the same thing at all). Steroids (short for corticosteroid) are used to treat pain from […]

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Designer drugs a public health crisis – study

| March 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Designer drugs a public health crisis – study

Recreational designer drugs can affect brain neurochemistry By Bryan Alary   In the span of a decade, Canada has gone from ecstasy importer to global supplier of the illegal party drug. At the same time, even newer designer drugs —sometimes just a mouse-click away—are flooding the drug market faster than legislation can keep pace. It’s […]

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Breast cancer screening should be phased out – doctor

| February 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Breast cancer screening should be phased out – doctor

Breast cancer screening benefits exaggerated, says researcher By Dr. Charles Wright   When first introduced four decades ago, breast cancer screening with mammography was widely regarded as an important tool in the fight against this terrible disease. It seemed obvious that the earlier it could be diagnosed the more lives could be saved. Aggressive treatment, […]

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Losing weight – Change language to shed pounds

| February 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Losing weight – Change language to shed pounds

Losing weight should start with simple action steps that lead to desired outcome Dr. Paul Martiquet   Losing weight is a goal that many people have but on its own is unlikely to make any difference in their lives. Indeed, the statement ‘lose weight’ can be misleading and result in nothing more than damaged self-esteem […]

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Energy drinks – Be aware of the risks, says doctor

| February 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Energy drinks – Be aware of the risks, says doctor

Energy drinks combined with alcohol a bad idea Dr. Paul Martiquet What we know about the health effects of so-called energy drinks is quite limited, and what we do know is based more on their ingredients than on the whole of the product. There are a limited number of very small studies (fewer than 50 […]

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GMO food not unhealthy according to the science

| February 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
GMO food not unhealthy according to the science

Research reveals no instances of harm caused by GMP food By Dr. Paul Martiquet   Say GMO food in almost any group and you will instantly be regaled with tales of disaster, ‘frankenfood’ and the evils of multinational food companies. Is any of this reaction based on fact? Science? In fact, most people are not even […]

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Canadian healthcare system: Don’t expect radical changes

| February 2, 2014 | 1 Comment
Canadian healthcare system: Don’t expect radical changes

Public wants changes to Canadian healthcare, but not much room for significant improvement By Trudy Lieberman   Canadian healthcare does a good job of some things and not a very good job of others – just like the American healthcare system and neither are likely to change much. Both Canada and the United States are […]

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