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Old Health and Medicine Articles from 2007 and Before

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

Cancer. The Problem and Solution.

On April 9th at 8 p.m. sitting in my comfortable armchair after returning two hours earlier from a lightning trip to England, the telephone rang. Unlike many people I love the telephone – at 66 and living alone it is usually a friend calling and I’m blessed to have many. Of course it could be a windows and doors purveyor, or a Toronto Star subscription agent, or the MBNA Bank. At one time I used to say, Sorry, not interested.” Now I just put the phone down without a word. This time it was the gastroentologist I visited before I went away.

By Guest Column Michael Vallins- Friday, August 1, 2008 - Full Story

Suppose An ACL Tear Had Happened To A Young Tiger Woods

Three letters, ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), could end the golfing career of Tiger Woods. As much as he tried, it was impossible for Woods to keep his pain to himself as he held his left knee, and limped and grimaced through 91 holes of the U.S Open. But was it prudent for Woods to play with an injured knee and risk further damage to this vulnerable joint?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, July 27, 2008 - Full Story

Gas And Cesarean Operations At Record Highs

Not only is the price of gas rocketing to high levels. A recent report by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) says that 26.3 percent of women now have babies delivered by Cesarean section. There are many different opinions of why this has happened in both Canada and the U.S. But William Shakespeare had the ultimate explanation.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, July 13, 2008 - Full Story

I Was Married By a Judge. I Should Have Asked for a Jury

What’s the chance of living to 85 years and beyond? Dr. Bradley J. Wilcox is the lead author of a longevity study carried out by the Pacific Health Research Institute in Hawaii. It’s one of the longest studies on aging and it followed the health of 5,820 Japanese-American men for 40 years. At the start of the study their average age was 45 and they were all healthy. What happened to them depended on nine key factors. You can calculate your longevity with this simple arithmetic.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, July 6, 2008 - Full Story

Healthy Aging? Not Just the Stuff of Dreams

Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Aging

While Canadians struggle to go green, one thing’s certain: as a society we’re going grey. In fact, we’re on the cusp of a historical first in Canada – in two decades almost a quarter of us will be “old”.

By Guest Column Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews- Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - Full Story

Viagra and Other Medical Tidbits

There are more uses for Viagra than meet the eye. You can get more than the Mother of All Hangovers after a night of binge drinking. Few parents give much thought to the fact that children face a hazard when urged to brush their teeth. And roller coaster rides this summer could provide more than thrills. All are topics worthy of concern.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, June 30, 2008 - Full Story

Use Radiation Like Porcupines Make Love, Very Carefully

It’s said that elephants never forget. Neither does radiation. The human body has a natural computer that tabulates every bit of radiation to which it is exposed during a lifetime. Radiation has great benefits in diagnosing disease when used wisely, but potentially harmful when used carelessly. So how much risk is there of developing   radiation-induced cancer?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - Full Story

Rights of Addicts, And Rights Of Cancer Patients

Should the injection site for addicts in Vancouver be closed? Proponents argue that one million injections in Vancouver have saved lives and decreased the risk of HIV infection. Others contend injection sites send the wrong message and should be closed. But in this heated debate, why don’t both sides and our government attack the root cause of this cancerous problem.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, June 15, 2008 - Full Story