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Old Health and Medicine Articles from 2007 and Before

A Shock Absorber to Help Knee Pain

Is there any similarity between a car and the human body? We do have one thing in common—the need for efficient shock absorbers.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, October 12, 2008 - Full Story

LASIK Eye Surgery

“Would you take the risk of jumping out of a plane with a parachute?” I asked the patient.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, October 5, 2008 - Full Story

Don’t Laugh at These Old Wives’ Tales

Who hasn’t heard an old wife’s tale? “If you touch a toad, you get warts” has no scientific foundation. But in recent years, researchers have shown that some tales are medically sound and safer than traditional drugs.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, September 21, 2008 - Full Story

The Ultrasound Question

“Will repeated ultrasound examinations harm my baby?” This is a question readers often ask. It’s a timely question, since millions of obstetrical diagnostic exams are done every year in North America. As well, many expectant families want to record the historic moment of delivery by obtaining a high-resolution, 3-D video of it. How safe are these procedures?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, September 7, 2008 - Full Story

Cancer and the way of prevention

I don’t have a degree in medicine but through necessity I have learned a lot about the likely causes of cancer.  The fact that 1 in 4 people will get cancer in one form or another is a fact of life. It may even be 1 in 3 as I’ve heard recently. I’m not sure of the actual stats but it does not matter really – the incidences of cancer are increasing. How many people have you heard about among your relatives, friends and acquaintances that now have cancer or have died of it? Have you also noticed how often you hear or read that word today?

By Guest Column Michael Vallins- Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - Full Story

Can You Be Hefty and Healthy?

For years this columnist and others have been screaming from the rooftops that excess pounds are unhealthy. Now several reports show that a healthy weight is not that simple, and it’s possible to be both hefty and healthy. So how should you measure it?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, August 24, 2008 - Full Story

The Possible Hazards of Pill Substitution

A 22 year old student stated, “I’ve been on the birth control pill (BCP) for several years. Now my pharmacist wants to give me a generic BCP rather than my regular one. What should I know about these other pills?” It’s a good question, and parents should also be concerned about substitution.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, August 17, 2008 - Full Story

When Is It Critical To Say “Stick Out Your Tongue”?

Why did a 28 year friend of mine survive a stroke when a stroke destined another to spend the rest of his life disabled? The reason is that some people are “stroke smart”. They know that speed often determines the difference between walking again, or being confined to a wheelchair. And it’s easy to be “stroke smart”. You only need to remember the first three letters of stroke, STR.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, August 10, 2008 - Full Story