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Glendale Veterinary gets national press

As one of the first veterinarians in Canada to offer the benefits of low-laser therapy for pain relief for cats and dogs, Dr. Cathy Hooper at Glendale Veterinary Hospital in Caledon was recently visited by Macleans magazine, which wanted a first-hand perspective on this drug-free approach to pain relief.

By Guest Column - Saturday, May 31, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

The Benefits and Risk of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

In 1991 Dr. Joacques Perissat at the University of Bordeau, in France, announced to the World Congress of Surgeons that he had removed a gallbladder (cholecystectomy), using optical instruments inserted through a few small incisions. Now, 90 percent of gallbladder operations are done by fiber-optics. What are the advantages and what is its most devastating complication? And why is the crematorium the cure for some gallstones?

Audi A3 – Little Wagon, Ho!

A3: it’s small, it’s a wagon and, as usually happens when I live with an Audi for a spell, it tore at my heartstrings to give it back.

By Jim Bray - Thursday, May 22, 2008 - -- Automotive

Review of “Persistence of Poverty”

An excellent book has recently come out, which should be read by anyone with an interest in poverty, its causes, and its eradication. Especially, anyone advocating elimination of poverty through a demogrant, a grant to everyone in society sufficient to meet all basic needs.

By Guest Column Tim Rourke- Thursday, May 22, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Prosthetic Legs Given the Official OK

South African Oscar PistoriusAn international court ruled on Friday that South African Oscar Pistorius can once again return to the track. A sprinter, hoping to even make the Beijing Olympics, Pistorius has had to fight through more than your average athlete though. Miles and miles of red tape, bad scientific reporting, and, oh yeah, he’s an amputee.

The 21-year-old is known as “the fastest man on no legs” and “Blade Runner”, referring to the prosthetic limbs that look like a pair of blades, known as “Cheetah Flex-Foot”. The carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs were what put him in trouble though, when the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAFF) banned him from competing.

The IAFF’s theory was that his prosthetic limbs gave him an added advantage over other athletes, and he has had to subsequently spend the past 6 months in court, fighting this decision, rather than training.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Science and Art Meet at Last

The combination of fields has always been a part of science and academia: combining medicine with nanotechnology; physics with astronomy; archaeology with history. However, just occasionally, science will be paired with something unquantifiable and, too many scientists, just as mysterious as the cosmos.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

How To Prevent Summer Hazards

“Thank God, it will soon be summer”, a patient recently exclaimed to me. I agreed, but I know as sure as night follows day that many people this summer will do dumb things.

Fate of the Stallion has its own website

LANCASTER, PA - It was all smiles for Author/Artist Ron Hevener Saturday as webmasters put the final touches on the official “Fate of the Stallion” website. Amid the excitement of Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown’s Preakness victory, the author clicked through page after page making sure everything was operational and user-friendly.

By Guest Column - Sunday, May 18, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Read This, Then Go Out and Have a Beer

Years ago a speaker abruptly broke off his speech. He said, “I know you’re bored with this topic and I’m bored, so let’s quit and have a beer”. I felt this way and nearly tossed this column out. Why bother to waste paper on something you already know? But on the other hand a report from The Harvard Medical School shows its absolute madness that so many people are taking pills when two simple changes in lifestyle could prevent and treat some health problems. We can also learn from it what happens to a person who loses an arm.

The natural way to pest control

It was Koppert Biological Systems ( that put us onto the nattering nabobs of nematode natural control. Not all offerings of nematodes are alike and, as we were told, it is a wide-open field with few controls. A good resource, Koppert let us onto, was Ohio State University where much research has been completed.

By Wes Porter - Sunday, May 11, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Airport Wayfinder Arrives in Toronto - Travel Just Got Easier

Have you ever planned out your business trip or vacation down to the very last detail - with the best deals on hotels and flights, even great ideas of where to eat and what to do - only to get to the airport and have all the excitement come to a crashing halt when you can’t find your departure gate?

By Guest Column - Thursday, May 8, 2008 - -- Travel

Molly the heroic pony

Molly the PonyI’ve written articles over the years about horses who survived amputation surgery.  There was Boitron, the California Thoroughbred stallion who could service mares after amputation surgery. There were Dr. Ric Redden’s dramatic cases of founder survivors who galloped around his paddock on artificial feet with “transplanted frogs”. Dr. Chris Colles had the never-say-die Appaloosa in England with the spring-loaded foot. And who can forget that paint yearling in India? Or the landmine-maimed elephant amputee in Thailand? Longtime Hoofcare and Lameness Journal readers will remember them all.

By Guest Column - Thursday, May 8, 2008 - -- Lifestyles